The snow dump signs have gone up.
When there's lots of snow and it doesn't melt you run out of room to put it in your yard when you're shovelling. You're not supposed to chuck it on the road for the snow ploughs to pick up. Around here we have big yards and a big snow year just means kids get their own snow parks with snowslides and snow mountains and sled runs etc etc.
But closer to the city where yards are smaller they open snow dumps. This one is the back-up carpark for the castle. People schlep their snow to the snow dump and there it stays gray and grotty until it melts.
A few years ago we had a year of really heavy snow and lots of it. The snow dumps filled up. The snow kept falling. The city designated a whole swathe of playgrounds as emergency snow dumps. This saved money as they didn't have to transport the snow to some other city with more space or pay to melt their snow on private land.
That Spring the council used all that money they saved and then some fixing the play equipment in the parks that were used as snow dumps. The combination of truckloads of heavy snow, salt from the roads and metal play equipment turned out not to be a good one!
Here's to this year being light on snow.