In Shanghai it may snow once a year. Usually it's just a dusting, just enough to take notice and it's gone before it hits the ground. It usually happens in January or February, the really cold months in Shanghai. As I write, the snow has been falling for nearly twelve hours and it's certainly sticking to some places. The roads were basically clear when we came home tonight but it looked pretty and it was enough to get people out in the street throwing a few snowballs.
Folks reading my blog from the comfort of their Chicago office or their flat in Boston will not find this the least bit interesting. But if you're from Florida or Texas and you remember that one time in snowed when you were eight - you know what I'm talking about. A little snow in a place that is utterly unused to the stuff can cause absolute havoc. And while it was fun for the kids this afternoon, flights are probably backed up in Hong Qiao airport for hours. If you're traveling today, call ahead and find out if your flight is delayed.
But if you're sticking around Shanghai, get out and enjoy the winter weather a little. It's such a rarity in these parts.
Photos: above - Nanjing West Road from the Portman Ritz-Carlton, below - street-side on Ulumuqi Road, Shanghai. © 2010 Sara Naumann, licensed to About.com.