This morning, I awoke to a lovely sunny (hopefully it stays out) Spring day, birds chirping in the trees and the sheep and lambs grazing the field at the back of the house.
This time last year, we woke up to a very different scene; everywhere was covered in a blanket of snow. By 7.45am, news started to filter through that most schools in the North Wales area would be shut for the day. As it was the last day of term, the Easter holidays started a day early!
The snow carried on all day, making driving difficult from Anglesey right across to the English border. By the end of the day, we had a few feet of snow and it just kept on coming. The problem was made worse by the wind, causing huge drifts, up to six feet high in places.
The weather remained below freezing for the following two weeks. With no sign of a thaw, farmers and the local councils had to dig the snow off the roads to make them passable. The task was so great they were forced to concentrate on the main roads, leaving many minor side roads blocked for over a week.
North Wales gets snow regularly, but not usually that late in the year, by then the sheep had already had their lambs or were about to give birth. Farmers across the region had the massive task of finding and digging out hundreds of buried sheep and tiny lambs, many of which, sadly, didn’t survive. This article from the BBC News website, reports the problems they faced.
I was talking to my neighbour, who farms the fields around our village, last week and he was keeping his fingers crossed that we don’t have any late snow this year. Looking at the long-range forecast for this week, apart from a bit of frost over the weekend, we should be fine…hopefully.