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Briant



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liverpool Airport closed tonight due to snow on runway. I think I'll be staying in tomorrow and admiring the picture postcard scenes though the window! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently raining here and slightly milder than of late, hopefully this means the remaining snow/slush will soon be gone.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
Currently raining here and slightly milder than of late, hopefully this means the remaining snow/slush will soon be gone.


It rained here in WM from 7.00-10.00pm Now it has all frozen, skating rink outside again (clear sky, heat escapes) and I suspect we won't be able to open our car doors in the morning!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Similar here. Started to rain at 6.00 but quickly turned to sleet and snow, and, falling on the lying snow/ice from last week made it even worse. Spent a good hour this morning clearing cars and drive, but in the event neither of them, nor anyone else so far, has managed to get out of our road, which is on quite an incline. Shank's pony it has had to be.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snowing here right now but managed to get the car out. Hope we can get to the Gateshead Sage later on--ironically we're taking our grandson to the Snowman!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More sleet which promptly froze overnight into Christmas Day. We got the family here OK for dinner but getting back up the hill in the evening was touch and go. We've had a slow thaw through Boxing Day - the road's clear but the garden is still a dirty white/grey.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still plenty of snow around here and we have now got an ice rink in the garden. No sign of a gritter since a week ago last Sunday! I asked the Council if we could have a salt bin at the end of the lane and was told that they would reply (by email) within 20 days. I would hope not to need it then.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chucking it down with rain here, has been going since about 3 o'clock so I don't think we need to worry about the likelyhood of any snow tonight.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We actually saw some green grass yesterday, but have had another covering of snow overnight and the forecasters are promising more. It wouldn't matter if we didn't work Bank Holidays, we have been in everyday between Christmas and New Year too. One day I might have a 'normal' Monday to Friday job! Smile

My hubby has just phoned, he has driven to work across the North York Moors and arrived in a snowstorm. I hope he gets back okay this evening.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

About 6 inches of snow in West Northumberland during the night and earlier this morning.

Have been out and cleared my path but suspect it will have infilled in no time!

Not much sign of any imminent break in the cold spell.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seen around where we live after the recent snow roads will need repairing.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gritter/snowplough finally did my street at around 1pm this afternoon - it was a bus route (well, a twice-daily minibus) about ten years ago but the council must never have realised it doesn't run any more! Until then, no-one was venturing out on the estate, not even the occasional taxi. Must have had something to do with the six inches of snow on the road, plus the after-effects of last night's celebrations.

It's going to ice up tonight so will be like a skating rink tomorrow morning, no doubt. At least I don't live up north, my cousin's town north of Inverness was effectively cut off for a while earlier today.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While we've been out visiting in-laws today a very fine dusting of snow; no problem on the roads yet.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today's papers reckon the cold spell could last for a month.

Shades of 1963.

Ian.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iwarburton wrote:
Today's papers reckon the cold spell could last for a month.

Shades of 1963.

Ian.


I hope they are wrong. As a small child then, I remember my dad being snowed in and unable to work for thirteen weeks. He was a builder. Our schools never closed and we always walked to and fro anyway. When did we all become such namby-pambys?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angela W wrote:
iwarburton wrote:
Today's papers reckon the cold spell could last for a month.

Shades of 1963.

Ian.


I hope they are wrong. As a small child then, I remember my dad being snowed in and unable to work for thirteen weeks. He was a builder. Our schools never closed and we always walked to and fro anyway. When did we all become such namby-pambys?


Most of last January was very cold with temperatures just below zero, but it was relatively dry - not much snow to speak of.

I remember 1963, which was very cold, even in the relative warmth of outer London, before the coming of central heating in nearly every home. School was open every day, without fail. The house we were in at the time had just one bedroom and we had a paraffin heater for it. A gallon (?) bottle of the stuff (Pink Paraffin, or Esso Blue) used to last a couple of days and it was usually me who was sent to the ironmonger's to fetch a refill.

