We had about 3 or 4 inches of snow on Saturday. This is very exciting in England. It causes chaos all over the place. On Monday, the airports were still closed. If you listen to the radio, youâd think there was a natural disaster outside âdonât go out unless you absolutely need to.
It seems silly when you think of places where they really get snow, but England doesn’t have the infrastructure for this type of weather.
On Saturday morning, we woke up to a Winter Wonderland outside. I was going to do a 10-mile run as Iâve done the last few Saturdays. Instead, I ran about a half a mile until I came to a road with cars trying to drive up a snowy road and getting nowhere. So, I spent a while helping people by pushing their cars uphill. Then, I ran the short distance back home and got into a snowball fight with my kids.
Every night since Saturday, the news has had one storyââWhy canât England handle snow?â Why is there such chaos on the roads? Why is transportation so affected? We got the same story last year when we had a surprising amount of snowâand the year before that.
Actually, I think England is perfect for snowy weather. Although I grew up in San Diego, where we never got snow, I have lived for a few years in Missouri where it snowed a lot. On the first snowfall day, I made a snowman (I was like 24, but it was a novelty to me), but then the snow stayed for months. Toward the end, you get so sick of snow and ice and cold. In England, you have to take advantage and enjoy it because it will be gone in a few days.
Iâm sitting here in the early morning getting ready for my last day of work for the year an itâs snowing again outside. That means more weather warnings and traffic chaos. But all in all, I love these snowy days.