… and we finally woke up this morning to a snow-covered city, with blurry snowflakes that kept falling till about 10 am.
Beautiful scenery, except that Rome is the most climate-challenged capital in Europe. Last night, considering the weather forecast, the Municipality ordered all schools to remain closed today. It sounded rather ridiculous and excessive at the time but was the right call, as the total snowfall of about 10 centimeters has completely blocked Rome this morning!
The City has no salt reserves to sprinkle on roads, no snowplows, only a few buses have snow-tires and most private cars don’t. Besides, by daybreak all tram lines but one were at a standstill because of fallen tree branches obstructing the rails, or in various cases simply (badly) parked cars.
Flights from Fiumicino resumed by late morning, but forget the train stations.
Little kids were having a ball sledding down the city’s great many hills and parks, and the only people who made it to work were those a short walk away from their offices, or those with a nearby metro station.
The official line is “don’t go anywhere” unless you really really have to.
Oh, and Ms. Mayor’s in Mexico… attending a Climate Change conference.
No worries though, mid-morning the army was called in to start cleaning up the roads. And yes, they’re bringing their own shovels.
Tomorrow should be interesting too, when all this freezes over.
Photos 14thcountry.com Rome Feb. 26 2018