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Title: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 16, 2009, 11:19:20 am
In Reading. And even starting to settle. The grass was still frosted when it began.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on December 16, 2009, 11:20:14 am
Here too! Hope it lies, so minimac can use the sledge we got just in time for the big melt last year  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Paul D on December 16, 2009, 11:23:33 am
Sunny as always here in Dorset. There's some rain & subzero temps forecast for late tonight though, so the commute is in the balance tomorrow. If only I'd succumbed to the tempatation to buy those studded tyres. ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Julian on December 16, 2009, 11:24:12 am
Snow in west London :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 16, 2009, 11:30:05 am
drizzle in yorkshire! Hurra - oh  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Salvatore on December 16, 2009, 11:30:17 am
Snowing here in N Hampshire.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 16, 2009, 11:31:12 am
Bloodnok: Never mind these naughty winds light to variable! What about some earthquakes in East Acton?
Seagoon: What about earthquakes in East Acton?
Bloodnok: What about...? I've been training at this school for six years to say "earthquakes in East Acton."
Seagoon: So what?
Bloodnok: Well, they never had one!
Seagoon: Ah, ah, yes! But at the slightest tremor, I'll write to the BBC!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 16, 2009, 11:32:21 am
Happiness for you all.  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on December 16, 2009, 11:35:54 am
It's snowing in West Ruislip an' all  :D

*little happy snow dance*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 16, 2009, 11:38:18 am
<nose pressed to window>

<waits expectantly>
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on December 16, 2009, 11:41:44 am
flurries here, not really settling. 

*doesn't fancy cycling in the sno*


Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MattH on December 16, 2009, 11:51:20 am
Just small flakes here in Basingstoke, not settling.
I love cycling in the snow - as long as there are no cars around!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on December 16, 2009, 11:51:36 am
flurries here, not really settling. 

*doesn't fancy cycling in the sno*

I *love* cycling in the SNO  :smug:

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tim on December 16, 2009, 11:52:37 am
I'm hoping for a repeat of February the 1st.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on December 16, 2009, 11:53:49 am
 :(
Drizzle in Brum
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 16, 2009, 12:03:09 pm
Dull and cold in Saarfend. No precipitation yet.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 16, 2009, 12:04:16 pm
<licking window>

<waits expectantly>

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on December 16, 2009, 12:06:36 pm
Snow in Suffolk.

 ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 16, 2009, 12:18:32 pm
In mid-Essex we have light snow.  Going out for a ride in a minute.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: matthew on December 16, 2009, 12:24:08 pm
Snow in East Berks, I am glad I have the day as leave, though my second days gardening is on hold!!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on December 16, 2009, 12:30:04 pm
Oh dear, snow in the bottom right hand corner of Englandshire.  I do hope this isn't taken as a cue for the so-called BBC 'national' news to run one of their customary 'Whole Country At a Standstill' stories...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Julian on December 16, 2009, 12:39:01 pm
I've just been for a 20 minute run round the park in the sno and am Considerably Chirpier than I've been for a while (work stress = teh suck = not much exercise = grumpy chubster of a Julian)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MattH on December 16, 2009, 12:42:52 pm
I'm hoping for a repeat of February the 1st.

Yes, I had a fun ride that day :thumbsup: (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=14725.msg265229#msg265229)
It's now snowing more heavily at Basingstoke, but still small flakes.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 16, 2009, 12:44:36 pm
Oh dear, snow in the bottom right hand corner of Englandshire.  I do hope this isn't taken as a cue for the so-called BBC 'national' news to run one of their customary 'Whole Country At a Standstill' stories...

I think BBC breakfast started that annual story this morning  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: numbnuts on December 16, 2009, 01:09:12 pm
only very light sleet here in Southampton
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TheLurker on December 16, 2009, 01:21:33 pm
I don't give a frozen rat's arse whether it's 'pretty' or not.  It had just better not bloody well snow here.  High pressure narrow tyres, close clearance mudguards and snow are not a happy combination and I will be severely disgruntled if it interferes with the few cycling days I've got left before Xmas.  Grumble, mutter, chunter, grumble....
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on December 16, 2009, 01:24:59 pm
Just brainfreeze rain here.  I wan' sno!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tom B on December 16, 2009, 01:50:41 pm
Still raining at Old Trafford  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 16, 2009, 01:52:47 pm
Still raining at Old Trafford  :)

Have they gone in for bad light?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on December 16, 2009, 01:59:09 pm
Yay, it's snowing properly again after a break :D. Hurrah!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: JT on December 16, 2009, 02:07:56 pm
Looked like it might snow about an hour ago but it's ended up as rain here in Cambridgeshire.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: kcass on December 16, 2009, 02:41:50 pm
It's settling!  in west London
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 16, 2009, 02:47:27 pm
Turned into wintry drizzle here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 16, 2009, 02:58:43 pm
Finally got proper snow in Saaaarfend :thumbsup:

Not settling  >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 16, 2009, 03:32:56 pm
(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6773-2/Snapshot+2009-12-16+15-25-30.jpg)

Blimey!  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on December 16, 2009, 03:34:16 pm
What is 15-20cm in real money?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 16, 2009, 03:35:08 pm
What is 15-20cm in real money?

6 to 8 inches
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on December 16, 2009, 03:36:42 pm
What is 15-20cm in real money?

that would be approximately 0.15-0.2m. ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 16, 2009, 03:37:27 pm
There was no snow here, but with heavy rain and a temperature of -2 this morning, I thought it prudent to leave the bikes in the shed and play with the Turbo Trainer instead. Man it was slippy out there  :o :hand:

Foggy now, and very chilly. When I nipped outside to fill the log basket, I noticed how much ice and frost there still is in the ground.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on December 16, 2009, 03:40:50 pm
What is 15-20cm in real money?

that would be approximately 0.15-0.2m. ;D
The floor will get/is getting wet.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 16, 2009, 03:43:24 pm
Darkest Essex: drizzle.
Gatwick (earlier): SNO.
Cambridge (just now): No SNO.
Crystal Palace: Lots of SNO.

My spies are everywhere :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 16, 2009, 03:46:59 pm
What is 15-20cm in real money?

15-20 cms is the usual for a money shot.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TheLurker on December 16, 2009, 03:59:06 pm
Well it made me laugh...

BBC NEWS | UK | Commuters braced for heavy snow (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/uk/8416010.stm)

"... but it's the first dump of the season and we seem to struggle on these occasions."

*sits back and waits for picolax jokes*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 16, 2009, 04:00:15 pm
(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6773-2/Snapshot+2009-12-16+15-25-30.jpg)

Blimey!  :o

That's what BBC breakfast were forecasting this morning.  I'm guessing we'll get very little snow down here in costa-del-saarfend, coupled with severe traffic disruption and letters of complaint to the local paper that the council didn't grit.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 16, 2009, 04:07:28 pm
OK, time will tell, but those NE winds were exactly what we had in 1962-63 and 1987. In the latter case, Saarfend was the coldest place in the country for about a week, with 18 inches of snow lying.
(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/4792-2/IGLOO1+_1_.jpg)

That's Dez's head sticking out of the top of the igloo. That photo was taken about a week after the snow fell and we made the igloo out of compacted snow from the pavement outside.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 16, 2009, 04:12:20 pm
Global Warming will have consigned those kind of events to history I think. Maybe.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on December 16, 2009, 04:16:01 pm
Not if the Gulf Stream craps out on us.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on December 16, 2009, 04:23:52 pm
Not if the Gulf Stream craps out on us.
The mini ice age with harsh winters?

After last winter and seeing 6 or 7 inches of ice on the canal for the first time I can remember I think you may be on to something.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on December 16, 2009, 04:32:45 pm
If you compare UK temperatures with those on the other side of the pond at the same lattitude and wonder why we're not freezing our tits off, that'll be all the lovely Atlantic currents which have been bringing us warm water and good weather for centuries.

Problem is, the massive ice fields up near Greenland at the northern end of the Gulf Stream are melting and sending big ol' wodges of cold water into the ocean system and interrupting the flow of this rather useful Ocean Conveyor Belt.

Executive Summary:  We're fucked  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 16, 2009, 04:34:42 pm
Executive Summary:  We're fucked  :(

Cyclist's Summary; Surly Pugsley with spiked 4" tyres here we come!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on December 16, 2009, 04:38:01 pm
At least Nutty would stop complaining about the intense heat of early winter. :demon: ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 16, 2009, 04:40:05 pm
Looking forward to it.

At the moment our heatwave summers and rainy winters aren't very nice.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 16, 2009, 04:47:59 pm
If you compare UK temperatures with those on the other side of the pond at the same lattitude and wonder why we're not freezing our tits off, that'll be all the lovely Atlantic currents which have been bringing us warm water and good weather for centuries.

Problem is, the massive ice fields up near Greenland at the northern end of the Gulf Stream are melting and sending big ol' wodges of cold water into the ocean system and interrupting the flow of this rather useful Ocean Conveyor Belt.

Executive Summary:  We're fucked  :(
Depends on how far south it shifts. If we get 17th-18th century weather, we'll get by, albeit with much colder winters.  I'd invest in a ski lift in the Chilterns. ;)

Darkest Essex: drizzle.
Gatwick (earlier): SNO.
Cambridge (just now): No SNO.
Crystal Palace: Lots of SNO.

My spies are everywhere :D
Reading: drizzle with occasional cold slushy bits in it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: SteveC on December 16, 2009, 04:49:17 pm
Atlantic drift going off will probably lead to 1962 type winters once in every 4 to 7 years (the models are not completely consistent).  How our modern car based economy would cope with this would be 'interesting' to watch.  Some things would be easier (far fewer houses have their fuel delivered in lorries these days) but the sheer length of commutes and the expectation that people can always drive to meetings and so on would make things rather more difficult.  (Mrs C has been to Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Bristol this week for example which would never have been considered for someone at her level in the organisation fifty years ago).

Steve
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: токамак on December 16, 2009, 04:50:46 pm
Problem is, the massive ice fields up near Greenland at the northern end of the Gulf Stream are melting and sending big ol' wodges of cold water into the ocean system and interrupting the flow of this rather useful Ocean Conveyor Belt.

Thermohaline circulation. (http://www.ipcc.ch/ipccreports/tar/wg1/508.htm)

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is important because in the present climate it is responsible for a large portion of the heat transport from the tropics to higher latitudes, and it plays an important role in the oceanic uptake of CO2. Palaeo-oceanographic investigations suggest that aspects of longer-term climate change are associated with changes in the ocean's thermohaline circulation.


I don't think the climatic effects of this system on Europe are yet fully understood, but it's certainly an area of serious concern.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on December 16, 2009, 04:52:38 pm
Looking forward to it.

At the moment our heatwave summers and rainy winters aren't very nice.

Got any Norwegians in the familiy tree, Nutty?  :demon: ;)


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Cat insists on sleeping on your bed with you
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Green Bay Packers fans put on T-shirts

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Japanese cars don't start

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The Norwegians start drying their laundry indoors.

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You plan a two week hot bath
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Bock beer production begins
Swedish cars don't start

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Green Bay Packer Fans put on sweaters.

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Wisconsinites pull down earflaps
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Norway wins the Eurovision Song Contest.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 16, 2009, 05:06:08 pm
Quote
10°F -12°C 261K
Too cold to ski
Nonsense!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on December 16, 2009, 07:11:01 pm
Don't forget the whole new random factor: the ice-free Arctic water has created a new stable weather pattern called the Arctic Dipole, which alternates with the regular patterns.  It's likely to intensify or mutate; an autumn with a warm wet Arctic could throw a lot of weather our way.  Basically, all bets are off.  If all bets were on, we'd be on warmer, wetter winters and cooler, wetter summers.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on December 16, 2009, 07:19:32 pm
Oh no!

Snow in S.E. England. 
Rest of Great Britain cut off by snow in S.E. England.
 ::-)
How will we cope?
 ;D

Only pulling yer leg, chaps.  ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Aidan on December 16, 2009, 07:27:45 pm
Oh no!

Snow in S.E. England. 
Rest of Great Britain cut off by snow in S.E. England.
 ::-)
How will we cope?
 ;D

Only pulling yer leg, chaps.  ;)
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 16, 2009, 07:38:18 pm
Not if the Gulf Stream craps out on us.

After one of the warmest, wettest November on record, it's hard to see the evidence that this is actually happening.

When we start having long cold spells, and start breaking low temperature records, I'll buy you a Tizer, doff my cap and say "You were right, and I was wrong."  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on December 16, 2009, 07:52:20 pm
Not if the Gulf Stream craps out on us.

After one of the warmest, wettest November on record, it's hard to see the evidence that this is actually happening.

When we start having long cold spells, and start breaking low temperature records, I'll buy you a Tizer, doff my cap and say "You were right, and I was wrong."  :)

I may be wrong here, but I don't think you're going to see any "evidence" before it happens.
The North Atlantic Conveyor either works, or it doesn't.
If it switches off, you're going to need as much body hair as possible.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on December 16, 2009, 08:36:20 pm
The North Atlantic Conveyor either works, or it doesn't.

It sunk didn't it?

Oh, that was on the South Atlantic.  :-[
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 16, 2009, 08:40:23 pm
It's pishing with rain up here the noo.
However the forecast is for frost and a bit of damp snow, so I've put my bike away for the rest of the week. The roads round Chez Pingu don't get gritted and I did enough falling off last winter to know I'd rather take the bus.

Yes, I know I am a woose.  :hand:

<thinks a bit too late: bollox, I forgot to grit the front steps......> :facepalm:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on December 16, 2009, 08:44:17 pm
The North Atlantic Conveyor either works, or it doesn't.

It sunk didn't it?

Oh, that was on the South Atlantic.  :-[
My Dad did some work on it. They built a new one after the original was sunk
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on December 16, 2009, 09:43:58 pm
It's likely to play merry hell with my cycling to work, since it's the psyclepath (never salted) or the dual carriageway (people buzz you because you "should" be on the psyclepath).

That's why I've been going out in the rain for weeks - that's better than just getting fat in the car.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 16, 2009, 10:31:53 pm
Oh no!

Snow in S.E. England.  
Rest of Great Britain cut off by snow in S.E. England.
 ::-)
How will we cope?
 ;D

Only pulling yer leg, chaps.  ;)

uh um.... (http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/studdedtires.asp)


I've always wanted to try a set of those...
Ah, yes. From before Nokia started making mobile phones, when its main businesses included paper products, tyres, wires & rubber macs.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Valiant on December 16, 2009, 10:35:57 pm
I hated today. Too cold for normal people clothes, too hot for the proper winter cycling attire. I arrived at work overheated and sweating.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 16, 2009, 10:46:17 pm
Not if the Gulf Stream craps out on us.

After one of the warmest, wettest November on record, it's hard to see the evidence that this is actually happening.

When we start having long cold spells, and start breaking low temperature records, I'll buy you a Tizer, doff my cap and say "You were right, and I was wrong."  :)

I may be wrong here, but I don't think you're going to see any "evidence" before it happens.
The North Atlantic Conveyor either works, or it doesn't.
If it switches off, you're going to need as much body hair as possible.
According to this paper from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, past cooling events  appear to have taken years ("as short as a decade" counts as abrupt), & have varied immensely in severity & duration. The post-1300 "little ice age" was of a different order of magnitude than the Younger Dryas, or even the 8200 year event.
Abrupt Climate Change : Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=12455&tid=282&cid=9986)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andrew_s on December 17, 2009, 01:02:07 am
According to this paper from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, past cooling events  appear to have taken years ("as short as a decade" counts as abrupt), & have varied immensely in severity & duration. The post-1300 "little ice age" was of a different order of magnitude than the Younger Dryas, or even the 8200 year event.
Abrupt Climate Change : Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=12455&tid=282&cid=9986)
This report says the Younger Dryas started in about a year
Big Freeze: Earth Could Plunge into Sudden Ice Age | LiveScience (http://www.livescience.com/environment/091202-fast-ice-age.html)
(also in New Scientist a few weeks back)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 17, 2009, 01:20:02 am
It also says it was triggered by a freak event which happened all at once. Where are the conditions to kick that off now? The Greenland ice cap is melting, but unless a very large part of it melts in one great splash, rather than piecemeal summer by summer, we're not going to have a repeat.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 17, 2009, 06:40:00 am
Atlantic drift going off will probably lead to 1962 type winters once in every 4 to 7 years (the models are not completely consistent).  How our modern car based economy would cope with this would be 'interesting' to watch.  Some things would be easier (far fewer houses have their fuel delivered in lorries these days) but the sheer length of commutes and the expectation that people can always drive to meetings and so on would make things rather more difficult.  (Mrs C has been to Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Bristol this week for example which would never have been considered for someone at her level in the organisation fifty years ago).

Steve
You'll do what people have been doing for decades in some other parts of the world. Have different summer and winter tyres. And I don't mean either studs or chains, unless, perhaps, you live in the Scottish Highlands.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on December 17, 2009, 07:47:17 am
It also says it was triggered by a freak event which happened all at once.

Sudden Arctic sea ice melt could do it if (1) the whole thing went at once, which isn't unlikely for floating ice on water, it's a phase change kinda thang, and (2) the wind was blowing all those bergs into the Atlantic where the had a mighty melty dump - which is much less likely; odds are they'd piffle out en route and in situ.

Greenland ice sheet melt would do it and the current offers on the Copenhagen table are at the 'worst case' end of the scale, anticipating 4-7 degrees of warming, at which you'd get that melt easily.

Winter tyres?  Nokians are awesome.  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 17, 2009, 10:39:22 am
But will they still be able to make them once all the oil's gone?  >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on December 17, 2009, 10:46:46 am
It's just started snowing here.  Only a quick flurry - but we're due heavy snow later today.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on December 17, 2009, 10:53:20 am
Bright sunshine now!  :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: David Martin on December 17, 2009, 10:56:36 am
We haz sno in Dundee!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on December 17, 2009, 11:17:53 am
My mum just outside Edinburgh says they have one inch and it's still falling

*hums 'Winter Wonderland' repeatedly, loudly enough to irritate work colleagues*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 17, 2009, 11:22:32 am
One of my work colleagues who lives in Regulator-land emailed to say it was snowing early this morning, so she decided not to come in.  Given the forecast for Londidium is quite a high risk of snow later today, that's probably wise.  It's a long walk back if the trains aren't running.

It is currently quite sunny out the window, which is much nicer than the greyness I cycled in through earlier.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on December 17, 2009, 11:24:22 am
Total Sunshine here!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 17, 2009, 11:29:30 am
Today's forecast is for Mr Blue Sky.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 17, 2009, 11:56:18 am
It also says it was triggered by a freak event which happened all at once.

Sudden Arctic sea ice melt could do it if (1) the whole thing went at once, which isn't unlikely for floating ice on water, it's a phase change kinda thang, and (2) the wind was blowing all those bergs into the Atlantic where the had a mighty melty dump - which is much less likely; odds are they'd piffle out en route and in situ.

Greenland ice sheet melt would do it and the current offers on the Copenhagen table are at the 'worst case' end of the scale, anticipating 4-7 degrees of warming, at which you'd get that melt easily.
It's the suddenness of the change in salinity which is reckoned to have caused the rapidity of the drop in temperature. Without that suddenness, caused by the freak event I referred to, the conveyor would reduce over years, according to the models. I questioned the likelihood of a large enough part of the Greenland ice cap melting in a single summer - and nothing you've said has caused me to re-think that.

Forget the sea ice. The Greenland ice cap contains much more ice, because although it's a smaller area, it's a thousand times (2.3km vs a few metres) thicker than sea ice. Also, it's 100% fresh water, while sea ice is frozen seawater, complete with some of its salt. It starts out at 30% of the salinity of seawater. Old ice has much less salt in it, but the increasing melting of ice each summer in recent years has reduced the proportion of old ice. Only 10% of spring ice cover is now more than 2 years old, down from 30% a decade ago. Allowing for reduced overall ice cover, 75% of the old ice has been lost in the last 20 years without switching off the conveyor. I doubt the last 25% would do it, however quickly it melted.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 17, 2009, 12:08:30 pm
If you compare UK temperatures with those on the other side of the pond at the same lattitude and wonder why we're not freezing our tits off, that'll be all the lovely Atlantic currents which have been bringing us warm water and good weather for centuries.

Problem is, the massive ice fields up near Greenland at the northern end of the Gulf Stream are melting and sending big ol' wodges of cold water into the ocean system and interrupting the flow of this rather useful Ocean Conveyor Belt.

Executive Summary:  We're fucked  :(

I don't mind a bit, or even a lot, of SNO, but if I had to change my commute to avoid being eaten by an Arctic Bear, I should be a tad put out ;)

Edit: Still bright and sunny in Harlow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on December 17, 2009, 12:32:31 pm
It's snowed hereabouts this morning:twice but melted almost as fast as it touched the ghround.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 17, 2009, 12:32:40 pm
OK, time will tell, but those NE winds were exactly what we had in 1962-63 and 1987. In the latter case, Saarfend was the coldest place in the country for about a week, with 18 inches of snow lying.
...

My plans for tonight are to put the motorbike away and find the MTB.  I have now booked tomorrow off work to go riding in it; the alarm will be set early so I can have the first ride in the rush hour.


ok, I can now guarantee that it will not snow  ;D.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 17, 2009, 12:53:27 pm
My sinister agent Sir Hugh of Hugh reports SNO in Cambridge.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on December 17, 2009, 01:42:16 pm
Here it comes in Londonton - WC2 has gone from blue skies to heavy grey cloud and snow in the space of 45 mins!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 17, 2009, 01:45:37 pm
It's givin' it large here with snow and it's very much settling too.

Local BBC is still saying some light rain showers.   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PhilO on December 17, 2009, 01:51:38 pm
You're all gits!  >:(

Here am I, living less than 10 miles from the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and even closer to some fine MTB trails, and what do I get? Drizzle, followed by a moderately fine day!  :facepalm:

Bah!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on December 17, 2009, 01:51:56 pm
Here it comes in Londonton - WC2 has gone from blue skies to heavy grey cloud and snow in the space of 45 mins!

It's passed though. It was dark and ugly for about 20 minutes in SE1 but now back to large bits of blue skies.

5-a-side (outside) tonight and then an 8 mile ride home. :) :) :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Julian on December 17, 2009, 01:54:36 pm
Sno in NW10, I've just been out to get lunch.

And noticed as I passed my bike that my rear tyre is totally flat.  I thought it felt a bit flabby for the last mile here, it must be a slow one.  >:(

Still, at least I can mend it in the office where it's warm...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fungus on December 17, 2009, 01:57:20 pm
Just started snowing in Birmingham  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 17, 2009, 02:09:21 pm
Here it comes in Londonton - WC2 has gone from blue skies to heavy grey cloud and snow in the space of 45 mins!

...and back to sunny skies again!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fungus on December 17, 2009, 02:09:54 pm
That didn't last long  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jellied on December 17, 2009, 02:29:14 pm
Snow in UB3 an hour ago. well i assume it was snow. it was horizontal

lots of people rushing into my office and gloating over how bad my cycle home would be.

now sunny again and quite looking forward to it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on December 17, 2009, 02:40:54 pm
Snow riding is fun!  The gloaters just lack adventurous spirit, bunch of sofa-bound marshmallows!

I has sno envies.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CommuteTooFar on December 17, 2009, 02:56:37 pm
Only fun while it is fresh after is is compressed by cars it is like ice. 
Also lots of cars sliding about on it can make me very nervous.
Cars pass me and spray me with snow feels heavier than water.

No snow here, just getting cold so there will be ice tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 17, 2009, 03:04:38 pm
Glad I took the walk up to the shop and left the bike.

It's already an ice-rink out there and the sun hasn't even set yet.  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TheLurker on December 17, 2009, 03:04:50 pm
Bright sun here and has been since about 0830. Might risk the back road for the run home...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wascally Weasel on December 17, 2009, 03:15:16 pm
Ms Weasel and I are going to set the clock for 6am and hope for deep sno in Richmond Park.

Day off booked for tomorrow? (check)
Sledges?  (check)
Tandem? (check)
Fleece lined boots? (check)

I already have tomorrow off as annual leave so snow if it happens will be a huge bonus.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on December 17, 2009, 03:15:34 pm
Falling quite steadily in south Embra but hardly settling at all
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: perpetual dan on December 17, 2009, 03:19:56 pm
A short heavy snow fall in Brighton just now, leaving a very picturesque dusting on the roofs.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CommuteTooFar on December 17, 2009, 03:43:41 pm
You're all gits!  >:(

Here am I, living less than 10 miles from the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and even closer to some fine MTB trails, and what do I get? Drizzle, followed by a moderately fine day!  :facepalm:

Bah!

I checked on Pen-y-Fan 6 Day Snow Forecast & Skiing Weather for 190 m - Snow-Forecast.com (http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Penyfan/6day/bot) and there will be a small amount of snow on Saturday night.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PhilO on December 17, 2009, 03:50:53 pm
You're all gits!  >:(

Here am I, living less than 10 miles from the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and even closer to some fine MTB trails, and what do I get? Drizzle, followed by a moderately fine day!  :facepalm:

Bah!

I checked on Pen-y-Fan 6 Day Snow Forecast & Skiing Weather for 190 m - Snow-Forecast.com (http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Penyfan/6day/bot) and there will be a small amount of snow on Saturday night.


I'm hoping for a repeat of last February:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3447/3263658480_1390194b63_m.jpg)

 :thumbsup:

(ETA: That's actually Corn Du...)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on December 17, 2009, 03:57:36 pm
Blizzard conditions here at the moment.
If this keeps up, and with the forecast high winds over the peaks, the ride home will be fun!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 17, 2009, 03:58:57 pm
We had a two-minute blizzard in Harlow a couple of hours ago and then sweet FA.

Bah!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on December 17, 2009, 04:39:56 pm
Blizzard on the ride into town this afternoon, crossing the valley takes you over an elevated road way and bridge, it was blowing into a white out up there as the wind came razzing down, would have had to get off and push if I had not been wearing wrap around cycling glasses.

Riding in drifting snow showers is rather good as it makes one feel driven and determined for about ten minutes.

Then back to boring old reality when you reach the nice warm coffee shop.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on December 17, 2009, 05:57:28 pm
It's snowed again this afternoon,it's sticking & turning to ice
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: diapsaon0 on December 17, 2009, 06:00:55 pm
Nothing yet in darkest Zummerzet  :'(

N
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: SteveC on December 17, 2009, 07:13:33 pm
Nothing yet in darkest Zummerzet  :'(

N
I must be in 'not quite darkest Zummerzet' as we've had some.
Not enough to make a difference to anything, but the patio table looked as if it had been a bit near a very enthusiastic whitewasher
S
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 17, 2009, 07:14:11 pm
Oh my  :o.

It's going nuts outside now. Gusts of wind must be at last 50mph because we've lost at least one pantile already.

It's snowing very heavily, and there are already drifts forming in the lane.

Methinks Mrs S and #2 Son will be taking a snow day tomorrow  :D.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: RichForrest on December 17, 2009, 07:28:06 pm
It's already an ice-rink out there and the sun hasn't even set yet.


Oh goody, I'm on the faired trike  :thumbsup:
Will be fun at about 23.00 when I leave  ;D ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 17, 2009, 07:37:56 pm
I'm in Bournemouth and there's nothing here yet. 

Tomorrow evening I have to drive back home to mid-Essex where apparently its banging down.  Good for them but I hope it doesn't stop me from getting back to the bosom of my wife family where undoubtedly a warm welcome will await me.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 17, 2009, 07:48:33 pm
It's all turned to sheet ice on the pavements. More misery for the elderly amongst others.
Bastard PITA.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 17, 2009, 07:55:12 pm
OK - now we've had a Thunderstorm. Everything but the... oh look, is that a kitchen sink flying by outside?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 17, 2009, 08:06:29 pm
It's already an ice-rink out there and the sun hasn't even set yet.


Oh goody, I'm on the faired trike  :thumbsup:
Will be fun at about 23.00 when I leave  ;D ;D

That's what I was saying back in February...



... until I rolled the Cheetah  :-[
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 17, 2009, 09:09:38 pm
It appears to have been snowing every so lightly in London.  There's a thin layer on the balcony outside of the lab, and the clean room air filtering system has shutdown (which it does when the air temperature drops below zero).

I think it's time to go home, and investigate exactly how slippery things are out there!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: dasmoth on December 17, 2009, 09:26:08 pm
Snow finally hit Cambridge in earnest an hour or so back, and there's a pretty respectable dusting now.  Just off to investigate the state of the roads...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on December 17, 2009, 09:30:26 pm

I think it's time to go home, and investigate exactly how slippery things are out there!

Get going Tim.

The stuff which has fallen here (SE23) so far, doesn't look like its about to disappear.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on December 17, 2009, 09:37:21 pm
It's lying on the road here. Take care Tim. :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: diapsaon0 on December 17, 2009, 09:44:30 pm
A few flakes tonight, but nothing more  :-\

N
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Polar Bear on December 17, 2009, 09:51:45 pm
I want it to really throw it down overnight.   Then I'll be up nice and early, out with the camera taking piccies to sell to the local businesses for their 2010 chrimbo cards and web pages   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: FatBloke on December 17, 2009, 10:03:13 pm
We got a blizzard here, with thunder and lightning!!  That's unusual.  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: peliroja on December 17, 2009, 10:22:35 pm
Me and Woolly just went for a wander in the white stuff.  Nice and fresh.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 17, 2009, 10:22:45 pm
I was surprised that it actually was settling.  Was about to go for a walk but the thunderstorm has made me think I'll wait a bit.


I want it to really throw it down overnight.   Then I'll be up nice and early, out with the camera taking piccies to sell to the local businesses for their 2010 chrimbo cards and web pages  media to show the gridlock, mayhem, and solitary cyclist heading along unaffected  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: FatBloke on December 17, 2009, 10:31:52 pm
I think we might lose power soon. The lights are flickering an awful lot and t
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 17, 2009, 11:04:41 pm
I've just had a very exciting ride back from tai chi (all of 3½ miles).

It's snowing very heavily with a strong NNE wind and there appear to be vestigial drifts. I rode home on the pavement because I couldn't stay upright on the road where the cars had compressed the snow.

When I reached Victoria Avenue, which at 10.30 p.m. is normally pretty well empty, I was greeted by gridlock because the 1 in 20ish slope up from the park is too much for the expensive Mercs. Massive queues in all directions. I was delighted to leave the all behind, after first having photographed them.

What was perhaps most impressive was how at two sets of lights I encountered, the presence of a little snow seems to make it perfectly OK for motorists to take absolutely no notice that the light they are going through is red. Not just turned red, has been red for many seconds.

I will post some spectacular pictures soon.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on December 17, 2009, 11:05:46 pm
The telly keeps going funny.  But the SNO' is easling off.

I was going to be riding home from Clapham to Ealing tonight, but I was on the Brommie and got as far as Hammersmith before it really started dumping it down.

So I got on the tube  :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: geraldc on December 17, 2009, 11:10:49 pm
I've just tried various webcams to see what the weather is like near my dad's house. It seems that the fashion for webcams has died and most of them are offline. What a swizz!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Domestique on December 17, 2009, 11:14:51 pm
I was thinking of grabbing camera and head out, but its warmer indoors

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I will post some spectacular pictures soon.

Is looking forward to this
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 17, 2009, 11:15:48 pm
Blimey! We are red on the Severe Weather Warning map! They reckon 15cm in the next 3 hours.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 17, 2009, 11:35:50 pm
The snow is settling a bit on roads with little traffic, ie residential, but the main roads are just wet.  There isn't much traffic, so what is out is expressing it's inner fuckwit and tanking it. :-\

For cycling, the wind seems to be a bigger issue than the snow, although so long as it was mostly behind me, it wasn't too big a problem, when I turned into it a bit, it was quite painful on my face.  It seems to be quite gusty, and it almost caught me out a few times.  It's more wintry showers than snow proper, so I suspect it'll mostly melt.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on December 17, 2009, 11:40:48 pm
Kept having light showers of snow here, didnt last long though.
Had a dusting, buts thats it. Nothing more has come.
Saturday night is when i want it to come. ILl be at my GFs, warm with her.
Tomorrow night and it will just be a bitch riding to hers.
Plus, if theres snow tomorrow i cant be doing with young kids throwing snow balls around on my walk to college ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Emily on December 17, 2009, 11:45:04 pm
I'm scared now.  Dasmoth set off from Cambridge on his bike some time between 9.30 and 10 and he hasn't made it home yet.  There's lots of snow, the cars are being really careful not to skid and it's bloody windy too.

 :( :'( :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 17, 2009, 11:50:45 pm
We had some showers this afternoon, but nothing significant - until now. Snowing quite hard in Reading now, & settling. It was frosty before the snow began.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Kathy on December 18, 2009, 12:03:27 am
We got a blizzard here, with thunder and lightning!!  That's unusual.  :o

Cor. The author of Irregular Webcomic (who is an Australian and has never seen SNO) produced a comic strip in which there was snow and lightning and was roundly criticised and told that combination never happens! ::-)

Any good photos? I wanna see how well it compares to the Ozzie photoshop version.  :)

I'm scared now.  Dasmoth set off from Cambridge on his bike some time between 9.30 and 10 and he hasn't made it home yet.  There's lots of snow, the cars are being really careful not to skid and it's bloody windy too.

