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  1. North Downs Snowboarder

    SE and East Anglia general weather discussion 03/03/2018 onwards

    Here's a snow/ice cover map of Europe for Sunday. Once again the Southern half of Britain and Eire fared particularly well. There's been 17 days of snow cover in this location so far this winter, not exceptional (2009 and 2010 had 25 - 30 days) but well above average.
  2. North Downs Snowboarder

    SE and East Anglia general weather discussion 03/03/2018 onwards

    Just been for a walk round the block because I didn't want to miss out on the pleasure of thick granular snizzle hitting me in the face repeatedly. Interestingly enough this fine snow is settling in certain places it failed to yesterday, presumably because the ground has cooled. Here's a pic of New Ash Green sports ground, there was a really grey sheen looking into the middle distance when I took this.
  3. North Downs Snowboarder

    SE and East Anglia general weather discussion 03/03/2018 onwards

    Good covering here, noticeable how windy it is already. Snow's really sticking to walls, fences and hedges. Looking forward to the streamer later on
  4. North Downs Snowboarder

    SE and East Anglia general weather discussion 03/03/2018 onwards

    Earlier today I spotted the last remnants of lying snow here - here are the remains of what was a 2ft snow bank on the edge of New Ash Green sports field. Also note this snow/ice map of Europe for last Sunday. Pretty extraordinary to see a 99% covering of snow for the British Isles in March.
  5. Light fading here, I expect this snow to keep well into tomorrow. Spare a thought for those hard-pressed Local Authority Highways Emergency Teams (gritters), many of whom will have been on 72 - 96hr shifts by Saturday. I hope they're in line for some huge bonuses
  6. Just back from a session on the Kentish alps. The North Downs have a Bruegel feel to them at the moment - low cloud, grey, misty, gentle fine snow falling. Apologies about the low-res nature of the pic.
  7. Just listening to the radio - the biggest UK snow depth recorded yesterday was 51cm in St Athan (happy St David's Day). Aimee Fuller has just arrived back from Pyeongchang and took to the streets of London to do some impromptu slopestyle with the aid of some TRX gym bands to toe her in. Exciting times! Temps seem to be dropping here, fingers X'ed the main band of precip is snow later
  8. That will be quite a ramp if you're using a big earthworking machine @winterfreak , the latest graphics on the MetOffice forecast suggest the shower train will come south of the river from 3pm onwards so hopefully you'll have plenty to play with
  9. Just come back from a morning on the board in the fields near Ash (NW Kent). Such a beautiful day, most snow since 2010. It's good to be alive
  10. Simply stunning morning here! Another 1 inch top up, snow depth is now around 6 inches. I notice that the 10 day forecast suggests snow all the way out to Tuesday - a major upgrade in terms of prolonging the cold . . .
  11. Just been for a walk out in the fields and took some pics. I crossed one road which still had hard-packed snow on it despite being gritted TWICE. I should imagine roads are like this all across mid-Kent, SE Essex and East Sussex right now, so the weather warnings were warranted. Even if this is not a deep snow event for all, this spell will be notable for the prolonged and deep COLD. If the breakdown occurs on Saturday it will have lasted nine days here. Currently moderate snow.
  12. North Downs Snowboarder

    SE and East Anglia general weather discussion 11/02/2018 onwards

    Further to the concern shown by many on this thread about the homeless during the upcoming cold spell, The Mayor of London has just put out this tweet encouraging people to donate to various homeless charities, the full link is: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/well-never-turn-our-backs-rough-sleepers?source=vanityurl Thanks in advance to anyone that helps!
  13. North Downs Snowboarder

    SE and East Anglia general weather discussion 11/02/2018 onwards

    Steve I can confirm it's still only sleet in New Ash Green - big flakes mixed in with the heavier bursts. I'll try not to be too parochial so it's interesting to note that the Met Office says this about today (no mention of sleet on the leading band): Today: Dry and locally bright to start, though windy with gales along the south coast. Rain arriving by midday, winds easing as it slowly clears east through the late afternoon, perhaps turning wintry as it does so, mainly over high ground. Maximum temperature 6 °C. Does this mean it could be a sleet to snow event for the North/South Downs and the Weald if the 2nd band of precipitation currently over central Hants and Wilts has colder air embedded and lasts until after dark?
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