It has been snowing off and on for most of the day so far. It's quite wet, but there has been enough to cover and make the side roads difficult. We walked into town for a little shopping - trainers were best, my walking boots proved too hard, despite the deep tread on the soles.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New year's day was a lovely day of winter sunshine albeit cold, with me among the aircraft at Popham airfield. Well, it's one way to keep me sober on new year's eve!! I was surprised to find a dusting of snow when I got up in the small hours of this morning! Not nearly as much as there was in the run-up to Christmas, but enough to cover the pavements & roads. As before, where the sun reaches, the snow soon melted.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live down the road from Santafefan-well in Essex anyhow.

Woke this morning to a light covering of snow and a very heavy frost.

Whilst the main roads seem ok the side roads seemed very icy/dangerous around where we live.

We went to the shops in my wife's little mini which imo does not like the icy conditions-I prefer to be in a more substantial vehicle when we have bad weather.

Yes looking at the local forecast seems we could have a very cold /icy January 2010 in Essex.

Roll on the summer months.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a blizzard around lunchtime here in Cheshire resulting in about an inch or 2 which is now freezing over.

I remember trudging to school everyday during the winter of 62/63. I don't think we had a single day off.

Mark, I guess your wife's mini is the 'new' version but back in the late 70s my mini used to get me to work in the NE, before 6am, through snow piled as high as the car! They were one of the best cars to drive in snowy conditions back then.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Helen you are quite right.

My wife does indeed have a new type mini-imho it does not seem built for any kind of inclement weather-very nice car for the summer months but not a very good drive in the winter months.

Interestingly enough when I first got married back in 1983, because we did not have much money, my then brother in law gave us his 10 year old mini-I remember driving around in that old car with fond memories through snow etc but with no real problems. I seem to remember it was a lot of fun driving that car-the floor of the car was so close to the road it gave you a unrealistic sense of speed-travelling at 30mph felt like 60 mph!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife's first car, ** Exclamation ** years ago, was a Mini, and she still remembers it with a lot of affection, nay love. She says it was much better in this weather than all the current cars, large or small, and for all their braking assistance, power steering and traction control. The engine was the problem - it was a bit of a b****r to start, but once it got going it would go anywhere.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In common with others on here, I didn't miss a single day's school during January to March 63.

Wholesale closure of schools at the drop of a hat seems to be a 21st century elf n' safety issue.

Ian.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:

Mark, I guess your wife's mini is the 'new' version but back in the late 70s my mini used to get me to work in the NE, before 6am, through snow piled as high as the car! They were one of the best cars to drive in snowy conditions back then.

H


The worst car ever to drive in snow must have been the Vauxhall Cavalier (the Model that was the R & S registered). Lovely looking car, but in snow you would press the accelerator and it would gently revolve on the spot. About as much use as a chocolate fireguard in bad weather. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The snow is supposed to be sweeping across the country by the middle of the week. South & London ( Cheers again ) Laughing should be having more by Tuesday. Schools shut & public transport problems again.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minx wrote:
Helen May wrote:

Mark, I guess your wife's mini is the 'new' version but back in the late 70s my mini used to get me to work in the NE, before 6am, through snow piled as high as the car! They were one of the best cars to drive in snowy conditions back then.

H


The worst car ever to drive in snow must have been the Vauxhall Cavalier (the Model that was the R & S registered). Lovely looking car, but in snow you would press the accelerator and it would gently revolve on the spot. About as much use as a chocolate fireguard in bad weather. Rolling Eyes


Do you mean this one, minx?

My father had one (that same colour, actually) - I remember him doing several 180-degree turns on the snow and ice. Only snag was I was a passenger with him at the time. I can Laughing about it now.
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Indeed I do, though somehow I don't remember it being quite so angular. Mine was powder blue, an ex-pool car bought from the firm I worked for. 98K on the clock, and when I asked the Transport Manager if there was anything seriously wrong with it he said "it's breathing heavy". Sounded good to me.....