 :( :'( :(

Fingers crossed for him. If he;s anything like me, he's walking all the scary bits to be on the safe side.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 18, 2009, 12:05:39 am
(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6802-2/DSC04435.JPG)

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Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: dasmoth on December 18, 2009, 12:11:19 am
Discretion proved the better part of valor, and I ended up taking the train.   Got me back in the end, but at times I was wondering if walking might have been quicker.

But the roads aren't in good shape.  Take care out there.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 18, 2009, 12:12:11 am
There were at least 5 lightning strikes that I saw. The first wa while I was turning out of the Fairway into Eastwood Road. That was virtually overhead. A couple of minutes later there was another strike whose thunder reached me after a couple of seconds. There were at least 3 more flashes whose thunder I heard rumbling in the distance. There may have been some more, but I think there were some outages and the streetlights flickered. I wasn't sure what I was seeing at the end of the ride home.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 18, 2009, 12:43:32 am
That's been fun.  Just got in.

We've had 2.5 to 3 inches, drifting to 4 or 5 where really trapped (e.g. against the kerb).  It's stopped falling for the last hour and the residual groundheat is melting it from below.


Although I loved the quiet roads and heading through the woods, I couldn't resist heading for the main roads to see how the drivers were coping.

...
When I reached Victoria Avenue, which at 10.30 p.m. is normally pretty well empty, I was greeted by gridlock because the 1 in 20ish slope up from the park is too much for the expensive Mercs. Massive queues in all directions. I was delighted to leave the all behind, after first having photographed them.
...

Seen similar here.  Locals will know the hill from Rayleigh Weir up into Rayleigh.  That was too much for many cars, mostly the big posh ones - the drivers are relying on their technology and have forgotten how to drive?  Mostly just sitting there wheelspinning until slowly sliding sideways across the road.  Fortunately they didn't hit anything.  I wish I could say the same about the wreckage on the Rayleigh Weir underpass that has closed the A127.

What also amused me was the driver behaviour.  :-
 - When on a main road that has been gritted and had enough traffic to pound it in and turn it to slippery slush, drive at 10mph in a queue with big stopping distances.  Excellent - but why turn on the rear fog lights?  It's not even snowing!
 - When on a gritted road that has had little traffic, stick to 20mph even though the road is treacherously slippery thanks to the tyre tracks being compressed slush that is freezing because the grit hasn't been churned in yet.
 - When on a main dual carriageway with 50mph average speed cameras, slow to 30-35mph.


The road conditions and traction are identical on ALL those roads  ::-)  

 - When the wheels spin, just accelerate harder, then stop, put it in first gear, floor it again.   The only exception to this was the Somerfield lorry driver stuck on the hill out of Rayleigh, he was pulling away and getting 6 inches before spinning out, then rolling back 3 inches and trying again and getting another 6 inches forward.  Slow progress but he DID make it.
 - I also came across the first abandoned car; on a flat horizontal residential road that wasn't gritted but packed icy snow.


If it doesn't melt away overnight, then it's going to be mayhem in the rush hour  :thumbsup:   And when the frustrated drivers complain that "the roads haven't been gritted" (as we know they will) I know for certain that they have been - I've not only seen loads of gritters I even overtook one  ;D ;D ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 18, 2009, 12:48:36 am
Question for wowbagger and all other Southenders. 

Have the cycle paths been gritted?   I raised this last year and as they're a cycling town they said they'd look at getting this onto the winter maintenance schedule.

I am betting this year will be like last year - untreated and will remain icier for longer than anywhere else.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: her_welshness on December 18, 2009, 12:49:08 am
I did a late shift tonight, ending at 8p.m. As I was leaving Clapham the first few flakes were starting to appear. By West Dulwich it was turning solid and I was starting to worry so edged onto the off-road cycle path towards the Horniman Museum. The downhills of the A205 towards Forest Hill were indeed quite scary and I was glad that I had my cycling glasses on so I  could partially see. Thankfully Mr Welshness had ordered in pizza. George the cat is now sulking because he hates snow and it is really heavy here in SE13 land!

The A205 beckons once more tomorrow as it is very well gritted  :thumbsup:

SNOW!!!!!!!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 18, 2009, 12:55:37 am
Question for wowbagger and all other Southenders.  

Have the cycle paths been gritted?   I raised this last year and as they're a cycling town they said they'd look at getting this onto the winter maintenance schedule.

I am betting this year will be like last year - untreated and will remain icier for longer than anywhere else.

The only cyclepath I used today was at about 7.30 p.m. between Dawes Heath Road and Progress Road on the N side of the 127. It wasn't snowing then but it hadn't been gritted or salted. I was quite concerned using Dawes Heath Road, actually, and I should probably have stayed on the Eastwood Road as far as Progress Road.

The platform at Rayleigh Station was a sheet of ice and I would imagine that most untreated surfaces would be similar, in part at least.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Domestique on December 18, 2009, 12:58:08 am
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Have the cycle paths been gritted?

No idea  :-\
We have just been riding around for the last hour or so. Was fun and I think I have seen three snowmen already.
What have I learnt tonight?
Bromptons are not the bike of choice for the snow :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 18, 2009, 01:00:33 am
Moves Domestique up one extra point in the Nutty Rankings.  (1.5 points if you're on the Brompton Tyres)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Domestique on December 18, 2009, 01:01:58 am
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(1.5 points if you're on the Brompton Tyres)

 :smug:  :D :D :D

They did seem to grip the road better than a ford escort van that skidded into a parked car next to the Westcliff Hotel, at least I stayed upright, just   8)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 18, 2009, 01:11:23 am
I walked back from curry as the cars had compacted the slush into a hard layer. And I was on fixed. Saw a car hit a parked car then drive off. Didn't get the number but it was a dead end so I knocked on the door and they think it's the neighbours' car so we left a note. Hope we can identify the people who did it as it left a badly dented door and side panel.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 18, 2009, 01:12:18 am
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(1.5 points if you're on the Brompton Tyres)

 :smug:  :D :D :D

They did seem to grip the road better than a ford escort van that skidded into a parked car next to the Westcliff Hotel, at least I stayed upright, just   8)

It's +2 points if they're green belted Kevlar ones.

I've had them sideways for ages when off-roading  :smug:

I've also eaten tarmac a few times because when they let go they really do  >:( :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: bobb on December 18, 2009, 01:42:30 am
It took me about 20 minutes, but in the road I've just written in massive letters "WANKERS!" in the snow so all my neighbours can see it in the morning. The "!" was done in piss just for that personal touch  :P

It will probably be gone in a few hours at the current snowfall rate  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 18, 2009, 02:07:43 am
Appearing on YouTube in a few minutes,  bobb's neighbours post full frontal video of bobb pissing in the street.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 18, 2009, 02:24:12 am
Friday's severe weather warning for Essex has been downgraded to orange. That's a bit boring.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 18, 2009, 02:29:44 am
Snow melting in back garden.

Pile of winter cycling gear in preparation corner downgraded to usual kit.  Hat has been discarded.  Overshoes moved to "potential".
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on December 18, 2009, 06:26:33 am
I saw about four flakes on the way home last night.  Not a sausage overnight - I think it's stopping at Oxford.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: JT on December 18, 2009, 06:41:34 am
There's been about 4 or 5 cm of snow overnight in Peterborough. And it's just started to snow again now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on December 18, 2009, 06:44:10 am
Stone me but there's even snow on the ground here on the South Coast this morning. Nothing more than the slightest dusting - more like a heavy frost to look, really. But, round here, even that's a mythical sight.

All you who have loads of snow are lucky, lucky bastards.

Re snow & lightening: it happened to me a couple of years back and was extremely bizarre. Never seen or heard anything like that before or since.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nicknack on December 18, 2009, 07:13:07 am
A couple of inches of snow here in North Kent. No doubt the whole place will grind to a halt. Though I'm sure the kids will appreciate all the schools being closed. How on earth do the poor people of Scandinavia manage in winter? They must stay indoors all winter, I suppose.  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on December 18, 2009, 07:18:37 am
When I reached Victoria Avenue, which at 10.30 p.m. is normally pretty well empty, I was greeted by gridlock because the 1 in 20ish slope up from the park is too much
Just heard on the local radio, BBC Essex, that the junction is still blocked by cars and lorries unable to drive up the slope into Southend. There are lots of people driving along Fairfax to try other ways up. The roads from Fairfax are unlikely to have any grit on them and are mostly single lanes.  ::-)
This is the junction, Clicky (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.550965,0.703189&spn=0.007045,0.012445&z=16), just imagine it with about six inches of snow and still snowing. My back is better so I'm going out in a bit for a quick ride on the brommie and get some of those Nutty points.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 18, 2009, 07:28:51 am
There were some deep drifts in our lane, but the beet trucks have done a good job of clearing a path through. A car has got stuck in the lane the t'other side of the field.

The teens will be pining - there's no mobile signal!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 18, 2009, 07:30:18 am
Well blow me down with a feather  :o :o :o :o :o :o


Not only has it not melted overnight, more has fallen!   We're up to about 5 inches sitting on the ground  :smug:

Weather forecasters.  Why have you got it right this year when you have disappointed me year after year after year for so long?

Neighbours.  It's still falling.  Why are you already out there with shovels clearing your driveways and building mounds in the roads that will cause obstruction to cyclists and drivers?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 18, 2009, 07:36:00 am
I've just measured 6" - which is the most for some years.  8)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Kathy on December 18, 2009, 07:38:31 am
Well blow me down with a feather  :o :o :o :o :o :o


Not only has it not melted overnight, more has fallen!   We're up to about 5 inches sitting on the ground  :smug:

Alas, we've only got about an inch here.  :( Guess it makes up for last february when the situation was reversed.

All this week we've been driving because of my ear infection.  :( Looked at the weather today, and decided that we *have* to cycle (not only for the fun, but also to ensure we can get back home in case the roads on the heaths near work snarl up during the day). Only problem is, the MTBs (which would be most fun) have no lights, and we can't guarantee leaving before dusk.

So: road bike with slick tyres and a dynohub it is! :P
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nicknack on December 18, 2009, 07:40:21 am
Yep, sure enough all the schools are closed cos no one can possibly leave the house with 2 inches of snow on the ground. And judging by the amount of traffic passing the house, ie. none, most work places will be shut too. Bet Bluewater will be heaving.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jakob on December 18, 2009, 07:58:19 am
Snow is good!
Whistler Blackcomb - Snow Report  (http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/weather/snowreport/index.htm)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: diapsaon0 on December 18, 2009, 08:17:29 am
Nothing here, unfortunately - I'm off across the edge of Exmoor this morning - (car, unfortunately) - might be something up on the top.
 
N
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Riggers on December 18, 2009, 08:18:01 am
That's a big 6 inches in Brighton too. And still snowing!!!!!!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Martin109 on December 18, 2009, 08:28:54 am
How on earth do the poor people of Scandinavia manage in winter? They must stay indoors all winter, I suppose.  ::-)

The Swedes don't do too badly.  The snow is expected; they generally have proper winter tyres and know how to drive on snow and ice.  And most minor roads and just gritted, not salted, so you don't get horrible slush.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 18, 2009, 08:43:28 am
Meh!  Rumours of SNOpocalypse appear to have been greatly exaggerated 'twixt E17 and exotic Harlow.  I had a much smoother run into work than usual, due to lack of traffic, and in our bit of the office there are only three people, excluding The Fabulous Mr Fox, who is supposed to be buying us all breakfast this morning >:( 

I can picture skiving gits all across the east of the BRITONS' England:

Quote from: Skiving Git

(Brrring Brrring.  Brrring Brrring)

Hello...  Mr My Boss...  No, sorry, I can't make it in today...  No, I can't even find my car...  Train...  What's that...  No, not here...  Hold on...  (Covers mouthpiece)  What's that noise, darling?  (Removes hand)  Wolves!  Timber wolves!  Timber wolves with chainsaws!  They're trying to get into the porch!  Aieee!  Can't...  Hold out... Much long (Click)

Nikki darling!  Have you still got those panties from our anniversary?

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Kathy on December 18, 2009, 08:47:28 am
Tim has declared himself poorly, so we shall have to drive.

<checks traffic news for our area>

Blimey! I've never seen the congestion this low! Either everyone's stayed at home, or all the reporting sites are broked.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 18, 2009, 08:48:39 am
... It's more wintry showers than snow proper, so I suspect it'll mostly melt.

So I was wrong, and it has settled overnight.  I guess the temperature must have dropped a little and the snow got a bit more serious overnight.

Now I've got to decide whether to risk the snow, or bugger around with the tram and disrupted tube lines.  It's not the snow which really worries me, it's the forecast of sub-zero temperatures this evening, which means that anything which is on the ground will freeze rock solid.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nicknack on December 18, 2009, 08:49:11 am
Is Wogan still on these days? ICBA to check. Betcha he's saying something along the lines of, " Snow in December? That proves global warming is all baloney".

Sun's just come out. That's nice.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on December 18, 2009, 08:51:00 am
4" here, but it really takes more than 7" for me to be fully pleasured.

:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on December 18, 2009, 08:53:05 am
4" here, but it really takes more than 7" for me to be fully pleasured.
I've got 7" here which I can't take.    :'(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: perpetual dan on December 18, 2009, 08:57:56 am
I'm off out with the kids to play in the snow  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on December 18, 2009, 09:14:32 am
I've just measured 6" - which is the most for some years.  8)

Pleased for you.  The cold weather can sometimes play havoc ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on December 18, 2009, 09:15:48 am
Is Wogan still on these days?

For a scant quarter of an hour more before he retires from the morning slot, yes! ;D

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wombat on December 18, 2009, 09:45:45 am
... It's more wintry showers than snow proper, so I suspect it'll mostly melt.

So I was wrong, and it has settled overnight.  I guess the temperature must have dropped a little and the snow got a bit more serious overnight.

Now I've got to decide whether to risk the snow, or bugger around with the tram and disrupted tube lines.  It's not the snow which really worries me, it's the forecast of sub-zero temperatures this evening, which means that anything which is on the ground will freeze rock solid.

It seems to have already done that here.  A couple of inches of pretty fluffy snow on top of a sheet of hard slippery stuff...   bugger.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: dasmoth on December 18, 2009, 10:30:11 am
How on earth do the poor people of Scandinavia manage in winter? They must stay indoors all winter, I suppose.  ::-)

The Swedes don't do too badly.  The snow is expected; they generally have proper winter tyres and know how to drive on snow and ice.  And most minor roads and just gritted, not salted, so you don't get horrible slush.

One thing that struck me when I was in Uppsala last winter way just how thick a layer of grit/salt had built up on the treated roads.  That has to play apart.  The snow this year has come unusually early, and follows a relatively warm November.  At least in the south-east, there was very little salt on the roads until the last couple of days.  If we'd had a few weeks of frosty mornings -- and a chance for the salt to build up a bit -- I'm sure the roads would have been in better shape last night.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Polar Bear on December 18, 2009, 10:39:45 am
Ooo.   Just looked out of the window and it's snowing.  Not expected here in Rugby.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on December 18, 2009, 10:57:29 am
Bromptons are not the bike of choice for the snow :D

Innit.  I have to admit that that I was getting a wee bit jittery on mine last night.

I've just measured 6" - which is the most for some years.  8)

Sigged  :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on December 18, 2009, 11:13:03 am
Penny in the snow, Charlotte?  It'd make for some lovely Dickensian photos... though I'm not sure you could send the yoof of today off to buy a turkey...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Paul D on December 18, 2009, 11:17:12 am
5 minutes of excitement (lickin' the window stuff in our office) then back to usual Dorset sunshine. *sigh* Will I ever get a reason to buy those studded tyres?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 18, 2009, 11:17:26 am
...It's not the snow which really worries me, it's the forecast of sub-zero temperatures this evening, which means that anything which is on the ground will freeze rock solid.
It seems to have already done that here.  A couple of inches of pretty fluffy snow on top of a sheet of hard slippery stuff...   bugger.

It wasn't too bad on the way in, mostly an issue around the first half a mile, on the quieter residential roads. They hadn't really had enough use to clear the snow, and had just compressed and squished it into a slippery slush.  Once I was past that most of the roads were clear, and past the first 6 miles, most of the snow in the Urban Heat Island of Central London had disappeared altogether.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on December 18, 2009, 11:18:12 am
Sadly, it's sunny and not at all snowy here in Ealing again.  But if we do get some more of the white stuff, I think I might just go for some penny pictures, Andy.

I could always give a teenage hoodie a tenner and tell him to go to Iceland on his BMX for me...

(http://www.iceland.co.uk/system/products/images/522.jpg?1258376707)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 18, 2009, 11:46:10 am
Had a fantastic ride.

Main roads were annoying because the drivers weren't anywhere near the kerb as they usually are, so I was struggling to get past on the centre line - which was frozen in places so kept throwing me off-line.

Absolutely fantastic was the sea wall between Leigh-on-sea and Benfleet.  I was the first person along there.  Fun slipping in the wet mud that was under the thick blanket of snow, and it was tiring after a while slogging through the snow.  But woo hoo!  Snow at last!


Going out again in a minute.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jethro on December 18, 2009, 12:30:46 pm
No snow here in Wolverhampton.  Bloody cold though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on December 18, 2009, 12:45:04 pm
Still no snow in nottingham, but its bloody freezing out there!!!! Hopefully there wont be any
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 18, 2009, 12:47:33 pm
It continues to snow heavily on and off. It looks lovely out there (when viewed from in here :)).

Probably up to 12cm on the ground now, and it's really heaving it down at the moment  :thumbsup:. I rang Mrs S and suggested she take the afternoon off and get back home while she still can.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on December 18, 2009, 12:54:03 pm
Bright sunshine lighting up the snow here now :D. It's beautiful. Had an unscheduled trip to Sutton where it was much clearer.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 18, 2009, 01:17:44 pm
I don't think I'll be troubling the bikes in the shed today:

(http://www.ivytodd.com/images/snowy800.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 18, 2009, 02:15:11 pm
A few inches here, which has only melted where it's in direct sun on a dark background. Went for a walk in the cemetery this morning, & saw lots of muntjac tracks, but no deer. Apart from the lack of a base, it would have been good for skiing on. Fresh powder!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Domestique on December 18, 2009, 03:34:10 pm
Quote
Innit.  I have to admit that that I was getting a wee bit jittery on mine last night.
What made it worse for me, seeing my other half plough through the snow on his 50 year old bike whilst I nearly went over every 5 meters.

Couple of pictures from last nights spin slide around the town

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2617/4194610097_3845a2eea4.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2736/4194620623_53d42e8391.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2594/4194700787_dff890c354.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: scott on December 18, 2009, 03:35:49 pm
Over here:


Quote from: National Weather Service
Tonight: Snow. Low around 27. Calm wind becoming north between 8 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Saturday: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 31. North wind between 11 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: bobb on December 18, 2009, 03:41:24 pm
How can a "Chance" be 100% ?!!

Edit: A friend of mine in Minnesota LOLd quite a bit when I told her we'd had a few inches of snow. Pathetic really when we have to measure snow fall in inches rather than feet!

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on December 18, 2009, 03:57:55 pm
Over here:


Quote from: National Weather Service
Tonight: Snow. Low around 27. Calm wind becoming north between 8 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Saturday: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 31. North wind between 11 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.

Being Abroad is cheating.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: scott on December 18, 2009, 04:13:30 pm
Being Abroad is cheating.

 ;D    But trust me, this is unusual for here.

Time for me to break out the fat-tired, lots-of-standover bike:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3061/3056940008_dea9cf6543.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on December 18, 2009, 05:13:53 pm
My daughter has reminded me that I promised a pre-Christmas sailing trip to the IoW and she's going to hold me to it.

Oh joy. I get cold in the cockpit while everyone else gets pissed below.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on December 18, 2009, 05:19:56 pm
Your daughter gets pissed?She will be aged 18+ then.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: scott on December 18, 2009, 09:30:57 pm
[orchestra hit]

[deep narrator's voice] It has begun....
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: redshift on December 18, 2009, 09:37:27 pm
Being Abroad is cheating.

 ;D    But trust me, this is unusual for here.

Time for me to break out the fat-tired, lots-of-standover bike:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3061/3056940008_dea9cf6543.jpg)

Ooh, I think that's nearly as old as older than mine - a 1992 850 Antelope.  I don't have a pic of that at the moment, though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: scott on December 18, 2009, 09:50:34 pm
Obviously it's way too small for me, but I wanted to build up something halfway between a mountain bike and a trials bike, just for playing around on. The tires are very sticky, and the seat can drop all the way down to avoid painful incidents.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on December 19, 2009, 07:56:13 am
Cycling rush hour in the snow


      YouTube
            - Cycle Rush hour in the snow, Utrecht (Netherlands)
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMv3OB6XHvQ&feature=player_embedded)

And yet they keep riding just like in Denmark. But here with less snow we are snowed in and come to a stand still.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 19, 2009, 07:59:49 am
More heavy snow overnight in Norfolk. Probably 20cm on the grass now. Looks ver perty on the trees.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on December 19, 2009, 08:02:15 am
Cycling rush hour in the snow


      YouTube
            - Cycle Rush hour in the snow, Utrecht (Netherlands)
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMv3OB6XHvQ&feature=player_embedded)

And yet they keep riding just like in Denmark. But here with less snow we are snowed in and come to a stand still.


That's amazing !  If only we could be like that here...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 19, 2009, 09:58:02 am
Our electricity went off at 1.05 p.m. yesterday. It's just returned.

We've had 19 hours in the 1950s - no central heating and we have no other heating in this house. The gas rings worked so we could cook and drink tea and we have a jump pack and inverter, which powered a 60w equivalent low-energy bulb for about 7 hours. Quite impressed with that.

We read until 10.30 p.m. when the jump pack ran out, so we went to bed then.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on December 19, 2009, 11:27:15 am
I love the picture...
   Copenhagen isn't only  place having climate problems… - The Scotsman
 (http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland/Copenhagen-isn39t-only--place.5925317.jp)
 :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 19, 2009, 11:31:36 am
I love the picture...
   Copenhagen isn't only  place having climate problems… - The Scotsman
 (http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland/Copenhagen-isn39t-only--place.5925317.jp)
 :)


I like the 'Home Guard' style warning poster further on down the article.

Who do you think you're kiddin' Mr Snowman, if you think ol' England's done (http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/getEdFrontImage.aspx?ImageID=449683)...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: dasmoth on December 19, 2009, 11:40:48 am
But here with less snow we are snowed in and come to a stand still.

The snow in the video looks like a pretty light dusting to me.  Less than 2cm, certainly.  While it's true that any snow seems to cause a certain amount of disruption in southern England, on this occasion  many areas have had quite a bit more than that.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on December 19, 2009, 12:55:08 pm
Your daughter gets pissed?She will be aged 18+ then.

It's only illegal to buy alcohol when aged under 18*. It's not illegal to drink alcohol under 18 years old.

It's illegal to give a child under 5 any alcohol.

In-between parents can buy booze for their children and let them drink it (including in restaurants at licensee's discretion)

* Although at 16 you can buy beer, porter, cider or perry with a meal in a restaurant (and wine in Scotland) thanks to the Licensing Act of 1964.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 19, 2009, 02:00:05 pm
#2 Son and I made a snowman  :thumbsup:

(http://www.ivytodd.com/images/sm1.jpg)

And we made him something to stand on:

(click to show/hide)

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 19, 2009, 02:03:59 pm
Excellent! You should have put him in a Godzilla suit.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: scott on December 19, 2009, 02:04:43 pm
Quote
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
417 AM EST SAT DEC 19 2009

VAZ021-025-026-036>039-050-056-WVZ054-191730-
/O.CON.KLWX.WS.W.0008.000000T0000Z-091220T1100Z/
HIGHLAND-AUGUSTA-ROCKINGHAM-NELSON-ALBEMARLE-GREENE-MADISON-
ORANGE-SPOTSYLVANIA-PENDLETON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...STAUNTON...WAYNESBORO...HARRISONBURG...
CHARLOTTESVILLE...FREDERICKSBURG
417 AM EST SAT DEC 19 2009


A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST SUNDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...HEAVY SNOW WITH ACCUMULATIONS OF 14 TO 24 INCHES
  THROUGH TONIGHT.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on December 19, 2009, 02:07:55 pm
Crumbs. Hope you'll be ok Scott.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 19, 2009, 02:09:20 pm
#2 Son and I made a snowman  :thumbsup:





 ;D


Nice bit of conning, there, sir.  :thumbsup:

That's way up there with the DFS sale in the book of Con-Fu.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: scott on December 19, 2009, 02:10:28 pm
Thansk, but we're fine--nowhere to go, and plenty of tea and food in the house.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on December 19, 2009, 02:11:30 pm
So long as you have tea :D.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on December 19, 2009, 02:30:08 pm
#2 Son and I made a snowman  :thumbsup:

Very nicely done  :) ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 19, 2009, 02:53:26 pm
Quote
... -PENDLETON- ...

How did Vicky get there? :o ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on December 19, 2009, 03:09:53 pm
Not much yet up here in the southern Pennines; less than 1/2" thus far.

We are forecast a few inches this evening, though.
Looking out, there have been a few preliminary flurries but nothing of significance is due until after dark, we are told....
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on December 19, 2009, 06:28:25 pm
We're forecast to get it bigtime on Monday, which is also the day I really have to be in the office to run around the building like a headless chicken and get something signed off (which should have been done months ago, but we had it dropped on us 10 days ago).  On the other hand, if I phone up and find that one of two other people critical to the process don't make it in, it's sunk anyway and I can go sledging.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: dasmoth on December 19, 2009, 07:01:22 pm
Not actually had much more today, but there's still plenty on the ground, and I finally got a chance to go play in it properly  :thumbsup:

(http://www.derkholm.net/snow5.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: scott on December 19, 2009, 07:51:33 pm
Almost 24 hours of snow on our picnic table and back deck:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/4197491569_f39bf07097_o.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 19, 2009, 08:12:44 pm
That's not fair Scott, you live in a country that hasn't embraced global warming yet!  ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Adam on December 19, 2009, 09:22:29 pm
Brrr - I wondered why the central heating wasn't on.  I've just found out the gas is out, as water has got into the gas mains in the village.  It's -3° outside at the moment, and falling.

And more snow is expected later on.  :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on December 19, 2009, 10:42:15 pm
Time for hats. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: scott on December 19, 2009, 10:59:14 pm
That's not fair Scott, you live in a country that hasn't embraced global warming yet!  ;)

Well, clearly it can't be warming, can it? I mean, it snowed!


 ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on December 20, 2009, 12:02:07 am
It's snowing again in Cambridge...


Lots of fresh snow on top of ice.  Lovely...  :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 20, 2009, 12:03:36 am
Yes.  That's why I'm riding on studded tyres until further notice.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: IanDG on December 20, 2009, 12:06:08 am
Snow in Stornoway
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on December 20, 2009, 12:06:30 am
We had one flake this afternoon.  That's been it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 20, 2009, 12:08:06 am
My street is an ice rink.  Well, it was.  Now it's an ice rink covered in snow.

Will be glad of the studded tyres meaning I can cycle into town instead of being stuck in traffic tomorrow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on December 20, 2009, 12:15:34 am
My street is an ice rink.  Well, it was.  Now it's an ice rink covered in snow.

Will be glad of the studded tyres meaning I can cycle into town instead of being stuck in traffic tomorrow.


Our local streets are solid ice as well.  There've been a few shunts into parked cars.

I went arse over tit coming home from shopping.  Luckily, I was so well wrapped up against the cold that I basically didn't feel anything.

Off the bike at the moment and likely to be until the ice goes...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on December 20, 2009, 09:59:22 am
Last night we had a couple of hours of sleety snow which froze over.Then we had a minor snow dump to hide all the sheet ice & this morning more snow. I decided not to ride to the village to get a newspaper & had confirmation that this was the wise decision as I went a-o-t walking back up the road ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 20, 2009, 10:07:41 am
I don't have winter tyres on my new bike.  My street is currently 2" of ice topped off with 3" of snow.  I admit it, I'm a chicken.  At the moment I am having to content myself with admiring the bike which is currently parked up in the front room rather than added to the stack in the dining room.  Youngest son has a tendency to stroke it as he walks past...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 20, 2009, 10:09:13 am
Youngest son has a tendency to stroke it as he walks past...

Thread makes a bid for NSFW...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on December 20, 2009, 10:17:11 am
Think there was abit an inch here that came last night.
When coming back from my GFs family xmas meal, it started to snow heavy. Got back to hers and it was starting to settle. Went out to go to the pub and it was getting deeper. Then when in the pub it started to snow heavy, but didnt last too long.
Still here this morning. Roads look fine though. But im being made to have a lift home later.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Adam on December 20, 2009, 10:21:17 am
Brrr - I wondered why the central heating wasn't on.  I've just found out the gas is out, as water has got into the gas mains in the village.  It's -3° outside at the moment, and falling.

And more snow is expected later on.  :-\

Well it only got to -5° overnight with just over another 1 cm of snow (on top of the previous 15 cm), and they think the gas won't be back on until Tuesday or Wednesday.  After 14 hours, the coldest it got inside was only 14°, and I think it's quite warm, but everyone else doesn't.  ::-)  

On the plus side, National Grid are handing out free electric heaters and camping gas hobs to everyone in the village.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 20, 2009, 10:40:04 am
It seems to have stayed below zero for the last couple of days, but not cold enough to stop stuff melting when driven over, so the main effect of the snow on Friday has been to leave us with sheets of solid ice on the non-Main roads. :-\

I quite like a bit of snow, so long as it either stays as fluffy snow, or disappears as dirty slush, which you can at least cycle through, albeit whilst getting covered in mucky gunge.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulF on December 20, 2009, 10:49:14 am
... Youngest son has a tendency to stroke it as he walks past...

I think he's ready to join us :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Adam on December 20, 2009, 10:49:50 am
Anyone know a place in the UK which has Marathon Winter tyres (700 x 35) in stock?

I've decided studs are this season's must have accessory.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 20, 2009, 11:04:47 am
LOL, I think you may have left it a bit late.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 20, 2009, 11:06:38 am
Panic buying has already all been panicked.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 20, 2009, 11:42:04 am
Andy Gates once posted this link ( I think it was he, and I think it was this link - damn my memory  ::-)):

Pop Rivet Ice Tires for Your Road Bike (http://www.instructables.com/id/Pop_Rivet_Ice_Tires_for_Your_Road_Bike/)

So, break out your rivet gun and get popping  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andrewc on December 20, 2009, 11:57:09 am
There was about an 3/4 inch of white stuff in Liverpool this morning,  kids were out throwing snowballs at each other.  Now it's all grey and slushy and is snowing granular little crystals, not sticking very well.

Got to go to the parents for lunch later, I may wimp out and take the train... :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrew Br on December 20, 2009, 12:01:44 pm
Snowing on and off in South Manchester. Some of the showers are very heavy.
Five-a-side was cancelled because the pitches weren't fit and Helen is keeping tabs on the Sale Sharks/Harlequins game. Sale have had the pitch covered but they're asking for people to go down to sweep the snow off the covers.

I plan an off-road ride when she goes to the game. I'll take the camera  :thumbsup:

Edit- Sale won 'though I believe that the game was stopped near the end for the lines to be cleared during a white-out The guy on the radio suggested that they should also get an orange ball so that the players could see it  ;D

I'm expecting a very happy young lady to arrive home soon. I might let her take me to the pub to celebrate  ;)



Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rower40 on December 20, 2009, 12:03:12 pm
It's snowing again in Cambridge...


Lots of fresh snow on top of ice.  Lovely...  :-\
I came back from Derby to Cambridge yesterday for the duration of the seasonal festiveness.   I had so much STUFF that I didn't have space for a bike, not even a Brommie.  A blessing in disguise, as I wouldn't want to ride anything with fewer than 3 wheels on this ice/snow combo.

Via the magic of the intertubes, I find that my brother and his family are stranded in Eurodisney, thanks to Eurostar waving the White Flag of Surrender. [/racial stereotype ahoy!]  I'm following the discussion of what went wrong on a Railway Staff forum.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 20, 2009, 12:04:32 pm
  ... After 14 hours, the coldest it got inside was only 14°, and I think it's quite warm, but everyone else doesn't.  ::-)  
...


HEATWAVE!!!!!!




It's snowed here again lightly overnight, for which I'm grateful because it now means there's traction on the road again.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 20, 2009, 12:15:58 pm
Anyone know a place in the UK which has Marathon Winter tyres (700 x 35) in stock?

I've decided studs are this season's must have accessory.

I am inclined to agree.

So, studded tyres ...

1. Where do you get them from (26inch)?
2. The lanes round here are covered in thick sheet ice.  Could I cycle on them with studded tyres?
3. When the ice goes would I have to removed the tyres, i.e can you use them with there isn't ice around?  It would be useful to just leave them on all winter.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 20, 2009, 12:20:58 pm
OD - have you not seen this rather fine demonstration of studded tyres?


