The arrival of the heavy snowfall during the night has meant a quick change of pace for many people in this area. Most of the roads have been cleared of snow but the freezing conditions has now meant that ice is expected on many of the smaller roads later on this evening.
It has still to be officially confirmed but unofficially the schools in the area which were shut today because of the snow will also be closed tomorrow because of the icy conditions.
There is also some doubt that the theatre production at the Teatro dei Differenti in Barga Vecchia will take place tomorrow evening.
So people are moving around but moving around slowly. The only cars on the road are those equipped with snow tires or chains.
For the Comune workers clearing the roads and for many people travelling to and from work this has meant a considerable level of added stress but not everybody has been viewing the icy conditions in such a negative light. No school has meant that many children are out there braving the elements and enjoying the first snow of the winter season.
In Parco Buozzi the high winds during the night brought down two large trees but even that seemed to not deter some people enjoying the steep slopes as snowboarders were out and about doing what snowboarders always do – climbing up, sliding down and then repeat the process.
An interesting observation this afternoon, it would seem that it is the women of the area clearing the snow from outside their houses. Both in Barga Vecchia and at Fornaci di Barga, men seemed not to be doing this work. Any reason for that ?