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Winter weather, snow and its not yet Christmas

Updated on May 18, 2014

There was a time when I was young in the UK when it always snowed at Christmas. Oh hang on. No, that is just my memory playing tricks with me.

However there was a time when seasonal cold weather would grip the UK before Christmas. This was often in November and accompanied by widespread frosts and fog.

For quite a few years now the winter weather has been milder. Well, with global warming what can you expect. Any snow that we have had, which has been of any substance, has been in January and beyond.

In 2008 we had heavy snowfalls in late October or early November but, much as it was deep and caused traffic chaos, it did not last long.

The last winter snow which I seem to remember lasted for a fairt while was in the 1990s and in February.

They Said There'd Be Snow At Christmas, but not before.

Euro Tunnel stranded in snow
Euro Tunnel stranded in snow
The Humber Bridge
The Humber Bridge

With just two days left before Christmas the weather has decided to play the game. After all each year the airwaves are abused with people dreaming of a white Christmas and for once the weather has obliged.

The UK and its citizens must be ecstatic to finally have their wishes fulfilled, I hear you say?

Oh dear me no.

How come countries such as Finland, Canada and Austria can bob along nicely with deep snow everywhere? Where I live it snowed on the 18th December 2009. The snow fall was light but as the weather has been cold the snow decided it would stick around.

Saturday evening saw heavy, rather pretty snowflakes falling. These flakes were apparently so fluffy and unusual that they caused the Euro Star trains to fail and passengers were stuck in the Channel Tunnel for hours.

Back to where I live then.

By Sunday the snow was about 3 or 4 inches but it was packed down on crunchy, slippery ice. Having already done the twirl of the century, and fallen on the Saturday, out came by purple and pink Wellies(Wellington Boots) The twirl resulted in a lump on my knee but mainly a bruised ego, as young people ran over to see if I was alright. This was so kind but made me feel so old.

So today is 22nd December 2009.

There has been no fresh snowfall since Saturday but the snow is still there. Only certain main roads have been gritted and the paths and pavements are treacherous. Many people have already finished work for Christmas and they are busy buying groceries enough to last them until next Christmas. This means that the roads are chaotic.

The temperature rose a little today but not enough to melt the snow. It looks as if it may just be a white Christmas after all. Most people are sick to death of the snow and so I wonder if these same people will clap their hands with joy if it snows at Christmas? Barking mad.

With planes, roads, trains and the like almost at a standstill chaos ensues.

I am told that some of the shops have not cleared the snow outside of their premises due to liability. Apparently if they clear the snow and you fall you can sue them. If you fall on the uncleared snow you cannot. Whatever next.

So while the scene is still Christmassy, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas whether it is snowing, a heatwave, pouring with rain or blowing a gale. Make sure you have Christmas in your heart and the rest does not really matter.


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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      We still have remnants of that snow today, 29th December. It has been soooo cold.

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hhhmmm, Here in Texas the snow is fairly rare where I live. However, in Tennessee as a child I did get to experience snow in and around Christmas. Thanks for sharing your experience with snow this year, the pictures were awesome.:)

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Lol. We still have a little snow on the ground but it has not snowed for around ten days. Happy new year and Global cooling to you also frogy

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      8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Well, it is now to be "Happy New Year, Ethel! We in Oklahoma had 14 record inches of snow - literally a blizzard, and we shoveled about two hours yesterday to clear the driveway. And temps are barely above freezing for highs - yeah, happy global cooling! :-) Delighted with your shared memories, and I can't find any piece of 'addled-ivity anyplace! Cheers to you!

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      No hangovers Eileen :) Well not yet. Writing a little today as Hubby has to work tonightm Boxing Day. Boo. Hope you had a great Christmas also.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Ethel another great hub, I would dearly love to see snow. But hate the cold and havent seen any warm snow so no good for these old bones. Cheers hope you had great xmas without too many headaches

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      And to you and yours Peggy. White Christmas has been on the TV today. Last week's snow is still on the ground. It keeps melting a little and frezing again

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We already had our most unusual of snow days here in Houston which comes once in every 10 or more we don't expect more. We did however watch the old classic movie White Christmas on television last night. Always a winner! MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and everyone you love.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Ane Merry Christmas to you HP. It is not an official white christmas in the uk but we still have last week's snow frozen on the ground.

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      H P Roychoudhury 

      8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Hi Ethel,

      We are in this part of Globe, no snow but of course cold, wish you marry Christmas and happy New Year.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Oh Suzie what a lot of snow. Our is staring to melt, just. Best wishes

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      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Merry Christmas, Ethel - we had quite the snowstorm here dumping nearly two feet on us. Just got my car out of a ditch this morning. Nice Hub.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Bruce, Jay, Hello and Princessa, warmest greetings to you all. Enjoy your Christmas and Hello enjoy the snow lol

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      Bruce T 

      8 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Have a Merry Christmas Ethel. Bruce T here from Columbus, Ohio, where there is a little snow on the ground, but the warmth of the holiday season is in the hearts of many, including myself.

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      8 years ago from Bristol England

      You echoed my thoughts with this hub, how come cold contries keep going under feet of snow, we get a couple of inches and everything comes to a standstill.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      I think the weather heard so much about Global Warming; it could not take it anymore. Thank God, we also have snow down in London and it looks lovely. I don't want to hear anyone complaining. I am in 7th heaven. As for coping with it. On the continent they are out from 4 o'clock in the morning gridding the roads. It is no problem. England knew that there would be bad weather coming but, as always, ignored it. That is what causes all these problems. The first time of my 45 years in London I am having a white Christmas. I can't believe it. I am over the moon

      Merry Christmas to you ethel and your family.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      Hi Ethel, here we go for a white Christmas, it is very white in here (France) too. It hasn't stop snowing since thursday. We were actually stranded on our way back from Disney because the motorways were closing one after another with no sign of when they were going to be able to open again.

      Merry Christmas to you!!! here we are really having fun making snow men and ladies with the children... we already have a small snow family LOL


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