      YouTube
            - Boston Messengers Riding on Ice
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoSbyT6dO0U&feature=related)

There's a better quality version on the Brunelle website
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 20, 2009, 12:27:12 pm
We're lucky that the local council places large salt bins at key locations on the less major roads.  :thumbsup:

So like most years, when the weather is like this, I'll partly fill a bin bag and do my path as well as all the pensioners paths that are by me.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 20, 2009, 12:27:49 pm
OD - have you not seen this rather fine demonstration of studded tyres?


      YouTube
            - Boston Messengers Riding on Ice
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoSbyT6dO0U&feature=related)

There's a better quality version on the Brunelle website

That seals it.  If you can ride on a frozen river I think studded tyres will see me OK for Essex.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on December 20, 2009, 12:31:00 pm
That seals it.  If you can ride on a frozen river I think studded tyres will see me OK for Essex.
Hardly seems worth the effort. By the time you've sourced and fitted them it'll all be salty rivers of slush.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 20, 2009, 12:36:46 pm
True but I will be better preapred when the snow and ice comes again. 

Just been doing a bit of web research, apparently Schwalbe Snow Stud (26x1.9") tyres can be left on for normal winter usage and then deflated when it's icy.  Worth a thought.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on December 20, 2009, 12:41:44 pm
.........only 14°, and I think it's quite warm, but everyone else doesn't.  ::-)  


How is it that I can picture you sitting there in your shorts, while all around you shiverrrrrrrr ?  :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on December 20, 2009, 12:57:15 pm
.........only 14°, and I think it's quite warm, but everyone else doesn't.  ::-)  
How is it that I can picture you sitting there in your shorts, while all around you shiverrrrrrrr ?  :D
Because you're as scared as the rest of us!  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 20, 2009, 12:58:06 pm
Most discussions I've seen of Snow Tyres say that they'll be harder work to cycle on, even if the tyres aren't partially deflated, and you'll probably wear the studs down, or loose a few.  They'll also be noisy!

The studs are pretty hard, but you would be using them a lot, so eventually you use them up.  You may be better off getting a cheap pair of wheels, and fitting the tyres to them permanently.  Since you won't be doing as much mileage on those, the wheels themselves don't need to be able to be used for thousand upon thousands of miles, so a cheap and cheerful wheel is probably adequate.

They should also probably be kept somewhere dark, or covered, to minimise their exposure to UV during the sumer, when you won't be using them, and try and make them last for as many years as possible.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 20, 2009, 01:05:26 pm
That seals it.  If you can ride on a frozen river I think studded tyres will see me OK for Essex.

Yes, but they do fall off, several times in that video, and they're wearing padding.

I bet the guy in the Ice Yacht was a bit surprised when they went past!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Palinurus on December 20, 2009, 01:07:41 pm
I've got a spare front wheel that I'm thinking of fitting a studded tyre to, then when required I can use it on the 'cross bike to get to work and stuff. Probably enough benefit of just having one on the front in SE England- I don't encounter much ice during the average winter.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on December 20, 2009, 01:17:13 pm
There's a DIY method using small machine screws and nuts - probably M4 - on a standard tyre.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 20, 2009, 03:53:03 pm
I just can't be bothered to get studded tyres down here in Essex.  We pretty much seem to have three road conditions.
1) Gritted and wet - any bike will do.
2) Snowy - MTB is great, as is any bike with decent tread.
3) Snow packed down to ice.  Really slippery.  But it's only a few yards so might as well either risk it or walk past on the pavement.

I often resort to the windcheetah to avoid falling off on the ice, but to be honest on a 9 mile commute home I'm on ice for 0.25 miles.  Just not worth the effort of doing anything special.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on December 20, 2009, 03:55:34 pm
  Just not worth the effort of doing anything special.

Same here. A few days off the bike is OK. It's not Minnesota.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 20, 2009, 04:07:36 pm
  Just not worth the effort of doing anything special.

Same here. A few days off the bike is OK. It's not Minnesota.

Well of course, as others reminded me upthread, if the Atlantic THC is compromised by the effects of GW, then it will get like Minnesota here ;).

Current medium range forecast suggests the cold is here to stay for a while. This would mean for me, probably ten days or more of snow covered/compact snow/icy lanes; which would make it worth having a set of studded tyres I could just swap to on one of the bikes for that time. The initial investment in money and time needs to be taken out of the equation really - once you've got them, you'll use them.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 20, 2009, 04:17:38 pm
...The initial investment in money and time needs to be taken out of the equation really - once you've got them, you'll use them.

As and when we do start getting the cold winters, that's when I intend to reconsider and get them.

If I buy them now then yes I will use them 'in case of ice' and I'll wear them out so that on the worst days when I ride 15 miles on wet tarmac and half a mile on compressed snow they won't work on that ice.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 20, 2009, 04:24:06 pm
The only studded tyres available in the UK seem to be Schwalbe Snow Studs and a pair of them will be about £60.  There's no point getting them now as may the time they arrive this lot of ice will have melted (probably).

I might see whether Santa delivers some Wiggle vouchers and then buy a pair as insurance.  Today has been very frustrating, the weather has been glorious but I couldn't get out cos of the ice.  It would have been a different story if I had studded tyres.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 20, 2009, 04:38:26 pm
You don't need a stud.

You need an extra wheel.  I have no very little* trouble on ice on the windcheetah  ;D






*I've had to amend that statement now, I rolled it last winter after one too energetic power slide  :-[
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 20, 2009, 05:33:35 pm
It's a bit late now to buy studded tyres, but what I keep on intending to do, is import some Nokian A10 in 700x32, from someone like Peter White Cycles (http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/studdedtires.asp).  They look to be a good tyre for commuting on, although the Marathon Winters also get a good writeup.  I'd need to put them on the Kaffenback, which is buggered with unrelated Freehub issues, which I don't currently have the time to deal with, and I should also probably get a second set of wheels to put them on, which I would need to build up.

Something to do in the summer.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 20, 2009, 07:09:22 pm
Well the last time I wanted to use the studded tyres, I tried riding on the road which was nearly ice free.  I gave up very quickly as it was a mixture of sections completely clear of ice and then you'd suddenly hit a patch which was hard compacted refrozen dirty slush.  It's dark so you can't see it coming.

Add to that cars doing 50mph, and there's a parallel cycle path which without studded tyres would be unusable, but is perfectly ridable (I did it tonight whilst towing a loaded trailer) and the advantage of studded tyres is clear, since I have the option of riding on the path rather than pushing the bike home for 5 miles.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on December 20, 2009, 07:26:59 pm
I love this.  :thumbsup:   Beeb News for everywhere else in the UK would doubtless be illustrating this story with pictures of snow-bound traffic jams.  BBC News - Scotland braced for further snow (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8423638.stm)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 20, 2009, 07:29:43 pm
I love this.  :thumbsup:   Beeb News for everywhere else in the UK would doubtless be illustrating this story with pictures of snow-bound traffic jams.  BBC News - Scotland braced for further snow (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8423638.stm)

I had to do a double-take.  :o ;D

I thought it was the Andrex puppy and it had ran out of toilet roll.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on December 20, 2009, 07:31:10 pm
Studded tyres and mudguards aren't really compatible; I have pretty big clearance but not for a 1.9" tyre with studs on top.

I don't know whether to drive in this week or risk it.  There are patches of black ice all over the village because the wind on Thursday didn't quite dry out the roads completely.  We also had ice pellets last night which have turned to sheet ice where cars have run over them.  99.9% of my route is salted though, because the bus uses it - it's literally just our 150' cul-de-sac that isn't.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on December 20, 2009, 07:33:06 pm
I love this.  :thumbsup:   Beeb News for everywhere else in the UK would doubtless be illustrating this story with pictures of snow-bound traffic jams.  BBC News - Scotland braced for further snow (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8423638.stm)

au contraire

BBC News - Met Office warns of further snow in Northern Ireland (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/northern_ireland_politics/8423094.stm)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 20, 2009, 07:37:41 pm
Studded tyres and mudguards aren't really compatible; I have pretty big clearance but not for a 1.9" tyre with studs on top.

I don't know whether to drive in this week or risk it.  There are patches of black ice all over the village because the wind on Thursday didn't quite dry out the roads completely.  We also had ice pellets last night which have turned to sheet ice where cars have run over them.  99.9% of my route is salted though, because the bus uses it - it's literally just our 150' cul-de-sac that isn't.

I've managed to make it work on my Galaxy with some fettling.  My rear mudguard has also now got cable ties holding the stays to the guard as the rivets have finally corroded away after 11 years.

I did think about removing the guards but I don't want to get covered in crap so I bodged it last night once I discovered the problem.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 20, 2009, 07:41:51 pm
I've managed to make it work on my Galaxy with some fettling.  My rear mudguard has also now got cable ties holding the stays to the guard as the rivets have finally corroded away after 11 years.

I predict a riot problem. When you ride it on snow, the gap betwixt tyre and guard will rapidly fill with snow/slush/ice filings and make irritating noises, and impair your progress.

I'm with RZ - you don't want guards.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 20, 2009, 07:54:04 pm
I've managed to make it work on my Galaxy with some fettling.  My rear mudguard has also now got cable ties holding the stays to the guard as the rivets have finally corroded away after 11 years.

I predict a riot problem. When you ride it on snow, the gap betwixt tyre and guard will rapidly fill with snow/slush/ice filings and make irritating noises, and impair your progress.

I'm with RZ - you don't want guards.

I've been out riding in mixed conditions today (including snow) and didn't find that it got clogged up.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Paul D on December 20, 2009, 07:54:14 pm
I rode the MTB with 2.1" knobblies & no guards to work in the snow in Feb. The front wheel spray meant it was like someone continually pouring iced water down my overshoes. Later, when the snow turned to slush, the first quarter mile was enough to get the iced water feeling but from the back too. :hand:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 20, 2009, 08:04:15 pm
I predict a riot problem. When you ride it on snow, the gap betwixt tyre and guard will rapidly fill with snow/slush/ice filings and make irritating noises, and impair your progress.

...but not a problem with ice, which is the scenario where it would be useful for me at the moment.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on December 20, 2009, 08:38:17 pm
Have had a couple of more inches of the stuff this afternoon.
This meant that operation "fetching Mother out Law" was well and truly scuppered and was replaced by operation "swap to Marathon Winter tyres".
The latter operation has been deemed a success after a short test ride and the commute across the snow and ice to work tomorrow should proceed as normal.
FWIW, I have guards with the winter tyres - there is a large enough gap...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 20, 2009, 08:43:02 pm
<really_only_vaguely_on_topic_anecdote>

In the snowy winter of 1981, I drove up to Oxford to fetch Mrs S (to be, as she was then) home from Uni for Christmas. The M40 was under 8" of that "dry" kind of slush that's like Demerara sugar. When I got to the roundabout at the end of the M40 at Uxbridge (this was long before there was an M25 round there) I realised I couldn't steer round the roundabout - I just couldn't turn the steering wheel enough.

Close examination of the front wheels gave the answer. The entire void of the wheel arches of my car were full of impacted slush, and the front wheels literally couldn't turn.

</really_only_vaguely_on_topic_anecdote>
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 20, 2009, 08:54:21 pm

This meant that operation "fetching Mother out Law"

 :o :o :o  I must get my eyes tested. I misread that.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on December 20, 2009, 09:05:26 pm
BAD Dicky Mo!

(http://www.peeble.com/bleach.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 20, 2009, 09:08:26 pm
 ;D

As well as seen - there's now the McDonald's milkshake 'extra loud slurp the last dregs' noise too.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 20, 2009, 11:59:51 pm
I run 2+" knobblies on the MTB in the snow, with guards, and don't have a problem.  The only issue I've ever had is with the block filling with ice so that the gears jump.  Friday, in 4 to 6 inches of pure snow I had no problems at all - it seems to be the gritted roads that freeze the block up.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 21, 2009, 12:04:14 am
I'm having double thoughts about tomorrow's commute.  I've been out in the car. 

The main roads seem to just have just car width tram lines that are clear and everything else is still frozen.  Pulling away from a traffic light spun the wheel I'd placed on the non-clear line.  The last section of road I played on...  20mph and 4th gear, blip throttle and the traction control light came on as the car slid sideways.  Got to the drive and although at 5mph spun the steering fast... we went straight on.  (I would like to point out that these were my only two losses of traction, and were both intentional).


I'm now wondering whether
a) I shouldn't have been so dismissive of studded bicycle tyres earlier.
b) Is there a bridleway route the whole way to work?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: no1daughter on December 21, 2009, 01:10:15 am
FYI, it's like Hoth out here.

Clicky. (http://www.tomscott.com/weather/starwars/)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on December 21, 2009, 07:04:27 am
A few inches here this morning - it's stunning  :thumbsup:

Just tried to drive to work - FAIL.  Wheels spinning and car going sideways trying to get up the hill out of the village.  The snowploughy grit truck has just been through apparently so it should be OK in an hour or so.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 21, 2009, 07:55:53 am
There's not much here, just treacherously icy pavements.

When I was growing up in Huddersfield, when it was snowy and the roads had been cleared, it was just normal for pedestrians to walk at the edges of the roads rather than trying to maintain balance on snow and ice. If you try that here motorists beep at you and try to persuade you you should be breaking your neck on the pavement instead.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: toekneep on December 21, 2009, 08:00:43 am
Two inches of snow on the Fylde coast. Now that is unusual.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on December 21, 2009, 08:12:12 am
Still snow left here. Walked the rest of the way up my hill. Tried to clip in and the SPD-SL were having non of it. Banged both feet and got the right foot in. Glad i have toe straps aswell, tightened that one down and by the time id got into work id clipped in.
The bits where the cars have been driving is fine here. Middle sections on wider roads have a slush, and so do the cycle paths/lanes.
Got better as i got closer to town
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 21, 2009, 08:14:50 am
Two inches of snow on the Fylde coast. Now that is unusual.

Some time in the 1970s (probably 1972 I think  or maybe early 1973) a group of us had a snowball fight on Blackpool Beach.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 21, 2009, 08:27:38 am
Two inches of snow on the Fylde coast. Now that is unusual.

Some time in the 1970s (probably 1972 I think  or maybe early 1973) a group of us had a snowball fight on Blackpool Beach.

I did the same in the winter of 85/86 on Brighton Beach. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on December 21, 2009, 10:27:37 am
A few inches here this morning - it's stunning  :thumbsup:

Just tried to drive to work - FAIL.  Wheels spinning and car going sideways trying to get up the hill out of the village.  The snowploughy grit truck has just been through apparently so it should be OK in an hour or so.

Hmm

We have about 1 mm.

 :(

I'm tempted to get the MTB out and head over towards where Tewdric lives.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 21, 2009, 10:36:30 am
Roads here are all ice free having been thoroughly gritted.
I've seen 5 cyclists so far, all of them were riding on the footpaths which are still
mostly covered in sheet ice.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on December 21, 2009, 10:52:37 am
It's snowing again in NW London!  I'm quite hopeful that this will last all day and we can go sledging tomorrow  :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrij on December 21, 2009, 11:21:46 am
It's snowing again in NW London!  I'm quite hopeful that this will last all day and we can go sledging tomorrow  :D

Still nothing in E London.  :'(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulF on December 21, 2009, 11:28:18 am
It's snowing again in NW London!  I'm quite hopeful that this will last all day and we can go sledging tomorrow  :D

Still nothing in E London.  :'(

Nor SW London
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 21, 2009, 11:49:56 am
Roads here are all ice free having been thoroughly gritted.
I've seen 5 cyclists so far, all of them were riding on the footpaths which are still
mostly covered in sheet ice.

Where I've seen significant show (ice) still on the ground, it's mostly been on the pavement, there's no way I'd use any adjacent cycle paths on footpaths, the roads are far safer.  I hardly saw any cyclists when I was out earlier, but it was mid-morning, and there was relatively little traffic anyway.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on December 21, 2009, 11:54:52 am
It's snowing again in NW London!  I'm quite hopeful that this will last all day and we can go sledging tomorrow  :D

Still nothing in E London.  :'(

Nor SW London

Bugger.  Is schtopped  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 21, 2009, 11:56:45 am
I had one or two tail-gaters as I was riding well clear of the slush down the edge of the road.  I also got to overtake long queues of cars despite it already being after 10am, and got to ride like a loon across the snowy work car park since the Nokians were doing their thing.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on December 21, 2009, 12:25:54 pm
The roads here are entertaining. It must have snowed (just a bit) and then frozen hard, so they look fine but are pretty treacherous.  Hardly any cars on our lane today; I took the trike down to get the paper and that was great fun; the only problem I had was on the climb back up the minor raise out of the village. I stopped to look back at the view and couldn't get going again - the drive wheel was just spinning out.  I let a load of air out of the tyre, leant over to my left and tried to tack sideways - eventually it worked, but for a while I felt a bit like one of those beetles on its back with its legs waving in the air :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 21, 2009, 12:47:11 pm
Just seen a young bloke go past riding his MTB on the ice covered path.

He was doing one-handed while cradling a 2lt plastic bottle of booze (his baby).
His free hand was holding the handlebar and also the leash with his Staffie dog
running alongside like a good un.

Hoorah for plastic bottles!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 21, 2009, 12:50:32 pm
I've just returned from a walk in Hockley Woods. A thaw has set in and there was the constant noise of snow falling from trees onto solid frozen ground. I think the temperature is about 4°C.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 21, 2009, 12:50:46 pm
I iz jealous of all you peops who has had proper SNO >:(

Bah!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on December 21, 2009, 12:50:50 pm
Just seen a young bloke go past riding his MTB on the ice covered path.

He was doing one-handed while cradling a 2lt plastic bottle of booze (his baby).
His free hand was holding the handlebar and also the leash with his Staffie dog
running like a good un.

Hoorah for plastic bottles!  :thumbsup:

Skillz!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 21, 2009, 12:52:46 pm


Skillz!

 ;D

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on December 21, 2009, 12:57:01 pm
Just seen a young bloke go past riding his MTB on the ice covered path.

He was doing one-handed while cradling a 2lt plastic bottle of booze (his baby).
His free hand was holding the handlebar and also the leash with his Staffie dog
running like a good un.

Hoorah for plastic bottles!  :thumbsup:

Skillz!

Darwinism maybe
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 21, 2009, 01:08:54 pm
Snowing again here in Reading. Settling nicely on the ice & old snow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mattc on December 21, 2009, 01:30:41 pm
Snowing again here in Reading. Settling nicely on the ice & old snow.

I was just about to post that! It went up a notch a couple of minutes ago.

Funny how urban Reading has caught so much more than South Oxon this last week - Chilterns shadow, I guess.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on December 21, 2009, 01:37:51 pm
Rain in SW15 but I'm guessing it'll turn to snow later on as it gets colder.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Really Ancien on December 21, 2009, 01:40:31 pm
Just been sledging on the earth bund which masks the Leyland Truck factory. Quite diverting really as we were able to train-spot and watch a couple of falcons being flown at the same time. Had a couple of days skiing at Yad Moss, Dave and Jill of the Alston Outdoor Centre send their regards to all the LELers.

Damon.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 21, 2009, 01:47:24 pm
There is a severe weather warning in place for SE, East of England, and E Midlands, due to the fact that it will turn to snow later and cause yet more havoc.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on December 21, 2009, 01:53:31 pm
 :'( We have snizzle  :'(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on December 21, 2009, 02:43:19 pm
Issing down in SW3. If this lot freezes later, it'll be grim.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: numbnuts on December 21, 2009, 02:44:57 pm
it's peeing down in Southampton too
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Riggers on December 21, 2009, 02:47:05 pm
Had rain earlier in Brighton which has now turned to hail… which is not going away!!!!!! Oh Lord, please just make it all go away.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: numbnuts on December 21, 2009, 02:48:07 pm
it's peeing down in Southampton too
it's just turned to sleet big time
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 21, 2009, 02:49:00 pm
It is raining here, although not sufficiently to stop me from riding to the chemist's to get my methotrexate.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Riggers on December 21, 2009, 02:50:23 pm
… or Sanatogen
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on December 21, 2009, 02:58:06 pm
The Met Office has issued a severe weather for the east of England.  We've all just had an e-mail from the head of HR saying that we are to leave as and when we see fit to ensure that we can get home.

I'm off in about 15 minutes...  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 21, 2009, 02:59:09 pm
… or Sanatogen

What's that then?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on December 21, 2009, 03:10:31 pm
If only it was 3-4c lower outside we could call this snow. Though better get your skates on going home tonight as I'm sure it will turn to ice here in SW6.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Julian on December 21, 2009, 03:15:53 pm
Proper snow again here now.  I might finish my work and try to leave early...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on December 21, 2009, 03:27:37 pm
We haz teh DRIZZEL again.

Like Proust's madeleine dipped in tea, so a soggy memory comes back to me of growing up in Derby, in the lee of the Trent power stations, between 1971 and 1983.  

Tis said that, one day, in the great drought of 1976, the drizzle paused for a few moments.  Hard to believe, and I didn't witness it myself, but possible, I expect.




Looking at the temperature, I imagine that woolly is right, and that this rain is playing musical statues.  When the music stops, whatever is left on the road will form a nice smooth layer :-\  
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 21, 2009, 03:57:22 pm
Snowing again here in Reading. Settling nicely on the ice & old snow.

I was just about to post that! It went up a notch a couple of minutes ago.

Funny how urban Reading has caught so much more than South Oxon this last week - Chilterns shadow, I guess.
Probably. Still snowing steadily here, & it's quite thick in the garden, but it's much wetter than the light powdery stuff we got on Thursday night & Friday morning. Nice & icy later, I think.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on December 21, 2009, 03:59:50 pm
It is now snowing quite hard here. Whilst Superstoker and I were out earlier, they gritted the paths in our street. Not very well- blobs of grit down the middle, but better than nothing and probably as well since the snow is now lying on top of it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrij on December 21, 2009, 04:28:48 pm
It's finally snowing here!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on December 21, 2009, 04:30:07 pm
Snowing lotz here :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 21, 2009, 04:34:31 pm
Still raining heavily here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulF on December 21, 2009, 04:38:29 pm
and here :D

:D

(:D because I'm snug and warm at home)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on December 21, 2009, 04:38:46 pm
I realise that I am not really worried about the snow at all, but I think of the miles & miles of fuckwit drivers who haven't properly cleared their screens, who will be pulling out from side roads and overtaking too close as if it were a normal day. >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 21, 2009, 04:40:44 pm
The Met Office have upgraded their severe weather warning to "Be prepared".

I tend to think that anything that comes from the south-west will be rain before it gets here, which at the moment it is.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Valiant on December 21, 2009, 04:41:12 pm
It's proper snowing here, at least an inch has settled.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on December 21, 2009, 04:41:56 pm
Proper snow here in SE23, over an inch in 30 minutes, and it's still coming down with vigour.

I was out on the Honda when that happened.  :o

I did not enjoy it and would like to nominate myself for this year's clenching award.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on December 21, 2009, 04:43:58 pm
Oh dear.  Am I going to be leaving a pinched ridge down the brow of my Brooks again this evening?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on December 21, 2009, 04:45:16 pm
Oh dear.  Am I going to be leaving a pinched ridge down the brow of my Brooks again this evening?

 :o ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on December 21, 2009, 04:46:33 pm
I nearly picked my bike up by the saddle, no hands,  this morning as I transitioned from a fast roundabout to a shared path with thick glassy ice.

I think we will all be doing a lot of clenching tonight...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulR on December 21, 2009, 04:46:48 pm
Oh noes - I have a ride from WC2 to SE23 ahead of me, wearing shorts, no overshoes and just a thin merino top and a windproof endura jacket.  But I do have crimble lights adorning my frame and I suspect most of the roads will be wet rather than icy.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 21, 2009, 04:46:54 pm
Oh dear.  Am I going to be leaving a pinched ridge down the brow of my Brooks again this evening?

Leather softened by over-application of Proofide? Or just extremely strong muscles, & a grip enhanced by fear?  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on December 21, 2009, 04:49:04 pm
& an impressive pelvic floor ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: numbnuts on December 21, 2009, 04:49:30 pm
loads of snow here in Southampton now, hope everybody gets home OK
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on December 21, 2009, 04:50:27 pm
Oh noes - I have a ride from WC2 to SE23 ahead of me, wearing shorts, no overshoes and just a thin merino top and a windproof endura jacket.  But I do have crimble lights adorning my frame and I suspect most of the roads will be wet rather than icy.

I think you may have to walk the last half mile or so - the main roads are OK.
Side roads and Sainsbury's car park - not so much.

EDIT - Shorts!!!  :o :o :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on December 21, 2009, 04:57:37 pm
Oh noes - I have a ride from WC2 to SE23 ahead of me, wearing shorts, no overshoes and just a thin merino top and a windproof endura jacket.
Had you heard the weather forecast in the last week? I haven't been out with fewer than 2 pairs of trousers (longs + altura winter jobbies) in over a week :o.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 21, 2009, 04:58:57 pm
I've kept my long johns on. Luvverly and warm!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Valiant on December 21, 2009, 05:01:56 pm
To be fair I cycled in with a short sleeve jersey, pair of jeans anna hat. Thankfully I have a training jacket in my bag.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on December 21, 2009, 05:02:42 pm
People seeing me on my way to work this morning may be forgiven for thinking that I'd forgotten to get up.  I probably looked like I was wearing a double bed.  ;D  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulR on December 21, 2009, 05:03:18 pm
EDIT - Shorts!!!  :o :o :o

Well, I had a busy weekend and didn't get round to putting my longs through the wash, so I thought I would chance it this morning.  It was fine actually - a bit of a burning sensation on the shins but nothing unpleasant.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 21, 2009, 05:04:54 pm
I just walked from M&S on South Kensington High Street to Imperial College, and in about the ten minutes that took, the paths had gone from wet and clear to 1/2" to 1" of snow. :o

Given this countries ability to deal with snow (at least in the South), I shall be leaving shortly, before Public Transport grinds to a halt (too much shopping today to use the bike).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on December 21, 2009, 05:08:17 pm
......and in about the ten minutes that took, the paths had gone from wet and clear to 1/2" to 1" of snow. :o


That was pretty much my experience between going into, and coming back out of the supermarket  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 21, 2009, 05:11:22 pm
It's stopped here. The rain has helped the traffic to break up the 2" thick sheet ice which covered our side-road (we are on a corner: the main road is one of Southend's east-west thoroughfares and has been clear since Friday a.m.).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on December 21, 2009, 05:13:42 pm
No rain here, freezing all day and not a cloud in the sky, it's going to be cold one again tonight.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 21, 2009, 05:39:52 pm
The snow seems to have switched back to drizzle, possibly wintry drizzle, so I guess little chance of us now being buried in snow drifts for a while.

I'm abandoning my dash for the tube, until the rush hour has passed (somewhat).  I hate travelling on the underground when it's packed, and even more so when I've got stacks of stuff to carry.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: HTFB on December 21, 2009, 05:46:48 pm
Well, that was fun. It's taken me about an hour and a half to get from SE21 to SE13, right through the middle of the snow. Solid traffic, cars and vans getting stuck uphill, the usual joy. Maybe I could have ridden faster, but it was all very pretty.

By the time I reached Ladywell it was thawing rapidly: the warmest air we've had all week. Until it freezes again the roads should move more freely.

A roll of thunder came over from about Woolwich. I don't know what that was about.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rower40 on December 21, 2009, 05:52:35 pm
No new snow here (Cambridge) but ridged ice/slush combo on all the shared-use paths.
Trumpington Road (main road south towards the Motorway) has been walking-pace traffic all afternoon.  I know because I walked out 2 miles, and was overtaking cars all the way.
At one driveway, a car was wheel-spinning and going nowhere.  So I helped push them out onto the main road.  Not the ideal advert for the all-weather capabilities of a Maserati.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on December 21, 2009, 05:52:43 pm
Poor weather means Sainsbury's have cancelled the delivery they were due to make here this afternoon. Today was the last delivery I could get before the festivities.
Our freezer is well-stocked but we won't be getting the little treats I had planned.
We'll have a real Bah Humbug Christmas.

HOORAY!

Christmas has been cancelled!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on December 21, 2009, 05:54:57 pm
Christmas has been cancelled!
Please tell me that it is official and forever.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 21, 2009, 06:09:02 pm

Please tell me that it is official and forever.

Move to somewhere where there are only radical Islamics.  But don't let on you're a Dane.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on December 21, 2009, 06:12:29 pm
's OK. My parents are Jewish and don't do Christmas. Mum was born in Copenhagen though...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on December 21, 2009, 06:20:44 pm
Move to somewhere where there are only radical Islamics.  But don't let on you're a Dane.
I'm not scared, when the "cartoon war" was on there was more damage to the Swiss embassies around the world than to the Danish ones and more Muslims killed by Muslims than Danes hurt, go figure.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: FatBloke on December 21, 2009, 06:22:54 pm
S'melting!!

(http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Czi5SyzQ9VFq8M:http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/403281/2/istockphoto_403281-melting-snowman.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: her_welshness on December 21, 2009, 06:24:32 pm
I am dreading the commute home from Clapham to SE13 land tonight and the cars are already at a standstill here  :(, I have thermal tights and trousers but not waterproofs. Am just going to plug the evil ipod in and just sing through the wet terrain.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on December 21, 2009, 06:31:42 pm
Riding home from work was fine. Roads were clear, then coming to the rads to get to my house the roads were covered in slush, then moved onto some white roads where the snow had been compacted down, but with bits still soft.
No problems. Braking with the legs on the fixed so i could feel what the back wheel was doing. Everything nice and steady. Not even any clenching done.

In the middle of town the bits of snow that had been left.had sort of melted had frozen leaving large sections of ice. Had my back wheel slip abit on this(was gradient going down) as i was braking.
 8)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Valiant on December 21, 2009, 07:45:39 pm
I'm not worried about the snow, tis the chavs with compacted snowballs. Hence why I'll be going on with my dlock on my bars :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on December 21, 2009, 07:46:52 pm
I'm not worried about the snow, tis the chavs with compacted snowballs. Hence why I'll be going on with my dlock on my bars :demon:

dlock = 1   compacted snowball = 0
 :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: matthew on December 21, 2009, 09:48:25 pm
It has snowed sufficiently to Log Jam Bracknell, the A30 and the M3 sufficiently that having provided child care to my two year old niece today we were unable to get her home again.

So we still have tears now and she can't sleep because it is not her special bed that Daddy made for her last week.

 :-\ Not sure how much sleep any of us will get tonight so I only hope the trains aren't running tomorrow, then I can't get to work.

Matthew
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on December 21, 2009, 10:14:04 pm
Hold on a minute, there's a serious side to all this:

Sprout shortage as snow ruins Christmas crop - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/6860100/Sprout-shortage-as-snow-ruins-Christmas-crop.html)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 21, 2009, 10:18:23 pm
That is bad news.  I love sprouts, and they work very well in Bubble and Squeak as well.  Nom nom nom.

(http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/smilies/nomnomnom3.gif)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on December 21, 2009, 10:27:07 pm
Tonight was the first time ever that the weather defeated me on my commute home. Black ice just isn't worth it so I got off and walked much of the way. I was still faster than the cars  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 21, 2009, 10:36:42 pm
It's been sleet here. The nokians aren't so good in deep slush. Also, tosspot motorists: I'm riding on the road because that's where there isn't snow. Beeping your horn aggressively as you pass after being held up for several seconds won't change anything. As for the guy who overtook at the blind summit of coldhams lane bridge despite the clear glow of oncoming headlights: die slowly and alone.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Valiant on December 21, 2009, 10:42:53 pm
Wish me luck, I'm going out in 23mm  ProRace2s lol
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: JJ on December 21, 2009, 11:14:59 pm
As for the guy who overtook at the blind summit of coldhams lane bridge despite the clear glow of oncoming headlights: May you wander the Beehive Centre, wearing shorts and a string vest, for the rest of eternity.

FTFY
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 21, 2009, 11:22:21 pm
Still thawing here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: her_welshness on December 21, 2009, 11:24:50 pm
Tonight was the first time ever that the weather defeated me on my commute home. Black ice just isn't worth it so I got off and walked much of the way. I was still faster than the cars  :thumbsup:

I left work at 8pm - I've just got back in  >:( The A205 was at a complete standstill so I decided to walk the 7 miles home. Thankfully at West Dulwich there was a train going to Bromley Saarth and then a connection to Catford. Mr Welshness picked me up from Catford. It was absolute carnage out there, with lots of abandoned motorbikes and cars. I am so f*cking glad to be home.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 21, 2009, 11:29:33 pm
Blimy, you poor thing! It's quite remarkable how pretty well all our roads in Saarfend have been cleared by the same weather front which has given London a really nasty dose.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 21, 2009, 11:30:55 pm
Colleague at work with the TT didn't pay enough attention when I said "severe weather warning" and he didn't leave until 7pm, and lives 40 miles away.  Aww.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Valiant on December 22, 2009, 12:08:53 am
Got home safe, bit slippery.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 22, 2009, 12:50:44 am
You can tell that the SNO has hit London.

It's melting here, but the local news (London!!!  ???) has started showing the footage of wheelspinning cars with people pushing it, and commenting on severe traffic delays.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 22, 2009, 07:41:24 am
I'm really hoping that all this has cleared now.  I'm going to wait for the rush hour to pass, and then try and deliver the cat to his Holidays.

