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I suppose this weather came from the West; any snow for you in Germany, North France or closer to the Atlantic?

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by DoDo on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 02:41:44 PM EST
Snow came to Copenhagen yesterday around noon.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 02:59:52 PM EST
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We have a light dusting - Finnish-style. And  'Mr Pakkanen' hovering around -3.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 03:14:09 PM EST
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Lots of snow on the Pyrenees, but nothing down below.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 04:45:23 PM EST
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Had our first few flurries early last week here, and it's been below freezing pretty much every morning and night for a while.

Fun, fun, fun!

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 09:15:23 PM EST
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A dusting yesterday, and again this morning. And even now it's only 2 degrees - that's extreme for January here in the Kölner Bucht.

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by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 04:58:46 AM EST
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Snow showers in the Paris area as well. Just a light dusting so far. Shouldn't last long, though.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 05:56:16 AM EST
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A light dusting here near London, it actually looked like it was going to snow quite heavily and then it turned to sleet, then rain and has now all gone.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 08:16:52 AM EST
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One of the great, very likely wrong, bits of Finnish trivia about England in winter, is that London has only one snow plough ;-) Superior sniggers from us Finns.

But it is true that a combination of 1 cm of snow, inappropriate tyres, inexperienced drivers and frustration brings total chaos to English roads.

Tears of laughter rolling down our cheeks on this...


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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 10:46:15 AM EST
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The part in which the girl barely gets out of the way of the Mercedes SUV was pretty scary, but overall hilarious.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 11:07:48 AM EST
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Not really seeing the funny side of people being frightened, stressed, injured, and massively inconvenienced. But maybe that's just me.

It snows every few years here on average, and it rarely lingers for more than a day or two. That's not nearly long enough to learn how to drive in it.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 11:38:57 AM EST
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I didn't personally get the sense that they were frightened, injured or anything of that.  Stressed, yes, but they seemed to have a laugh over it in the end.  Fair point, though.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 12:29:27 PM EST
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It's fairly simple - it should be part of driving tuition: weight over the drive wheels, deflate the types to get more tread, very gentle acceleration and deceleration using gears instead of brake where possible, very gentle pressure on brake, turning gently into a skid. Brute force and snow or ice do not mix.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 12:47:25 PM EST
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I don't see people injured on the video, and only one who may be frightened. But what I do see is stupidity en masse, which tends to be funny.

That's not nearly long enough to learn how to drive in it.

Is it not taught when you get drivers' licence? What about public warnings? (Also, though I couldn't yet track down the origin of this video, Helen is right in that it appears to be a North American location where snow is more commonplace.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 02:59:56 PM EST
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Here is a longer version:

The location is definitely US. People seem to laugh about it. The silliest moment is at the end, when the policeman says that "this has always been a bad hill" -- well duh, so why wasn't anything done, like warning signs or that sand-disperser coming at the first sight of snow?...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 03:08:57 PM EST
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Very funny!  

Reminds me of my first winter on Long Island (a flat, 200 km sandbar east of New York City):  A bit of frozen rain, and cars strewn in the ditches, miles on end.  

You might think seeing a car in the ditch would sober one up and slow one down, but no!  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Tue Nov 25th, 2008 at 06:32:34 AM EST
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I would point out that they're driving on the wrong side of the road for the UK. US or Canada methinks.

And yea, we don't get snow that often, so there;s no point in investing in stuff to deal with it. A day or two's inconvenience every 3 or 4 years is okay

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 11:40:13 AM EST
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