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Heavy snow hits much of Britain

Post by TheHidden01 on Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:55 pm



Heavy snow has fallen across large parts of the UK, disrupting travel and closing thousands of schools.

South-east England has the worst snow it has seen for 18 years, causing all London buses to be pulled from service and the closure of Heathrow's runways.

The Met Office has issued an extreme weather warning for England, Wales and parts of eastern Scotland.

Up to four inches is forecast to fall later on Monday in south-east England, and up to 12 inches in the north-east.

Speaking at a press conference in Downing Street, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "We are doing everything in our power to ensure services, road, rail and airports are open as quickly as possible, and we are continuing to monitor this throughout the day."

'Dangerous driving'

The BBC Weather Centre said up to 6in (15cm) of snow fell overnight with temperatures unlikely to get above 0C for the rest of the day.

BBC weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker said that up to a foot of snow could fall in London by Monday evening, and there could be 20 inches in parts of the north.

Up to 16 inches of snow could also fall in parts of the Pennines on Monday night.

Thousands of school children across England and Wales woke up to the news that their school was closed for the day.

Most Surrey schools are closed, while in Essex, more than 450 shut and 255 Berkshire schools are closed. Leicestershire and Rutland gave pupils at 200 schools the day off.



Thousands more are closed across Wales, London, north-east England, East and West Sussex, Kent, Norfolk Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk, where snow-ploughs were out on the county's roads for the first time in more than 15 years.

Bad weather has also forced the closure of the Old Bailey courts in London and crown courts in Lewes and Hove.

In north Wales, two climbers have been killed on Snowdon. The mountain saw heavy snow all weekend.

The men were reported missing on Sunday night. A rescue team found their bodies on Monday morning.

Air travel has been badly affected.

All flights at Heathrow Airport near London have been cancelled until 1700 GMT and customers whose flights have been cancelled are being advised not to come to the airport.

Earlier a plane slipped off a taxiway at Heathrow due to the snow and icy conditions.

Passengers aboard the Cyprus Airways flight were unharmed.

The British Airports Authority said the front wheel of the plane landed in the grass area and they were in the process of removing the plane.

* The northern runway at Heathrow remains closed. All flights from Heathrow Terminal 5 have been cancelled.
* London City, Luton and Southampton airports are closed. Norwich and Leeds Bradford airports have now reopened.
* BAA has warned passengers travelling to and from Heathrow and Stansted airports to expect "significant delays and cancellations".

* BAA Scotland said four flights from Glasgow to Heathrow and London City were cancelled and one to Cardiff.
* BA says it has cancelled 65 flights, while 73 Ryanair flights are grounded.
* Gatwick is open, although fewer aircraft are able to take off. Some 23 flights had to be cancelled and 18 diverted to other airports after Gatwick closed its runway for two hours on Sunday evening.
* There is no service on the Gatwick Express.

On the roads, motorists were being warned of dangerous driving conditions.

There have been a string of accidents on many motorways and A roads, causing road closures, long delays and vehicles to become stranded.

And there was more bad news for people trying to use public transport in the South East of England.

* All London buses have been withdrawn from service due "to adverse weather and dangerous driving conditions".
* Many Tube lines are partially suspended and the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines entirely suspended.
* South West Trains is running a reduced service on most routes and passengers are advised not to travel unless their journey is essential.

The Highways Agency said there have been too many minor accidents on the roads "to put a number on".

The agency recommended people should only make essential journeys.

Eurostar services are currently operating between the UK and the continent, but are subject to possible delays due to the heavy snow in the UK and northern France.

In the late afternoon, more heavy snow is forecast to hit the eastern part of England, including East Anglia, London and the Home Counties, accompanied by "strong winds [and] blizzard conditions".

This will work its way up through the Midlands, northern England and eastern Scotland.

Evening temperatures will fall to about -1C for many areas of England and eastern Wales, with the weather turning icy by Tuesday morning making road travel treacherous.

There will be minor snowfalls and temperatures will reach about 4C in most areas by Tuesday afternoon.

One motorist, driving in the Midlands on Monday, told the BBC conditions were much clearer there, but highway officers told him they had responded to 1,735 incidents over a 24-hour period in the East Midlands alone.

The Highways Agency said the organisation was well prepared to deal with snowfall over roads after criticism over its reaction to severe weather in 2003.

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Re: Heavy snow hits much of Britain

Post by Rae on Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:22 pm

The Essex schools are only closed because the students were burning teachers, cars and black people to keep warm.

Its even snowing in Cornwall which is rare as snow doesnt settle well on sheer cliffs.

Some Essex under 10s got snowed into their housing estate, and the police tried to dig them out but the kids engaged them in light arms fire "coz the pigs were like, so on our turf... innit."


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Re: Heavy snow hits much of Britain

Post by TheHidden01 on Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:23 pm

Rae wrote:The Essex schools are only closed because the students were burning teachers, cars and black people to keep warm.

Its even snowing in Cornwall which is rare as snow doesnt settle well on sheer cliffs.

I hear the Essex crew are taking advantage of the snow to rob the local corner shop.

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