I've done this in the past by bike, but this cattery is a fair distance, and plonking him into a cat carrier for an hour and a half or more whilst getting sprayed with road crud would be a bit unfair, so the four wheeled motorised monster is coming out!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 22, 2009, 10:08:12 am
Ah balls, I cleared all the sno off the car last night (cos it's not moved since it started), and what did it do overnight? Dump about 3 inches, and it's tipping down again now.
I wonder if we'll make it to my mum's for xmas......
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andrewc on December 22, 2009, 10:12:11 am
A little bit of snow this morning, but we've got a big storm coming in over the Mersey.  A good lightning display.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrew Br on December 22, 2009, 10:28:02 am
We had a few cm overnight in Manchester and it's snowing quite hard again now.
I don't think that I'll go out to play on the bike- there's not enough snow on the ice to provide traction.
A walk on the other hand............... :thumbsup:

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 22, 2009, 10:46:35 am
No more snow.  Last night's rain didn't melt it to anything more than slush.

It re-froze last night.


I fell off on the ice this morning  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on December 22, 2009, 10:55:01 am
Hope you bounced OK :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 22, 2009, 11:34:31 am
Yeah.  I like don't mind falling on ice.  It's nice and slow, you slide for ages before stopping, you don't lose any skin.

Then you have to crawl along the road pushing the bike until you can get to somewhere grippy enough to stand up.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pingu on December 22, 2009, 12:24:04 pm
Fair bit of snow here in Aberdeen today. I managed to cycle to work OK, but I think I'll be walking most of the way home. Mrs P has been sent home from work and it's taken over an hour to drive a couple of miles  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on December 22, 2009, 12:27:01 pm
Poor weather means Sainsbury's have cancelled the delivery they were due to make here this afternoon. Today was the last delivery I could get before the festivities.

They just phoned to cancel ours scheduled for this evening, including ours Christmas turkey. Oh well, might wander into town to see what I can pick up and do the rest of the shopping over the next couple of days.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 22, 2009, 12:32:20 pm
The Amazon Pixies are clearly made of sterner stuff. I ordered a bunch of stuff from Amazon yesterday - it arrived by 10am this morning. Though it has to be said, Santa's Elf driving the van was a miserable f*cker who complained continuously the whole time I was filling in delivery forms.

There was a bit of a thaw last night - it was pouring with rain at 1am when I had a sleepless attack - but it has frozen hard again now, so the lane is mess of frozen slush, frozen puddles, all on top of about 3" of compacted snow. Nice.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 22, 2009, 12:33:01 pm
Yeah.  I like don't mind falling on ice.  It's nice and slow, you slide for ages before stopping, you don't lose any skin.

Then you have to crawl along the road pushing the bike until you can get to somewhere grippy enough to stand up.

The last time I fell on ice it was mega-rapid. I think it must have been after the heavy fall of December 1981, at the junction of Royston Ave & Bournemouth Park Road.

I could see the ice ahead, or at least, some of it, and took it very gently but there wasn't even time to put a foot down. I landed on my left hip with a bang and nursed a large bruise for a couple of weeks afterwards.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: her_welshness on December 22, 2009, 12:33:15 pm
I left later today because I could not be arsed to travel with the main car commuters. As I went down to the corridor to collect my bike this morning, the chain had completely rusted due to that morass of snow and ice that I ploughed it through last night. A quick squeeze of 'finishing line' and Bob's your uncle, it was good to go :thumbsup: The roads today were in good order which was a relief.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 22, 2009, 12:34:17 pm
Yeah.  I like don't mind falling on ice.  It's nice and slow, you slide for ages before stopping, you don't lose any skin.

Then you have to crawl along the road pushing the bike until you can get to somewhere grippy enough to stand up.

Unless you manage to land in such a way that your brand-new left crank gets bent to the extent that you can no longer pedal a full revolution because it fouls the chainstay, and you are five miles from home with a bruise the size and shape of Greater Manchester on your hip.

Welcome to Christmas Day, 1985-stylee >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on December 22, 2009, 12:37:25 pm
They just phoned to cancel ours scheduled for this evening, including ours Christmas turkey. ...

So that'll be a Corned Beef Roast for Christmas then? ;D

On the way back from the cattery delivery run, I popped into Sainsburys to grab a few items I needed and fill the car with petrol for the long run home tomorrow.  I gave up looking for a parking space almost immediately, and it took me ten minutes of queueing to get some petrol, so good luck with finding a Turkey or something in a similar vein.

I think Sainsburys is actually only closed for Christmas Day, so why do people seem to leave pushing a couple of trolleys worth of stuff to their cars. :-\

I'm going to walk back after lunch to get what I need.  I suspect the round trip walk will be faster than however long waiting for a parking space would have taken.

The snow on the paths and roads has gone to slushy rather than solid ice, which is good if a little mucky.  Even though we got snowed on again yesterday, I think the temperature has risen enough that the ice is melting (fingers crossed that this continues through to tomorrow).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on December 22, 2009, 01:05:16 pm
Well, we had torrential rain yesterday and then it was back to glorious south coast sunshine. No snow here. I'm still jealous.

However, we do have to drive up into the South Downs tomorrow to collect a turkey[1] so I'm hoping it's sunny up there as well.

[1] Hand raised by my daughter on the school farm. Hence the non-local food.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 22, 2009, 01:41:02 pm
It's a lovely sunny day here, and I've just checked our water tank: solar gain has increased the water temperature from 11.4°C in the bottom of the tank to 20°C and rising in the top.

Sadly, before the sun goes down, next door's chimney will cast a shadow over the PV cell that drives the pump, and that will be that. Even so, that amount of warmth makes a big dent in the amount of leccy needed for a 30° wash.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Valiant on December 22, 2009, 01:50:19 pm
Amazing ride in today, clear roads, the lights turnt green as I approached, the sun was shining. Set a new PB! About 3 and a half minutes lol, pretty much just sprinted all the way :)

I'm happy with that.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 22, 2009, 01:55:56 pm
Mrs P has been sent home from work and it's taken over an hour to drive a couple of miles  ;D
I hasten to add that I scammed a lift, I wasn't driving. (I doubt I could have got the car out of the road even if I'd wanted to...)  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on December 22, 2009, 02:34:44 pm
They just phoned to cancel ours scheduled for this evening, including ours Christmas turkey. ...

So that'll be a Corned Beef Roast for Christmas then? ;D

Phoned up, complained and it's rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon (hopefully). Today was the last day of scheduled deliveries, they kept the next couple of days free as contingency (which is nice). The elderly and housebound are getting priority, but we're near the top of the list after them (for vairous reasons).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 22, 2009, 02:46:23 pm
Colleague at work with the TT didn't pay enough attention when I said "severe weather warning" and he didn't leave until 7pm, and lives 40 miles away.  Aww.

Schadenfreude time!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: scott on December 22, 2009, 03:06:18 pm

Bike lane (n) 1. snow storage area

Sidewalk (n) 1. see BIKE LANE

I wish I had better pictures from this morning's ride to work, but where the snow was fun, I was too busy enjoying the ride. And where the snow *wasn't* fun, the car-travel lanes were clear and I had to keep pulling off onto plow banks (former bike lanes) to avoid causing massive traffic jams behind me.

(http://i48.tinypic.com/34ybbm1.jpg)


(http://i48.tinypic.com/2pshp1i.jpg)


(http://i49.tinypic.com/2f04rjc.jpg)


(http://i50.tinypic.com/2wc1pva.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Adam on December 22, 2009, 06:40:49 pm
Well on top of the gas being off since Saturday afternoon, the electricity went off at 8 pm yesterday.  ::-)

Good job I always keep loads of charged up batteries around - lots of light thanks to my Hopes.  :thumbsup:

I ended up getting the camping stove out.  Fortunately I'd put the immersion heater on some time before the power went off, so there was still hot water for everyone.  And then we had about another 14 cm of snow overnight, so this morning even though I couldn't get out on the bike (due to the roads looking like Scott's second picture above), I was kept nice & warm clearing snow off the pavement

Eventually we got gas & electricity back at around 11 am. 

I am very envious of those with a wood burning stove.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on December 22, 2009, 06:51:46 pm
I am very envious of those with a wood burning stove.

Well, they help to keep you warm for sure.

I have a boiler on mine which contributes to the thermal store - a 300ltr heat bank. However, there is a problem even with that set-up. The hot water is mains cold that is heated by passing it through a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger only works when there is electricity to power a pump to rotate hot water through it.

So I have to have a genny on the go when the power is out, in order to have hot water.

Nothing is perfect I guess - and my genny has got more chance of powering a 200W pump than it has a 2500W Immersion :).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on December 22, 2009, 09:21:28 pm
We have just enough to make the place look pretty...

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2586/4206796460_aca063a8ed_d.jpg)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4206039415_eea8c72938_d.jpg)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4055/4206040323_3d56c8477d_d.jpg)

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on December 22, 2009, 09:53:38 pm
They just phoned to cancel ours scheduled for this evening, including ours Christmas turkey. ...

So that'll be a Corned Beef Roast for Christmas then? ;D

Phoned up, complained and it's rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon (hopefully). Today was the last day of scheduled deliveries, they kept the next couple of days free as contingency (which is nice). The elderly and housebound are getting priority, but we're near the top of the list after them (for vairous reasons).

They have not contacted me. I am housebound. I don't think any other deliveries are available until next Monday

I might just transfer my custom elsewhere.  I am not impressed with the way they've handled this.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 22, 2009, 10:06:20 pm
I am very envious of those with a wood burning stove.
We just have open fireplaces in some rooms, courtesy of a builder in the 1880s. Mrs B is currently sitting in bed reading BBC Wildlife while some yew burns gently on the other side of the bedroom. I'll join her in a little while. ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on December 22, 2009, 10:32:51 pm
Well, we had torrential rain yesterday and then it was back to glorious south coast sunshine. No snow here. I'm still jealous.

Be careful what you wish for...

A Proper SNOpocalypse in Pompey would probably mean that for all points north of Portsdown Hill, it would be The End Of The World As We Know It, as you have to tunnel your way out of the front door.  ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 23, 2009, 08:05:00 am
We have just enough to make the place look pretty...


We have considerably more now. I haven't seen this much snow in Edinburgh since the early 90s. We had a snowball fight in Princes St gardens.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: gordon taylor on December 23, 2009, 08:13:46 am
We have no snow here in the Midlands, and haven't had any since 1cm last Friday.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

I waant snow!

Stamps feet....
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on December 23, 2009, 09:09:58 am
Only a light dusting here (see rubbish phone photo below of one of our "treated" roads); 5 cm maximum in places with another dusting yesterday and apparently more predicted tonight.
Enough to make quite a few roads impassable to the normal moton in summer equipped car.....

(http://www.meiring.org.uk/pdm/photos/Image010.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on December 23, 2009, 09:41:50 am
None SNO here in that there london village.  The world may not be about to end after all, despite the Evening Standard's gloom.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on December 23, 2009, 09:44:11 am
Pieter, those tyres leave a surprisingly wide track.  ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on December 23, 2009, 09:45:13 am
They spread out a bit when he's sat on the saddle. ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on December 23, 2009, 09:48:04 am
Pieter, those tyres leave a surprisingly wide track.  ;)
Clarion is only partly right.... its the special studs... They do slow you down a bit..
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: scott on December 23, 2009, 03:51:38 pm
Pieter, those tyres leave a surprisingly wide track.  ;)
Clarion is only partly right.... its the special studs... They do slow you down a bit..

Clarion hasn't slowed down for special studs for years now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on December 23, 2009, 03:58:13 pm
Pieter, those tyres leave a surprisingly wide track.  ;)
Clarion is only partly right.... its the special studs... They do slow you down a bit..

Clarion hasn't slowed down for special studs for years now.

I've seen him dawdling round Soho....  ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on December 23, 2009, 04:06:59 pm
Ah.  Yes.  You see, I can explain...

You won't tell Butterfly, will you...? :-\ ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 23, 2009, 05:12:00 pm
Compacted snow turned into ice on side roads & many pavements here, now turned slick by rain.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mattc on December 23, 2009, 05:15:31 pm
... and Thunder. That's a new one.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 23, 2009, 05:20:48 pm
I dug out the old steel framed MTB.

The only bike I've got that has basic platform pedals.
On the few places that resembled an ice rink, I rode it like a hobby horse.
No problems.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on December 23, 2009, 05:23:25 pm
We have just enough to make the place look pretty...


We have considerably more now. I haven't seen this much snow in Edinburgh since the early 90s. We had a snowball fight in Princes St gardens.

I spoke too soon didn't I ?  My short commute this morning on several inches of fresh powder was quite interesting !  Its going to be even more interesting once its frozen tonight.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 23, 2009, 05:25:37 pm
... and Thunder. That's a new one.
Mrs B just commented on it.  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on December 23, 2009, 05:35:11 pm
... and Thunder. That's a new one.
Mrs B just commented on it.  ;D

Thundersnow is rare, but not unheard of. I've experienced it a couple of times before.

Thundersnow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thundersnow)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Giropaul on December 23, 2009, 06:30:41 pm
We have no snow here in the Midlands, and haven't had any since 1cm last Friday.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

I waant snow!

Stamps feet....

So it's your fault it's coming down here (near Abbots Bromley) now then is it?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: gordon taylor on December 23, 2009, 06:35:17 pm
We have no snow here in the Midlands, and haven't had any since 1cm last Friday.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

I waant snow!

Stamps feet....

So it's your fault it's coming down here (near Abbots Bromley) now then is it?

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: chris n on December 23, 2009, 06:36:47 pm
So it's your fault it's coming down here (near Abbots Bromley) now then is it?

It's only raining here (about 15 miles east). >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 23, 2009, 06:48:51 pm
... and Thunder. That's a new one.
Mrs B just commented on it.  ;D

Thundersnow is rare, but not unheard of. I've experienced it a couple of times before.

Thundersnow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thundersnow)

As was reported earlier, we had a lot of that last Thursday evening.

I've just driven to Maidstone and back with a whole load of seasonal paraphernalia. On the way out, it was a very wintry scene indeed: on the approach to Bluebell Hill along the A2, the sun shone on a snow-covered hillside and it appeared to have a sheet of ice on top of the snow and was dazzlingly bright.

Shortly afterwards, the rain started and now the temperature is about 6°C. By morning, there'll be hardly any snow left in SE England.

Must put my slicks back on and go for a ride.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on December 23, 2009, 08:07:44 pm
Just started snowing heavy here.
Only cleared the patio and drive abit ago!!! Had it lovely aswell so mum wouldnt slip.
The fresh snow should be alright though, when it freezes ill just clear it again.
The pavements arent too bad though, still grippy enough. Side roads have been grippy enough aswell aslong as you take care, the snow has been compacted, but with a layer of fluffy-ish stuff that has been thrown up from car tyres/bits of grip.
So hopefully this new snow wont make any difference.
Got to go to Tesco tomorrow with mum to do a top up shop(theres 5 of us and we cant last a week) but shes normally fine in snow. Got to hope it isnt busy because her parking is hopeless, and shes quite a fidget and worryer if i jump in and do it ::-)

Any snow for xmas? Hmmmm who knows.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on December 23, 2009, 08:11:38 pm
Heavy snow here at present in the higher lying reaches of west Sheffield too at the moment - roads are being completely covered.
No summer tyres for the last commute of the year to work tomorrow...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on December 23, 2009, 08:21:36 pm
Got two buses stuck at the top of the road for some reason. One facing down the hill, after trying to turn it around. One stuck at the top of the hill. No idea why. Where the cars have been going the snow has melted and its just running down the road. So one side of the road is fine, the other half has lovely fresh snow. ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 23, 2009, 08:23:15 pm
We had a very productive lunchtime at work today.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v379/Flossiesdoll/Random%20stuff/2009_12230019.jpg)

My colleague is from Kenya and this was her first ever snowman
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v379/Flossiesdoll/Random%20stuff/2009_12230020.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v379/Flossiesdoll/Random%20stuff/2009_12230021.jpg)

And admin made one too

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v379/Flossiesdoll/Random%20stuff/2009_12230022.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on December 23, 2009, 08:33:06 pm
Im rather tempted to go around next door, and draw a large, erect penis on their patio.
I could even make one out of snow, and if i can get the angle correct, have a line of sperm ejaculating for it.

Oh the laugh that could be. It would get them back for when they came around in the middle of the night and put lots of plastic flowers in our garden.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PeteB99 on December 23, 2009, 08:52:46 pm
Finally snowing here in Chester.

Fairly light but 0.5 degrees and falling on frozen roads so if it keeps up tomorrow could be interesting!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andrewc on December 23, 2009, 10:17:31 pm
Lots of snow in Liverpool  :)   it had all melted when I got home this evening but I've just looked outside and it's chucking it down.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 23, 2009, 10:27:28 pm
Almost tropical here in Saarfend. I've just been out for a short pootle to make sure the summer tyres are OK. Some of the side roads are still a bit dodgy, but it's thawing fast.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on December 23, 2009, 10:31:01 pm
None SNO here in that there london village.  The world may not be about to end after all, despite the Evening Standard's gloom.

There was still loads in Stanmore when we visited David Galle today.

It started pissing down wet sleet as we left so some SNO may melt.

Hope the wet doesn't freeze into sheet ice.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: L Hedley on December 23, 2009, 10:48:02 pm
we still have lots of snow in Durham, temp only risen to 2 degress today and only for a while!  We are forecast lots more tonight! YIPEE!!!!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 23, 2009, 10:57:37 pm
Almost tropical here in Saarfend. I've just been out for a short pootle to make sure the summer tyres are OK. Some of the side roads are still a bit dodgy, but it's thawing fast.

Excellent.

Puts shorts and fingerless gloves by the door ready for the commute.



ps, does that mean you don't want those studded tyres anymore?   O:-) ;) ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 23, 2009, 10:59:41 pm
Oh, I'm sure I'll want them when it snows again in ... oh, 2014 I reckon.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on December 23, 2009, 11:08:11 pm
I've just been out for a short pootle to make sure the summer tyres are OK

 ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 24, 2009, 12:08:22 am
We've had another good couple of inches this evening - and it's still falling.  It's very pretty and the boys will be pleased when they wake up and see it in the morning and we may even get a white christmas... but it does feel a little like the gods are conspiring to stop lily-livered me and the shiny new Valencia (with its very slick tyres) from going out and making friends.  Daft thing is I was very very close to ringing up the LBS on Friday and saying 'I'll collect it this evening - any chance you've got some appropriate size winter tyres in and can fit them today?' but never got a round tuit.  I've never ridden in snow before.  What are the chances of it all going 'orribly wrong if I do?  Cos I'm getting a bit impatient....
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 24, 2009, 01:52:34 am
I've been out to post some post.  The rain has turned the compacted snow in my street into an ice rink.  Winter tyres for cycling to catch the train to Scotland tomorrow, I think.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 24, 2009, 08:28:36 am
I'm going to England by train today. Perhaps we'll pass each other on adjacent lines without knowing. *sigh*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Deano on December 24, 2009, 09:05:38 am
There's loads of fresh snow here, and it's still falling.  I'm going to fit some knobbly tyres to my commuter and go for a play across the woods and fields :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on December 24, 2009, 09:48:12 am
Loads of snow here overnight. Going to ski.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on December 24, 2009, 10:26:20 am
I've been out to post some post.  The rain has turned the compacted snow in my street into an ice rink. 
Snap. We had enough rain yesterday to make it all slick, but not enough to wash it away. Now it's warm enough to make the ice wet, but not enough to melt it quickly. :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 24, 2009, 10:46:24 am
Hope you peeps on trains aren't going via Glasgow....

It's raining and cold here. It's starting to make a lovely ice rink of everything, grr.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 24, 2009, 10:55:27 am
We've had another good couple of inches this evening - and it's still falling.  It's very pretty and the boys will be pleased when they wake up and see it in the morning and we may even get a white christmas... but it does feel a little like the gods are conspiring to stop lily-livered me and the shiny new Valencia (with its very slick tyres) from going out and making friends.  Daft thing is I was very very close to ringing up the LBS on Friday and saying 'I'll collect it this evening - any chance you've got some appropriate size winter tyres in and can fit them today?' but never got a round tuit.  I've never ridden in snow before.  What are the chances of it all going 'orribly wrong if I do?  Cos I'm getting a bit impatient....

Snow is fine with narrow tyres. Arguably you are better off on roads with narrow tyres than with wide ones.

Ice isn't ok.

You'll be fine in York, just stay off all side roads and out of the gutter.

Budget for hosing off time when you get back, and oil the chain immediately - even new chains go rusty overnight in these conditions.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 24, 2009, 11:02:05 am
I'm going to England by train today. Perhaps we'll pass each other on adjacent lines without knowing. *sigh*

I'm going to be passing through Edinburgh (this train's going to Glasgow) so that's not unlikely.

*waves*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 24, 2009, 11:05:26 am
Hope you peeps on trains aren't going via Glasgow....

It's raining and cold here. It's starting to make a lovely ice rink of everything, grr.

Hour's wait in Glasgow between trains for me.  I'll try to avoid the temptation to leave Central Station then.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on December 24, 2009, 11:11:07 am
It rained last night which melted most of the remaining snow.

The only thing left now is the ice on the cycle paths. ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 24, 2009, 11:55:39 am
Apparently it's ver' snowy and icy at my parents' today.  Keeping the snow tyres on = wise move.  When I texted that I would cycle from the station, my sis responded with "Eep!"
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 24, 2009, 12:17:35 pm
So my train was cancelled at Edinburgh and I'm on the scotrail service to queen street then a slither to central station. Going to get my connection on time but I've lost my comfy 1st class seat.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on December 24, 2009, 01:02:15 pm
Not snow, but ice.  Lots and lots of ice.
Mrs. B was supposed to go to work today but she couldn't.
I couldn't even walk through our gate and the lane itself is a perfect sheet of ice.
I doubt if this phone shot will show it though.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Bloke_on_a_bike/ice.jpg)

Hurrah!  We're completely cut off for Christmas.  Thank god I drove down yesterday.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 24, 2009, 02:09:22 pm
I'm on the final leg. Clear blue skies over Ayrshire, which looks like a winter wonderland. Then 2 miles cycling with snow topped Arran as the backdrop. Will be beatiful.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 24, 2009, 02:15:47 pm
So my train was cancelled at Edinburgh and I'm on the scotrail service to queen street then a slither to central station. Going to get my connection on time but I've lost my comfy 1st class seat.
That's what I meant by not going by Glasgow, cos the trains are all confused there. I'm on t'other side of the country.
And they just said on Snooze 24 that the snow is heading north out of Embra so no doubt we'll get caught in it on the way south, grr,
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 24, 2009, 02:18:44 pm
Not snow, but ice.  Lots and lots of ice.
Mrs. B was supposed to go to work today but she couldn't.
I couldn't even walk through our gate and the lane itself is a perfect sheet of ice.
I doubt if this phone shot will show it though.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Bloke_on_a_bike/ice.jpg)

Hurrah!  We're completely cut off for Christmas.  Thank god I drove down yesterday.

That's most impressive, Basil! How far from Llandysul are you now?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 24, 2009, 02:23:38 pm
The surgery phoned and informed me they had now done my prescription that had been missing
from my usual one.
The receptionist enquired if I would be able to pick it up right now, as they close in a bit.
I replied "I'll try my best to."

So I had 22 minutes to do a smidgen over four miles to get there.

There were a few John Candy "Devil" moments.  :o

(http://i578.photobucket.com/albums/ss226/SgtBikeo/JohnCandy.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on December 24, 2009, 05:04:23 pm

That's most impressive, Basil! How far from Llandysul are you now?
'bout 4 miles.  Might as well be 400 though.
It's a good job it's crimble.  We've got loads of food and drink in.   :P
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 25, 2009, 10:03:31 pm
According to the Met Office, it's been a white Christmas in quite a few places from Nottingham northwards.

They reckon it will be sunny and much milder tomorrow here in Saarfend, which means I should get a few miles in.

However, they also reckon it will be raining hard at midnight and 7°C. Since it's cloudless and freezing hard at the moment, I'll believe that when it happens.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Torslanda on December 25, 2009, 10:17:40 pm
It's now pissing down in Nth Manchester and it will be fun tomorrow getting the car out if it freezes overnight.

Oh well. Not back to work until Tuesday. it's gonna be a looooooonnnng weekend
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on December 27, 2009, 10:41:26 am
More snow for us this morning.  I'm getting bored with it now, once it stops its all very pretty etc but its stopping me from getting out on the bike !  Worse, it looks like the forecast for the rest of the week is more of the same.  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nightrider on December 27, 2009, 10:58:05 am
Its thawing :)going for a short ride later.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 27, 2009, 11:22:59 am
We're now at the main roads are clear, but many side roads and pavements have compacted/thawed/refrozen/covered in a slick of meltwater grey yack everywhere stage.  Which means that I nearly went base over apex walking to the corner shop!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: gordon taylor on December 27, 2009, 11:32:12 am
I'm surprised that we still have so much ice around because the last two nights here have been +3 or so.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on December 27, 2009, 01:02:05 pm
Aaaaannd now...it's torrential rain.

*Thinks of emigrating*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 27, 2009, 07:22:51 pm
So my train was cancelled at Edinburgh and I'm on the scotrail service to queen street then a slither to central station. Going to get my connection on time but I've lost my comfy 1st class seat.
My train from Edinburgh to Newcastle on Christmas Eve was half an hour late getting to Edinburgh because of a broken rail at South Gyle, so I missed my connection at Newcastle and had to wait for the next one. Coming back was problem-free though.

Lots of snow in Huddersfield.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on December 27, 2009, 08:07:32 pm
I see that the Met Office are contemplating another bout of snow in a few days.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on December 27, 2009, 08:10:34 pm
I see that the Met Office are contemplating another bout of snow in a few days.
Well they tell us what the weather will be like so I assume that they control it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 28, 2009, 05:26:13 pm
There's been a very hard frost here and although it's remained quite clear and bright
all day, it hasn't been able to shift the frost.
So, I'm on the road, it's nice 'n' quiet and I'm steadily going along on my MTB.
Up ahead riding on the footpath which runs alongside the road is a young chap on his bike.

In next to no time I'm alongside him and now very slowly getting ahead.
Very slowly - because he's seen me and now upped his pace.
I'm not racing, I'm far from in the mood for it, the icy conditions being one of them.
If he'd seen just how quickly I'd reeled him in, then I'm certain he wouldn't have been so eager  ::-)

The paths around here are an ice rink and Jack Frost wanted a piece of his ass.
I then heard a lot of different noises.
By the time I glanced around he was already slowly picking himself back up.


More snow forecast for tomorrow.  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on December 28, 2009, 09:34:50 pm
So my train was cancelled at Edinburgh and I'm on the scotrail service to queen street then a slither to central station. Going to get my connection on time but I've lost my comfy 1st class seat.
My train from Edinburgh to Newcastle on Christmas Eve was half an hour late getting to Edinburgh because of a broken rail at South Gyle, so I missed my connection at Newcastle and had to wait for the next one. Coming back was problem-free though.

Lots of snow in Huddersfield.

There was lots of whinging about public transport on the (standing room only) service to Glasgow.  But we got there, unlike many people driving recently who have been forced to abandon their cars.

By the time I head back south on Sunday it'll hopefully have got a bit more back to normal.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 28, 2009, 09:45:58 pm

So, I'm on the road, it's nice 'n' quiet and I'm steadily going along on my MTB.
Up ahead riding on the footpath which runs alongside the road is a young chap on his bike.


Was it a shared use, or an actual footpath?

I noticed several pavement cyclists round our way this week - on proper pavements, not shared use at all.  Insanity - the road was well-gritted and completey clear, not even a slush pile at the edge.  In broad daylight.  The pavement was coated in absolutely lethal hard-packed snow and ice, with a vicious slope on it too.  Not to mention the PEDESTRIANS.  But of course, the roads just aren't safe, are they?  :facepalm:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on December 28, 2009, 10:59:40 pm
Driving up to Edinburgh tonight. No snow, but a lot lying. Very cold - it dropped to -15 midway between Biggar and Edinburgh.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: IanDG on December 28, 2009, 11:02:34 pm
Snowing again here tonight. The last lot is still covering the ground, all frozen and never melted because it didn't get warm enough.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 29, 2009, 07:57:56 am


There was lots of whinging about public transport on the (standing room only) service to Glasgow.  But we got there, unlike many people driving recently who have been forced to abandon their cars.

By the time I head back south on Sunday it'll hopefully have got a bit more back to normal.

Coming back north was fine, no problems at all. I forgot to say that on my way south, the Edinburgh train had no heating and no working toilets because of frozen pipes.  :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on December 29, 2009, 12:42:44 pm

So, I'm on the road, it's nice 'n' quiet and I'm steadily going along on my MTB.
Up ahead riding on the footpath which runs alongside the road is a young chap on his bike.


Was it a shared use, or an actual footpath?



Just a normal footpath. No one bats an eyelid here regarding bikes on footpaths.
Even the cops on their MTB bikes prefer using the footpaths.
It's a very, very large estate that I live next to and the way the estate is laid out
means cycling on footpaths is the norm around here.



Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on December 29, 2009, 07:01:03 pm
The weather bods have just said we are about to get dumped on up here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on December 29, 2009, 07:13:04 pm
The weather bods have just said we are about to get dumped on up here.

It's about to rain untreated sewage?  :o

I bet you'd prefer several inches of snow instead.





I'll get my coat...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on December 29, 2009, 07:48:36 pm
The weather bods have just said we are about to get dumped on up here.

It's about to rain untreated sewage?  :o

I bet you'd prefer several inches of snow instead.





I'll get my coat...
Going by severn trents half arsed efforts of late it could do either.

Spot the broken water main is a little on the road game for me, it's terribly nice of them to provide ice rinks at road junctions.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 01, 2010, 08:35:01 am
I've awoken to another dusting and very icy roads. The snow only seems to have settled on the roofs and there's only about a quarter of an inch of it. I was hoping to go out with the CTC this morning to their traditional New Year lunch at the Viper (first stop on the YACF Essex Christmas do). I don't need to leave until 9.45. I'll see how it turns out: the sun is shining, which makes a nice change from last year.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: tonycollinet on January 01, 2010, 08:47:28 am
So what is wrong with BBC weather forecast?

BBC Homepage weather info for my postcode
(http://www.collinet.plus.com/photos/w1.PNG)


BBC Five day forecast for the same postcode:
(http://www.collinet.plus.com/photos/w2.PNG)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 01, 2010, 08:50:08 am
I seem to be missing something here... looks like the same info to me, just that the homepage forecast uses a picture to represent what's going to happen at 1800?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 01, 2010, 05:35:17 pm
I've awoken to another dusting and very icy roads. The snow only seems to have settled on the roofs and there's only about a quarter of an inch of it. I was hoping to go out with the CTC this morning to their traditional New Year lunch at the Viper (first stop on the YACF Essex Christmas do). I don't need to leave until 9.45. I'll see how it turns out: the sun is shining, which makes a nice change from last year.

Here in mid-Essex we had a light dusting of snow overnight as well. I had to collect the car from the pub so set off on my bike - 6 miles through quiet lanes. In places the surface was fine but where the roads were wet sheet ice had formed. I came off twice and have pulled a muscle under my left arm. Really hurts. Studded tyres are now on order.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 01, 2010, 08:18:29 pm
After a beautiful morning for a walk, we've been getting it big time for some hours now. 
Imprisoned again.  >:(  It's a mile and a half to the nearest gritted road.  (Well, it was gritted last week sometime)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 01, 2010, 09:15:52 pm
  >:(  It's a mile and a half to the nearest gritted road.  (Well, it was gritted last week sometime)

Hammer House of Horror type village of the damned. We don't loik strangers round 'ere.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 01, 2010, 09:17:54 pm
After a beautiful morning for a walk, we've been getting it big time for some hours now. 
Imprisoned again.  >:(  It's a mile and a half to the nearest gritted road.  (Well, it was gritted last week sometime)
Ice skates for next christmas then?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: matthew on January 01, 2010, 10:55:51 pm
After a beautiful morning for a walk, we've been getting it big time for some hours now. 
Imprisoned again.  >:(  It's a mile and a half to the nearest gritted road.  (Well, it was gritted last week sometime)

That's a bit poor for Bournville  ;)

I hope you will be able to return to the city when you have to go back to work.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 01, 2010, 10:58:43 pm
 ;D ::-)
In Bournville, it's about 20 metres to the nearest gritted road.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on January 01, 2010, 11:11:01 pm
It's even snowed in Devon!  A nice dusting from a pretty shower, all settling on a hard two-day freeze.  Hope we get more!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 01, 2010, 11:13:40 pm
More here this evening.  Snow on top of boiler plate ice now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: teethgrinder on January 02, 2010, 12:17:54 am
Enough of this Micky Mouse snow!
If it's going to snow and make cycling difficult or impossible, then it might as well do the job properly. I'm talking 6ft high snow drifts so that I can have a proper play in the snow. Not this rubbish where cycling is still difficult or impossible and I can't have a good play in the snow. >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrew Br on January 02, 2010, 10:08:28 am
More snow in Manchester overnight- only about 2cm and it looks like it could change to rain at any moment.
I doubt that we'll be out on the bikes tomorrow  :(

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 02, 2010, 10:11:04 am
Cold - very cold - and sunny again here.  No question of road-riding.  I might go for a run or - if the ground is still frozed- go on the MTB later.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Gus on January 02, 2010, 10:23:11 am

It's snowing here again, and the temperature have climbed to -3oC.
forecast for the next week: cold and snow
Who said the climate was getting warmer   :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Manotea on January 02, 2010, 10:23:32 am
Frosty cold in London. Might go for a run in richmond park IICFMA.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on January 02, 2010, 10:37:31 am
No snow (we missed the last lot by 2 miles!!) but -3 here.  I'm supposed to be playing rugby against Caerleon later but there's a good chance it will be cancelled I guess.  Tackling and rucking on frozen ground isn't much fun!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 02, 2010, 02:58:23 pm
Cold - very cold - and sunny again here.  No question of road-riding.  I might go for a run or - if the ground is still frozed- go on the MTB later.

