Snow Causes Chaos Across the UK
As predicted, many parts of the UK saw heavy snow fall last night. Waking up to a white blanket on the ground, many children were delighted as school and exams were cancelled; some people were stranded in their homes and unable to come into work today.
Transportation has been seriously affected in the worst hit areas, leaving some passengers stuck in their cars for hours on end. Some of the overground train services in East London were terminated due to bad weather, and there were severe delays in other places across the capital. The service between Camden Road and Stratford was amongst those affected. There have also been cancellations on First Capital Connect for trains that run in and out of London Kings Cross.
In the South, Brighton saw many bus services cancelled, and Gatwick Airport could not open until after 7.30am this morning. The closure resulted in the cancellation of 18 flights. However, business is running as usual at Heathrow Airport with efforts being made to keep the runways clear all through the night. Bad weather could still disrupt the fights though.
A lorry blocked the A21 for three hours, leaving TV presenter Davina McCall stuck in her car! Plenty of our Clerkenwell escorts had trouble making it to their appointments last night, but they wouldn’t be deterred! Each V Girl braved her way through the blizzard.
The Highways Agency has issued a warning of severe weather conditions to continue throughout the day, with chances that the temperature will remain below freezing. People have been advised to travel only if completely necessary, and should leave extra time to allow for delays on transport. Radio stations have weather and travel updates at regular intervals, so these can help plan any essential journeys.
Up until last week, those who placed bets on a white Christmas in London were doing it with favourable odds. However, after the big freeze this week, odds are 2/1 because it’s just too close to call!
With December 25th only a week away, the nation has its hopes up for a truly white Christmas. Waking up to a snow covered landscape makes the season more magical for both children and adults alike, making a picturesque scene like that on the front of a Christmas cards. But clear roads up until then would be appreciated by any of those who have to travel for festivities!