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Very kind of you to ask, only a couple of inches of snow where I am, but a bitter wind making it feel very cold. Much worse up North and in Central Scotland there is a "Danger of loss of life" warning issued.

 

 Nothing like as bad as many of you suffer in the top half of USA and all of Canada. That doesn't stop a lot of panicking by people who expect to be able to go and buy milk every day. Sadly it also doesn't stop people from driving like idiots either.

 

 In short nothing much to worry about for rational human beings who can read a weather map, but thank you for your concern.

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Thanks for the concern! But there's nothing to worry about, at least in this part of the UK.

 

As I've already moaned about in the Randomness thread, we only got a few inches but everything ground to a halt as always.

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Only a thin covering of snow here so far.  More is expected over the next couple of days, but it will probably be thawed by early next week.

 

Worst case scenario:  If it is bad enough to deter me from going to the supermarket I.... I.... might have to go 2 days without dessert! ::o:

 

 

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We've got about 8 inches up here in the North East on paths and gardens, but the main roads are pretty much clear. More snow forecast every day for the next week though!

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There's about 6 inches of snow in the front garden and drifts of over a foot in the back garden. My front and back steps have pretty much disappeared :wacko:

 

Public transport is off while the red warning is on. I think it expires about noon, but there was a blizzard blowing the last time I looked outside.

 

There were a lot of people stuck in their cars overnight not too far from me, so hopefully they're all okay now.

 

The problem is that it happens infrequently (2010 was the last thing on this scale where I am), so we're never prepared for it :-(

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Just cold with a scattering of snow here,

 

but my brother up in Scotland got 9 inches last night on top of glass like ice so is wisely working from home (well trying to as his young daughters nursery is closed too)

 

the real problem over here is people driving in weather they just can't cope with and once a road is blocked there's a real problem as a bunch of folk stuck on various motorway overnight last night found out

 

(maybe modern cars front wheel drive cars and modern low profile tyres are less good on snow and ice? are modern larger, heavier lorries more prone to skidding ? things didn't seem to go so badly wrong in the cold winters of the 70s when I was growing up)

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14 hours ago, Orlando_the_Technicoloured said:

Just cold with a scattering of snow here,

 

but my brother up in Scotland got 9 inches last night on top of glass like ice so is wisely working from home (well trying to as his young daughters nursery is closed too)

 

the real problem over here is people driving in weather they just can't cope with and once a road is blocked there's a real problem as a bunch of folk stuck on various motorway overnight last night found out

 

(maybe modern cars front wheel drive cars and modern low profile tyres are less good on snow and ice? are modern larger, heavier lorries more prone to skidding ? things didn't seem to go so badly wrong in the cold winters of the 70s when I was growing up)

The vehicles didn't have all the safety amenities that are now mandatory/standard equipment so the drivers were more cautious.

GEM

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Heh, my neighbours made a snowbear.  At least, I think it's a bear.

 

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