Geeez

I went running for about an hour - and it's plenty warm in the sun but the roads are just treacherous. I really struggled to stay upright when walking in 4 or 5 places on the lanes.  It seems to be a combination of run-off from he fields after the heavy rain of November and very, very low temperatures.

A couple of people in cars passed me with what i felt was not very much caution, considering the conditions.  I'd not take the car out today.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Deano on January 02, 2010, 03:01:45 pm
It's been snowing solidly - and laying - for about an hour here in Darlington.  I'm hunkering down for the night.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on January 02, 2010, 03:06:43 pm
Near Richmond, SW London last night: cold, clear skies, bright full moon. 01:00 approx: a 2 to 3 minute hard and heavy hail shower from out of nowhere  ???
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on January 02, 2010, 03:21:31 pm
Snowing again here in Nottingham.
The ride home from work wasnt too bad though, roads were all pretty clear, just a few side roads that had slush on.
All the roads in town, and the pavements were all clear aswell so getting out from town was fine, just abit wet.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 02, 2010, 04:11:23 pm
It's even snowed in Devon! ...

Tell me about it.  Two weeks in the South-West with bugger all snow, and the evening before I left, it snows all over the car. :-\

Ah well, once I got ten or twenty miles up the motorway most evidence of it disappeared, and whilst London is cold, there's little snow or ice here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 02, 2010, 06:08:56 pm
As the sun was setting, the sky had that low cloud with the tell-tale pink tinge to it.  :(

Here it comes again.  >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 02, 2010, 07:08:21 pm
Been snowing here for the last hour or so.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 02, 2010, 07:14:20 pm
Dropped about two or three inches here, looks like more tonight.

A quick pootle out revealed that Stoke On Trent city council had been caught with their trousers down and have completely failed to get any grit down on the main roads which will be completely frozen by morning, city wide.

Crossing the boundary into "The Borough" the roads mysteriously become well gritted and passable.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: gordon taylor on January 02, 2010, 07:26:58 pm
We live just a few miles south of Stoke and still haven't had ANY SNOW AT ALL since one bloody cm ten days before Christmas.

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH


I want snow. Why does everybody else have snow?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 02, 2010, 07:32:04 pm
Snow on top of ice again.  >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 02, 2010, 07:33:24 pm
We live just a few miles south of Stoke and still haven't had ANY SNOW AT ALL since one bloody cm ten days before Christmas.

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH


I want snow. Why does everybody else have snow?
I do a night time loop out past the old powerstation and I have found that the lumpy bits around Stone have their own micro-climate. You can actually feel the sharp temperature change as you get to around Barlaston. I think it may be the terrain, it always seems to be on the edge of two pressure fronts
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 02, 2010, 07:59:55 pm
I have 'snow' all over my lounge carpet; someone left a tissue in the washing...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on January 02, 2010, 11:43:44 pm

I want snow. Why does everybody else have snow?

I'm done with snow. My backside has been in contact with frozen water rather than the bicycle I intended it to stay on, 6 times in the last 3 weeks.

Come to Suffolk, take all the bloomin snow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on January 02, 2010, 11:50:48 pm
We have had very little snow here(not far from Gordy) but what we have had has melted & frozen & then thawed,then frozen again.This has occurred several times leaving ice as serious safety threat for cyclists,peds & motorists.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 03, 2010, 12:47:33 am
A "severe weather warning" has been issued concerning the probablility of 1 - 3cm snow falling in Essex / Saarfend.

I don't call that especially severe.

Edit: temperature is +1°C.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 03, 2010, 01:46:31 am
A "severe weather warning" has been issued concerning the probablility of 1 - 3cm snow falling in Essex / Saarfend.

I don't call that especially severe.

Edit: temperature is +1°C.
Evacuate now while there is still time!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 03, 2010, 04:07:05 am
I went running for about an hour - and it's plenty warm in the sun but the roads are just treacherous. I really struggled to stay upright when walking in 4 or 5 places on the lanes. 

MV, put the gin down and step away 8)

Not even a frost here tonight chiz, money back plz.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 03, 2010, 09:39:44 am
Still frozen in from latest snowfall.  I attempted to ride the Sardar and am just back after giving up.  So now I need to walk ( :() to town for bread n milk.
I'm supposed to be leaving at 6ish tomorrow as hire car is due back in Brum at noon Monday.  We'll see how that goes then.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 03, 2010, 10:16:28 am
snowing again now
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Gus on January 03, 2010, 10:19:14 am

No snow today, but it's freezing it 's -9oC now, not that that kept me from taking a ride  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 03, 2010, 10:52:49 am
No snow here. -2 when I looked at about 9.30.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on January 03, 2010, 10:59:38 am
Still frozen in from latest snowfall.  I attempted to ride the Sardar and am just back after giving up.  So now I need to walk ( :() to town for bread n milk.
I'm supposed to be leaving at 6ish tomorrow as hire car is due back in Brum at noon Monday.  We'll see how that goes then.

'Sdim ots - lot o bobl yn yr ardal yno 'da tractorau!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nicknack on January 03, 2010, 11:45:41 am
Snowing here quite heavily. Poo.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Aidan on January 03, 2010, 11:55:32 am
started snowing again here. Already very very icy, and I might have to review my travel plans for the week
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 03, 2010, 01:22:08 pm
Still frozen in from latest snowfall.  I attempted to ride the Sardar and am just back after giving up.  So now I need to walk ( :() to town for bread n milk.
I'm supposed to be leaving at 6ish tomorrow as hire car is due back in Brum at noon Monday.  We'll see how that goes then.

'Sdim ots - lot o bobl yn yr ardal yno 'da tractorau!

I’m embarrassed now, the really bad stuff is only near me.  (Talk about micro climates!)
I would only have had to push the bike half a mile or so to get to where it is (sort of) rideable.
Oh well, it was a lovely morning for a walk.  Thankfully I got a lift from local farmers for the last mile out and for the first three back, so what was going to be a 9 mile round trip hike turned out to be only 5 miles.
Sons have just left to retrace my steps.  They’re heading into town for their poker league.  I’ve told them I’ll be drinking [1] so not to bother ringing tonight for a lift back.

[1] Not necessarily true.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rower40 on January 03, 2010, 01:44:54 pm
+1 for the Micro-climate idea.  Bright sunshine all morning here.

Just been out for 25 miles of (converted railway) + (smallish A road) + (converted canal towpath).  Frozen snow in places, wet&dirty puddles and splash in others.  Then black ice at one T-junction-onna-slope, so I had to allow the Windcheetah (*) to roll back, then nip up onto the pavement where the frozen snow had enough lumps-n-bumps to provide grip.

(*) No way was I going out on anything with 2 wheels or fewer.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulF on January 03, 2010, 02:09:49 pm
Just started in SW London
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: HTFB on January 03, 2010, 02:13:04 pm
Just started in SW London
Bright sun in SE London though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Palinurus on January 03, 2010, 02:28:51 pm
Just shoed up my one of my spare front wheels for the 'cross bike with a Schwalbe Snow Stud tyre. Not sure what sort of advantage it will offer with 100 studs but the crosser is pretty good in snow with regular tyres, just could do with a bit more bite in compressed snow and refrozen snow. Ice, in the absence of snow, is rarely an issue on my commute.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: FatBloke on January 03, 2010, 02:51:51 pm
Clear blue sky* and snowing here!    ;D

*Out of the window I'm currently sat in front of.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: David Martin on January 03, 2010, 03:00:15 pm
Clear blue sky and chilly - about -3 here. Lots of snow'n'ice though
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 03, 2010, 03:40:37 pm
As PaulF said, a little in SW London, but it's only retained where the sun hasn't shone, and seems to be the barest speckling of whiteness.  It's not enough to dissuade me from my commute tomorrow morning (unless a lot more happens overnight).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 03, 2010, 05:28:40 pm
Bloody cold here. Freezing hard whilst Mrs. Wow and I went to Waitrose around 3.30.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 03, 2010, 06:13:36 pm
It effing cold indeed but it's a dry cold with little wind.

Good riding weather as long as you stick to the gritted roads :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 03, 2010, 06:22:18 pm

No snow today, but it's freezing it 's -9oC now, not that that kept me from taking a ride  :)

Jeez, that's just the ambient temperature. Wonder what the chill-factor was when you're going along?
At least -20oC, perhaps?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on January 03, 2010, 06:24:42 pm
FriKKin' cold here at around 14:00 (last time we ventured out to $chmevanz in the Wharf).

Should be interesting at 06:15 tomorrow, when I'm due to accompany someone on her first fixed commute  :o eek!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 03, 2010, 06:28:54 pm
I was out on the fixed today, twas a bit wibbly on the odd side road.

The inner monologue was constant "steady...steady...don't touch the brake...steady...gonna make it"
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 03, 2010, 06:30:48 pm
I was out on the fixed today, twas a bit wibbly on the odd side road.

The inner monolouge was constant "steady...steady...don't touch the brake...steady"

I was out on my fixed MTB today, on serious ice.  Scary stuff.  It's ace being able to pedal with one leg while using the other to stay upright :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 03, 2010, 06:35:55 pm
After about 50 yards of slewing back and forth on solid lumpy ice and considering the possible certain death of a dip in the frozen canal I decided that the tow path route was not a wise move on bog standard 23mm ultrasports.

I did catch myself doing the one leg thing.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 03, 2010, 07:59:13 pm
There's an absolutely evil frost out there already. I'm dreading the morning.
Just noticed that the stars look extra twinkly, due to the conditions.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 03, 2010, 08:01:34 pm
Just seen the forecast and it looks like we're going to get a week of looooooow temperatures and possibly more snow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 03, 2010, 08:10:54 pm
Just seen the forecast and it looks like we're going to get a week of looooooow temperatures and possibly more snow.
Now is the time to make that huge ice lolly using a broom handle and a 5 litre bucket of Vimto.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 03, 2010, 08:15:46 pm
Just seen the forecast and it looks like we're going to get a week of looooooow temperatures and possibly more snow.
Now is the time to make that huge ice lolly using a broom handle and a 5 litre bucket of Vimto.

You wouldn't want him to choke on his own Vimto.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wobbly John on January 03, 2010, 09:26:40 pm
Went out with a group from the Retrobike forum (http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/), to ride the singletrack in Thetford Forest. Icy on the roads - some of the guys coming up the A14 saw 5 accidents in a mile!   ::-)

Thetford forest seems to be the only place in the area that had snow :o

(http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/files/thetford1_209.jpg)

22 riders on 90's and 00's MTBs in our group.  :smug:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Adam on January 03, 2010, 09:54:56 pm
On my commuter bike, I'm leaving my studded Marathon Winter Tyres on for the next few months I think.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 03, 2010, 11:44:13 pm
Having driven up north through -15 on Monday we drove back yesterday. We left Edinburgh before the 6 inches of snow was dumed on it - in some ways a shame  ;D

lovely deep drifts of snow, hillsides completely covered with the white stuff - none of that wimpy southern stuff where there is still dark coloured stuff showing.

The best bit? Coming through Carlops. Icicles for Africa! Every pitched roof house on the north side of the road had icicles. The biggest ones we saw were over 5 foot long. Brilliant!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 04, 2010, 01:43:39 am
Just driven home from the New Year break.  Light snow on M25 anti-clockwise at Clackett's, settling slightly on hard shoulder and outside lane thanks to lack of traffic.  Roads well gritted but I bet people will be saying that they weren't because the snow was landing  ::-)


I've just got two old bicycle tyres out of the garage and put a screw through one from the inside to check it was the right length...   Will purchase more screws tomorrow and have a go at making these homebrew ice tyres.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on January 04, 2010, 02:43:01 am
Have you primed your local A&E?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 04, 2010, 08:17:02 am
We seem to have had a very light dusting of snow overnight (in Croydon), which is still on the residential roads (mine anyway).  I doubt it'll have survived on the busier roads, and hopefully will have bugger all effect on the cycleability of the surface.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 04, 2010, 08:39:19 am
A dusting here. Will take dog for longish walk.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: numbnuts on January 04, 2010, 09:07:07 am
no snow, but it's only -5.6c in southampton
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 04, 2010, 09:28:41 am
Heathrow and Biggin Hill are reporting -4, whereas Gatwick is reporting a balmy -3.  It's a bit nippy out there, Talisker is avoiding going out, but to be fair, furry paws probably aren't that good at keeping the cold at bay.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andrewc on January 04, 2010, 10:13:37 am
No snow in Liverpool, but it was -5 last night.   A glorious sunny day and I'm stuck in the orifice on a conference call :-(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 04, 2010, 10:45:15 am
-3.4 overnight minimum just outside my house (& close enough to be affected by radiated heat) , but -5.9 up at Reading university ( dry bulb - Meteorology Department Weather Data Visualisation Page  (http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/Data/fieldsite/cgi-bin/graph_page.cgi?RL=0&Dat=1) )
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on January 04, 2010, 01:27:27 pm
Quote from: fboab's mum
No1Daughter should be on the train if we can get out of the valley. There's 8" and drifts.
It's grim deep up north.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 04, 2010, 01:57:36 pm
At 6:30 a.m. today the read-out in the car was showing -14  :o
That is the lowest temperature I've ever experienced other than in the USA

I had to get this out.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Bloke_on_a_bike/ATT00007.jpg)

And then up the hill. (A lot steeper than it looks)  A lot more tractors had been along since this photo and crushed the lovely snow into an ice rink.
It took me three tries to get up then hill, reversing back further each time and taking a faster run up each time.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Bloke_on_a_bike/ATT00004.jpg)

It was a balmy -9 by the time we got down to Carmarthen
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Post by: numbnuts on January 04, 2010, 03:07:58 pm
Nice photos.......if you haven't got to go out
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Post by: Moloko on January 04, 2010, 03:53:44 pm
Red Rum! Red Rum! Red Rum! Red Rum! Red Rum! Red Rum! Red Rum! Red Rum!
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Post by: Zoidburg on January 04, 2010, 04:40:51 pm
You are the Care Taker Basil!
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Post by: Rich753 on January 04, 2010, 04:43:55 pm
50cms of snow in my neighbours garden - and more forecast for tonight  ;D
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Post by: Jacomus on January 04, 2010, 04:46:33 pm

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/Bloke_on_a_bike/ATT00007.jpg)


Ha! Your car's numberplate accurately expresses what it is thinking about the weather!

FN YKY = effin yukky
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 04, 2010, 05:11:59 pm
A small dusting this morning, but the (<¼") snow we had was not melted even by the midday sun.

This morning's walk from Leigh to Hadleigh Castle & back was a beauty.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6880-1/DSC04487.JPG)

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6898-1/DSC04488.JPG)

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6886-1/DSC04489.JPG)

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6883-1/DSC04490.JPG)

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6889-1/DSC04491.JPG)

That's Hadleigh in the background, where the 2012 mountain biking will happen. The train is heading for Fenchurch Street.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6895-1/DSC04492.JPG)

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6904-1/DSC04493.JPG)
The central heating exhaust at Hadleigh Salvation Army Farm.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6901-2/DSC04494.JPG)
The small jellyfish-like object is a stalagmite of ice, dripping from the condensation of the boilers.

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6892-1/DSC04495.JPG)
Tea on the terrace in 3° of frost. That's ice on the table. It actually felt quite warm, wrapped up as we were in our thermals and sitting in the sun.
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Post by: woollypigs on January 04, 2010, 05:18:42 pm
The temp dropped like a rock when the sun went down in the park I was training in today. One sec I couldn't see my breath the next I could and it was really brrrrrr
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Post by: toekneep on January 04, 2010, 05:19:20 pm
We are due for more snow tonight. We had a ten minute light shower earlier and it covered the ground almost immediately. I don't think a single flake of it melted.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 04, 2010, 08:28:39 pm
Snow, just fup off!
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Post by: Basil on January 04, 2010, 08:31:02 pm
Oi Sno.

Just bugger off to Gordy's, will ya.
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Post by: Andrew Br on January 04, 2010, 10:05:44 pm
I got a surprise when I looked out of the window earlier- another 1-2cm has fallen.
Tomorrow won't be fun- all the pavements here are solid ice.

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Post by: Bledlow on January 04, 2010, 10:14:03 pm
No snow here, & a mere -4 here in the inner city, but it's down to -8 up at Benson airfield - & dropping.
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Post by: IanDG on January 04, 2010, 10:16:27 pm
More falling here tonight too.
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Post by: woollypigs on January 04, 2010, 10:57:28 pm
Its proper winter weather here in the big smog so it is rather pointless that there ain't any snow falling.

Brrr and January normally meant snow when I grew up and please if you are going to snow let it be more than a little inch that melt in afternoon.
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Post by: Sergeant Pluck on January 04, 2010, 10:58:44 pm
Supposed to snow in London tomorrow and Wednesday. With temps as they are I can't see it melting, if it does.
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Post by: border-rider on January 04, 2010, 10:58:56 pm
No snow here, but it was -6.5 when we got home at 9:30 tonight, and I reckon it could end colder than this morning's -8
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 04, 2010, 11:36:28 pm
Has anyone heard the usual pearl of wisdom "it's to cold to snow" yet this year? People who say that should left out on the frozen moors in just their undercrackers.
 
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Post by: Zoidburg on January 04, 2010, 11:37:01 pm
Has anyone heard the usual pearl of wisdom "it's to cold to snow" yet this year? People who say that should left out on the frozen moors in just their undercrackers.
 
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Post by: IanDG on January 04, 2010, 11:41:20 pm
No snow here, but it was -6.5 when we got home at 9:30 tonight, and I reckon it could end colder than this morning's -8
.

Too cold to snow then?  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 04, 2010, 11:54:26 pm
Has anyone heard the usual pearl of wisdom "it's to cold to snow" yet this year? People who say that should left out on the frozen moors in just their undercrackers.
 

The lowest temperature I ever recorded on my admittedly not brilliantly reliable Brannan maxi-mini thermometer was on 12th Jan 1987, -14°C at 7 p.m. We already had 8 inches or so lying at that time, but at 7 or soon after the temperature went up to -12 and a further 11 inches of snow fell.

Saarfend recorded the lowest temperatures throughout the UK for the rest of that week.
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Post by: nuttycyclist on January 05, 2010, 12:03:25 am
I WANT MORE SNO  >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 05, 2010, 12:08:58 am
Has anyone heard the usual pearl of wisdom "it's to cold to snow" yet this year? People who say that should left out on the frozen moors in just their undercrackers.
+1. I haven't heard it for years, but I remember once hearing it from someone who I knew had experience of snow falling at lower temperatures than that about which he said it.

Tosser.  >:(

Some crap tabloid I saw in a newsagents today had a headline claiming it was the coldest winter for 30 years. More tossers. I remember colder weather in a few winters in the 1980s, i.e. less than 30 years ago.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Really Ancien on January 05, 2010, 12:29:02 am
Has anyone heard the usual pearl of wisdom "it's to cold to snow" yet this year? People who say that should left out on the frozen moors in just their undercrackers.
 

Most snow in the UK is frontal. It falls when a warm front meets a cold front. So it generally means a warming from cold conditions, followed by heavy snow, turning to rain. The current Arctic conditions are rarer, giving rise to 'the wrong type of snow'. This type of snow is typified by a diamantine sparkle, and it behaves as a powder, it is outside most people's experience, we generally get snow with a high moisture content.

This effect is rare in the UK.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2615/4223154358_0c1173f227.jpg)

Damon.
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Post by: Rig of Jarkness on January 05, 2010, 07:10:26 am
I see it's headline news again now that there's a forecast of more of it for SE England.
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Post by: gordon taylor on January 05, 2010, 08:09:32 am
Oi Sno.

Just bugger off to Gordy's, will ya.

I can report (Tuesady am) we still have NO SNOW AT ALL, although the rest of the whole world seems to be buried in the stuff, according to the BBC.

We may have some forecast for tonight, but I bet it misses us again.

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 05, 2010, 08:11:30 am
I can report (Tuesady am) we still have NO SNOW AT ALL, although the rest of the whole world seems to be buried in the stuff, according to the BBC.

None for us (again)

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Post by: andyoxon on January 05, 2010, 08:11:37 am
I bet we'll be snow free here in Oxon...    :thumbsup:
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Post by: MSeries on January 05, 2010, 08:28:14 am
Snowing here, 5cm in the last two hours and still snowing. If the roads were treated last night it's not done much good. My locale is very slow, I got a train to work today for the first time in 15 years, bus will be crawling down the hill. Train is much cheaper too. I'll try to get a photo when it gets light.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 05, 2010, 08:29:54 am
Has anyone heard the usual pearl of wisdom "it's to cold to snow" yet this year? People who say that should left out on the frozen moors in just their undercrackers.
 

Most snow in the UK is frontal. It falls when a warm front meets a cold front. So it generally means a warming from cold conditions, followed by heavy snow, turning to rain. The current Arctic conditions are rarer, giving rise to 'the wrong type of snow'. This type of snow is typified by a diamantine sparkle, and it behaves as a powder, it is outside most people's experience, we generally get snow with a high moisture content.


Was thinking that today as I walked to the station. It's really nice snow, like powder.
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Post by: spen666 on January 05, 2010, 08:34:46 am
Has anyone heard the usual pearl of wisdom "it's to cold to snow" yet this year? People who say that should left out on the frozen moors in just their undercrackers.
 

Most snow in the UK is frontal. It falls when a warm front meets a cold front. So it generally means a warming from cold conditions, followed by heavy snow, turning to rain. The current Arctic conditions are rarer, giving rise to 'the wrong type of snow'. This type of snow is typified by a diamantine sparkle, and it behaves as a powder, it is outside most people's experience, we generally get snow with a high moisture content.




Was thinking that today as I walked to the station. It's really nice snow, like powder.

Tues morning - M Series confesses he likes a bit of the white powder

Tues afternoon - local police execute search warrant at his home?
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Post by: MSeries on January 05, 2010, 08:45:42 am
was unable to see the 'white lines' today spen
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 09:10:41 am
I WANT MORE SNO  >:(

I don't think you've got long to wait.
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 09:12:05 am
I see it's headline news again now that there's a forecast of more of it for SE England.

It's not been out of the news even though SE England has had none to speak of since before Christmas.

Bloody Scottish softies - a bit of bad weather and we never hear the last of it.  :P
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Post by: jogler on January 05, 2010, 09:19:51 am
We have had a little snow fall overnight plus a staedy fall over the last hour giving approx. 0.5 cm cover.
The now hidden sheet ice will cause some problems for all road users.The council don't grit hereabouts
Just agreed with a client to cancel visits today to Congleton & Sandbach
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Post by: CrinklyLion on January 05, 2010, 09:23:29 am
We just built a snowman :)
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Post by: MSeries on January 05, 2010, 09:35:15 am

(http://twitpic.com/show/thumb/wr2op.jpg) (http://twitpic.com/wr2op)


The midnight bell on Twitpic (http://twitpic.com/wr2op)

The pub near my office a few minutes ago, that's the Wonderwood covered in snow, note the wooden cut out trees. They changed the trees for each season.

in the summer, before they built the Wonderwood

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3294/2688409309_2725882d7f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mseries/2688409309/)
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Post by: Manotea on January 05, 2010, 09:35:25 am
Its a white hell in London, a total whiteout (translation: had to wipe frost of car windows).

Ms Manotea the Elder is off to college today, a day early and hopefully before the snow forecast for tomorrow.
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Post by: oncemore on January 05, 2010, 09:37:27 am
Just a very little more overnight. But the ice beneath makes anywhere other than main roads very nasty. Not even got the bike out this a.m.

Was difficult enough just walking to local shops yesterday - no attempts to treat pavements means older and/or less agile folk can't go out.
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Post by: Andrew Br on January 05, 2010, 09:38:24 am
Lot's more here overnight.
Helen (in North Manchester- Whitefield appropriately) can't get in to work and a friend has just texted from the airport. She's not going to London today but she has got me the "duty-free" only bottle of Glenlivet Nadurra that I asked for  :thumbsup:

Some gratuitous "bike in the snow" pictures from earlier:-

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2709/4246892429_c5603d6c10_b.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2523/4247665454_78c245f199_b.jpg)

They're staged- there's no way I'm going out on the bike today.

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Post by: Charlotte on January 05, 2010, 09:40:43 am
Has anyone heard the usual pearl of wisdom "it's to cold to snow" yet this year? People who say that should left out on the frozen moors in just their undercrackers.
 

"Too cold to snow" is, as you say Not Quite Right.  But it's an understandable one because as it gets really cold, you often experience much less snow.  For instance, apparently Nashville* gets more snow in any given year than the south pole.  So it might be a little cruel to shove a chap out in the cold in nothing more than his underthings just for having a poor grasp of meteorological physics...

It's all to do with moisture levels.  To be precise; water vapour.  Snow starts to form in the atmosphere as water condenses into a tiny droplet. As more and more water vapor condenses onto its surface, the droplet grows. Cold air then freezes this water into an ice crystal.  The coldest weather is almost always associated with very high pressure and very dry air.  If there ain't much moisture, there can't be much snow.

At really chilly temperatures, the saturation vapor pressure is much lower than in slightly warmer areas.  The 'Dew-point' is defined as the temperature at which the air, when cooled, will just become saturated.  Or in other words, the relative humidity must rise to at least 100%. 

At this point, the water vapour ought to start to condense out as a liquid if the dew point is above freezing.   If the dew point is below freezing, it'll become tiny ice crystals.

But this doesn't always happen, and the relative humidity can actually exceed 100% (also known as supersaturation). The vapor can usually change phase only if there is something for it to cling onto.  Believe it or not, even up in the clouds there are enough tiny particles called nuclei, that do just this.  Neat, huh?

But, I hear you saying, "That's all very well but what are you ranting on about, woman!  Anyways, there's a whole shed load of snow at the South Pole!"

Yeah, but in Nashville, it melts every year, innit?

:D


*Like many of us, I was raised in Middle England, not in Nashville Tennessee...
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Post by: Tom B on January 05, 2010, 09:40:55 am
A good 6" here in Manchester and still falling lightly. Recovering from a cold, I shall stay home from work again, tho if I felt 100% well the trip would be easier on foot than it would on yesterday's ice, if somewhat fraught on the bike
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Post by: Charlotte on January 05, 2010, 09:41:21 am
Reading that back, I think I've had too much coffee this morning.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on January 05, 2010, 09:46:31 am
*Like many of us, I was raised in Middle England, not in Nashville Tennessee...

I have seen your banjo.  Are you sure?
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Post by: clarion on January 05, 2010, 09:54:03 am
...I think I've had too much coffee this morning.

I do not understand this statement.
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Post by: Charlotte on January 05, 2010, 09:55:00 am
I have seen your banjo.  Are you sure?

If you'd have seen Phil and I hacking our way through "Duelling Banjos" on Sunday, you'd have been under no illusions of my wholly Britannic origins...
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Post by: clarion on January 05, 2010, 09:56:56 am
The Devil went down to Georgia Middlesex...
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Post by: Really Ancien on January 05, 2010, 10:22:49 am
One of the most marginal places for skiing is Alabama. They were out on Sunday. The presence of snow-making equipment indicates low temperatures but unreliable precipitation, there's a banjo soundtrack.

      YouTube
            - Cloudmont Ski Resort, Mentone, Alabama 2010
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiu770vVibE)

Damon.
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Post by: andygates on January 05, 2010, 10:26:08 am
The Devil Went Down on Elgar...

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Post by: 1gear on January 05, 2010, 10:40:58 am
Bit more snow here. Alot of side roads closed because they are ice and hills. So there are alot of people that cant drive anywhere because of the ice on the roads. Cant walk because of ice on the pavement.
Was a big thing on the local news on it.
My road is fine though so im still getting out on bike alright
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 10:42:10 am
The Devil Went Down on Elgar...



Do they do that sort of thing in Cheltenham?
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Post by: Charlotte on January 05, 2010, 11:22:38 am
Bit more snow here. Alot of side roads closed because they are ice and hills. So there are alot of people that cant drive anywhere because of the ice on the roads. Cant walk because of ice on the pavement.
Was a big thing on the local news on it.
My road is fine though so im still getting out on bike alright

It must be cold - your apostrophe key appears to have frozen solid again.
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Post by: clarion on January 05, 2010, 11:24:11 am
Spacebar's struggling, too.
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Post by: fungus on January 05, 2010, 11:31:25 am
We have finally had a good covering in Tamworth  :)
Let's see how long it lasts.
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Post by: Polar Bear on January 05, 2010, 11:42:02 am
I am reliably informed that the snow is falling quite heavily in Birmingham now, as per the forecasts.   I'm wistfully peering out of my office window hoping for it to arrive, as promised, in the next half hour or so. 
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 05, 2010, 11:50:19 am
Still nothing in Harlow >:(  SEND SNO NOW!!
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Post by: Andrew Br on January 05, 2010, 12:00:48 pm
Bit more snow here. Alot of side roads closed because they are ice and hills. So there are alot of people that cant drive anywhere because of the ice on the roads. Cant walk because of ice on the pavement.
Was a big thing on the local news on it.
My road is fine though so im still getting out on bike alright

It must be cold - your apostrophe key appears to have frozen solid again.

Harsh.
But fair.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 05, 2010, 12:03:42 pm
I WANT MORE SNO  >:(

I don't think you've got long to wait.

Oi Santa!   I've waited 12 hours!   Where's me friggin sno!?!?!
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Post by: Jaded on January 05, 2010, 12:05:43 pm
Bit more snow here. Alot of side roads closed because they are ice and hills. So there are alot of people that cant drive anywhere because of the ice on the roads. Cant walk because of ice on the pavement.
Was a big thing on the local news on it.
My road is fine though so im still getting out on bike alright

It must be cold - your apostrophe key appears to have frozen solid again.

It may be lose because he has been using it to much.  ;)
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 12:07:27 pm
I WANT MORE SNO  >:(

I don't think you've got long to wait.

Oi Santa!   I've waited 12 hours!   Where's me friggin sno!?!?!

What do you want me to do? There's only a limited amount of white stuff in me sack! >:(
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Post by: nuttycyclist on January 05, 2010, 12:33:22 pm
Damn you Wow. 

I have greasy burger sprayed right across my screen.
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Post by: Moloko on January 05, 2010, 12:37:34 pm
BBC local up to date forecast: Light snow?   Ha-Ha! It's the way you tell 'em.   ;D


 >:(
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Post by: matthew on January 05, 2010, 12:42:29 pm
I bet we'll be snow free here in Oxon...    :thumbsup:

If you win this I shall be annoyed. I am just cancelling a training course to run in Oxford tomorrow and Thursday because the forecast for Oxfordshire is 15-30cm with localised accumulations of >40cm and the people are travelling from Bristol, Exeter, Reading and Brighton.
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Post by: RainOrShine on January 05, 2010, 12:45:31 pm
Wiltshire has just been upgraded to an "extreme weather warning" - up to 40cm!  :o
Must remember to take the laptop home this evening...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 12:51:10 pm
That's really serious stuff.

They've now forecast heavy snow for 5 consecutive days for us. Bike ride Saturday anyone?  ;D
Wiltshire has just been upgraded to an "extreme weather warning" - up to 40cm!  :o
Must remember to take the laptop home this evening...
I'd set off now if I were you.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: RainOrShine on January 05, 2010, 12:56:25 pm
I'd set off now if I were you.
Mw wife has just phoned to say the same thing - it is blizzarding at home at the moment.
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Post by: Jaded on January 05, 2010, 01:03:35 pm
We've just had 0.25cm

Just getting the sledge out....
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on January 05, 2010, 01:04:09 pm
Why do so many of you actually WANT snow?

It generates inconvenience & frustration apart from it's potential to contribute to injury
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 05, 2010, 01:04:57 pm
We've been sent home to work from home because the office boiler is broken.  ;D
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Post by: Riggers on January 05, 2010, 01:06:58 pm
No snow in Brighton.


Back to the studio.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 05, 2010, 01:11:28 pm
I love snow. It makes everything go quiet and fresh and pure


<<<taken away by the nice men...
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Post by: numbnuts on January 05, 2010, 01:11:40 pm
no snow in Southampton metcheck said snow at 3.00pm  :thumbsup: but I bet we won't get any
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Post by: border-rider on January 05, 2010, 01:12:56 pm
Snowing a bit here, but not enough to get excited about.  i'm pleased i went for a ride before breakfast though :)

Waitrose just phoned to tell me there are roads blocked in the Forest of Dean.  I suppose it's very kind of them since Mrs MV works there...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pcolbeck on January 05, 2010, 01:16:18 pm
I could tell it was cold on Sunday night when I visited the loo in our lovely 300 year old pub. The loos are a long way form the log burners and are unheated so I was surrounded by a warm cloud of vapour from my own wee, Lovely.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 05, 2010, 01:16:26 pm
I love snow. It makes everything go quiet and fresh and pure


<<<taken away by the nice men...

