Who stole our snow?

THERE was just one question on the minds of children – and a fair few adults – when they opened the curtains yesterday: where’s all the snow?

Snow over the dunes in St Ouen's Bay. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (30206091)
Snow over the dunes in St Ouen's Bay. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (30206091)

The answer, it seems, was about 30 miles south of the Island.

Despite forecasts of up to 5cm of the white stuff falling overnight on Tuesday, Islanders woke to a dusting so light it could barely sustain even the most vertically challenged snowman.

The weather front which brought the first snowfall of the winter ground to a halt as it left the north coast of Brittany – leaving Dinard with a 10cm covering and Jersey with 1cm at best.

St Malo in the snow on Wednesday morning. Picture: Nicolas Hesse (30212286)

Sarah Weber, Jersey Met duty forecaster, said: ‘The front moved really slowly north out of France and stalled over the Minquiers reef and then just essentially fragmented.

‘The snow was generally light and very patchy, but they did have a lot more in France.’

The temperature on Tuesday climbed no higher than 0°C and felt more like minus 7°C in the strong easterly wind. It is expected to stay cold for the next few days, with the possibility of light sleet or snow today and again tomorrow.

The Island will then be firmly in a battleground between cold air to the east and milder Atlantic air. Although there is still some uncertainty regarding the outlook, it is thought the milder air will win – with temperatures possibly reaching 10°C by Monday.

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