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Snowstorm hits London, heat wave in our future

Posted Monday, February 2, 2009, at 5:05 PM

Commuters walk over Westminster Bridge, in London, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Heavy snowfall in much of Britain caused widespread travel problems throughout the country Monday morning, causing hundreds of flight cancellations and rush hour chaos in London. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Remember the snowstorms that struck New Orleans and Las Vegas in December? The crazy weather continues, this time hitting another place that rarely sees heavy snow: London, England.

Here's what the Associated Press is reporting:

LONDON (AP) -- It was hardly a blizzard, but it still shut down the city that beat the Blitz.

The biggest snowfall to hit London in 18 years idled the city's trademark red buses and Underground trains Monday, stranded thousands of airline passengers, and raised the vexing question of why a predicted winter storm caught authorities so unprepared.

Transit officials had nearly a week to get ready, but they failed to keep things running normally in the capital, which was buried under more than four inches of snow overnight and another four inches in the afternoon.

I haven't looked at the weather charts, but it's possible that the remnants of our own ice storm may have crossed the Atlantic and triggered the London snow.

Heat wave coming soon

Last week, the computer models were hinting at a good chance of snow today or tomorrow. Thankfully, that isn't happening. A weak Alberta Clipper system could bring some very light snow showers or flurries tonight, but the radar is not very impressive, so I would be surprised if we received more than a dusting.

The clipper will bring colder air for two more days, with temperatures remaining below freezing until Wednesday. So all of the sleet/ice/snow/whatever still on the ground isn't going anywhere fast.

However, forecasts for later in the week are calling for a heat wave -- at least by February standards. We should see temperatures in the low-to-mid 50's from Friday through at least Monday. There is a chance of rain -- liquid rain -- during the weekend. That should flush away our white stuff once and for all.

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I never knew it rarely snows in London. Where's Mary Poppins when you need her? She could fix that.

-- Posted by tinks89 on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 8:47 PM

Mid 50s temps sound good but I don't know if I'd describe them as a heatwave when the average temp for the weekend is 46 degrees. The average high by the end of the month is a balmy 53 degrees. Spring is on the way.

-- Posted by stevmo on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 9:23 PM

I know it's been tough for you folks back there with the ice storm that makes our hurricanes look like a breeze (pardon the pun).

But I want you to know that I woke up in West Palm Beach, FL, this morning to find ice on the birdbath.


That's not as bad as the all-time record of low of 24F on January 19, 1977, which is when we had measurable snowfall, but it's still chilly for here.

I feel sorry for tourists who came down here to thaw out.

-- Posted by Ken1 on Thu, Feb 5, 2009, at 1:57 PM

My apologies James, It's looking more like a heat wave every day. Might have to dig out a Hawaiian shirt to celebrate.

-- Posted by stevmo on Fri, Feb 6, 2009, at 9:34 PM

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