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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:30 pm    Post subject: Snow Watch Reply with quote

Severe Weather Warning For London & South East .

Councils apparently have 250 less tonnes of salt to grit our roads compared to a decade ago. Thats probarly those in the South havn't seen this type of weather for over 20 years.

http://www.bbc.co.ukweather/

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I wonder if Transport for London have been informed that they may not be able to move their buses like back in Feburary.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Snow Watch ( 2009/10 ) Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Severe Weather Warning For London & South East .

Councils apparently have 250 less tonnes of salt to grit our roads compared to a decade ago. Thats probarly those in the South havn't seen this type of weather for over 20 years.

http://www.bbc.co.ukweather/

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I wonder if Transport for London have been informed that they may not be able to move their buses like back in Feburary.



We had "this type of weather" last February.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah we did, in fact here in sunny Dorset we had two bouts of heavy snow during Feburary this year, each lasting several days. I remember a trip to London in Feb this year, I was worried the train may be cancelled ( as they had been the two previous days)it was freezing, snow everywhere. The year before we had snow too, although not as much. Snow is nothing new, and 250 tonnes of salt isn't very much.




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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it was bad in Sussex. Just sad for those kids who would have enjoyed the snow on Christmas day. Some may still have it next week.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We haven't had a substantial fall of snow here for fifteen years or so, which is just as well because what little that does fall usually causes everything to grind to a halt.

Councils are using lighter salt, with smaller grains, which they say is just as efficient, costs less and doesn't harm the environment as much

£50,000 will be saved by using smaller 6mm size salt crystals to treat the county’s roads when ice is expected to form. This salt can be used at lower concentrations, with cost and environmental benefits, and will be stored under cover at a new salt store which has been built at a central location to maximise efficiency. There will be no change to the county's gritting routes or frequency of treatment.

We shall see - the lighter the salt the quicker it blows away, I'd have thought. I use dishwasher salt on our drive - works a treat (the slugs probably don't agree, though)

Your link doesn't work, mark, try http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/8?count=10
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some snow showers here in West Northumberland (one in progress right now) but most roads seem passable.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, had a slight covering here in Newcastle too. Estate roads still slippery but traffic moving just fine. Expecting more heavier falls tonight and tomorrow! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A slight dusting overnight here in Cheshire, you can see the green grass still but it's not thawing at all even though the sun is shining.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a heck of a lot of snow in Crawley and surronding areas of Sussex.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bright sunshine here... not a flake yet Sad But it's freeeeeeeezing.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The snow is quite deep here. We had intended going to my in laws to deliver their presents, I'm glad we decided not to. When I borrowed my hubby's wellies to stock up the bird table, the snow was deeper than the foot part of them. Its still falling too. I'm not clever enough to upload pictures!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cold here in Liverpool, but no business like snow business yet! Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

5 inches here last night/this morning. impossible to drive in as no salt on the roads Rolling Eyes As it happened I had a phone call telling me not to go in as the office had lost power so that sorted that little problem out.

Next problem is if it is snowing on Tuesday how the heck do I get to the O2, should I set out now just in case Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Laughing Laughing Toggy!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
5 inches here last night/this morning. impossible to drive in as no salt on the roads Rolling Eyes As it happened I had a phone call telling me not to go in as the office had lost power so that sorted that little problem out.

Next problem is if it is snowing on Tuesday how the heck do I get to the O2, should I set out now just in case Laughing


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He should have emailed you to ask which of his cars you would prefer to transport you there!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
Next problem is if it is snowing on Tuesday how the heck do I get to the O2, should I set out now just in case Laughing


Not a problem for me now Toggy, I decided not to go to see Macca in the end and put my tickets on Ebay for £175 buy it now.. I think they sold after about 15 minutes!
so that's a quick loss of just over £170 on my part Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angela W wrote:


Is Mr Evans leaving you to make your own way there?


I'm going to see Macca not Chris, lol!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
Angela W wrote:


Is Mr Evans leaving you to make your own way there?


I'm going to see Macca not Chris, lol!


