A big snowstorm has been lashing Estonia for the last 20 hours and is only now starting to die down in Tallinn. Winds have not been too bad, but accumulations have been 8-14 inches.
* Everybody in the capital has forgotten how to drive in the snow. I saw two accidents from the window of the cafe where I was working.
* Then again, there are four inches on most major arteries. Naturally, just as in a famous 1990s snowstorm where even trams were affected and mayor Robert Lepikson was taken to task, snowbound members of various parties have already managed to write Internet op eds implicating current mayor Savisaar. I swear these things must be pre-written.
* The national weather service has issued a forecast of additional accumulations in cm. Though not in inches, this is still a very American feature, first time I have ever seen this in Estonia. Usually no information is provided on expected amount of snowfall.
I'll bet by next year, people will start stocking up on batteries and schools will close. The metamorphosis of Estonia into a snow-fearing Western country will be complete, and studded tires will have been banned.
* Temps of up to +10 and rain for later this week. Could be soggy in the south.