THE Go Snow is already hitting Medway's salt mountain.
Just days after telling councillors there was enough for 19 days, and that they had increased stocks by more than 50 per cent compared with a year ago, the hunt is on for fresh stocks.
It could have something to do with the shock announcement yesterday by Gravesham council that the weather was so bad Father Christmas had cancelled his visit to Gravesend.
Can you imagine the grief experienced by children who had been so good in anticipation of the Jolly Red Giant's visit?
Can you imagine the explanations from mums and dads?
"Yes dear! You have been a good boy. There's still a few days to Christmas and I am sure that he will have found a way to visit you by then."
"But Daddy, why couldn't he get here today? After all, he flies everywhere on his sledge."
"Father Christmas decided to use an open-topped bus instead. It was very cold on top."
"Boo-hoo! Father Christmas shouldn't worry about the cold on the top deck! After all he races everywhere on his sledge and it's got no roof..."
"He was being kind to Rudolph, Donner, Blitzen and the others. After all they had a very busy time visiting the Dockside Outlet Centre in Chatham Maritime, and need to rest before Christmas Eve...."
Further floods of tears.
Meanwhile, further unfortunate problems in the snow.
The Highways Agency website has an apology on screen at present.
It can't cope with demand.
You'd think when there was snow 12 months ago, some of the lessons would be learned.
WHAT on earth are the Liberal Democrats doing?
As their numbers shrink year on year they seem to make more and more questionable calls.
The latest is their decision to oppose city status - but only at this time.
They enjoyed stirring the pot with cries of money wasted (as though not spending £25,000 will save the council's taxpayers a fortune).
The truth is they are trying to find votes.
With their MPs stabled with the Conservatives, they have real grounds for fearing the electorate's long knives will be out of scabbards in May.
The only person with whom I agreed was their ex-Leader, Cllr Maureen Ruparel.
Medway Council demanded one of its members should resign after bringing shame on himself, his family and the entire council after a burst of unnecessary (and Chatham costly) libido.
Yet as they made the call, councillor after councillor admitted Nick Brice is extremely unlikely to go.
He is the councillor who was caught with the Medway prostitute during a police operation to clean up the area - fully backed by the whole council.
Cllr Brice - unusually - did not appear at the council meeting where he was ritually humbled. I am sure he would have been heard if he wished to speak.
There were enough opportunities. They ranged from calls for his castigation to demands for more painful actions.
No one spoke in his defence. Yet one - ex-mayor Ted Baker - at least abstained from the blood letting. That took some guts, but Ted has always been prepared to stand by his principles.... even when the rest of us don't understand what they are.