The UK has been under a cold spell for the past week or so, with snow even falling and settling in the Aylesbury Vale at times.
But this pales into insignificance when compared with the severe winter weather that has been seen on the other side of the Atlantic recently. You may have heard about this extreme weather in the news last week, with north-eastern US states pummelled by a winter storm known locally as a “nor-easter”. This is a deep area of low pressure that brings heavy precipitation and cold north-easterly winds (hence the name). Often the air is cold enough for snow, which can fall in vast quantities over a large area, accompanied by hurricane force winds. This event was forecast days ahead, meaning that authorities had the chance to take action. New York City’s subway system was closed for the first time in its history in anticipation of this storm, with snow depths expected to be measured in feet. In reality, it wasn’t as bad as forecast here with 10 inches of snow falling in Central Park. However, other locations in the US didn’t get off so lightly, with snow depths of three feet in places in Massachusetts, and numerous other states seeing more than two feet. Unsurprisingly, it caused travel chaos across a swathe of the northeast US. Thousands of flights were cancelled, sporting events disrupted and at least three people sadly lost their lives due to the effects of the storm.
While nowhere near on the scale of the US disruption, we have borne the brunt of winter weather back in the UK, too. Some roads in northern parts last week were impassable due to snowfall, and Manchester airport had to temporarily close last Thursday while snow was cleared from its runway. So is the wintry weather expected to continue for the Aylesbury Vale in the coming days? Well it looks like it will remain cold for the remainder of the week and into the weekend, although there will be a lot of dry weather around with any wintry showers very fleeting.