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Current Conditions 27C, Clear. A little burnt and tipsy from an afternoon of Strawberry Daqs at the pool bar. Can anyone advise on conditions expected at Gatwick on Wednesday morning as I have to drive from there to Orpington at around 7am

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Officially signing off from my Perch by the window. Have a great year -  Enjoy it with your Families- Current pic - 4.5 inches    my favourite pic - Cheers All

So this is it, the end of winter. Time to look forward to Spring..... Wait, what's this?        Apparently not. So for the time being, we will remain as one for this cold spell. Ple

Just popped in to wish my southeast friends lots of snow, the radar looks very active so you should do well and that includes the coming days!..you deserve this

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1 minute ago, Paul Sherman said:

No looks ok to me, very similar to the 2010 event, need frictional drag from the coastline with a backing North Easterly further inland. 2009 Done us over because of the Inversion which stunted and warmed the precip in the mid levels then dried them out in the lower 850hpa level giving us polystyrene

Can’t get 2009 out my head. Hope for us in the early hours then...

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3 minutes ago, Stu_London said:

Current Conditions 27C, Clear. A little burnt and tipsy from an afternoon of Strawberry Daqs at the pool bar. Can anyone advise on conditions expected at Gatwick on Wednesday morning as I have to drive from there to Orpington at around 7am

27C??? :shok: Don't tell me it's one of those pesky mild sector thingys....

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22 minutes ago, kate1 said:

Me too! - I'm a freelance book editor and have never been an early riser (to put it mildly) so am ideally suited to lamppost watching - though tonight the snow has sporadically been so heavy here no lamppost was needed. Am quite excited about tonight! - but annoyed that i failed to buy biscuits..... the house is completely devoid of snacks!

 

Not a single lamppost for miles here. 

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2 minutes ago, pureasthedriven said:

Well played :clap::clap:

Just for that, Horley has decided to throw out a lamppost flurry. Watch out! :D

I think we might both be in the firing line for that shower!

1 minute ago, Stu_London said:

Current Conditions 27C, Clear. A little burnt and tipsy from an afternoon of Strawberry Daqs at the pool bar. Can anyone advise on conditions expected at Gatwick on Wednesday morning as I have to drive from there to Orpington at around 7am

Gatwick is next to horley - it’ll be clear of snow! ?  in all seriousness, I would expect some snow around but no idea how much yet! Hope you had a good trip.

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This is so frustrating radar watching,every shower thats heading my way dies out,and the nice streamer thats hugging the coast,was heading my way an hour or so ago,take it the wind has changed direction

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1 minute ago, Stu_London said:

Current Conditions 27C, Clear. A little burnt and tipsy from an afternoon of Strawberry Daqs at the pool bar. Can anyone advise on conditions expected at Gatwick on Wednesday morning as I have to drive from there to Orpington at around 7am

probably the same as there :D

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3 minutes ago, emf0778 said:

Cloudy but nothing falling.  Would love to know where Kate is in relation to me, though!

In Tunbridge Wells, if I'm the Kate you mean, this was a couple of hours ago but it has paused here momentarily. The bright light in the picture is not our car being torched but the nearby lamp post, in non-working order for six years, which TWBC with impeccable timing decided to repair a few weeks ago - it is so bright it sears your retinas, but fantastic for snow-watching!IMG_0059.thumb.jpg.4a3f36ab314dce6cac3e290714f332f6.jpg

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1 minute ago, steveinsussex said:

Do you have anything there?

Im in EG - prob have a good 3 or 4cm's now

Just down the road from you would say I have the same amount as you. Hopefully not too Far East for the streamer later tonight. 

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6 minutes ago, kate1 said:

In Tunbridge Wells, if I'm the Kate you mean, this was a couple of hours ago but it has paused here momentarily. The bright light in the picture is not our car being torched but the nearby lamp post, in non-working order for six years, which TWBC with impeccable timing decided to repair a few weeks ago - it is so bright it sears your retinas, but fantastic for snow-watching!IMG_0059.thumb.jpg.4a3f36ab314dce6cac3e290714f332f6.jpg

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Nice bit of snow - and street lighting lol - you have there.

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Just now, Darkcloud said:

Eek I have to go that way tomorrow to work (either that or back lanes) mayfield to broad oak. What are my chances?

If it was to stay as it is now, I'd say the issue is simply everyone else getting stuck and blocking the road. Wherever there's virgin or packed white snow it's quite a nice drive, wherever people have been spinning wheels or packed it down so much it's gone black then it's very icy. At the moment most cars and lorries on ordinary tyres are going to be stuck on every steep hill and If they remain stuck it's hard for the gritters to do their job. If you've got 4 wheel drive, winter tyres, chains or snowsocks you should be able to go everywhere there's nice white snow without any problems. If it was me in the morning I'd take the back roads to avoid the stuck traffic. 

I'm driving a very ordinary front wheel drive MPV but with a good set of the latest Michelin winter tyres. In slippy or icy conditions I can pull away on a hill without any hassle, unlike an Isuzu 4x4 earlier which was well and truly stuck. Ordinary 2 wheel car with quality winter tyres will generally just beat any 4x4 on summer tyres for traction and completely out class it under braking (all cars have 4 wheel braking so it's purely about the tyres). And just in case it really chucks it down I can always put the chains on. Chains will get you through just about anything up to the point you've long since run out of ground clearance.

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