Winter’s early arrival

Geneva is covered in snow. Starting last weekend and continuing to today, Geneva is being blanketed with snow. From yesterday’s prediction of 20cm to today’s latest dump, there’s probably about 50cm on the ground. As people keep telling me, it’s abnormal for Geneva, which sits in a valley, to get such a big dump of snow, especially early on in the winter season. An “Orange” alert was declared, bus and tram routes and schedules were disrupted, and the Geneva airport was closed till 2pm today. On top of that, more snow is expected. I spent most of my evening last night walking home because traffic was at a standstill – after a couple of failed attempts at riding the bus and tram, it was just easier to walk. At some point in the next couple of days the alert will be gone, but the snow (and slush) will still cover the streets… will Geneva, its sidewalks and streets be ready for ice and the havoc it brings? Aside from the craziness from snow and ice, I love the fact that it’s beautiful (and quiet) in the city… dress warmly and a snow-covered urban landscape is a joy to walk through.

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