Saturday, 26 January 2013
TMBC 1 Snow 0
Remember the problems caused by snow back in 2009? TMBC were caught completely unprepared and many roads throughout the borough were left untreated for days. What a difference a few years makes. Tonight it seems to have snowed quite heavily in Tameside, but all roads are passable. Snow has settled on some higher ground as you can see in the picture, but because of the intense gritting over previous days it is soon turning to slush on the roads.
The same cannot be said in Whitefield where I was earlier this evening. The snow there is deep and is causing real problems. I was lucky to get off the M60 at the Middleton exit as the snow started falling. Cars and lorries were stranded as they slipped to a standstill as the gradient increased towards the M62.
While observing the cars slipping and sliding to a halt, this year, as in previous years, the undisputed winner of the 'going nowhere quickly award' was the prestigious German marque BMW. They might build wonderful cars, but apart from their 4x4's, they are totally hopeless in the snow.
It seems Asda in Hyde were also determined not to be caught out by snow this year either. They had a large tractor on standby ready for snow clearing duties. Whether or not such an impressive machine was necessary for the snow that fell tonight is open to debate.