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having escaped the white stuff so far this winter it is here (Cov & Warks) now with a vengeance.

Just a sprinkle during 3.00-5.00pm, we got 2" around 7-8pm. Now it's coming down heavy again at 10.30pm.

Mrs W school heating went kaput so she has day off tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty bad here in Lancashire and it's doing my head in. I started a trial on a new job just before Christmas and I've barely been able to get in. Bah!

My town Chorley seems to be catching the brunt coming in from the coast and hitting the pennines behind me - consequently it's like a snow dome with all the other towns telling us how the roads are clear there while we're digging our way out of the front door...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

About another 4 inches overnight in West Northumberland.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the local buses cancelled here in Liverpool/Merseyside. When I was on the buses in the sixties, we had chains on the wheels in the snow and just kept going! Rolling Eyes
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Decision made to shut the office at 4pm since it was forecast for bad wx later on, and most people had horrendous journeys into work this morning. Roads weren't too clever in Newcastle this afternoon when I left at 3pm!

People are sliding all over my own estate, partly due the conditions, partly due to the fact that they haven't got a scooby how to drive in deeper snow!

My cousin, who's a paramedic north of Inverness, had to attend to a middle-aged lady who had hit a tree whilst sledging down a hill the other day - I kid you not.... the casualty had to eventually be airlifted as they couldn't get the ambulance anywhere near her and she was in a bad way.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clear sky overnight and this morning. Met Office recording point 5 miles due west only went down to -4C, so we got off lightly.

Schools are officially open, although it's very quiet outside (I can usually hear them at the local primary just before nine).

To get information as to what buses have been running (we wouldn't take the car into Nottingham even in good weather) I've had to sign up to Facebook Rolling Eyes because their website seized up and they've posted minute-by-minute information there and on Twitter.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a few more centimetres of snow overnight in Essex.

It's snowing again hard currently as I look out of my window.

I have a nasty cold and the local trains into London are not working so decided to stay home today.
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It was -14C when I got up and the TV were waiting to confirm the coldest in the region being -17C at BAE Woodford which is about a mile away from us.

Beautiful sun and clear skies though!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another big snowfall here overnight, about 12 inches. Glad we dug the car out to do the supermarket shop yesterday, it would be impossible now. Our dental appointments were cancelled this morning, she said the snow had gone over the top of her boots on her walk to work.
We still have undelivered Christmas presents, when we could have got out we had to work.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite a lot of bright, sunny weather since Thursday here in West Northumberland, interspersed with showers, but still over a foot of snow and so cold!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snow is falling again in Crawley. Cars are all over the place as people can't get up their streets. If it falls like it did a few days ago, this country will stand to a hault.

Complaining about the banks messing up the country. I think this has grinned the country to a hault. I went into a Co-Op and their shelves are empty. Panic buying. Laughing
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Have spent the day with my neighbours helping to dig each others' drives and access to the ploughed bit in the middle of the street. Rolling Eyes It became a little bit of a community thing in the end, started off with three of us then snowballed to a dozen or so! Only downer was the lady who walked past and scowled at us, saying that she'd sue us if she fell over on one of our cleared driveway ramps. "And a good morning to you, madam!", was the reply! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my neighbours cleared their path and threw all the snow into the street. This then froze and made turning for any cars and vans very difficult. Yesterday I had to push a delivery van over the frozen ice for the driver, jump in the cab and apply the handbrake and also put cardboard under the wheels which were spinning furiously! Roll on the big thaw! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently here in Essex it is snowing very hard.

My wife and I cleared our driveway earlier today.

Now with the new snow the drive is compoeted covered again.

It is predicted for our local area that we are going to have around 6cms of snow over night and tomorrow.

I echo Briant's comment "roll on the thaw".
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