Care to cycle past the local secondary schools at kicking out time?   ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 05, 2010, 01:20:10 pm
Why do so many of you actually WANT snow?

It generates inconvenience & frustration apart from it's potential to contribute to injury

I want snow so my Mummy can go sledging with her grandchildren.
(Mum had great fun with this the week before last. We think she used the sledge left by the previous occupants of the house, who moved out in 1968...)

Precious memories need experiences to make them.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 05, 2010, 01:27:43 pm
Why do so many of you actually WANT snow?

It generates inconvenience & frustration apart from it's potential to contribute to injury

It looks lovely.
It gets people out as a community sledging etc, instead of sitting indoors in front of BeastEnders or Holby Shitty.
It's great going out for a walk in the evening, light enough to see and tramp through the woods, silent and free from traffic noise (because the snow absorbs any noise there is).
It's unusual enough to be novel for a short while, until next winter.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 05, 2010, 01:29:02 pm
Why do so many of you actually WANT snow?

So I can go and play in it on my MTB, go running thought it in the woods etc.  And because at heart I'm still 8 years old.

Mrs MV, OTOH, hates it for just the reasons you suggest :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 05, 2010, 01:30:08 pm
Why do so many of you actually WANT snow?

It generates inconvenience & frustration apart from it's potential to contribute to injury
Its fun, its snow, it looks nice and it is winter !

Now if we just could teach the British how to girt, clear the roads/pavements/bicycle lanes and how to drive in the snow. It would be a easy, nice and friendly as in Scandinavia, Russia and other places where they have snow.

Copenhagenize.com  - The Copenhagen Bike Culture Blog: Snow Clearing (http://www.copenhagenize.com/2010/01/snow-clearing.html)

And in Holland http://www.youtube.com/v/ZMv3OB6XHvQ&hl=en_GB&fs=1&
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Post by: MSeries on January 05, 2010, 01:32:42 pm
Still snowing here, not stopped since 0600
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Post by: pdm on January 05, 2010, 01:39:22 pm
Couple of inches here in Chesterfield so far.... More in Sheffield...

My good wife set off 10 minutes after me to work this morning...

I got to work (15 miles) in under an hour.
She had to turn back home after 2 miles - the bus got stuck and she was unable to reach Sheffield centre due to sno and gridlock...

I like the snow - things go quiet, all the scars of human despoiling are covered. With the right clothing and kit, riding in the stuff is a pleasure, albeit a bit slower....
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Post by: Moloko on January 05, 2010, 01:45:36 pm


I like the snow - things go quiet,

Damn right they do. It dumped over three-inches here in little over half-an-hour.

Airport runway temporarily closed.  Oh, the peace.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rafletcher on January 05, 2010, 01:47:11 pm
no snow in Southampton metcheck said snow at 3.00pm  :thumbsup: but I bet we won't get any

Met office forecast for Hampshire is now 15-30cm with up to 40cm in places. Do enjoy!

Heading southwards thru the midlands - Rugby, Banbury have snow falls starting now. I'm keeping an eye out, luckily I live south of work (Bicester - Aylesbury). Last week I was lucky, only took me 2 1/2 hrs to get home, some took 5 1/2.  This time I'll be off at the first sign of snow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Lycra Man on January 05, 2010, 02:01:06 pm
No snow here in Leighton Buizzard, Bedfordshire. Due to arrive at 6.00pm, some have forecast, but the snow flakes don't carry watches, so how will they know?

Last snowfall it took me 2 hours to drive home to Waddesdon (between Aylesbury and Bicester) which is normally 30 minutes.

I'm waiting.........

Lycra Man
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: DuncanM on January 05, 2010, 02:08:32 pm
I bet we'll be snow free here in Oxon...    :thumbsup:

If you win this I shall be annoyed. I am just cancelling a training course to run in Oxford tomorrow and Thursday because the forecast for Oxfordshire is 15-30cm with localised accumulations of >40cm and the people are travelling from Bristol, Exeter, Reading and Brighton.

It's already snowed in Oxford this lunchtime.  Snowing properly here in Cirencester now.  I think the bet's lost Andy.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fungus on January 05, 2010, 02:09:17 pm
Heavy snow forecast for 15:00hrs today so they are sending us home from work at 14:30hrs  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rafletcher on January 05, 2010, 02:11:22 pm
Just started to fall lightly in Bicester....

The guy from Beaconsfield is out the blocks already.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Paul D on January 05, 2010, 02:12:50 pm
Lashing it down in Dorset with...rain! Bah! >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rafletcher on January 05, 2010, 02:24:47 pm
Lashing it down in Dorset with...rain! Bah! >:(

Cut out the middle-man - straight to the flooding!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on January 05, 2010, 02:29:47 pm
It's snowing again here!!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 05, 2010, 02:30:40 pm
It's snowing again here!!

Still snowing here. 8.5 hours
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 05, 2010, 02:31:36 pm
It's snowing again here!!

stopped here, and the Sun's out.  We've had a trivial amount, just enough to make it really dicey when it freezes.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 05, 2010, 02:32:07 pm
School has just been shut here, for my Lad. Daughter is on an inset day but we expect a closure tomorrow. Now just have to do a 'Let me explain' bit on  Mrs Jaded as to what 'essential' means for going to Manchester tomorrow.  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 05, 2010, 02:33:13 pm
Still sunny here.  No sno  >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Paul D on January 05, 2010, 02:39:38 pm
Just think how many pages this thread will extend to if there's no thaw until March. Will we ever get bored of the 'not snowing here' 'light dusting there' 'I want snow' posts? ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Flying_Monkey on January 05, 2010, 02:41:45 pm
You guys are so cute.  ;D We have over a foot of snow here now and it will only be deepening until April...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 05, 2010, 03:02:05 pm
You guys are so cute.  ;D We have over a foot of snow here now and it will only be deepening until April...

s'funny, none of the Canadians I know have ever said anything like that. They says things like "Hey, that's pretty cold for you" and so on.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 03:26:07 pm
THe lunch time weather forecast was pretty impressive "by tomorrow, there will be hardly a square foot of mainland Britain without snow."

40cm in central & southern England. Rather less here by the looks of it, but I've just been out to stock up on veg.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 05, 2010, 03:45:50 pm
44 pages of snow reports and 3 weeks of BBC weather horror stories - but, still, NO SNOW FOR US.

Last two days have been freezing (-5 freezing) and, this morning, I watched a darkening sky with great hope.

BUT IT'S JUST STARTED RAINING.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andrewc on January 05, 2010, 03:49:18 pm
About 2" of wet snow in Liverpool this morning, that melted but it started chucking it down at lunchtime.  Currently about 4" and we were told to go home from work early in case public transport shuts down  :)

Some chaos on the roads, several of the routes out of Liverpool (eastwards) are quite steep. Cars sliding all over the place and buses stuck.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 05, 2010, 03:51:24 pm
stopped here now. 9 and a quarter hours of snow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: toekneep on January 05, 2010, 03:52:58 pm
Five hours of snowing only amounted to 2" here. Not impressed.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 05, 2010, 04:21:13 pm
Oi Sno.

Just bugger off to Gordy's, will ya.

I can report (Tuesady am) we still have NO SNOW AT ALL, although the rest of the whole world seems to be buried in the stuff, according to the BBC.

We may have some forecast for tonight, but I bet it misses us again.

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!
It snowed again here last night.

Mwuhahahaah!

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 05, 2010, 05:19:36 pm
Just got an update from Aalborg, Denmark.

1 metre snow fallen just today, that is just shy for 40 inches. The old man have already been out twice today to clear the entrance. If it continues like this there is talk about closing the local airport. People have still been to work and trains are running I'm sure.

(http://www.woollypigs.com/images/snow_in_gug.jpg)
Picture taken this afternoon out the front door.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 05, 2010, 06:05:26 pm
44 pages of snow reports and 3 weeks of BBC weather horror stories - but, still, NO SNOW FOR US.

Last two days have been freezing (-5 freezing) and, this morning, I watched a darkening sky with great hope.

BUT IT'S JUST STARTED RAINING.

Oh, oh. What's this? White stuff falling from the sky - and laying!

Mrs P is insisting I have some supper before I go ride my bike :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PeteB99 on January 05, 2010, 06:08:27 pm
About 2" of wet snow in Liverpool this morning, that melted but it started chucking it down at lunchtime.  Currently about 4" and we were told to go home from work early in case public transport shuts down  :)

Some chaos on the roads, several of the routes out of Liverpool (eastwards) are quite steep. Cars sliding all over the place and buses stuck.

Clogging it down in Chester this afternoon. Roads are gridlocked in the centre.

Some interesting driving techniques  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 05, 2010, 06:21:35 pm
I have to drive my daughter to school in the Hampshire Alps (South Downs) tomorrow. If this keeps up, she may be at home with us longer than planned.

Her local webcam: Petersfield Cam (http://www.petersfieldcam.co.uk/)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 06:24:53 pm
The Metoff Ice have changed their minds about our snow. Now expected to arrive at 3 a.m.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on January 05, 2010, 06:25:41 pm
Just got home.... Only 6" (measured with ruler by offspring #3) here in Uber Sheffield...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: docsquid on January 05, 2010, 06:28:12 pm
Just a light dusting here.  The chickens didn't want to go out in it though!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on January 05, 2010, 06:31:18 pm
Bit more snow here. Alot of side roads closed because they are ice and hills. So there are alot of people that cant drive anywhere because of the ice on the roads. Cant walk because of ice on the pavement.
Was a big thing on the local news on it.
My road is fine though so im still getting out on bike alright

It must be cold - your apostrophe key appears to have frozen solid again.

Im on quite a few different forums, for a few different things.
Why is it that a few members on here have a problem with my spelling and typing?
Or, is it mainly because you have a problem with me personally?

If you dont have a problem with me personally, then either live with my spelling or dont read my posts. I couldnt give a toss either way.

Or do you just like to take the piss and comment on someone who has a problem with spelling and typing? I persoanlly dont see the problem with what ive wrote, so YOU or any other member just critising it wont help. I may not be the sharpest knife in your draw, but that doesnt just make it fine for you to comment on my typing. You get the jist of my post, and understand what i mean.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 05, 2010, 06:32:51 pm
The Metoff Ice have changed their minds about our snow. Now expected to arrive at 3 a.m.

The forecast for London has been shifting later and later, so rather than this evening, now it's probably going to be tomorrow morning.

Since I haven't left work yet, this suits me!

...of course from an earlier email, I know that I need to get to CityLink on the morrow to pick up a parcel.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on January 05, 2010, 06:55:24 pm
It stopped but is settled and freezing here now, and we're due another 6-8" overnight, which is interesting as I'm supposed to be working 2200-0700 in South Gloucestershire!


It's at times like these I wish I had a Land Rover!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 05, 2010, 07:08:51 pm
Chucking it down in Reading now. Mrs B is very relieved that she got home from work before it got too bad. Settling well, & a few cm deep already.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 05, 2010, 07:11:39 pm
I just poked my head out onto the balcony as I was locking up the lab, and it's started to snow very very finely.  You can't actually see it looking out the window, but I collected a few tiny snowflakes on my outstretched hand.

If you don't hear from me again, it'll have got heavier and I'll be stuck in a snowdrift between South Ken and Croydon. ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 05, 2010, 07:12:16 pm
Just got home.... Only 6" (measured with ruler by offspring #3) here in Uber Sheffield...

Does the school use inches?  ???
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 05, 2010, 07:22:16 pm
One of the neighbours & his son are making a snowman in the middle of the street. I told 'em there was no hurry, there'd be even more tomorrow, & he said "But I'll be at work tomorrow". I asked "Are you sure?". His wife laughed, & he replied, "Well, if I can get there".  ;D

If this keeps up Mrs. B will get the day off she's hoping for.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on January 05, 2010, 07:24:07 pm
WE HAZ SNO. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andyoxon on January 05, 2010, 07:24:58 pm
ooer, it's snowing heavily here in Oxon and may do so all night. 
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on January 05, 2010, 07:28:36 pm
Well, it does appear to be snowing again in Pompey, so it'll be interesting to see how much actually falls overnight.

It was definitely a good move on my part to have got a fairly successful1 shopping trip to Chichester done today - I got back just as it started with the pre-snow rain showers.  :thumbsup:

1 Yesterday's ride highlighted some areas of my winter cycling wardrobe where further investment was required. Hence today's purchase of another Musto thermal base layer2, a Gore Windstopper skull cap and a pair of Specialized Defroster boots. There's no such thing as the wrong weather...

2 A garment that is veritably the dog's danglies. High zipped neck, toasty and non-whiffy, what's not to like?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Fab Foodie on January 05, 2010, 07:31:03 pm
ooer, it's snowing heavily here in Oxon and may do so all night.  

Yep!  Just walked home, about 30 mins briskish walk and it was great, barely a car on the main road and whopping big flakes dancing under the sodium lights!
Magic!

Meant to be in Portbury tomorrow, early start... ho hum  :demon:
Russia next week  :-[ :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 05, 2010, 07:32:53 pm
The BIKE is ready.

One Dahon Speed TR folder. Two sets of lights fore and aft. Tyres slightly deflated.

By the door is cycling wear du jour: overtrousers & wellies.

So, do I go now while it's snowing or leave it till later and risk it stopping or, worse, raining?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Fab Foodie on January 05, 2010, 07:34:29 pm
The BIKE is ready.

One Dahon Speed TR folder. Two sets of lights fore and aft. Tyres slightly deflated.

By the door is cycling wear du jour: overtrousers & wellies.

So, do I go now while it's snowing or leave it till later and risk it stopping or, worse, raining?

For safety reasons, I'd call the Police and ask them to deliver Pizza.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 05, 2010, 07:35:04 pm
Bit more snow here. Alot of side roads closed because they are ice and hills. So there are alot of people that cant drive anywhere because of the ice on the roads. Cant walk because of ice on the pavement.
Was a big thing on the local news on it.
My road is fine though so im still getting out on bike alright

It must be cold - your apostrophe key appears to have frozen solid again.

Im on quite a few different forums, for a few different things.
Why is it that a few members on here have a problem with my spelling and typing?
Or, is it mainly because you have a problem with me personally?

If you dont have a problem with me personally, then either live with my spelling or dont read my posts. I couldnt give a toss either way.

Or do you just like to take the piss and comment on someone who has a problem with spelling and typing? I persoanlly dont see the problem with what ive wrote, so YOU or any other member just critising it wont help. I may not be the sharpest knife in your draw, but that doesnt just make it fine for you to comment on my typing. You get the jist of my post, and understand what i mean.


Many of us went to schools where these things mattered a great deal. Some of your 'bad habits' were drummed out of us by the age of ten. At ten, we might have taken the '11+' exam to enter secondary school. Poor sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, spelling and usage would have caused us to FAIL and blighted our future.
When we see poor usage now, we cringe, either privately or publically.
Look at our profiles; some of us are old enough to be your parents.

The older generation is full of Grumpy Old Gits who grumble about poor educational standards of the youth of today. Either improve the standard of your English or accept the odd poke by the Old Fogeys...

I am known to have posted here and Elsewhere about poor English on, for example the BBC News website.

We don't like watching standards slip.

Helen, aged 51.57
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Julian on January 05, 2010, 08:13:32 pm
I'm only 28 and I find crap spelling and grammar cringeworthy. 

"I persoanlly dont see the problem with what ive wrote"??

If you're using a computer, the chances are you have a spelling and grammar checker.  You might like to try it.  Otherwise you look ignorant - I'd have been ashamed to write that badly as an eight-year-old - as well as too lazy to use a spell check.  And that in turn means that people are less likely to take your opinions seriously.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on January 05, 2010, 08:20:36 pm
Bit more snow here. Alot of side roads closed because they are ice and hills. So there are alot of people that cant drive anywhere because of the ice on the roads. Cant walk because of ice on the pavement.
Was a big thing on the local news on it.
My road is fine though so im still getting out on bike alright

It must be cold - your apostrophe key appears to have frozen solid again.

Im on quite a few different forums, for a few different things.
Why is it that a few members on here have a problem with my spelling and typing?
Or, is it mainly because you have a problem with me personally?

If you dont have a problem with me personally, then either live with my spelling or dont read my posts. I couldnt give a toss either way.

Or do you just like to take the piss and comment on someone who has a problem with spelling and typing? I persoanlly dont see the problem with what ive wrote, so YOU or any other member just critising it wont help. I may not be the sharpest knife in your draw, but that doesnt just make it fine for you to comment on my typing. You get the jist of my post, and understand what i mean.


Many of us went to schools where these things mattered a great deal. Some of your 'bad habits' were drummed out of us by the age of ten. At ten, we might have taken the '11+' exam to enter secondary school. Poor sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, spelling and usage would have caused us to FAIL and blighted our future.
When we see poor usage now, we cringe, either privately or publically.
Look at our profiles; some of us are old enough to be your parents.

The older generation is full of Grumpy Old Gits who grumble about poor educational standards of the youth of today. Either improve the standard of your English or accept the odd poke by the Old Fogeys...

I am known to have posted here and Elsewhere about poor English on, for example the BBC News website.

We don't like watching standards slip.

Helen, aged 51.57

Nope, shit excuse if you ask me. Im on forums with people of a mixed age. NON have a poke at my grammer, spelling or punctuation or usage of words. It appears to only be cycling forums that have a poke. But, i also notice that they often dont poke and moan at some other peoples spelling or use of words or grammer or punctuation.
But then, on the other forums there are people with much worse grammer, spelling, punctuation and use of words dont have anything said, because the people accept that they probably arent that good with words. Aslong as they dont do everything in caps lock and use sentences that everyone can understand then its fine.
Obviously some people on here are either too picky or have some problems(worse then me and my spelling and use of words)

I am on the computer, but my computer is away at the moment so ive no spell checker on this one, and also i havent got one on my phone(you can tell if ive posted from my phone by the phone symbol)

Personally, if you dont want to take my opinion seriously because my grammer isnt as good as yours then fine.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on January 05, 2010, 08:26:48 pm
I dont find it ignorant at all either. My spelling, grammer, punctuation is how it.
If anything, i find YOU ignorant for commenting on it, and taking the piss out of it when you know nothing about me, and can understand what im writing perfectly, you just feel the need to comment on my lack of grammer and punctuation.
I take i you have never worked or been around someone with dyslexia, autism or any other problem which could mean that they have trouble with their writing/typing?
(And before you tell me its no excuse, its not for some people. Some people do fine when they have dyslexia, other struggle)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Phil on January 05, 2010, 08:29:42 pm
Dyslexia makes you unable to conjugate common verbs?

I did not know that.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on January 05, 2010, 08:32:44 pm
Dyslexia makes you unable to conjugate common verbs?

I did not know that.

Sorry?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: teethgrinder on January 05, 2010, 08:40:27 pm
Where do we draw the line if we're going to make a fuss about technical writing ability, or lack of?
I see mistakes and make a fair few myself.
I personally (35 year old misery guts) couldn't give a toss. It's nice to see things well written and sometimes much easier to understand what's being said. But as long as the idea comes across I don't worry. If I don't understand I can ask or ignore.
Are we going to have a minimum standard of education and a test before anyone can become a member of YACF?
I'd better start packing...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 05, 2010, 08:41:40 pm
To be honest, it's not just the spelling, grammar and punctuation, 1gear, it's the whole content of your posts.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on January 05, 2010, 08:43:12 pm
Where do we draw the line if we're going to make a fuss about technical writing ability, or lack of?
I see mistakes and make a fair few myself.
I personally (35 year old misery guts) couldn't give a toss. It's nice to see things well written and sometimes much easier to understand what's being said. But as long as the idea comes across I don't worry. If I don't understand I can ask or ignore.
Are we going to have a minimum standard of education and a test before anyone can become a member of YACF?
I'd better start packing...

It would appear so.
 ::-)
I wonder how many other people would go, or be allowed to stay in on special terms ::-)

As for kirst, dont read my posts then.
Id rather someone say it was the content of my posts thats the problem instead of moaning about my grammer.

Actually no, what am i saying, i couldnt care if you didnt like the content of my posts. Self moderate and dont read them dear.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 05, 2010, 08:44:44 pm
Will you stop calling people dear and love please? Well, actually, I'll let the other recipients of your patronising remarks speak for themselves. Please don't call me dear or love or any other term of endearment again.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on January 05, 2010, 08:47:02 pm
Will you stop calling people dear and love please? Well, actually, I'll let the other recipients of your patronising remarks speak for themselves. Please don't call me dear or love or any other term of endearment again.

Sorry darling

 ;)

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Panoramix on January 05, 2010, 08:51:47 pm
Where do we draw the line if we're going to make a fuss about technical writing ability, or lack of?
I see mistakes and make a fair few myself.
I personally (35 year old misery guts) couldn't give a toss. It's nice to see things well written and sometimes much easier to understand what's being said. But as long as the idea comes across I don't worry. If I don't understand I can ask or ignore.
Are we going to have a minimum standard of education and a test before anyone can become a member of YACF?
I'd better start packing...

English is not my native language and I make mistakes. Nevertheless people don't complain as they see that I make an effort. I don't think that 1gear tries very hard to spell properly whereas obviously you do your best. I skip most of his posts, I read yours. I can't see why we should all make an effort to decipher what he says. Soon I will be posting in French because I can't be bothered to write in English and ultimately YACF will be a Babel tower!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on January 05, 2010, 08:59:31 pm
Will you stop calling people dear and love please? Well, actually, I'll let the other recipients of your patronising remarks speak for themselves. Please don't call me dear or love or any other term of endearment again.

Sorry darling

 ;)



Being deliberately provocative is tiresome/ not big / or clever.

In time, the penny may drop, 1gear.

Nothing personal, you understand.
 :)

Can we go back to the "It's snowing!" bit, please  :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 05, 2010, 08:59:40 pm
I am crap at spelling.  It's not something that I can repair.  The computer age has made life easier for me, but it cannot fix my crapness at spelling.

Meanwhile, back to the snow.  :thumbsup:
Birmingham is deep in it.  Even major routes are covered. 
I've just had the most enjoyable ride home.  Obviously I had to take in a couple of Old Speckle Hens on the way - just to be sure that if I fell off, it wouldn't hurt.
When the snow is this bad, you're not going to come off unexpectedly - you're actually expecting to come off all the time and ride accordingly.
There's absolutely no traffic at all and on the couple of occasions I did become a heap of Basil, I lay there laughing and making a snow angel before getting up.  8)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 05, 2010, 08:59:54 pm
To a certain extent, posting something with glaring errors in it shows a lack of care and pride in what is produced. I suspect you would not go to a party with a stained shirt or shoes that didn't match. Why produce something which looks like rubbish?
We have ribbed some dyslexic posters but usually stop after a while and seldom complain about posters whose first language is not English.
Many of us write letters to newspapers and magazine articles on cycling matters. I'd like to think that some of my postings here aspire to a publishable standard.
I would take no pride in appearing inarticulate.

PS I have acted as proofreader for Arrivée, Audax UK's magazine. This is produced entirely by amateurs who work to professional standards. Howlers in magazines and books devalue the publication.
 
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Phil on January 05, 2010, 09:03:37 pm
Dyslexia makes you unable to conjugate common verbs?

I did not know that.

Sorry?

HTH (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_conjugation) :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on January 05, 2010, 09:06:46 pm
Pfft. Lighten up you lot. What's got at you tonight, something bad happen on Eastenders? ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on January 05, 2010, 09:09:53 pm
something bad happen on Eastenders? ;)

I like your style  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: GruB on January 05, 2010, 09:10:13 pm
Whoa, I click on this thread hoping to see snow posts and all I see is a slanging match at 1gear.
I was not expecting that.
But now I have read the updates, I agree with Panoramix.  I can't post in French but I don't bother to read what 1gear types as it all appears to be drivel, poorly spelt drivel too  :o  :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 05, 2010, 09:11:16 pm
To a certain extent, posting something with glaring errors in it shows a lack of care and pride in what is produced. I suspect you would not go to a party with a stained shirt or shoes that didn't match. Why produce something which looks like rubbish?
We have ribbed some dyslexic posters but usually stop after a while and seldom complain about posters whose first language is not English.
Many of us write letters to newspapers and magazine articles on cycling matters. I'd like to think that some of my postings here aspire to a publishable standard.
I would take no pride in appearing inarticulate.

PS I have acted as proofreader for Arrivée, Audax UK's magazine. This is produced entirely by amateurs who work to professional standards. Howlers in magazines and books devalue the publication.
 

 ??? ??? ???
WTF?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Julian on January 05, 2010, 09:12:46 pm
Can we go back to the "It's snowing!" bit, please  :D


+1

Attention seeking little boys detract from the happy SNO thread.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 05, 2010, 09:13:07 pm
Snowing here now (at last) :)

It's a Good Thing that Waitrose made it through this evening.  We've got wood for the burner, oil for the AGA and a load of food :)

There are tiny kitty prints all round the back door...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on January 05, 2010, 09:13:36 pm
Dyslexia makes you unable to conjugate common verbs?

I did not know that.

Sorry?

HTH (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_conjugation) :)

I look at that, and i just see alot of words and non of them make much sence, nor do i have to power to sit down and really read it.
I still dont think that my writing is hard to understand. But never mind.

Will you stop calling people dear and love please? Well, actually, I'll let the other recipients of your patronising remarks speak for themselves. Please don't call me dear or love or any other term of endearment again.

Sorry darling

 ;)



Being deliberately provocative is tiresome/ not big / or clever.

In time, the penny may drop, 1gear.

Nothing personal, you understand.
 :)

Can we go back to the "It's snowing!" bit, please  :D


What are people hoping when they mention my spelling? I see that more as provocing me.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 05, 2010, 09:16:30 pm
Can we talk about snow, please? I've just got back home.

Sadly, I am too speechless with awe and cold fingered for the finely crafted prose that hellymedic would prefer to read.

Firstly; riding a bike. How the bloody hell do you do that? The folder was great because I could lower the seat and progress in quadruped style when needed but it lost points for twitchy steering and small wheels that chose their own direction of travel. I rode as far as the village (0.5miles) and pushed the rest.

Secondly; cars. Ho. Ho. Ho. They don't go well up hills on ice, do they? Met loads of drivers forced out of their natural element and experimenting with the pedestrian perversion. Not all of them were sharing the warm humour of a Blitz spirit. But most were.

Thirdly; snow. I've not seen snow like this since I was boy on the edges of the Fen. Beautiful big wet flakes of British snow. Trees and shrubs bent over. Amazing.

Finally; mistaken identity. Everyone I chatted to took me for a gritty all weather bike commuter.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on January 05, 2010, 09:16:46 pm
What are people hoping when they mention my spelling? I see that more as provocing me.

Let it go. Move on. Some people just like to give marks out of ten to others. I don't know why - perhaps it makes them feel better about themselves, who knows?

Now. Back to the SNO (Oh fuck it, I spelled it wrong).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MattH on January 05, 2010, 09:17:02 pm
Back on topic, it's snowing heavily here and I've had to go out and clear it off the sat dish LNB a couple of times.

I left work just as it was starting to snow, the ride home only had one iffy road, which is a fairly steep downhill that is a dead end so gets no traffic to clear it (the dead end bit has a short cycle path leading into it, so it is a through route for bikes). The ride home took the normal amount of time - actually a bit faster than I do it some days.

The thing I'm kicking myself about is that this morning I swapped over from using my big pannier to my saddle bag, as I didn't need to carry a change of clothes into work. Of course, that meant I couldn't bring the laptop home, so working from home tomorrow won't be easy. I can access emails and teleconf, but unless I'm on a real company laptop the security stuff won't let me access email attachments, the document database or network drives  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 05, 2010, 09:18:40 pm

Firstly; riding a bike. How the bloody hell do you do that?

Fixed wheel, big soft tyres, short cranks ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on January 05, 2010, 09:19:29 pm
Hey MattH - it sounds like the kind of conditions where you nip out for a crafty 400...? ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: her_welshness on January 05, 2010, 09:20:22 pm
Where do we draw the line if we're going to make a fuss about technical writing ability, or lack of?
I see mistakes and make a fair few myself.
I personally (35 year old misery guts) couldn't give a toss. It's nice to see things well written and sometimes much easier to understand what's being said. But as long as the idea comes across I don't worry. If I don't understand I can ask or ignore.
Are we going to have a minimum standard of education and a test before anyone can become a member of YACF?
I'd better start packing...

Yep I agree with this.

Actually Kirst, some of 1gear's writing has brought a breath of fresh air to this forum. I really hope that we don't make people feel small about what they have written.  :-[

I'll get my bonnet (In Cranford style).

(Oh and its not yet snowing in lovely Lewisham).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 05, 2010, 09:24:34 pm
SNOW!


(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/IMG_0137.jpg)

Reading - 10 minutes ago.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MattH on January 05, 2010, 09:27:25 pm
Hey MattH - it sounds like the kind of conditions where you nip out for a crafty 400...? ;)

I was thinking about digging out the MTB  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 05, 2010, 09:28:02 pm
Not falling in our corner of S London yet.  I hope it holds off till Butterfly gets home later... :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: her_welshness on January 05, 2010, 09:32:33 pm
Not falling in our corner of S London yet.  I hope it holds off till Butterfly gets home later... :-\

I hope so too Clarion - I've heard that it won't be 3a.m. until the snow starts in south Lahndahn.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Polar Bear on January 05, 2010, 09:33:42 pm
1gear,

Don't worry about your spelling etc.   Just think about your overall contribution.   You're welcome here so just enjoy yourself and treat everybody just as you'd hope to be treated yourself.    

There's nowt as queer as folk...   ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on January 05, 2010, 09:35:14 pm
^

+1

J
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 05, 2010, 09:36:48 pm
Light snow is falling in North-West London.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 05, 2010, 09:48:00 pm
The thing I'm kicking myself about is that this morning I swapped over from using my big pannier to my saddle bag, as I didn't need to carry a change of clothes into work. Of course, that meant I couldn't bring the laptop home, so working from home tomorrow won't be easy. I can access emails and teleconf, but unless I'm on a real company laptop the security stuff won't let me access email attachments, the document database or network drives  :(

Sadly, I have full access to WORK.

This means that I'll be working from home tomorrow and not having a skive like everyone else (who are less prepared for home working than me and will simply be unable to get in to the office).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Panoramix on January 05, 2010, 09:52:38 pm
1gear, actually reading my post again it is a bit harsher than intended. I really wanted to say that if you make a small effort (spell checking + rereading) you will be OK and feel good about it!

Going back to snow, I am supposed to take the train from Bristol to Scunthorpe tomorrow, any idea of the odds that I reach my destination?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 05, 2010, 09:56:11 pm
Going back to snow, I am supposed to take the train from Bristol to Scunthorpe tomorrow, any idea of the odds that I reach my destination?
I reckon that if you press on regardless, you will reach Scunthorpe eventually (though I'm baffled that you would want to), but I will not give odds for you achieving it before the end of tomorrow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 10:00:55 pm
Going back to snow, I am supposed to take the train from Bristol to Scunthorpe tomorrow, any idea of the odds that I reach my destination?
I reckon that if you press on regardless, you will reach Scunthorpe eventually (though I'm baffled that you would want to), but I will not give odds for you achieving it before the end of tomorrow.

At a guess, I'd suggest going north before you go east. I reckon all lines into Paddington & Waterloo will be inoperable tomorrow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 05, 2010, 10:03:52 pm
Going back to snow, I am supposed to take the train from Bristol to Scunthorpe tomorrow, any idea of the odds that I reach my destination?
I think you'll be OK. Be careful in Scunny though. While you are there, could you ask about the conditions on the back roads towards Thorne for us ?

It's only snow. We had 9 and half hours of it today and I got the train to work and back OK. No problem. Some East Coast Mainline trains to London were cancelled though. Down south they really shouldn't be closing main line stations
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on January 05, 2010, 10:07:27 pm
They're forecasting up to 40cm of snow in southern parts.  I reckon that's quite a lot.  It's more than I can remember ever experiencing when I lived in Scotland in the 70s-early 90s.  I was sent home from school in the 80s for much less snow than we've seen down here recently.


Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: her_welshness on January 05, 2010, 10:09:13 pm
The snow has just started falling here in SE13 land. I am getting worried as I had booked my bike in for a service tomorrow, but Lewisham has been thoroughly gritted.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 05, 2010, 10:11:13 pm
They're forecasting up to 40cm of snow in southern parts.  I reckon that's quite a lot. 


It happened once in the 14 years we lived in West Berks, in about 95 I think.  I recall similar in Leeds in 81-2 and 92 or thereabouts.  

Mrs MV recalls being snowed in at a friend's farm in Monmouthshire for 6 days in 81-2
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on January 05, 2010, 10:12:58 pm
I have loved the cold snap. I have spoken to more commuting cyclists in the last few weeks, all in the spirit of 'we're all in it together', and 'isn't it fun/aren't we mad/freezing/walking our bikes', than I have all year.

