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Daughter just phoned from Hastings. Several inches, it seems!

And some, it's also blowing a gale, whipping up the snow quite badly.

Advised Mrs to walk home or get a taxi as she has no experience of snow driving, having only passed her test last year, and she has our 4yo to bring back.

Thought I'd seen the end of this thread for the year!

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The natives of Suffolk are running around burning effigies hoping that that evil frozen water will go away. They threatened to close the major roads around here because there were reports of a few flakes of snow that didn't melt on contact with the ground.

well, if the effigies are big enough, and there are enough of them....... :rolleyes:

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Now 14cm deep in our garden - in St Leonards-on-Sea

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There's a bit more than a whisper now. But hopefully all those darn sarf can keep it, I can put up with a bit of panic on the news if it stays down there.

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Was just about to post the same hindle. Reports on TV that they have been stuck all night. In that?

You lot in Bradford would consider that a fine day in the middle of June. :lol:

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What exactly is the problem there. Why can't people drive in that?

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can't people drive

Rearrange those words, and you have the answer. ;)

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I'll hazard a guess that just one car fails to negotiate a hill on the A23 and then the one behind stops, can't get going again and then progressively the whole of Brighton gets gridlocked as people ignore yellow boxes, block up junctions and roundabouts.

On TV this morning, some helpers were pushing a stranded car uphill in deepish snow . The front wheels were clearly rotating but the back wheels were not. Looked like the hand brake was on!! FFS!

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What exactly is the problem there. Why can't people drive in that?

I was out driving last night on the way home about 7pm. It was chaotic on the roads, no-one seemed confident of driving on main roads with snow on them. I think it was the soft, powdery snow blowing off the fields onto the roads that caused more than a few people to pull over and sit with hazard lights on. The conditions were perfectly drivable with a little bit of care. The A14 near Ipswich had a fair dusting of snow that meant just driving a bit more slowly and giving bigger gaps when speeds got up over 30mph but the driving astounded me, there were three types of driver, type one seemed to understand the conditions (probably about 70% of the drivers), type two had no clue of how to drive and didn't go above 10mph (20% of drivers), type three thought it was midsummer's day and wanted to drive at 80-100mph (10% ish, typically driving BMWs or modified teeny-poser cars).

I saw one of the last types in a new 3 series BMW skid a bit, almost go into the central reservation then continue as if nothing had happened at the same speed as before. This must have been at well over 80mph, maybe higher, as I was doing 55 ish and he went past me at a good speed.

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I'll hazard a guess that just one car fails to negotiate a hill on the A23 and then the one behind stops, can't get going again and then progressively the whole of Brighton gets gridlocked as people ignore yellow boxes, block up junctions and roundabouts.

This is what happened in Wycombe a few years ago. Not a huge amount of snow but if you know Wycombe it has some stupid hills you need to go up to get out - one car skidded off, other cars had to stop, nobody could get going again. And then you add in people who leave their cars & walk off it becomes a solid gridlock.

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I'm no expert on driving in the snow but common sense states that to use as high a gear as possible, avoid abrupt changes in speed and don't freak out if you lose a bit of traction. Any other tips?

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I'm no expert on driving in the snow but common sense states that to use as high a gear as possible, avoid abrupt changes in speed and don't freak out if you lose a bit of traction. Any other tips?

I'd say have a planned route the best you can. And low speed.

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I'm no expert on driving in the snow but common sense states that to use as high a gear as possible, avoid abrupt changes in speed and don't freak out if you lose a bit of traction. Any other tips?

As ckn said, leave a bigger gap between you and the vehicle in front. Just common sense really.

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here it comes again, just started here in bleakest wigan.

Clear here in South Wigan, were are you?

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Clear here in South Wigan, were are you?

There's a bit in Aspull, but its not sticking.

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Half an inch to and inch of snow at home, only a measly slushy bit at work here in Westhoughton.

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An inch or two here, and still falling, but the wind is the enemy. Swirling around on the field behind us.

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Even coming down thick and fast here in Formby on the sheltered west Lancashire coast. If we're getting any snow at all somewhere must be getting it bad.

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Less on the roads over the Pennine moors than I might have expected given how much it usually drifts, only a covering rather than feet deep. I might has well been driving with my eyes closed given the visibility with the snow and fog in places though.

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Struggled to get out this morning. Not stopped snowing all morning but, in a world's first, Bradford Council's gritters are on top the job.

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Sellafield has been forced to shut down the nuclear plants and start a phased evacuation of employees......

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