Abingdon Changed by Snow

February 1, 2019

Abingdon Transformed by Snow
We woke this morning, in Abingdon, to see that everything had been changed by overnight snow. The Market Place was not grey but white.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
The fields were no longer green, but white, and that made the River Thames look darker.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
The clay tiles on the almshouse roof had been covered with a layer of snow.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
The snow clung onto the side of the trunks of trees.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
Some people enjoyed the snow. Others were not so sure. It was not only white but also cold and wet and very slippery in places.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
Very soon, however, the town council workmen started clearing the snow by throwing salt on the pathways, across the Market Place. The Vale District Council workers started clearing the snow off some other pavements in the town centre. As a result the recycling collectors did not come and empty our grey bins today. They were probably busy clearing snow. Or maybe they had the day off like some of the schools.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
More snow fell later during the day. It was not so firm, and good for snowballs, as the overnight snow, and it made the pavements slushy. Out in the fields, near Abingdon, the snowfall did not worry the sheep.

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  • 1. ppjs  |  February 1, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    At 05.30, the A34 was running at normal speeds. While gritting spoils the Christmas card effect, it certainly makes for safety underfoot and undertyre.

    Even with the midday flurry, we have got away with it pretty well. What I cannot understand is why schools closed. I’m sure it will be Health and Safety, but it seems a bit wimpish to me.

    I will not be the only one who walked two or three miles to school in January 1963 through six and seven inches of snow. My oldest grandson (12 years old) gave up cycling to school yesterday: actual temperature -35C, with windchill -41C. He lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He enjoys curling and cross-country ski-ing…

  • 2. Daniel  |  February 1, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Yes ppjs, it is indeed H&S….although I am quite sure that such wimpytude is from ‘the school” but likely imposed by hoops they have to concede to. Plus, of course, teachers come in from near and far….and who knows what the weather may be where they come from?

    However, having said that, the opportunity to spend a day at home with the kids is exponentially better than dragging myself to yet another soul destroying day of work.

    God bless snow days!

  • 3. Monicalovatt  |  February 1, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    The waste collections did not take place today due to the weather conditions and safety of other road users, pedestrians and waste staff. They say to leave out the bins for Monday when they hope to catch up, weather permitting.

    For more information go to :

    There is an app on the website that you can download called Binzone that gives information on bin collections.

  • 4. rudi  |  February 2, 2019 at 9:35 am

    driving from kingston bagpuize to the a34 was a nightmare at 7am – they certainly didn’t grit the a420 properly, no road markings visible, hard to even see where the side of the road was. upon reaching the a34 it was indeed fine.

  • 5. Elsie  |  February 2, 2019 at 11:00 am

    We get snow like this so rarely that I think its wonderful for children to have a day off school to be able to enjoy it ,so what if things aren’t quite as we would wish enjoy it whilst we can as the next generation might only see this in photos

  • 6. Annabel Gaskell  |  February 2, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    It’s more a mixture of safeguarding – ensuring you have enough staff to supervise, and the bus/coach services deciding not to run that forces the closures rather than just Health & Safety. The school where I work did open, but only around 50% came in – we all had a great time building snowmen at break.

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