LONDON – The biggest snowstorm to hit London in 18 years idled Britain’s trademark red buses, stranding thousands of airline passengers and commuters, and raising a vexing question about why a predicted snowfall caught authorities so off-guard.
Transit officials had nearly a week to prepare, but they failed to keep a semblance of normalcy in the city when more than 10 centimetres of snow fell overnight from Sunday to Monday and another 10 centimetres fell on Monday afternoon (early this morning NZST).
Londoners who needed to get somewhere often found they couldn’t – unless they were willing to trudge for kilometres.
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Photo: A woman takes photographs of a snow covered London taxi in St Johns Wood, London. Photo / AP, nzherald.co.nz
on 4/02/2009 6:17pm
I’m a Kiwi currently living in the South-East of England. The weather has been amazing, especially for us. We received about 15-20cm over the past two days of snowfall and the temperature dropped to -8 on monday night. We then had a glorious sunny day on tuesday, with the sun lighting up the snow, we even got some icicles! School was closed for me for two days in a row, which is truly a rare occurrence.
I’ll upload some pictures to the gallery, but just remember this kind of weather is not common at all here, it was the biggest snowfall in 18 years!