Friday, December 24, 2010

Snowed In

I just got a text from my colleague that she probably won't make it to the office today because there's just way too much snow outside. I was a bit groggly, and on my way to waking up when I saw that so I didn't really think too much of it. But... I just opened my curtains and saw something odd that greeted me. Around 10cm of snow on my balcony railings.

I can normally only judge the amount of snow by looking at the railings because the cement blocks on the balcony are affected by my heating system in the house. The walls generally emanates quite a lot of heat which melts a lot of the snow on the balcony itself before I get to see it.

This is easily the most snow I've seen, fallen, and accumulated in my seven years in Brussels! I'm shocked, and it's absolutely incredible. I knew all along that this winter would be severe, but you just cannot imagine anything of this degree. Driving to work today will be a nightmare. I'm so happy I filled the tank up last night!

UPDATE: 07:59

I just checked the local news agency VRT and they have an article headlined: "Stay off the roads if possible." The article said that the Belgian police is making this request because the road conditions are atrocious and quite some accidents have already occurred, and it's not even 08:00 yet! The traffic jam gauge is shooting past 460 km of queues all over the country and is on very red. Damn it!

 Image Source: Krypton Zone (c) 2010 Entertainment, VRT Nieuws

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