Ellan Vannin Fo Naightey

More than the sheep are under the snow (fo naightey) on the Isle of Man these days.

Just at the Eastern U.S. digs out from under a blizzard, and the U.S. Midwest is hammered by a pre-Christmas storm, snow and wintry weather are falling and causing transportation problems across Western Europe, including the Isle of Man.

As many as 70 people were stranded in Douglas because of the snow, hail and sleet Saturday, staying overnight at the Sea Terminal and other emergency shelters.

Manx Department of Transport workers were out all weekend trying to clear the roads. Flights from Manchester to Ronaldsway were delayed or canceled on Sunday.

Manx Mum and family arrived in the U.K. this weekend prior to heading to the Isle of Man, where they will very likely have a White Christmas! At least there will be snow on Snaefell …

For pictures of the Isle of Man in snow, visit this gallery at

— Illiam