Is it thawing?

Snowy Claremont Square
Snowy Claremont Square

Despite the overnight snow, conditions have improved today. The sun has come out and the snow is beginning to melt. Tigger reported no problems on the way to work and people have returned to work after what must in retrospect seem like an impromptu holiday.

Warmed by the sun, the trees around the reservoir in Claremont Square were shedding the snow from their branches.

In the Square and in Amwell Street, there was still plenty of snow. Some of the parked cars had a deep layer on their roofs and bonnets. On the pavements, the snow had been tamped down by the tread of passers-by and was hard, showing that it had frozen overnight. The gritting lorries had been out and there were patches of brown gravel here and there but it was still necessary to walk carefully to avoid slipping.

Angel junction
Angel junction

On the main road, the asphalt is practically free of snow, swept clear by the wheels of passing vehicles. Buses are running once more and the traffic has increased to something like its usual volume. The road junction at Angel again resembles its usual busy self. It is fortunate that the engineering works that had reduced traffic flow to a single lane ended on Sunday or the chaos would have been that much worse.

It remains to be seen whether this really is the end of the snow or merely an intermission. While the sun has warmed the air somewhat, it is still cold in the shade and there therefore remains the possibility that there is more snow to come.

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I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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6 Responses to Is it thawing?

  1. Ed says:

    I’m planning a weekend in London in May. I hope the snow will have stopped falling by then ! 🙂
    But I keep good memories of a paralysed country as soon as snow started to fall when I lived in Kettering. And snow makes every place look beautiful, even Corby !

  2. SilverTiger says:

    I imagine that May will be snow-free but with global warming and changed weather patterns, nothing is guaranteed. Weather is always a matter of chance in Britain.

    I am not keen on snow. In fact, I greatly dislike it. I am happy to admire the beauty of snow scenes… as long as they are not where I am 😉

  3. Nathan says:

    It was strange walking around Newcastle during the worst day of the snow, it was unbelievably quiet, quite disconcerting. Still loads of snow here though!

  4. SilverTiger says:

    Yes, and contrary to my hopes, we still have it here though the main roads have been cleared by the traffic which has resumed its normal volume.

    Perhaps it’s a good thing to be given a chance to see the familiar world under a different aspect from time to time.

  5. Villager says:

    Have you had any more snowfall in London ? Looks more over Birmingham way today.

  6. SilverTiger says:

    It seems to have spared London. Today (from what I see from the window) the thaw has begun in earnest. The main road and its pavements are wet but not snow covered and in the front garden, the snowy area is shrinking, its depressions filled with water.

    Of course, it isn’t yet safe to celebrate. There might still be more to come.

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