I thought you were so keen that you would be turning up early! Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
I decided not to go to see Macca in the end and put my tickets on Ebay for £175 buy it now.. I think they sold after about 15 minutes!
so that's a quick loss of just over £170 on my part Rolling Eyes


I can't see us getting there either now as heavy snow is forecast, I would not risk it even for Macca. Will have lost about the same amount as you so we can commiserate together Laughing Sad
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe the concert will be available on DVD.. so we could see what we missed.
I haven't heard back from my buyer even though I sent the tickets special delivery. It did cross my mind that perhaps the buyer was a ticket tout or something, buying to sell them on at a profit. Still, I'm glad I got something for them.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite a bit more snow here yesterday but the roads seem OK once you get out of the estates.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still bright sunshine and freezing here but my weather machine is predicting snow..... we'll see.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well in a matter of hours the forecast has changed from 'heavy snow' to 'bright sunshine' Confused

I think we are just going have to see what the weather is like on Tuesday morning and decide then if we should go or not (hopefully we can!)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah here in the West Midlands NOT had the promised snow, just a sprinkle.

Crying or Very sad

10pm tomorrow night MIGHT bring us some Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had about 3" or so overnight... it's still here, snowing again and freezing, so tomorrow may be fun.
My Newf "pup" didn't know what to make of it all and certainly didn't like the crunching noises beneath my feet this morning Laughing She soon had a small pile of it on her nose playing bulldozers.
A worry for us is that staff may not be able to get in..
( but they know we have a 4x4 Laughing )
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just driven to a nearby village, quite scary ice on the roads didn't risk over 40mph.

I was collecting 4 records won on ebay, all 4 for 93 pence, bargains are there if you use postcode/25 miles search Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

did you round it up to £1? Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its quite bad here, over eight inches of snow. Spent an hour and a half clearing a route out of the garage to the lane, then couldn't get out at the end on to the main road. Its a slope and was a very icy, reversed back to house, lucky nothing else on the road. Then walked to work, arrived 1045 only an hour and a half late. Will probably have to do the same tomorrow and Tuesday! Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fun & games at Manchester airport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8423442.stm
No snow on the surrey / Hants borders since Thursday night-into-Friday morning, indeed some lovely winter sunshine yesterday & today but berluddy cold and where direct sunshine doesn't reach roads & pavements are now icy and, well, dangerous!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not long been back from a round trip to the NE from Cheshire. Atrocious conditions around Huddersfield tonight on M62. Definitely more snow here than the NE.

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My sister was supposed to be travelling on Eurostar to Luxembourg today Shocked Needless to say she didn't get far, at least she did not get stuck in the tunnel for 10 hours and she will be getting a full refund.

Although there has been no snow here since Thursday night everywhere is still icy, the pavements are lethal. I saw some poor old lady struggling along in our village this morning. I was just about to go and help her but somebody else beat me to it while I was trying to cross the road.
It did make me wonder though how elderly people who can't get about very easily cope in this weather. Sad
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SantaFefan wrote:
did you round it up to £1? Laughing


Yes I did!

They were operatic 78s, nice colourful labels, Caruso, Nellie Melba.

Should have seen the fella's face when I said they were about 100 years old! But I quickly followed up saying they were NOT rare and that's why no-one bid high on them.

Our back patio is like a skating rink,. Had to lever the lid off the wheelie bin with a broomstick!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snow is nice when it falls, but it's dangerous afterwards when it freezes. I wish the councils would grit side roads and paths. It can be an health and safety issue. I wonder how many claims the local authorites get for this?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a fresh layer of snow this morning - not forecast! It's supposed to rain later on, we'll see.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a light dusting of snow overnight Saturday and then a couple more inches in quite a heavy shower yesterday afternoon. It froze immediately after both, so it's all crunchy, crusty underfoot, and the side roads are treacherous for cars. Dustbin day today (one day early) and I can't see it happening somehow.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snowing here now, as it stands chances of making it tomorrow between nil and zero.
Hacked off does not do it justice really. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More snow here last night, best temperature today was -1 and -5 at teatime, a lot warmer than Sunday when the worst temperature was -10. Snow now 10.5 inches deep.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

London was in Gridlock AGAIN Monday evening because we had a few flakes of snow. I blame the ineptitude of boris johnson.
Mind you, hearing Ken Livingston's "Dulcet" Surprised tones on LBC made me glad at least HE was no longer PM, slow journey home or not
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clive55 wrote:
London was in Gridlock AGAIN Monday evening because we had a few flakes of snow. I blame the ineptitude of boris johnson.
Mind you, hearing Ken Livingston's "Dulcet" Surprised tones on LBC made me glad at least HE was no longer PM, slow journey home or not


Do you mean PM or have I been asleep and missed this?
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