Had a grisly evening, 4" of snow which immediately froze hard, gridlock all
We stayed at the factory until 10pm and got home quite normally although 30mph
limit on the M1 with substantial snow deposits on all lanes.
Philip left at 6.30pm, got home 15 minutes before us.... although he did feed
the nags on the way over from the A1.
Peter, it seems a strange turn around. Normally the South East is basking
in Winter sunshine while our mountains have been frozen solid for weeks.
Your weather combined with southern traffic sounds a nightmare.
Incidentally, I didn't see Kim Catherall last night as the evenings
proceedings were cancelled because of the conditions.
Here, in North East Wales at 1000ft, we've got about 1 - 1.5 inches of snow
on the ground. We've had rather less so far than I would expect in a normal
However, this morning while negotiating a steep hill, I nearly had the
Landrover on its side.. The first snow had melted and refrozen, then got
another layer on top for good measure. The back wheels decided they would
like to be at the front for a change and I ended up going down the hill
sideways. As it is a single vehicle width, I ended up wedged diagonally
across the very steep slope, between two banks, but thankfully still
upright. One 47 point turn later, I could slide down in a forward direction
Nice fresh deep snow is much easier to get around in. I haven't even
bothered trying to drive the car for the last couple of days!
We got sprinkling of snow here in Bristol - say an inch or so - but Swindon
just 40 miles east got a thorough seeing to! I look out of my office window
(3.00pm, faces almost due north) onto a snow-free landscape - the sun has
taken it all away except in corners.
I'd better check the anti-freeze in the Crossley!
I always drain the Ruston, lets the innards dry out a bid over the
winter and provides a home for a few arachnids... :-))
Two of us were working in Sheffield on Tuesday and yesterday, we left the
University at 14:30 and headed south in a slight flurry of snow within half
an hour it was blizzard conditions but the gritters were out as well on the
M1and we made J15A at 17:00 which considering was quite good. Two and a half
hours later we got to the other side of Northampton and it was 21:30 when I
actually walked in through my front door.
The weather as bad as it was was not the problem it was the "PRATS" who went
out when they had no need, and there was plenty ringing up the local radio
complaining there were no gritters and when asked how does a gritter work
when the system is grid locked just got the hump even more, and there were
those who panic when it rains let alone snow and were doing 90mph on the
speedo but going nowhere fast.
Getting stuck in a muddy field with a load soon teaches you respect when on
snow and ice. Nobody had a clue.
My Brothers partner took seven hours to get from Milton Keynes to Olney a
journey of twenty minutes because every where she went people had dumped
cars blocking the road and walked. My Brother and I know the area and took
to country lanes, no cars lots of snow but easy to drive.
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We haven't gone above -12 C for 6 days, 1 day within the last week was
up to -6 C, but otherwise we have been in the deep freeze since about
There is now about 25 or 30 cm of snow on the ground, but it has been so
cold, it hasn't packed down at all to give a good base, so it blows
around a lot.
It does let me get my stationary engine out to blow the snow around though!
Should have stoped for a hour and let it race on down a head of you.
Of course you'd have then been stuck in the chaos left behind...
Of course not, anybody living in the south (ie below Manchester level)
and younger than about 30 won't have had any snow to practice on
before... Think about it, driving at 17 no decent snow falls in the
90's 17 + 14 = 31...