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    We have had confirmation that we are closed tomorrow.

    I have to go in because the VPN won't connect me and I have to restart some SERCO services.

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    Just got up and some of it has melted due to rain/sleet/snow overnight

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    Angry No snow just a few clouds

    NO SNOW HERE

    it's a bit chilly mind, i might turn the fan off.

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    Just got in. Journey is was a little hairy! I passed through fog banks where I could not see past the bonnet and one guy came out of nowhere and sped past [To my mind he was driving blind]

    Thermometer in the car went below 10.5 C at one point [only a guide I know but it does show how could it was in that freezing fog]

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    bloody hell...you had snow @ 10.5c? Heh..

    Have you got a Vauxhall? Mine's optimistic by 2 degrees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirbendy View Post
    bloody hell...you had snow @ 10.5c? Heh..

    Have you got a Vauxhall? Mine's optimistic by 2 degrees.
    Yes: Vauxhall Zafira [newer model]

    Never really tested the truth of the temperature sensor. I just use it as a rough guide to give me an idea of how hot/cold it is outside.

    I suppose I should point out that when I said:

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Thermometer in the car went below 10.5 C at one point
    I was saying that it went below -10.5 C at one point. Some pedantic individual might take the opportunity later to say that there is no problem driving around when it is a positively mild [+]10.4 C.
    Last edited by DaveP; 3rd February 2009 at 08:54 AM. Reason: Clarify previous post.

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    I have just looked at the site I mentioned in my first post in this thread.

    The site says that there is a moderate risk of drifting and heavy snow on Thursday and a low risk of an exceptionally severe event [again on Thursday] giving accumulations of 10 - 20 cm. There is "considerable uncertainty" as to which areas will and will not be affected: I am only looking at the South East maps. The forecast for Friday is couched in similar terms.

    More snow anyone?

    Link

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo View Post
    Talk about over hyping the weather, "severe" indeed for less than 10cm of snow.
    Agreed. I am puzzled by this also. I suppose that this happens so rarely that it does not make economic sense to 'get geared up' for a little bit of snow by investing in snowploughs and putting snow chains on tyres for public transport vehicles as the need arises etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo View Post
    ...(and are too lazy to get up earlier or God forbid WALK)...
    Again I agree. For my part I probably get up and get into school far too early. My wife certainly thinks so. I am often in before anyone else.

    I have walked to work in similar conditions although I was not working at a school then, Public transport would not run to my destination as it involved going through a couple of villages where the roads were not gritted. So I had no choice other than to walk [I was much younger then...]

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    I was watching Country File earlier and they were warning of a "Winter Storm" hitting the south coast and moving up the channel. It did not sound good for Monday night/Tuesday morning.

    If you live in the south brace yourselves?

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    I suppose that this happens so rarely that it does not make economic sense to 'get geared up' for a little bit of snow by investing in snowploughs and putting snow chains on tyres for public transport vehicles as the need arises etc.
    That's exactly it. The press and the public that have been bleating on about other countries managing to survive more than 10cm of snow with no disruption have completely ignored the fact that other countries spend a ton more on anti snow equipment.

    Of course being the bunch of hypocrites they are, if they discovered during a warmer period that our government was increasing the anti-snow budget they would go absolutely insane and call it a waste of money, which of course it would be.

    It's a bit of a damned if you do, damned if you don't. We just need to accept that this is so rare here it makes zero sense for us to spend billions on tackling it and if it happens then we just have to put up with a few days hassle.

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    Something that doesn't seem to have been mentioned with all this snow is what happens when it melts... Gloucestershire has had a massive amount of snow, and more is expected. Anyone thinking that flooding will be the next big news?

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    Thats a point tbh, it wouldnt suprise me especially in places like that.

    < Its snowing again here btw >

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    It's been snowing heavily here for the last hour and everything is white again. My son is on a course in Cheltenham, so I hope they don't keep them too late.

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    Its snowing nicely here in Yorkshire

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    My son is on a course in Cheltenham, so I hope they don't keep them too late.
    And how far from Cheltenham are you? Would like to get an idea of where the snow is now and how it is progressing. All very well looking at the forecasts but the data presented there is not live.

    BTW: No snow here at the moment. Clear sky and chilly. Location: Hertfordshire.
    Last edited by DaveP; 8th February 2009 at 04:57 PM.

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