We had our first snow of the winter over the weekend. So far winter has been mild and very wet. December saw guys dressed in shorts and T shirts in the city and then floods along the river. It was nice to have a bit of proper winter weather for a change, until you have to drive in it of course. I seem to remember there was about 15 minutes of snow in Winter 2014/2015. I was driving back from Liverpool and got caught in it. By the time I was home it was over. So this year’s snow has already outdone last year’s. We have to go back to 2010 before we had some real snow in the city. It was so bad we couldn’t get off the drive and I was worried we wouldn’t be able to catch our flight to Egypt. We managed it though. We spent 10 days in the warmth of the Nike Valley and when we returned the snow was still there with temperatures sub zero all the time we were away. The snow has gone but the papers are getting excited about a really long, cold spell with masses of snow. Papers love a bit of drama.

The weekend’s snow was nowhere near as bad as 2010. But it was enough to transform the city for a while and to get a friends 3 year old son to declare that it was Christmas again! He was disappointed. 

The guys in the police helicopters, @NPAS_Barton, have been up checking on how things are. Thanks to them for these pictures. I’m not sure how many bad guys they have up in the Lakes that need to be kept an eye on but the helicopter was up there on a job. They took this beautiful picture while they were up there. The water is part of Windermere, England’s largest lake. Beyond are the high mountains of central Cumbria, thick with snow. If Cheshire is Manchester’s well manicured front lawn, the Lake District is the spectacular rockery at the end of our back garden. Leaving central Manchester, traffic allowing, you can be by the lake shore at Bowness on Windermere in a couple of hours. 

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Closer to home they took these pictures of the city looking very monochromatic. I can’t tell exactly where these were took. Snow does tend to do that.

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On the ground, my car had an icing of snow. You can’t tell really because the roof is white already. 

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