Isn’t this the same city that survived the Blitz?

On my way to work today, I saw school children struggling to gather enough snow to make a decent snowball — which is why the following email, sent Wednesday to council employees at a London borough which shall remain nameless, makes me laugh…

Message for all staff:

The Corporate Management Team has received an update from Public Weather Service Advisor at the Met Office on the expected snow – please read as follows and see attachments.

‘You will see that the risk of disruption during tomorrow morning’s rush hour has been raised to 90% for the London area. The main area of concern is likely to be to the north and west of central London where 10-15 cm of snow is possible. Accumulations of 2 to 5 cm are expected to be widespread.

‘One concern is the rate at which snow could accumulate during tomorrow morning. The impact of this could lead to problems in keeping main routes clear (despite best efforts). Grid locking would then need to be considered as a major risk. Other impacts include disruption to power supplies due to ice accretion. I understand that forecasters in our operations centre are working on a more detailed risk assessment map for London and the Home Counties. I will aim to forward this to you as soon as I have it.

‘As the snow moves northwards during the day on Thursday, it is expected to turn to rain. Some thawing will occur but on Thursday night into Friday, a refreezing is expected to give widespread ice problems.’

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