I do hope it snows here tonight. We missed out on the last dump which was forecast but didn't happen, and I'm still desperate to plonk minimac on the sledge we bought last year just as the thaw came. I brought my work laptop home tonight just in case we're snowed in.  :thumbsup:

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

EDIT - IT'S SNOWING IN SW18! WHOOP WHOOP
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Kathy on January 05, 2010, 10:13:38 pm
SNO!

We haz about an inch of it so far. I don't think we're in the area due to get the full 16" but if it keeps going at this rate all night, tomorrow might be fun.

Which will be best for the commute tomorrow? The fat-tyred MTB which slides a lot in slush, or the Pompino with cyclocross tyres and horrendous toe overlap?  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 05, 2010, 10:15:34 pm
It is more rain here in SW6.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 10:16:44 pm
Freezing hard here: ice all over the pavements with no tell-tale signs of wetness round the edges.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrij on January 05, 2010, 10:20:00 pm
Not a flake of snow to be seen here in Walford East London. 
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on January 05, 2010, 10:23:58 pm
Snowing and settling here in TW9.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Panoramix on January 05, 2010, 10:32:44 pm
Going back to snow, I am supposed to take the train from Bristol to Scunthorpe tomorrow, any idea of the odds that I reach my destination?
I think you'll be OK. Be careful in Scunny though. While you are there, could you ask about the conditions on the back roads towards Thorne for us ?

It's only snow. We had 9 and half hours of it today and I got the train to work and back OK. No problem. Some East Coast Mainline trains to London were cancelled though. Down south they really shouldn't be closing main line stations

Thanks!

No snow in sight in Bath!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: peliroja on January 05, 2010, 10:34:30 pm
Small fluttering in sw6.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Julian on January 05, 2010, 10:35:01 pm
Coming down in lumps out in W13.  :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 10:35:35 pm
Small fluttering in sw6.
Congratulations!  :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: peliroja on January 05, 2010, 10:39:37 pm
I posted with you in mind, Wow. ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 10:41:08 pm
I posted with you in mind, Wow. ;)

I swallowed that hook, line & sinker!  :-*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on January 05, 2010, 10:42:50 pm
There's 3" of snow deposited in Portsmouth, courtesy of the huge fluffy flakes earlier.  :D

On past form, that's as good as it'll ever get down here.  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: IanDG on January 05, 2010, 10:49:15 pm
1gear,

Don't worry about your spelling etc.   Just think about your overall contribution.   You're welcome here so just enjoy yourself and treat everybody just as you'd hope to be treated yourself.    

There's nowt as queer as folk...   ;)

Spelling police    :o

We'll all be banned because we're not literary geniuses/genii  ??? next.

(edit: not referring to your goodself PB, I just can't be bovvered to read thro' the whole thread to find out who)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on January 05, 2010, 10:50:59 pm
It's stopped again  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 05, 2010, 10:53:03 pm
About 5 cm here but it's stopped, and it looks well above freezing from the way it's falling off things.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 05, 2010, 10:53:35 pm
The students at the end of the street have been busy -

(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/IMG_0138.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on January 05, 2010, 10:55:58 pm

Spelling police    :o

We'll all be banned because we're not literary geniuses/genii  ??? next.

No way... I have cast the runes and looked into the used tealeaves... in May, Rogerzilla will have a rush of blood to the head and try an experimental ban on smilies...  :demon: :demon: :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: IanDG on January 05, 2010, 10:57:35 pm

Spelling police    :o

We'll all be banned because we're not literary geniuses/genii  ??? next.

No way... I have cast the runes and looked into the used tealeaves... in May, Rogerzilla will have a rush of blood to the head and try an experimental ban on smilies...  :demon: :demon: :demon:

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Clare on January 05, 2010, 10:58:35 pm
Norty Spesh , go and write "I will not pick that old scab" 100 times in teh sno.


 ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 05, 2010, 11:03:49 pm
There's 3" of snow deposited in Portsmouth, courtesy of the huge fluffy flakes earlier.  :D

On past form, that's as good as it'll ever get down here.  :(

You're so ungrateful.

This is the most snow I've seen here in 20 years.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on January 05, 2010, 11:05:20 pm
He's gonig to need to drink a lot of tea to do that, Claire  ::-)

I've got no problems with people whose grammar is poor because English isn't their first language.  Just the same as I'd be very tolerant of someone who genuinely has the sort of learning difficulties which makes seeing spelling mistakes hard for them.

In the absence of any good reason, I'm afraid that I tend to see poor spelling and punctuation as evidence that people don't give a shit.  Which is sad.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 05, 2010, 11:05:53 pm
About 5 cm here but it's stopped, and it looks well above freezing from the way it's falling off things.

0.3 here.

It's not falling off things here. I'm listening to the sound of branches snapping as I type.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Ian H on January 05, 2010, 11:12:31 pm
Met Office radar. (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/radar/index.html)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Phil on January 05, 2010, 11:13:51 pm
Finally! We have SNO in East London!

I live just round the corner from work so I probably don't get a skiving working from home day. 
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: ghostrider on January 05, 2010, 11:15:24 pm
He's gonig to need to drink a lot of tea to do that, Claire  ::-)

I've got no problems with people whose grammar is poor because English isn't their first language.  Just the same as I'd be very tolerant of someone who genuinely has the sort of learning difficulties which makes seeing spelling mistakes hard for them.

In the absence of any good reason, I'm afraid that I tend to see poor spelling and punctuation as evidence that people don't give a shit.  Which is sad.

Must have been the haste with which you posted ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on January 05, 2010, 11:15:49 pm
He's gonig to need to drink a lot of tea to do that, Claire  ::-)

I've got no problems with people whose grammar is poor because English isn't their first language.  Just the same as I'd be very tolerant of someone who genuinely has the sort of learning difficulties which makes seeing spelling mistakes hard for them.

In the absence of any good reason, I'm afraid that I tend to see poor spelling and punctuation as evidence that people don't give a shit.  Which is sad.

Two U's(Pe and Geography) and a B(photography)
You can make your mind up.
It was the exam that let me down in geography in pe, my physical side of pe was quite good.

You can make your own mind up from that. That was at AS.

You can take the piss out of that if you like aswell.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Fab Foodie on January 05, 2010, 11:16:35 pm
There's 4 to 5 inches here in Abingdon.  Though I'm wary or reporting further in case I make a grammatical or spelling error  ::-)  Was a nice thread...  :-[
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Julian on January 05, 2010, 11:20:49 pm
There's 4 to 5 inches here in Abingdon.  Though I'm wary or reporting further in case I make a grammatical or spelling error  ::-)  Was a nice thread...  :-[

(http://www.ivytodd.com/images/whistle.gif)







 :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: RichForrest on January 05, 2010, 11:33:42 pm
We're turning lorries back now that are heading down the A34, a lot of the runs are coming back due to the weather. Our Irlam depot isn't running at all today the Gateshead and Doncaster drivers are reporting 6"-10" up there.
Scottish one has managed to get down half way but it's fun all over.
I'm now waiting for the call from the other supervisor saying he won't make it in to let me go home at 6  ::-)

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 05, 2010, 11:36:55 pm
Snowing here now. Temperature about -1°C according to the thermometer I think is the most accurate.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andyoxon on January 05, 2010, 11:38:18 pm
There's 4 to 5 inches here in Abingdon.

Hi FF, a group of us walked down to the Spread earlier for a couple of pints, now about 6 in. I reckon.  HAd a good snow ball fight on the way back.  Good places to sledge tomorrow? :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Fab Foodie on January 05, 2010, 11:38:53 pm
There's 4 to 5 inches here in Abingdon.  Though I'm wary or reporting further in case I make a grammatical or spelling error  ::-)  Was a nice thread...  :-[

(http://www.ivytodd.com/images/whistle.gif)








 :demon:

Well there you go.  Your superiority proven.
Some people aren't very good at some things.  My spelling and grammar is not terribly good and my trypings even worse.
My daughter is a good artists, but has difficulties with spelling in particular, we've endured much anguish, time, cost and rows trying different things to help her, but it doesn't work, she's not lazy, she just doesn't get it and  it will work against her in the long run.  C'est la vie, we could keep flogging the dog, but there's little point.

So, unless there's a back-story here I'm not aware of, (beat me if I'm wrong), it appears as a relatively casual observer  that the spelling/grammar point has been clearly made and picking the scab again appears bullying.
I enjoy coming here, but reading through the thread reminds of the playground.  Sorry.  I found it an unpleasant sidewshow whilst I'm here for some R&R.
FF.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: RainOrShine on January 05, 2010, 11:42:52 pm
Having chipped in back on page 41 about Wiltshire's "extreme warning", I am disappointed to report less than 1 cm so far this evening.  Actually, disappointed does not even come close.  I may even have to go to work tomorrow! :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Fab Foodie on January 05, 2010, 11:46:36 pm
There's 4 to 5 inches here in Abingdon.

Hi FF, a group of us walked down to the Spread earlier for a couple of pints, now about 6 in. I reckon.  HAd a good snow ball fight on the way back.  Good places to sledge tomorrow? :)

Sounds great (though am on the wagon for 3 months... and obviously irritable  ::-)).  Sledging you say?  There's a cracking hill over Sunningwell way, halfway through the village close to the pond going up towards Boars Hill.  If you can get there (it's of course walkable) that might prove exciting!  Otherwise there's a small slope or two in Tilsley Park.

Enjoy!  I have to struggle into work, we've a deadline to get products to Munich by Monday, but I'm not expecting the dry-ice to arrive from Heathrow or DHL to collect or planes to be flying, but I'm making the products regardless!  God loves a trier (or is that tryer)!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 05, 2010, 11:47:32 pm
Snowing steadily here now.  No sign of Butterfly yet :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 05, 2010, 11:50:03 pm
Brent Borderlands have about 4cm snow. Buses are still running. 2010/1/5  23.45
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 05, 2010, 11:50:58 pm
I'd better look out the window - it wasn't snowing 30 mins ago.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 05, 2010, 11:52:15 pm
Massive flakes in SW6 if the weather man keep this up I think there will be some working from home tomorrow going on here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 05, 2010, 11:53:10 pm
<spellcheck off>

WTF is up with this thread tonight?  Let's ditch the slanging matches and go back to being excellent to one another.


As for SNO! I'm amazed, we've had half an inch in the last hour or so.  Still falling.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Panoramix on January 06, 2010, 12:00:34 am
He's gonig to need to drink a lot of tea to do that, Claire  ::-)

I've got no problems with people whose grammar is poor because English isn't their first language.  Just the same as I'd be very tolerant of someone who genuinely has the sort of learning difficulties which makes seeing spelling mistakes hard for them.

In the absence of any good reason, I'm afraid that I tend to see poor spelling and punctuation as evidence that people don't give a shit.  Which is sad.

btw I don't mind being corrected... especially when I keep doing the same one again and again!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 06, 2010, 12:02:23 am
This snow reminds me off ...


      YouTube
            - The Fatal Glass of Beer 1
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgpHfQpYxl4&feature=related)

"... and it ain't a fit night out, for man nor beast!" W. C. Fields.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 06, 2010, 12:04:46 am
It seems to have stopped here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 06, 2010, 12:33:17 am
We've got nearly an inch now!


Should I go out for a walk now, or will it still be there in the morning?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 06, 2010, 12:40:17 am
Butterfly's home! :D

And the snow is steady.  We'll see how it is in the morning.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on January 06, 2010, 01:44:51 am
It's dumping hugely here now.

It looks like it's set in for most of the night and tomorrow, and then thursday and friday are going to be sunny.  I'm off work on rest days and it is going to be GLORIOUS!!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 06, 2010, 01:46:39 am
<gets out of bed and walks downstairs>
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 06, 2010, 01:56:49 am
Nope.  Had a good look.  It seems to have stopped after an inch.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 06, 2010, 02:12:01 am
I doubt if the snow will remain here long. Temperature at the end of the garden 0.7°C at 0200. Approx 5cm white stuff here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Kim on January 06, 2010, 02:30:21 am
Actual proper snow for a change in Brum.

The students have build a snow penis on top of the Ka parked outside.  (I tried to take a photo for the CDC thread, but the camera just wasn't up to it.)

We're walking up the hill to the hospital tomorrow for Natalya to have her stitches out.  Hopefully it won't have had time to turn the pavement to icy death before then.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tourist Tony on January 06, 2010, 03:14:39 am
about five inches here. Still snowing
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: gordon taylor on January 06, 2010, 05:54:34 am
Gordy has snow.
About 1cm overnight.
I want my money back.

Grumpy........
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: kevinp on January 06, 2010, 06:57:20 am
5 - 6 inches here in Tetbury, no work today  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: kevinp on January 06, 2010, 06:57:42 am
5 - 6 inches here in Tetbury, no work today  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 06, 2010, 07:01:25 am
About 3 inches here so far and forecast to continue all day.  Local roads not ploughed or salted, since we are about 2 miles outside Swindon and they don't generally get to us.  I shall be staying at home.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 06, 2010, 07:21:07 am
First day of term for my two today.

Youngest starts in the morning and we'll walk as (a) it's only 0.5 miles and on foot is the only way to leave the house.

Eldest returns this evening and I'm not too sure if we;re even going to try even after a day's melting, gritting and ploughing - the M-way is closed nr the school so the minor roads leading to it are unlikely to be passable.

However, had texts from both schools saying they are fully open.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 06, 2010, 07:31:01 am
We've had about 4", maybe more. Up the road from Tetbury.  ;D

Daughter's school finally relented and decided it was closed. Son walked 5 miles home from school yesterday.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: perpetual dan on January 06, 2010, 07:45:50 am
I've not been out yet, but there's enough snow to close school and nursery. I've got enough work brought home that my only problem will be finding time to do it. However, there is some path clearing and snowman making to do first. I wonder whether the grit bins got refilled yet, they were empty before the snow melted last time.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on January 06, 2010, 07:53:32 am
1gear,

Don't worry about your spelling etc.   Just think about your overall contribution.   You're welcome here so just enjoy yourself and treat everybody just as you'd hope to be treated yourself.    

There's nowt as queer as folk...
  ;)


Don't start with the poof jokes..... >:(






 ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: matthew on January 06, 2010, 07:54:27 am
I bet we'll be snow free here in Oxon...    :thumbsup:

If you win this I shall be annoyed. I am just cancelling a training course to run in Oxford tomorrow and Thursday because the forecast for Oxfordshire is 15-30cm with localised accumulations of >40cm and the people are travelling from Bristol, Exeter, Reading and Brighton.

Vindicated, they closed the office we were going to use for the venue!!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on January 06, 2010, 07:55:27 am
No SNO here.... :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andyoxon on January 06, 2010, 07:58:44 am
6" in Abingdon, both the minis schools are closed, and we're not able to get into work.  Snowmen and possibly sledge here we come.

8.20 Just started snowing again...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 06, 2010, 08:03:32 am
12.5 cm in our yard and still (gently) falling  !

It looks as if it went a bit further West than was forecast.

The dilemma now is MTB or run, run or MTB...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on January 06, 2010, 08:13:36 am
Meh.

A couple of scant centimeters in W13 and all the roads are clear.  The council even gritted the local ones last night.

So rather than get the MTB covered in nasty, I've left that in the SEEKRIT BUNKER with the rest of the zombie kit and ridden in as per usual on the fixietank.  Better lights on that, y'see.

The thing that's surprising me is just how quiet the roads are.  Maybe the kids haven't all gone back to school yet, but riding in at 0730, there was so little traffic - even as compared to Monday.

I reckon everyone's decided to work from home regardless.  The office is certainly much emptier than usual.

*wanders off in search of tea*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 06, 2010, 08:16:31 am
another inch or two last night
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on January 06, 2010, 08:18:12 am
We have had an overnight fall or about 20mm
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Russell on January 06, 2010, 08:19:39 am
6-8" here and light snow falling. Will 'work from home' today.  Local schools closed so Mrs R at home as well.

There is nothing moving in our road and based on past snowy episodes the council will grit our road in about a weeks time!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Fab Foodie on January 06, 2010, 08:20:39 am
6" in Abingdon, both the minis schools are closed, and we're not able to get into work.  Snowmen and possibly sledge here we come.

Isn't it beautiful?
The road is clearish, but the kids are off.  We could take the car to work, but we're gonna don boots, grab a camera and walk to work.  Have a great day!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 06, 2010, 08:21:32 am
At most an inch in Croydon.  Out the front the road and footway has a good layer, but looking at the back garden, it's barely settled, so there's not much.  The temperature is around zero according to the London airport reports, and I suspect, on limited experience, that the snow will get less the nearer to the centre I go, so I'm inclined to cycle into work.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MattH on January 06, 2010, 08:21:43 am
About 7 inches here, but it is stll snowing. All the schools are closed, I'll be staying home (but may try to nip into the office on my MTB later).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: liam_whippet on January 06, 2010, 08:30:33 am


No snow in sight in Bath!




btw I don't mind being corrected...

 ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mike on January 06, 2010, 08:36:48 am
about 2mm here near cambridge but more forecast for today. Boo - we need several feet to get me out of tomorrows horrid meeting.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andrewc on January 06, 2010, 08:40:39 am
No snow overnight in Liverpool , but the roads and pavements are treacherous and all buses have been cancelled.

My usual 35 minute walk into the office took a bit longer than normal. At some times I was wishing I'd dug my trekking poles out.

Lots of people phoning in and saying they can't make it to work.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on January 06, 2010, 08:41:38 am
Driving back from Heathrow via Tooting last night, all the main roads after the A4 were clear - the South Circular ws completely clear, as was the road through Mitcham. The snow was only really laying on the road once I started up the hill in Carshalton. There has been very little extra snow here since I got back, so I should expect it to be perfectly rideable once I get down the hill. But my boss said stay at home this morning, so I did :smug:. I might go in later :), I want to have a ride.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 06, 2010, 08:44:55 am
The roads are in a right old mess here at least early on they were. Over night show has not melted and just been churned up by the light traffic. Saw two cyclists as I walked to the station, another in Leeds near my office. He was force to ride in the middle of the road on the least messed up part. Not for me.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 06, 2010, 08:48:28 am
No snow here. Temperature 0°C in garden, and I can hear a constant "drip drip drip" from various places.

The forecast is for us to get some today and since I'm supposed to be driving out at lunchtime, I might postpone that appointment.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 06, 2010, 08:49:25 am
Strictly Meh! in E17 this morning; about 2 cm in Harlot with more coming down all the time.  Most thing at work can be done from home, but someone has to do physical Stuffs with tapes of a morning.  This cannot be done until the day-end processing has completed.  Which it hasn't, because some cockwomble doesn't know the difference between an ISBN and a sack of porcupine poo.  I may be investigating the Travelodge over the road if this carries on.  Pants.  Big pants.  Big arsey pants >:(

P.S. MSeries, this is all your fault.  Every time we're supposed to meet up for a wintertime BEER there is SNO.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on January 06, 2010, 08:50:29 am
No snow here. Temperature 0°C in garden, and I can hear a constant "drip drip drip" from various places.
A mile away we've had ~2cm sometime in the night.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 06, 2010, 08:55:25 am
At most an inch in Croydon.  Out the front the road and footway has a good layer, but looking at the back garden, it's barely settled, so there's not much.  The temperature is around zero according to the London airport reports, and I suspect, on limited experience, that the snow will get less the nearer to the centre I go, so I'm inclined to cycle into work.

Shoulda made that decision.  Instead, I togged up so I could go stand on a station platform for an hour while occasional automated announcement told me lies about when the trains would come. ::-)

Changed, drinking coffee, getting ready to ride in.  Might take more than my usual hour... :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: toekneep on January 06, 2010, 08:56:53 am
No more snow up in Lancashire but travel is not good. Just got home after an abortive attempt to travel to Mid Wales by train. Got as far as Preston where cancellations and late trains were the order of the day. Looks like another day of working from home - bored now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: bikenerd on January 06, 2010, 08:59:01 am
Loads of snow overnight just south of Oxford and it's snowing again this morning.

Probably more than 6 inches.  Possibly the most I've ever seen!  Until last night we hadn't had any in the current cold snap, either.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andrewc on January 06, 2010, 09:00:27 am
Just seen an email from a colleague who claims he had to spend the night in Bolton telephone exchange!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on January 06, 2010, 09:01:28 am
-10c this morning. Trees are all frosty, and now it's snowing again. Looks nice, as long as you don't have to get somewhere.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Thor on January 06, 2010, 09:02:00 am
Plenty of snow here in Herts.  I drove in to the station and encountered rather slippery roads.  The train service is reduced to "emergency"  ::-) and it has started to slow quite heavily again.  So I decided to return home rather than face the horror of becoming stranded at work in London.  Where were the gritters?!  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andyoxon on January 06, 2010, 09:05:46 am
6" in Abingdon, both the minis schools are closed, and we're not able to get into work.  Snowmen and possibly sledge here we come.

Isn't it beautiful?
The road is clearish, but the kids are off.  We could take the car to work, but we're gonna don boots, grab a camera and walk to work.  Have a great day!

The minis are now arguing about not 'messing' up the snow on the front lawn.  ::-) ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 06, 2010, 09:06:35 am
Someone in the car park has just understeered into the hedge.  Deep joy.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on January 06, 2010, 09:06:53 am
Light snow falling in Southend, with the possible exception of the, mysterious, area around wowbagger's gaff. Large bodies generating their own electro magnetic field probably and causing localised weather phenomena.  ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 06, 2010, 09:13:53 am
It's just started snowing here. As Del says, it's light snow. He's half a mile or so to the NW of me, so of course it arrives with him first.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulR on January 06, 2010, 09:22:24 am
Easy ride into central London today -   bit of sno on the local roads for the first couple of minutes but then delightfully clear, very light traffic and only a couple of motorised muppets trying to kill cyclists.  I yelled "do a skid" at a fixenger who was coming out of a side road and riding on the pavement past SE23's very finest restaurant, the Babur Brasserie, the home of the monster meat thali.  He grinned.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on January 06, 2010, 09:26:40 am
An hour to do ten miles, crikey.  Much of the main road just compacted snow, lorries parked up rather than take the swoopy bits, all very exciting.  Four inches at home!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: GruB on January 06, 2010, 09:45:21 am
After a dreadful nights sleep due to my shoulder, I am taking the opportunity to work from home and rest / recuperate.  Maybe tomorrow I will venture out in all this white stuff.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: groucho on January 06, 2010, 09:48:05 am
4-5" in Penarth. Mrs g phoned her headteacher and was told her school was open. I drove her the 4 miles on untreated roads (great fun) giving a snow driving lesson. When we arrived the head decided the school was closed!  ::-)

Drove back home.

Walked in to the office passing a lollipop lady waiting let children across the road. She told me the local school was open cos it was not mentioned on the BBC Wales website, as closed. She had not used her lollipop stick at all to guide kids across the road.

The freeze tonight should be interesting.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 06, 2010, 09:52:47 am
Up to about 5" now and still coming down.  I have dug around the house three times since 8am.  The road will have to wait until it stops tonight.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: groucho on January 06, 2010, 09:54:47 am
Wow! just spotted the first gritting lorry of the season in full operation, not just driving along flashing its lights.
Shame the main road is pretty much clear of snow.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Paul D on January 06, 2010, 09:57:13 am
Well, aren't you all lucky. :P Here's what happened in Dorset:

Tues 1300 - heavy rain for 20 minutes. Temp up to about +5°C. All ice melted.

1600-1700 - rode home in the wet. Overheated it was so warm and I had all my snow clobber on.

Tues 2000 - no snow. Met Office website changed to 0300 Wed. BBC forecast is hampshire/wiltshire/devon all under 4ft but nothing for Dorset.

Wed 0600 - Still nothing. In fact, it was the first morning in 3 weeks the ice in our estate has thawed enough to ride the roads.

Wed 0830 - arrive at work after a damp ride in, probably the warmest of the week so far, no ice anywhere and definately no snow.


The Scilly isles has snow for pete's sake, but not costa del Weymouth. There's just not enough angry smilies in the world. >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mike on January 06, 2010, 09:58:47 am
Lots of schools closed in Delhi, apparently...

The temp has dropped to 7 degrees and everyone is complaining :)  (thats +7, not -7)

Not many buildings have heating, I guess.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 06, 2010, 10:12:20 am
Snowing again here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on January 06, 2010, 10:12:53 am
It's started again here in the foothills :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 06, 2010, 11:04:15 am
Every school in the borough has been closed. Snow is just starting to come down again.
Postman has already been, for how it is out there, I'm impressed.
Nice one postie, for getting my Red Cross food parcel through.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 06, 2010, 11:07:00 am
There's a white blanket about 7cm deep on my lawn. Snow continues to fall but the road outside is all but clear, if slushy.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on January 06, 2010, 11:07:49 am
about 2mm here near cambridge but more forecast for today. Boo - we need several feet to get me out of tomorrows horrid meeting.

I have a meeting in London tomorrow that I want to avoid.  I'm hoping we get enough snow to legitimately allow me to cancel it...  :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 06, 2010, 11:47:01 am
<looks out of window>

The only snow that was on the lawn has now melted.


I WANTZ SNO!!!!  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 06, 2010, 11:51:11 am
<looks out of window>

The only snow that was on the lawn has now melted.


I WANTZ SNO!!!!

Just the seven? Huh, you can't want it that much then.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 06, 2010, 11:57:16 am
I wantz it lotz.   But I'm rationing you :demon:  You know you can't have too many at a time.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 06, 2010, 12:00:31 pm

Neil Diamond: You don't bring me  >:(  anymore.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jules on January 06, 2010, 12:12:15 pm
It's snowing in Twickenham. We now have 2mm of snow on the pavement (none on the road as it's gritted about 10 times a day)

Just waiting for the call from the schools to say they are closing due to adverse weather :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on January 06, 2010, 12:20:47 pm
I want either masses of snow so I can bank up the fire and finish off the mince pies after sledging; or for it to stop and warm up so I can ride my bike again. An inch of snow on sheets of ice is just RUBBISH.
Oooo as I type the flakes are getting bigger. Maybe masses is falling now :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 06, 2010, 12:24:36 pm
Quote from: Forger's Gazette Headline
It's Snow Chaos!  And They Still Claim It's Global Warming

In the face of such a deep & rounded understanding of the scientific evidence, what can you do that doesn't involve a shovel-based cognitive process realignment?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 06, 2010, 12:25:29 pm
I want either masses of snow so I can bank up the fire and finish off the mince pies after sledging;

You've just reminded me - we can do fried Christmas pudding after our sledging!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Kathy on January 06, 2010, 12:42:31 pm
We saw three snowploughs on our way to work this morning! All ploughing.  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on January 06, 2010, 12:44:58 pm
It's finally started snowing in Cambridge... and very pretty it is too.  I shall look forward to my cycle home later.  :thumbsup:

The Powers That Be have started discussing closing the building... so my fun may come a bit earlier...  :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 06, 2010, 12:45:38 pm
If you want to see what's coming, use the raintoday.co.uk radar - it's ace.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Clare on January 06, 2010, 12:46:12 pm
Quote from: Forger's Gazette Headline
It's Snow Chaos!  And They Still Claim It's Global Warming

In the face of such a deep & rounded understanding of the scientific evidence, what can you do that doesn't involve a shovel-based cognitive process realignment?

Point and laugh?

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 06, 2010, 12:55:11 pm
Both schools decided to shut until Sunday so we have collected sprogs and, once dry, will make igloos.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 06, 2010, 01:08:53 pm
If you want to see what's coming, use the raintoday.co.uk radar - it's ace.

According to that it has snowed over Southend for the last hour.

Looking out of the window it hasn't snowed at all since 10:0
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 06, 2010, 01:10:09 pm
Snow?  Perfect conditions for promoting cycling (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2010/jan/06/tips-cycling-in-snow) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: DuncanM on January 06, 2010, 01:14:19 pm
It stopped snowing here (just east of Oxford) about an hour ago.  I stuck a tape measure in the snow outside the back door - only 6 inches. :(
That weather radar tool implies it should be snowing here right now.  The forecast was saying snow showers all day, so I guess we'll see if any more falls... 
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on January 06, 2010, 01:16:40 pm
12.5 cm in our yard and still (gently) falling  !

It looks as if it went a bit further West than was forecast.

The dilemma now is MTB or run, run or MTB...

Same flumpy mega-dump here!  I'll get the mountainbike out a bit later but for now..

SKIING!!!


I've never seen shin-deep champagne powder in the Wye Valley before :^)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Fab Foodie on January 06, 2010, 01:27:39 pm
An hour to do ten miles, crikey.  Much of the main road just compacted snow, lorries parked up rather than take the swoopy bits, all very exciting.  Four inches at home!

A377?  Deep joy, nearly met my maker there many times driving one of my Dad's numerous vans to and from the Duke of York (in them days was an OK place, now it's tumbleweed central by the looks).  Still, you've some great hills to slide down <envy mode>  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 06, 2010, 01:31:37 pm
We have lotsa snow here in Reading. About 15cm overnight (10 cm by 9pm), & light snow continuing ever since. I shovelled it off the garden path & a bit of pavement 90 minutes ago, & there's now a thin covering on the cleared bits. The A4 is clear (snow ploughed & gritted), but side roads aren't.

I'm putting some more pics in the gallery. Here's one to be going on with . ..
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/IMG_0141.jpg)

Mrs B's school is closed to day pupils today, but as they have some boarders, they want staff to come in if possible. It's 35 miles away, & the last bit is on country roads. Mrs B has been told by a colleague who was given a lift to work in a 4WD that they had to tow out a car (another colleague) stuck in the snow on the road leading to the school. Probably wisest not to try, eh?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 06, 2010, 01:34:09 pm
12.5 cm in our yard and still (gently) falling  !

Heh.

That was optimistic :)

Having just been out in it, it's about 20 cm.  Quite impressive...

I ploughed up into the woods on the MTB - following tractor tracks for most of the first part and then up into virgin snow.  It was really hard work on even quite modest climbs, and I  had two disc wheels made out of snow after a while.  Then the brakes froze up.

I had to walk some steeper bits, and got lost on some forestry tracks I run/ride nearly every day in the summer.

There's not much motorised traffic about, and some tyre tracks suddenly veering into the hedge in places...our lane is not drivable, and the drive has had nothing down it so we can't get our cars out if we wanted to.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: DuncanM on January 06, 2010, 01:42:20 pm
It's started snowing here again now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on January 06, 2010, 01:44:06 pm
The office car park an hour or so ago when I went out to get some lunch:

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/vicechair/IMGP0812.jpg)

Snowing heavily now in South Ruislip  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 06, 2010, 01:55:58 pm
1metre of snow, some talk of about maybe closing the airport but didn't, just yesterday. Today still at school and at work etc in Denmark just as normal.

The little dusting we had here in London and two of the schools I should be at today and tomorrow are closed, tch  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: DuncanM on January 06, 2010, 01:57:51 pm
The question is, is it worth making any effort to get the path/road/back garden cleared of snow?  They are forecasting that it'll freeze (-5) overight, and all day tomorrow, and then snow shower until Sunday (when it will snow properly again).
Clearing snow migh just make it all more icy.  On the other hand, the only sensible reason for going outside now is to clear snow, and I'm bored.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on January 06, 2010, 02:04:38 pm
One of the nearby offices are in the process of making a rather impressive snowman complete with top hat and cigar.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 06, 2010, 02:06:16 pm
The question is, is it worth making any effort to get the path/road/back garden cleared of snow?  They are forecasting that it'll freeze (-5) overight, and all day tomorrow, and then snow shower until Sunday (when it will snow properly again).
Clearing snow migh just make it all more icy.  On the other hand, the only sensible reason for going outside now is to clear snow, and I'm bored.

I've cleared ours, have weighed the dilemma as you did.

I reckon that if you leave it then where you've walked on it will compact and freeze hard to icyness anyway, and persist longer than if you clear it and it freezes.

But I agree, not a clear call.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 06, 2010, 02:08:29 pm
The question is, is it worth making any effort to get the path/road/back garden cleared of snow?  They are forecasting that it'll freeze (-5) overight, and all day tomorrow, and then snow shower until Sunday (when it will snow properly again).
Clearing snow migh just make it all more icy.  On the other hand, the only sensible reason for going outside now is to clear snow, and I'm bored.

I never clear the snow.  I like to go out walking in the evening and over the years have found that wearing proper shoes gives traction on everything other than the sheet ice where householders have cleared the pavement outside their propertie and it has re-frozen.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 06, 2010, 02:12:54 pm
I cleared my paths twice in the last few weeks in the hope that the sun would melt remaining snow and ice and dry the path up. It didn't and we were left with footprint shaped patches of ice until it snowed yesterday.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: DuncanM on January 06, 2010, 02:20:37 pm
Maybe the answer is to take some old shoes and do what nutty did with his ice tyres.  Then, who cares whether it's icy or not? :)  Shame I don't have any waterproof socks. :( 
If I decide on this tactic, I must not walk around the house.  Or try to drive the car.  Maybe it's not such a good idea after all! :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 06, 2010, 02:22:55 pm
hob nail boots ?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Dinamo on January 06, 2010, 02:24:07 pm
Just been given the night off, with full pay  ;D.
Company says roads are too dangerous  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: DuncanM on January 06, 2010, 02:26:12 pm
hob nail boots ?
Exactly.  Except I don't have any.  So my idea is DIY hobnails. :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Frenchie on January 06, 2010, 02:27:28 pm
The little dusting we had here in London and two of the schools I should be at today and tomorrow are closed, tch  ::-)

Local schools closed when... there is absolutely no problem commuting today around this part of Nottinghamshire!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tim on January 06, 2010, 02:29:50 pm
A couple of people from the department have been out and made a snowman. Looks like good snow for it judging by the rate at which it came together.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on January 06, 2010, 02:32:24 pm
Schools are being closed because staff can't make it in.  In a lot of schools the staff travel from outside the catchment area, so whilst kids can get there teachers can't.

