I was looking forward a couple of days ago to an easy drive down to the Gailtal to pick a side of speck for the larder. The weather forecast was good - above zero and dry. This is what we got;
And it's still falling. A major cause of anxiety was a bulk delivery of wine and beer due this morning; I eyed my remaining stocks of alcohol with trepidation. I needn't have worried; bang on time a 3.5 tonne van in snow chains struggled up from the valley, audible a mile away in the white silence, and I now have enough booze to withstand a siege. And the PTT post van arrived bang on time also, without even a remark about the weather.
The forecasters blame the complexity of the lows over Italy and their lack of super computers. They have issued a new forecast - that the complexities over Italy will simplify over the next few days, and that their own forecasts will be more accurate.