Tuesday, 24 February 2009
January Winter Wonderland
Wintry weather has caused problems right across the UK, with schools closing, shops running low on supplies and transport services grinding to a halt. As well as the big headlines, there have also been many tales of personal struggle, and more positive experiences of coping with - and even enjoying - the snow and ice like me.
A band of heavy snow has brought more chaos across a swathe of England, Wales and Ireland. Heavy snow has also been falling in Scotland and Northern Ireland, causing travel disruption and forcing the closure of at least 150 schools in Aberdeenshire after 5 to 10cm (2 to 4 inches) of snow fell overnight.
The worst hit areas were the southwest of England and the Midlands, with parts of the Cotswolds receiving 20cm (8 inches) of snow this morning. Hundreds of schools in the Bristol area were closed after 10cm (4 inches) blanketed the city overnight. Other counties affected included Shropshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Devon, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, and Leicestershire.
Areas to the northwest of London were hit by heavy snow forcing the closure of hundreds more schools, but London escaped the snow with only moderate rain falling overnight and during the morning.
Last nights snow was caused by an area of rain that pushed up from the south. As the rain met the cold air sitting over the UK, it turned into heavy snow. The far southeast, London and the south coast saw only rain, as air temperatures here started to rise.
However, the warm sector of air currently across the southeast will diminish during Thursday night. Another area of rain will push up from the south across southern and southeastern areas of England bringing a spell of heavy snowfall in these parts later tonight and during the rush hour of Friday morning. Further disruption can be expected.
Classes in all levels were being suspended. I enjoyed watching kids and teenagers playing in the snow.