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Snow (well someone had to mention it)


Blackhat

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Anyone badly effected?

South Birmingham here, many side roads impassable and main roads now starting to gridlock.

What I find most stupid is that although many schools were closed, quite a few opened and in the last hour announced closures and requested parents to collect their kids. With most local schools on side roads I expect mayhem. It was very clear from warnings yesterday that our area would gradually deteriorate during the day so why allow schools to open, take in kids and then an hour later declare closure?

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woodchip

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Quickbeam Plenty hear at Penitone South Yorkshire. Putting fine stuff down as its too cold for Flakes

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spuds

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Not sure if it was last year or the year before, but school closures came in for some rather heated arguments around my neck of the woods. Some schools opened then closed shortly afterwards, making some people having to arrange special collection of their children. Other school's didn't notify parents until they reached the school gates, and found them closed, with a notice attached.

One major complaint, was that some parents who had to take the day off,decided to take their children to the local sleigh runs, only to find that the teacher's who were unable to reach work, had managed to take their kids or themselves to the same sleigh run!.

On a personal note, this afternoon we were booked-in to have smart meters fitted to our gas and electricity supplies between 12 to 4pm. At 9am this morning the company engineer telephoned to say that he was re-arranging or cancelling appointments, due to conditions getting to bad for him. Asked if he could arrive at about 10am, which we accepted, and he duly arrived, completed job and away by 11.20am. Not bad going really, as it now enables us to watch how our fuel consumption is going.

Going back to the 'good old days', I recall a number of occasions following snow ploughs from Ashbourne to Buxtion. Now those were the days :O)

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chub_tor

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We had a couple of inches up here on the fringes of Dartmoor but by 11.00am it was rapidly turning to slush. Rain forecast for tonight so will probably all be gone by the time I wake up tomorrow.

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Al94

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Ye Gods - BBC1 have a half hour news special on the snow now!

It's winter - its snows - it was predicted - get on with it!!!

The sensationalistic UK press need to get real.

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rdave13

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To be fair the UK doesn't get much snow with the exception or the last few years lately. We're not geared up to it. You can imagine my relief when my son arrived safe after a 7 hour journey from London to N. Wales.

It is newsworthy, I think, as many people will face hardship if only for a few days.

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rdave13

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or = of

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flycatcher1

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Woolwell is correct about Schools. Ours never closed but all the teachers lived within walking distance but nowadays it is a different ball game.

My daughter is a Head Teacher in an area affected by heavy snow. She always endeavours to keep her school open but today she had to surrender to the elements. The parents were told and, as the pupil population declined , the teachers were released. One lady who normally takes 20 mins to drive to work took 2 hours and 10 mins to make it.

Some parents took 2 hours to do a 10 mile drive, most of it in first gear. Decisions about Monday will be taken on Sunday but the pupil:staff ratio must be maintained which always complicates things.

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Al94

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I remember my school being closed for 2 days in 1963

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SillBill

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I remember '63 as a savagely freezing time, no brass monkeys survived it unscathed.

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Quickbeam

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I can't wait for the enthralling really rainy half day in Bognor Newsnight special A194!

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