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After coming to Poland this summer I expected to see some snow by late Fall. Apart from the really cold temperatures, especially if you compared to what we’re used to have in Italy, the weather was nothing special: sun, rain and clouds.

No snow at all.

Finally the other day we woke up with a really small layer of snow.

Most of the roads are clean so it is not the kind of snow that you forces you to stay home. Unfortunately it is not even the kind of snow that you can have some fun throwing it to your friends/family since it’s too icy since the temperatures are too low, but it is still nice to see.

It took two people 15 minutes to clean the car, but it was a fun experience1. Driving on the icy road for 10 minutes (yes, it took more time to de-ice the car than the driving time) was not the most pleasant experience, but nowhere near the worst.

It was reassuring to see that everyone had cleaned their cars from the snow before driving, that does not happen in Italy since people are not used to snow so as soon as they enter the highway you have snow and ice dangerously falling off cars and trucks(!) at 100+ km/h, which happened to us twice back in Italy, luckily they were not that close to us and I managed to avoid it in time. The truck driver did not notice anything in both cases.

I expect it not to be as fun if I had to use the car every day to go to work and I had to repeat this process for weeks at a time, but fortunately I walk to the office.

Previous Years

Last time I went to Poland in winter there were 15 cm of snow, more than I’ve seen in Italy (apart from in the mountain region) in years. It has been hard to even move the car for a few km to go shopping. That year there were small piles of snow that turned into ice at the sides of the roads until march/april.

Swiss Highways

The most snow we’ve seen was in the Italian/Swiss alps while coming back from Italy this november by car. There was so much snow that a lot of roads were closed and you could not go faster than 30 km/h on the highway in some areas. A lot of cars got stuck going uphill even though there were lots of snowplows in action.

Most of the time you could not see much from the dashcam since it was so snowy, but this short clip is pretty nice:

  1. And another 5 to 10 for the engine to get to temperature… 

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Valentino Urbano



Valentino Urbano

iOS Developer, Swift, Writer, Husband

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