On Wednesday, along the Fylde Coast of Lancashire, England, the town of Clevelys was met by a wall of white, raging winds, near zero visibility, and drifts several feet high. The adjacent road along the Irish sea was nearly impassable. But temperatures were far too warm for snow.
The “white stuff” in the air was sea foam, which winds whipped into a raging blizzard. The video footage is a sight to behold.
Posted by david103jay to YouTube, with the following caption: The white stuff coated the ground along the Fylde coast today, except it wasn’t the cold variety falling from the sky. Drivers in Cleveleys slipped through foam, made by algae, and washed in from the sea. Coastguards say it can happen during rough weather. The police had no reports of any accidents, but plenty of cars will need a wash tonight.
In Scotland, the same storm brought wind gusts to 74 mph in Glasgow and a peak wind gust of 136 mph at the Cairngorms summit. The storm caused significant travel distruptions: bridges were closed, flights cancelled, and ferry services shutdown.
Additional reading: Sea foam swamps seaside town of Cleveleys