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Tyburn
12-01-2010, 10:11 PM
:laugh:

Today the terrible conditions that closed the entire London of The North at mid day today, travelled south to strike at the True Capital. The Planes have stopped, and now we are begining to get Trains stopping and major Motorways closing


The big freeze is expected to engulf the whole of Britain with forecasters predicting snowfall and subzero temperatures in almost every corner of the country.

Freezing Arctic conditions that have paralysed much of Scotland and the North East spread to the Midlands bringing up to two inches of snow during the early hours and are expected to reach parts of Wales, the South East and London later on Tuesday.

Severe weather warnings of heavy snowfall and widespread road ice have been issued across almost every part of the UK, with further travel chaos expected to heap misery on commuters.

It was reported that up to four inches (10cm) of snow fell in the north of England on Monday night and during the early hours of Tuesday morning, with North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Merseyside all experiencing heavy and persistent flurries. Birmingham and parts of Gloucestershire and Sussex also experienced fresh falls as the band of wintry snow headed south.

Gemma Plumb, forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Almost everywhere in the UK will reach minus temperatures and have some sleet or snow showers today. There will be heavy snow showers in the South East across Kent, Hampshire, Essex and London, with five to eight cm falling on higher ground."

Nearly 100 commuters travelling from central London to Ashford in Kent were stranded on a SouthEastern train for more than two hours with no power after the tracks froze in the subzero temperatures on Monday night. The 11.07pm service from London Victoria fell victim to the icy weather between Borough Green and West Malling before being towed to safety by another train.

Temperatures reached low of minus 13C in Inverness on Tuesday morning, with forecasters predicting that daytime temperatures would struggle to get past zero due to the bitter wind chill. Edinburgh Airport remained closed due to heavy snow on Tuesday morning and other airports also faced disruption with a number of flight cancellations and delays.

Many schools in Scotland, the North East and Cornwall were also forced to close and expected to remain shut. All schools in Dundee, West Lothian and Shetland were shut on Monday while in York and North Yorkshire, around 50 schools closed their doors. In Cornwall, 44 schools were shut because of the treacherous weather conditions.

The AA said Monday was one of its busiest on record after it was called to more than 20,000 breakdowns, but Tuesday could rival it. A spokesman said: "The fact we're only in the end of November and we've had what will turn out to be one of our top busiest days ever is pretty exceptional. No cars like these conditions and unless you do regular journeys of decent length in your car, it doesn't really give your battery much time to re-charge."

Forecasters warned the severe conditions could last for the rest of the week, with rain, sleet and snow.

TexasRN
12-02-2010, 01:49 PM
Dave, some Americans routinely have it that cold with many FEET of snow from one storm. :laugh:

My friend Steff in South Dakota emailed last winter to tell me that one side of her house was completely under snow from one storm. It was over her windows. Granted that was from the wind piling up that way but she got something like 6 feet of snow from one storm on top of snow that was already on the ground from previous storms.


~Amy

cubsfan47
12-02-2010, 04:35 PM
People set their behavior to suit what they reasonably expect conditions will be. This apparently took them by surprise; they simply aren't equipped to deal with weather of this type. However last winter our government in Washington was shut down for a few days because of extreme snow levels. Things improved for a while.:laugh:

For me the time of trial is July 15 through September 15 when temperatures can get to triple digits (not Celsius). We adjust because it has happened before.

So it would be with cold weather if one were used to it. But the people in the U.K. aren't used to such cold. I don't know what I would do if we had a blizzard in Louisiana.:scared0015:

hughesfan4life
12-02-2010, 04:54 PM
it's way baltic here,in comparison to what i am normally used to.we have 14" of snow, -10 and my nose has ran for sooooooo long!!!!:laugh:....the way i look at it....nice for the bairns to have snow for xmas,also there are always other people worse off.,so what if it halts the uk!,think of any poor homeless person that isn't as lucky as to get home for a wee heat,any old peeps that can't afford extra heating....we are VERY lucky.

Tyburn
12-02-2010, 05:44 PM
Dave, some Americans routinely have it that cold with many FEET of snow from one storm. :laugh:

My friend Steff in South Dakota emailed last winter to tell me that one side of her house was completely under snow from one storm. It was over her windows. Granted that was from the wind piling up that way but she got something like 6 feet of snow from one storm on top of snow that was already on the ground from previous storms.


~Amy

The Gulf Stream keeps us warm usually...we are at the same latitude as places that normaly freeze...but we dont normally freeze. Therefore when it does freeze noone knows what to do :unsure-1:..and every one gets cold :sad:

Chuck
12-02-2010, 05:49 PM
The Gulf Stream keeps us warm usually...we are at the same latitude as places that normaly freeze...but we dont normally freeze. Therefore when it does freeze noone knows what to do :unsure-1:..and every one gets cold :sad:

Truly profound!!

:tongue0011:

Tyburn
12-02-2010, 05:50 PM
Truly profound!!

:tongue0011:

:laugh: thanks :laugh: