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Listening to Essex radio it sounds like the end of the world in some part with many towns and villages being cut off:cold:. reckon we could get a side swipe today from the snow or will have to wait until tomorrow? 

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If this was a rain storm it would head over our way because we want it over us it steers away from us.😟

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1 minute ago, Dbarb said:

Listening to Essex radio it sounds like the end of the world in some part with many towns and villages being cut off:cold:. reckon we could get a side swipe today from the snow or will have to wait until tomorrow? 

Been snowing all morning, just easing off now. Proper blizzard conditions with fine driving snow and drifting. It was bad for a while. Nobody should have been out but I saw people driving in it.

no idea how much new snow has fallen but a good few cms.

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1 minute ago, Dbarb said:

Listening to Essex radio it sounds like the end of the world in some part with many towns and villages being cut off:cold:. reckon we could get a side swipe today from the snow or will have to wait until tomorrow? 

I think tomorrow, no indications of that huge area of ppn hitting us.

Snow now down to light flurries before it clears away. Can't complain really, had a good 5 hours of continuous light/moderate/heavy snow here today. Depths probably 5-7cm, so not exceptional by any means, but good for my location.

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Good Morning fellow posters.

The snow is less heavy now here in Springfield. I had a dental appointment earlier this morning the other side of the City and decided to walk (about 3 miles) through the snow. It was not too bad as it was mostly downhill and the wind was behind me, inspite of the heavy snow. Coming back I managed after a short wait to catch a bus to the City Centre. He told us that all buses were now being returned to the depot, so First have now ceased to run buses, at least in Mid Essex and probably further afield. I therefore had to walk the one and a half miles uphill, facing the wind home and, boy, was it hard work and bone chillingly cold.

Are we due much more for the rest of the day?

Kind Regards

Dave

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As the last few light flakes fall I have to agree while we are not going to see the main area of snow push this far NE, can’t complain as we received about 4 hours of decent moderate and at times heavy snow which I wasn’t expecting, some people got none. Looks like there’s a chance of something tomorrow for our region both Arpege and HIRLAM going a period of snow moving through:

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23 minutes ago, Richard Waugh said:

That radar is not accurate there's a lot of thin cloud about that is showing up on radar as snowfall but nothing is falling.  I haven't seen a thing fall on N Norfolk coast so far today but from the radar we're getting a pasting.

Got to say looking at the roads don't go out if you don't have to there are so many roads closed and impassable even the snow ploughs are getting stuck and needing rescue with roads under several feet of snow drift.  It doesn't look too bad when you look out of the window but some roads are under 3 feet of snow now especially in North Norfolk, the Wells - Fakenham road for example is completely stuffed, the A148 is blocked and that was gritted and ploughed (allegedly).  Stay safe everyone!!

Fakenham to Dereham road drifted but just about passable thanks to the help of the local farmer with his plough.

My father managed to get from Burnham Market to Kings lynn through Stanhoe and via A148 at four winds.

Most roads running North to South are not worth driving down. I won't be surprised if the drifting continues well into tomorrow afternoon 

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How's this for irony, power problems at the local Waitrose last night and the refrigeration system failed on the coldest night of the winter.

Hardly any fresh or chilled foodstuffs available, luckily I only really went for a stroll and have plenty of grub in.

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It’s been snowing here since before 07:00 here and still going. Unfortunately the flakes are too small to prevent wind from whipping them off somewhere but at times the flakes have been bigger and we’ve had.......wait for it...1cm on top of yesterday’s meagre offering. In five hours, I ask you! 🙁

My son, however, living in central Norwich had 9 inches of snow by yesterday lunchtime and couldn’t get out of his road. He was lent a Range Rover this morning  and managed to get out of the city so will be working today.  The drift in first photo looks like it should be in Scotland but it is either A140 or another road heading south; his destination is Stoke Holy Cross.

Last photo is the incredible drifting along my side path..🙄

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A lot of the more rural and open parts of SE Essex are treacherous. The blizzards running through some of the country lanes are crazy for this part of the country. Snow drifts higher than my car, and vis no further than the front of my bonnet in some cases!!

This is definitely the longest and most disruptive spell I've seen in my lifetime (in this part of the country at least!)

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Anyone know if the A11 from the A14 to Norwich is ok for a fiat 500 to cope with. It’s dual carriageway all the way so assume it’s ok

my daughter wants to drive up this afternoon 

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hey all been on and off most of this morning not heavy tho

looks like Emma is going to miss us all in our region and stay more west so the Met Office say 

not sure f I would like to be in the red zone 

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Thought you might like to see what some wags did in the centre of George Square, Glasgow last night. Am missing their sense of humour even more than the snowy winter they’ve had this year.

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and that's bubs school closed.

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Dont throw out all hope....last night and this morning was all unpredictable, so we may end up with more snow to come....who knows!!

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33 minutes ago, Lampostwatcher said:

light snow now heading into Portsmouth area heading towards West london

Think it'll miss us and be further West.

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16 minutes ago, bluearmy said:

Anyone know if the A11 from the A14 to Norwich is ok for a fiat 500 to cope with. It’s dual carriageway all the way so assume it’s ok

my daughter wants to drive up this afternoon 

I wouldn’t. Patches covered with snow drifts. Lorries and cars are getting stuck.

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The nearest thing to falling snow I've seen (since yesterday) are the wee blobs that the wind picks from the trees and roofs; but the spin-drifts away over the common suggest that flatter and more rural places may be subject to some severe drifting?

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I wonder how much snow the Chilterns has. I was thinking of heading up there but that would be a risky, so i'll leave it.

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Why do they shut schools fgs ! We already have a breed of snowflake children ( so the government say ) we played in the snow ,Walked to school ... teachers even walked in ! Only time we was sent home is if the heating went down :nonono: ... 

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3 minutes ago, Ed Stone said:

The nearest thing to falling snow I've seen (since yesterday) are the wee blobs that the wind picks from the trees and roofs; but the spin-drifts away over the common suggest that flatter and more rural places may be subject to some severe drifting?

 

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Just now, Snowflake Queen said:

Why do they shut schools fgs ! We already have a breed of snowflake children ( so the government say ) we played in the snow ,Walked to school ... teachers even walked in ! Only time we was sent home is if the heating went down :nonono: ... 

We weren't even sent home then, I can remember doing lessons in coat and gloves, tells you how long ago it was, the free milk they made every child drink in these cute little quarter size bottles would become ice blocks at the top.

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1 minute ago, Snowflake Queen said:

Why do they shut schools fgs ! We already have a breed of snowflake children ( so the government say ) we played in the snow ,Walked to school ... teachers even walked in ! Only time we was sent home is if the heating went down :nonono: ... 

Pretty much because all the parents drive to school now a days where as in our day SQ 👍 we use to walk. 

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Just now, JennyJane1 said:

We weren't even sent home then, I can remember doing lessons in coat and gloves, tells you how long ago it was, the free milk they made every child drink in these cute little quarter size bottles would become ice blocks at the top.

One headmaster said the children must not touch the snow for health and safety? Has the world gone mad ! 

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