This morning, I awoke to the sound of snow shovels. Usually in most of Korea, the amounts of snow are fairly light. There usually isn’t much snow, usually just enough to make the sidewalks “slicker than snot” as some on my mom’s side of the family might say. The snow was of such large amounts that Seoul ended up with 20cm (7 inches) by 9 AM. With tomorrow high temperature forcast to be -6, it should make getting to work tomorrow a dicey endeavour indeed!
Yes, it’s serious enough that they’re using shovels. Usually, the shop keepers just sweep the snow from in front of their respective shops. But as I left for Seoul this morning, I saw the owner of the gamjatang (beef stew) restaurant out with a shovel. The owners of the Chinese restaurant, some really nice Chinese people, were also out in full force with their shovels. I knew that there would be snow. I just didn’t think it would snow this much.
There are areas of Korea, such as Gangwon Province and North Korea, which see a lot of snow. North Korea is considerably more mountainous than the rather mountainous South is. As one might expect from a nation as mountainous as this one, hiking is a very popular pasttime.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has closed down all mountainous roads. Several ministers were late to the first cabinet meeting of the year at the Cheong Wa Dae.