There used to be an arrangement where teachers would go to their nearest local school of the age range they were qualified for if they couldn't get to their own school.  This has had to be stopped due to teh requirement for every teacher to be CRB checked by every school...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 06, 2010, 02:35:35 pm
It's mainly because these days a lot of kids are bussed in and out, and the bus companies can't/won't guarantee the service if it snows.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Frenchie on January 06, 2010, 02:37:26 pm
Great!  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 06, 2010, 02:37:36 pm
Schools are being closed because staff can't make it in.  In a lot of schools the staff travel from outside the catchment area, so whilst kids can get there teachers can't.

There used to be an arrangement where teachers would go to their nearest local school of the age range they were qualified for if they couldn't get to their own school.  This has had to be stopped due to teh requirement for every teacher to be CRB checked by every school...


That arrangement never existed whilst I was teaching - at least, certainly not in the schools I was teaching in.

There was, however, a comparable arrangement for civil servants who couldn't get to work. They were expected to report to their nearest CS office.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 06, 2010, 02:38:48 pm
The school run (on foot all the way, of course):

(http://1point8.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341e8d4453ef0120a7ac9e32970b-pi)

School was open with hot choc & coffee for brave parents & children. But, with only 20 pupils, called to say we could take them home if we wanted - once they'd finished snowball fights, snowmen competitions and igloos.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Fab Foodie on January 06, 2010, 02:41:03 pm
The second wave seems to have started in Abingdon, good fallings here...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 06, 2010, 02:45:05 pm
Snow's been reasonably persistent, if light, and is now settling...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 06, 2010, 02:48:52 pm
It's finally snowing moderately in Southend.  Has been for the last 20 minutes.

Not settling though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on January 06, 2010, 02:49:24 pm
Our snow stopped about an hour ago but it had settled.  We now have clear blue skies again.


Please can we have some more snow?  I really want to get out of tomorrow's meeting...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: anth on January 06, 2010, 03:07:42 pm
Could people down south send some of their snow up here? It's just we've not had very much.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/4247746916_5aa8392ac5.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 06, 2010, 03:18:20 pm
It's mainly because these days a lot of kids are bussed in and out, and the bus companies can't/won't guarantee the service if it snows.

Whilst that might be true in rural areas, here in Londonton, kids seldom travel more than two miles to the local State primary school and could make the journey on foot if there were the will. Staff live miles out, sometimes due to major differences in local property prices and have long commutes which aren't possible in deep SNO. S the schools close, often keeping parents off work.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 06, 2010, 03:26:57 pm
It was quite thick here and it is till going.

But I can still see the grass so not thick enough yet.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 06, 2010, 03:29:07 pm
...There was, however, a comparable arrangement for civil servants who couldn't get to work. They were expected to report to their nearest CS office.

When I was a civil servant, out department discontinued this arrangement since it was fairly pointless in most cases.  Most of the staff were specialised, and would have been of little use to other civil service departments.

Having said that, for most of my career there, I was less than a ten minute walk from work, so it was never an issue.


It was snowing moderately here in South Ken, but it's thinning out a bit now.  Assuming it stops, I'll probably wait until the traffic clears the small amount off of the roads, and then cycle home.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 06, 2010, 03:32:02 pm
...There was, however, a comparable arrangement for civil servants who couldn't get to work. They were expected to report to their nearest CS office.

When I was a civil servant, out department discontinued this arrangement since it was fairly pointless in most cases.  Most of the staff were specialised, and would have been of little use to other civil service departments.

Having said that, for most of my career there, I was less than a ten minute walk from work, so it was never an issue.


It was snowing moderately here in South Ken, but it's thinning out a bit now.  Assuming it stops, I'll probably wait until the traffic clears the small amount off of the roads, and then cycle home.

One of my former employers had the same arrangement.  I was highly specialised and thus no use at all in the offices nearest my house.

I looked forwards to a day that I could fail to go into one of those offices (no security clearance) then just sit there unable to work  ;D    It never happened though :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on January 06, 2010, 03:35:12 pm
Schools are being closed because staff can't make it in.  In a lot of schools the staff travel from outside the catchment area, so whilst kids can get there teachers can't.

There used to be an arrangement where teachers would go to their nearest local school of the age range they were qualified for if they couldn't get to their own school.  This has had to be stopped due to teh requirement for every teacher to be CRB checked by every school...


That arrangement never existed whilst I was teaching - at least, certainly not in the schools I was teaching in.

There was, however, a comparable arrangement for civil servants who couldn't get to work. They were expected to report to their nearest CS office.


It certainly existed in Essex when my parents were teaching (my mother mentioned it this morning) - but I can't actually ever recall it being needed...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jules on January 06, 2010, 03:37:35 pm
It's mainly because these days a lot of kids are bussed in and out, and the bus companies can't/won't guarantee the service if it snows.

Whilst that might be true in rural areas, here in Londonton, kids seldom travel more than two miles to the local State primary school and could make the journey on foot if there were the will. Staff live miles out, sometimes due to major differences in local property prices and have long commutes which aren't possible in deep SNO. S the schools close, often keeping parents off work.

+1

My youngest's infant school has a catchment area that stretches about 350 metres from the door. None of the staff can afford to live anywhere near it
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 06, 2010, 03:46:26 pm
My (current) experience of schools is that they are open unless too few pupils turn up to make it worth it - and even then, they don't turn anyone away.

Children come from all over and it would look rather bad if a member of staff didn't turn up but a pupil from the same area did.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rafletcher on January 06, 2010, 04:00:53 pm
It's mainly because these days a lot of kids are bussed in and out, and the bus companies can't/won't guarantee the service if it snows.

Whilst that might be true in rural areas, here in Londonton, kids seldom travel more than two miles to the local State primary school and could make the journey on foot if there were the will. Staff live miles out, sometimes due to major differences in local property prices and have long commutes which aren't possible in deep SNO. S the schools close, often keeping parents off work.

Also, once upon a time, if you were a teacher and couldn't get to your own school, you went to the nearest to help out. Now however, your CRB check is only valid for specific age groups at specifis schools...so you stay home and schools shut.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: IanDG on January 06, 2010, 04:03:37 pm
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2758/4198445549_e4f9b10e7f.jpg)

Been like this since December 20th - unusual for this place as due to the proximity of the sea we usally don't get much snow.

Starting to get fed up with it all now, cancelled ferries resulting in depleted shelves of food in the super markets and people stuck on the mainland (or here) not able to get home, closed airports requiring helicopter deliveries of emergency blood stocks for transfusion............................

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: GruB on January 06, 2010, 04:16:43 pm
Good job I avoided the canal today.  Would have been well tricky in places to know where the path ended and the water started, until it was too late that is.

(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e81/GruuB/P1040467.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 06, 2010, 04:31:26 pm
Reported on the Beeb that by lunchtime today Reading had had 27cm of snow. As it's not stopped snowing at all today, one should add a bit more to that, but only a little, because the snow's been pretty light.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 06, 2010, 04:34:43 pm
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2758/4198445549_e4f9b10e7f.jpg)

Been like this since December 20th

Don't worry windy, it will get light again in a few weeks.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 06, 2010, 04:36:33 pm
Don't confuse windy with alien concepts like 'light'.  He probably can't remember such a thing since he left the tropical paradise they call Staffordshire ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 06, 2010, 04:38:47 pm
it's still determinedly daylight here  - what a change in just a couple of weeks - but already -2.

They're forecasting -10, and combined with 7-8 inches of snow that could make tomorrow very interesting...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: IanDG on January 06, 2010, 05:20:01 pm
Jaded -  ;D doh!!! I meant the snow not the darkness, though mid-day at mid winter is often darker than mid-night at mid summer, this year we have had some glorious sunny days, but the sun's so low it hasn't melted the white stuff

Clarion -  ;D I could be bathing in the River Sow at this moment
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 06, 2010, 05:31:21 pm
I'm really glad I didn't postpone tonight's session.

Set off from home at about 2.45 in light snow, which stopped before I reached the school (3 miles or so). A few snowballs being chucked by big kids whose school finishes at 3.

Part way through my session, the snow really came down hard, probably for about half an hour. My group was depleted in number and diminished throughout the hour as parents came for their little darlings. The school secretary came along and suggested that I finish early so that kids could be collected promptly, so I cut short by 15 minutes. Then I was expected to hang around for those parents who came at the normal time! >:( They could have had 15 minutes' extra chess.

The best bit was the journey home. Probably just over an inch had settled and my journey was along the gridlocked A13, so I just blazed down the middle between the opposing lanes of traffic. Very good indeed! I actually got home a few minutes earlier than I would normally have done.

I can hear the thrumming engines of queuing traffic just outside our window.

The snow seems to have stopped, but it's certainly more than doubled most people's journey time.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 06, 2010, 05:47:32 pm
Good job I avoided the canal today.  Would have been well tricky in places to know where the path ended and the water started, until it was too late that is.

(http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e81/GruuB/P1040467.jpg)

You're a great copper.  :thumbsup:

But you're a shite cropper.  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 06, 2010, 06:11:24 pm
Aye. The Copper could'a croppered the crapper.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Frenchie on January 06, 2010, 06:32:17 pm
It's mainly because these days a lot of kids are bussed in and out, and the bus companies can't/won't guarantee the service if it snows.

Whilst that might be true in rural areas, here in Londonton, kids seldom travel more than two miles to the local State primary school and could make the journey on foot if there were the will. Staff live miles out, sometimes due to major differences in local property prices and have long commutes which aren't possible in deep SNO. S the schools close, often keeping parents off work.

Also, once upon a time, if you were a teacher and couldn't get to your own school, you went to the nearest to help out. Now however, your CRB check is only valid for specific age groups at specifis schools...so you stay home and schools shut.

Crazy; in particular when, as was the case here today, the weather was not severe in most of the town and local region (the region closed 200 schools). Fortunately Baby G's place was open!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: her_welshness on January 06, 2010, 06:41:45 pm
We closed the library at 3.30pm just to try and give staff the chance to get home early. After picking up my bike from its service, the roads appeared OK at first until just before New Cross it was absolute gridlock. So I got off the bike and walked. At New Cross itself there were three buses that had broken down and further down the road at the bus stop there was a lot of people waiting so I basically told them to walk as it would be a long time for them to wait, which I got thanked for :thumbsup: At Deptford traffic was at a standstill so I walked the rest of the way home. It took me 2 hours to get back and am worried how long its going to take my husband to get home as he does not finish work until 7.  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 06, 2010, 07:43:15 pm
He'll probably be no longer than usual.  I think the worst of the gridlock are the panic commuters rushing home early.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 06, 2010, 07:46:31 pm
The Journal Of Captain M. Zoidburg. Bsc. Ssc.

6th of January, day 17.

The winter storm has raged for almost two weeks now, making any headway proved futile and the expedition was forced to make camp just to survive this seemingly endless blizzard. Three days have passed since we were forced to eat the last of the huskies. Hope is beggining to fade among the men and thoughts have began to turn to the unthinkable, they have not spoken of it aloud but it is there for all to see in the empty gaze of homesick eyes. For now I have managed to bolster their spirits with thoughts of empire and family but it will be only a matter of days before the only choice remaining will be to eat the flesh of those who have perished or god forbid - the last remaining pot-noodle.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 06, 2010, 08:16:30 pm
Schools are being closed because staff can't make it in.  In a lot of schools the staff travel from outside the catchment area, so whilst kids can get there teachers can't.

There used to be an arrangement where teachers would go to their nearest local school of the age range they were qualified for if they couldn't get to their own school.  This has had to be stopped due to teh requirement for every teacher to be CRB checked by every school...

There was a similar arrangement in the NHS - staff who couldn't get to their own workplace were expected to go the nearest NHS facility and work there. I don't know if staff can still do that since the introduction of trusts as individual employers.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 06, 2010, 08:17:03 pm
Our village was on Points West (regional news magazine) for the sledging.  The slope (Rodway Hill) is now so polished that we only managed five runs tonight - it's almost impossible to walk up.  zOMG it's fast coming down though, and after all that practice in February we have the directional control sorted out to the extent that we managed to avoid both the suicidal Chihuahua and the strategically placed tree.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 06, 2010, 08:27:27 pm
Extract of the 5-day forecast, Southend-on-Sea:-

(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6910-2/Snapshot+2010-01-06+20-22-21.jpg)
 :o :o :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mecwales on January 06, 2010, 08:36:02 pm
(http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs237.snc3/22441_236802902310_516722310_3014034_6634083_n.jpg)

Needless to say, the planned drive from Wales back to uni didn't happen!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: peliroja on January 06, 2010, 08:40:15 pm
Ooh, creamy snowdrifts!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 06, 2010, 08:41:14 pm
Absolutely stunning, mecwales! Essex had that sort of thing in 1962-63. Not quite so hilly though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mecwales on January 06, 2010, 08:48:25 pm
It looks nice, but it isn't half starting to get annoying now!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on January 06, 2010, 08:52:39 pm
Whereabouts is that Mecwales?

I remember driving my Vauxhall down something similar to Ystradfellte in 1980-something.

We had considerable difficulty in getting it out again  :-[
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mecwales on January 06, 2010, 08:58:19 pm
Mid Wales, nearish to a village called Trefeglwys (I guess that may or may not be of any use!) Friends living higher up have had considerably more - from the first snowfall around the 22nd it hasn't had a chance to melt properly and has just kept on accumulating.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MattH on January 06, 2010, 09:00:22 pm
We've got around 9 inches here now. I didn't go in to work today, apparently about 5% of people made it in. An email from there this afternoon said that the car park can only be negotiated by 4x4s and there is nothing to clear it with, so not to bother coming in if a normal car was the only way to do it.
All our local schools are off again tomorrow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on January 06, 2010, 09:26:23 pm
Wye Valley Piste Report.

Snow conditions were excellent today, with some fabulous champagne powder off-piste to be found on many forest tracks and shaded hillsides.  New snow on an existing firm base in sheltered areas has led to a wonderful fast yet carvable surface, with widespread virgin snow giving much opportunity to experience the sheer joy of making fresh tracks.

Many shaded hillsides have been pisted throughout the day by tobogganers and there are good areas of deep compacted snow developing.  Given the good -8 freeze forecast overnight, combined with clear skies, on-piste conditions should be stunning in the morning.  

Beer prices locally are still reported to be 1/4 those of Val D'Isere.   :thumbsup:


WHAT AN AMAZING DAY!

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 06, 2010, 10:28:43 pm
Our village was on Points West (regional news magazine) for the sledging.

"Oi you fat bastard, bet you can't hit the bottom of the hill"

"Your missus is down there just waiting for me to slide in"

etc

?  ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mercury on January 06, 2010, 11:28:13 pm
Someone's made an igloo out of snowballs and put a candle in it.

(http://www.pjls16812.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/yacf/snow1.jpg)

I was so impressed, I made one too. Mine's the one on the right. Isn't Slough a wonderful place to live!!

(http://www.pjls16812.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/yacf/snow2.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Ian H on January 06, 2010, 11:49:02 pm
Walking home from town I saw a tractor towing a dung spreader coming uphill towards me and so moved into a gateway. It started to slide sideways, then came to a halt, wheels spinning. The driver decided to reverse a bit and slid the spreader across the lane into the hedge.Totally stuck. I wandered up to pass the time of day. Driver said he'd been up through once today without a problem. Said he might have got through the second time if he'd been more competent. He left the tractor across the lane, saying he was going to get a four-wheel drive to tow him out (seemingly unaware that what he was abandoning was a four-wheel drive).
"That'll be Graham; not the sharpest knife in the box", I was told at the pub.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Really Ancien on January 07, 2010, 12:15:53 am
-11 Degrees Centigrade here at the moment, the joys of living in a frost hollow, it was 6 degrees warmer in Leyland.

Damon.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 07, 2010, 07:21:27 am
The Reading University weather station says -8.3. My garden thermometer says -4. Benson (S. Oxfordshire) weather station says -17.

We just dug the car out of the frozen snow. It took half an hour.

[Edit]Bloody hell! Just opened the curtains in this room & there was ice on the inside of the window! Melting fast now. Shows how much insulation nice thick curtains with lining provide.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 07, 2010, 08:00:55 am
Personal thermometers read -7°C in the summerhouse, -5.7°C in the observatory and -6.2°C in the mini greenhouse.
Cold for outer Londonton.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 07, 2010, 08:23:05 am
I thought it was supposed to be sunny today, but it's just started snowing again.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: groucho on January 07, 2010, 08:34:25 am
Clear blue skies in Penarth.

The council workman who diligently cleared the snow off the pavement on one side of the main street yesterday ( :thumbsup: ) has just started the futile task of hacking at the snow/ice on the pavement on the other side.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 07, 2010, 08:36:06 am
Clear blue skies here, and mind-buggeringly cold.  Once Mrs MV has finished messing about and has tried to go to work I'll go for a run.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 07, 2010, 08:58:20 am
About -5°C here and it's just started to snow. The weatherman at 8 o'clock talked about a depression approaching from the NE more rapidly than they had originally forecast. Up for 4" more snow in eastern England, allegedly.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 07, 2010, 09:08:54 am
-8.5 here and it dipped to -9.4 at 08:00, according to our local weather-nerd. Mostly a clear night so no new snow. Luckily there was a small gap in the curtains so I didn't have to get up to see it was clear, a shaft of moonlight crept its way round the room.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: perpetual dan on January 07, 2010, 09:11:30 am
The Reading University weather station says -8.3. My garden thermometer says -4. Benson (S. Oxfordshire) weather station says -17.

Our garden thermometer is snowed over  ::-)
But after a nice clear night the doors were hard to open this morning.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 07, 2010, 09:15:54 am
The London airports are reporting around -6°C, which is a bit brisk, but since I won't be cycling to work, I doubt I'll need to wear all that much.  It's nice to see clear skies though.

There's no more snow forecast for a few days, but the temperatures aren't forecast to get above zero, so I suspect what we've got on the ground will hang around for a while, and get crunchier, and possibly slippery.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 07, 2010, 09:17:03 am
I think the weathermen have changed their minds Tim. Expect snow soon!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: groucho on January 07, 2010, 09:19:14 am
Clear blue skies in Penarth.

The council workman who diligently cleared the snow off the pavement on one side of the main street yesterday ( :thumbsup: ) has just started the futile task of hacking at the snow/ice on the pavement on the other side.

....and he has given up!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 07, 2010, 09:25:53 am
-5 now and -5.7 low according to the weather nerd round here who is located within 10m of the sea.

I looked at our road and decided that I'd not try driving to work today. The picture below is what it was like yesterday evening. Imagine the road surface with 12 hours of -5 degrees. It's an ice rink.

(http://1point8.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341e8d4453ef012876b2e505970c-pi)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pcolbeck on January 07, 2010, 10:32:29 am
The roads to our village have been like that or worse since before Christmas bar new years eve when it thawed. By new years day it was back to snowed over.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on January 07, 2010, 10:49:08 am
It feels a bit surreal reading all of this. My commute this morning was a bit cold, and I had to avoid one or two slight patches of mucky slush, less than 1cm in depth.

Where is OUR snow??  >:( >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: peliroja on January 07, 2010, 10:54:49 am
My commute (at 08:00) was pretty treacherous. Peterborough Road was thick ice, about 2-3 cm thick, I walked most of it, and there was a thin layer of ice all along the Embankment. The Long Haul Trucker was nice and stable, however.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 07, 2010, 10:57:27 am
-6.5 C in my garden this morning as I scooped the 'waste' from cat litter box. Too cold for me to ride to work still, not worth the risk. No more snow though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: HTFB on January 07, 2010, 11:04:20 am
No thermometers here, but I couldn't clean the condensation off our bedroom windows this morning---instead, there was a coat of ice. On the inside.

Curse the landlord, the freeholder, the freeholder's heating engineers, the residents' association who've been holding up the major works, the landlord's builder, the landlord's builder's subcontractors, and the letting agent. Curse the lot of them.

ALSO, there's all this snow and it's got no architectural quality at all. A whole heath of snow and I can't make a decent snowball, let alone an igloo. Wah.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on January 07, 2010, 11:11:13 am
there was a thin layer of ice all along the Embankment

Crikey, whereabouts? It was clear when I was on it this morning, from Albert Bridge all the way to Embankment tube at about 8.30. Either that or I was blissfully unaware  :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Frenchie on January 07, 2010, 11:28:58 am
-5C here at about 9:00 today. Bright and sunny now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 07, 2010, 11:41:05 am
Ten minutes ago I was telling a cow-orker that the promised extra SNO here in Harlot was unlikely given the clear blue skies and bright sunshine.

It has now started to SNO again.  Make yer sodding mind up, willya?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 07, 2010, 04:26:57 pm
The Journal Of Captain M. Zoidburg. Bsc. Ssc.

7th of January, day 18.

Today Oates made the ultimate sacrifice.

His last words before he left the tent were "I am just popping to the off licence, I may be some time". I fear that his new trainers will be ruined which would be a right shame as his Reebok Classics are well nice.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 07, 2010, 04:30:22 pm
No thermometers here, but I couldn't clean the condensation off our bedroom windows this morning---instead, there was a coat of ice. On the inside.

-15 here last night.  Not only ice on the inside of the bedroom windows, but also the lounge

We have central heating, and were burning a very vigorous fire last night. Plus we have an Aga pumping out warm 24/7.

It was cold. So cold that the snow felt like dry powder and didn't make me wet when I ran through it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on January 07, 2010, 04:35:09 pm
I've just been skiing again!

(http://www.reb.co.uk/ski1.jpg)

(http://www.reb.co.uk/ski3.jpg)

(http://www.reb.co.uk/ski4.jpg)

(http://www.reb.co.uk/ski5.jpg)

 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 07, 2010, 04:36:36 pm
Shouldn't you be wearing a helmet, young man? ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 07, 2010, 04:39:43 pm
Shouldn't you be wearing a helmet, young man? ;)

He'll risk it for a Swisskit.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pingu on January 07, 2010, 04:44:33 pm
Just saw this on the BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1262875012/html/1.stm) website:

(http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1262875012/img/1.jpg)

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 07, 2010, 04:46:16 pm
Shouldn't you be wearing a helmet, young man? ;)

And your only hi-viz are Charlotte's boots, which you seem to have nicked. :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 07, 2010, 04:47:46 pm
Just saw this on the BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1262875012/html/1.stm) website:

(http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1262875012/img/1.jpg)

 :thumbsup:
It's the ice age!

The gulf stream convection has packed in!

We are doooooomed!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 07, 2010, 04:48:13 pm
Mip
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andyoxon on January 07, 2010, 05:04:43 pm
Mip

wdtm btw?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 07, 2010, 05:07:17 pm
Just a general expression of mild or sublimated alarm, once popular among roadies, possibly derived from a cult programme like H2G2 or Red Dwarf or summat.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 07, 2010, 05:08:13 pm
I've just been out sledging.   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

No photos today, although the light at dusk was spectacular!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zipperhead on January 07, 2010, 05:25:02 pm
there was a thin layer of ice all along the Embankment

Crikey, whereabouts? It was clear when I was on it this morning, from Albert Bridge all the way to Embankment tube at about 8.30. Either that or I was blissfully unaware  :-\

If you'd gone a little further along, by temple station was a big pile of ice in the road. Not all of it was due to nature though - it looked like the staff at the Walkabout club had just tipped all their surplus ice cubes into the road (quite a lot of them!).

I'm not sure what they expected to happen to them - perhaps they're Ozzies and have no previous experience of what happens to water at these temperatures.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 07, 2010, 05:53:37 pm
Just saw this on the BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1262875012/html/1.stm) website:

(http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1262875012/img/1.jpg)

 :thumbsup:

Wow!  That's amazing.

Do I see greenness still over Ireland?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 07, 2010, 05:56:33 pm
Blackadder: What YOU have discovered, if it has a name, is some... Green.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 07, 2010, 06:42:46 pm
Another 10 bob sledge runs, including some advanced stuff like a 3' wide path between the trees, where you can't really see where you're going in the dark and there is a big drop off to the left.  Fab.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 07, 2010, 06:48:34 pm
On that photo, isn't the Lizard still green?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 07, 2010, 06:52:03 pm
On that photo, isn't the Lizard still green?

Must be a touch of syphilis.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Manotea on January 07, 2010, 06:53:36 pm
Looks like The Day After Tomorrow. Frozen Mastodons, anyone?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 07, 2010, 06:59:11 pm
(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/47060000/jpg/_47060285_-7.jpg)

Taken from BBC Essex  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on January 07, 2010, 07:00:25 pm
(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/47060000/jpg/_47060285_-7.jpg)

Taken from BBC Essex  ;D

Blimey MalVolio - that was a long lunchtime jog  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 07, 2010, 07:02:30 pm
(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/47060000/jpg/_47060285_-7.jpg)

Taken from BBC Essex  ;D

I think his washing machine has broken.   ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: JonBuoy on January 07, 2010, 07:42:00 pm
On that photo, isn't the Lizard still green?

Same satpic in better resolutions here:
Slightly better (http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/index.php?subset=Europe_2_01.2010007.terra.2km)
Better still (http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/index.php?subset=Europe_2_01.2010007.terra.1km)
Pretty impressive (http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/index.php?subset=Europe_2_01.2010007.terra.500m)
Look you can see my house (http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/index.php?subset=Europe_2_01.2010007.terra.250m)

***Warning large files and flaky connection***


Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: IanDG on January 07, 2010, 07:45:30 pm
Just saw this on the BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1262875012/html/1.stm) website:

(http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1262875012/img/1.jpg)

 :thumbsup:

Wow!  That's amazing.

Do I see greenness still over Ireland?

I notice there's a cloud over here   ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 07, 2010, 07:46:10 pm
Portland Bill and Bournemouth appear not to have snow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 07, 2010, 07:51:55 pm
Holyhead looks pretty inviting.

It's just getting there.  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on January 07, 2010, 08:05:59 pm
Here's the super-high-res version: http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2010007-0107/GreatBritain.A2010007.1150.250m.jpg
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 07, 2010, 08:10:13 pm
Surprisingly, quite a bit of the Cumbrian coast, the Mull of Kintyre and the Stranraer peninsula have no snow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 07, 2010, 08:13:31 pm
Hey!
Gordy had sno    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: gordon taylor on January 07, 2010, 08:21:04 pm
Hey!
Gordy had sno    :thumbsup:

 :thumbsup: ;D

But I want more.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 07, 2010, 08:23:02 pm
Hey!
Gordy had sno    :thumbsup:

 :thumbsup: ;D

But I want more.

Mooore? That boy will be 'ung!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: eck on January 07, 2010, 08:23:52 pm
Surprisingly, quite a bit of the Cumbrian coast, the Mull of Kintyre and the Stranraer peninsula have no snow.
The typical weather in Stranraer, from where Mrs eck hails, is wet 'n' windy.
But, surprisingly, they had more snow than we had, up here between Dundee and Aberdeen, just before Christmas.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pingu on January 07, 2010, 08:28:58 pm
Just saw this on the BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1262875012/html/1.stm) website:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1262875012/img/1.jpg

 :thumbsup:

Wow!  That's amazing.

Do I see greenness still over Ireland?

I notice there's a cloud over here   ;D

And here  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on January 07, 2010, 10:02:45 pm
On that photo, isn't the Lizard still green?

Same satpic in better resolutions here:
Slightly better (http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/index.php?subset=Europe_2_01.2010007.terra.2km)
Better still (http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/index.php?subset=Europe_2_01.2010007.terra.1km)
Pretty impressive (http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/index.php?subset=Europe_2_01.2010007.terra.500m)
Look you can see my house (http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/index.php?subset=Europe_2_01.2010007.terra.250m)

***Warning large files and flaky connection***

I haz a new desktop.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 07, 2010, 11:42:14 pm
On that photo, isn't the Lizard still green?

Same satpic in better resolutions here:
Slightly better (http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/index.php?subset=Europe_2_01.2010007.terra.2km)
Better still (http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/index.php?subset=Europe_2_01.2010007.terra.1km)
Pretty impressive (http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/index.php?subset=Europe_2_01.2010007.terra.500m)
Look you can see my house (http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/subsets/index.php?subset=Europe_2_01.2010007.terra.250m)

***Warning large files and lots of flaky bits***



Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 08, 2010, 08:01:25 am
I was waiting to give blood yesterday and the telly was on in the waiting room, on BBC News channel. The scrolling headlines said "Breaking News: UK in grip of big freeze."

We've had varying depths of snow here for nearly a month. I don't think it's breaking news anymore.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on January 08, 2010, 08:11:19 am
YAWM. Yet Another Wintry Morning.

Fresh snow overnight, more falling right now, and the temperature is -9. Oh joy.

Thankfully, I have THE FLU and have been confined to quarters. I can enjoy the wintry scenes from the sweaty fevered heat of my sick bed.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Frenchie on January 08, 2010, 08:48:17 am
(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/47060000/jpg/_47060285_-7.jpg)

Taken from BBC Essex  ;D

Nutters everywhere!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 08, 2010, 09:56:33 am
Not me.

I went to a different supermarket  :smug:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: numbnuts on January 08, 2010, 10:16:28 am
it's warm in southampton today -0.8
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 08, 2010, 10:20:37 am
(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/47060000/jpg/_47060285_-7.jpg)

Taken from BBC Essex  ;D

Blimey MalVolio - that was a long lunchtime jog  ;D


Uncanny.  I don't shop at Tesco tho'
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Ian H on January 08, 2010, 10:37:36 am
East Devon just above my house.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/4256511390_4fb7484248_o.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 08, 2010, 10:49:28 am
East Devon just above my house.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/4256511390_4fb7484248_o.jpg)

Are you a Hobbit?!  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Ian H on January 08, 2010, 10:56:24 am

Are you a Hobbit?!  ;D

You wouldn't believe the difficulty I have finding cycling shoes.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 08, 2010, 11:05:32 am
Shouldn't you be wearing a helmet, young man? ;)
Please, no, not that debate again.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 08, 2010, 11:08:27 am
------------~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Weather Alert~~~~~~~~~~~~----------------------

More SNO has just started to fall from the sky over South Buckinghamshire
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 08, 2010, 11:12:10 am
And the sunshine has gone away from Reading, & been replaced by 10/10 cloud.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 08, 2010, 11:15:59 am
Bright bright sunshine in SE1.  Hope it melts the ice on the side of the road that wasn't gritted :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 08, 2010, 12:22:47 pm
DayForecastOutcome
ThursdayBRITONS' Broadcasting Corporation says between 5-15 cm of SNONo SNO
FridayBRITONS' Broadcasting Corporation says no SNOSNO

Not enough to allow me to go home though chiz chiz.  Bored now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 08, 2010, 12:50:36 pm
Now snowing ever so gently...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on January 08, 2010, 02:24:30 pm
I have just been out to the shed/greenhouse to get a sack of spuds. While there I checked the min/max thermometer.

-18 to -2

Another snow shower has just started.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on January 08, 2010, 02:39:49 pm
Schools are being closed because staff can't make it in.  In a lot of schools the staff travel from outside the catchment area, so whilst kids can get there teachers can't.

There used to be an arrangement where teachers would go to their nearest local school of the age range they were qualified for if they couldn't get to their own school.  This has had to be stopped due to teh requirement for every teacher to be CRB checked by every school...

There was a similar arrangement in the NHS - staff who couldn't get to their own workplace were expected to go the nearest NHS facility and work there. I don't know if staff can still do that since the introduction of trusts as individual employers.

No longer technically possible thanks to CRB and ISA requirements on the individual employers...


...but that didn't stop a Minister in the Department suggesting, on Tuesday of this week, that staff who couldn't get to their own workplace were expected to go the nearest NHS facility  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 08, 2010, 02:54:29 pm
(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6916-5/DSC04498.JPG)

Outside my front door.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 08, 2010, 02:56:42 pm
It's like that around here on the more minor roads.
Car engines revving freely away.  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 08, 2010, 02:57:54 pm
Actually, that was yesterday. We've had some more snow now and it's less glassy.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 08, 2010, 03:05:53 pm
This is shit! I haven't seen the ice-cream man in ages.  >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on January 08, 2010, 03:09:48 pm
This is shit! I haven't seen the ice-cream man in ages.  >:(


Would you like an ice-cream little boy...?   :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: numbnuts on January 08, 2010, 03:12:43 pm
(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6916-5/DSC04498.JPG)

Outside my front door.
As they say in show business "go break a leg" that road looks very dangerous
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 08, 2010, 03:14:58 pm
This is shit! I haven't seen the ice-cream man in ages.  >:(


Would you like an ice-cream little boy...?   :demon:

You are oh, so Mr Whippy AICMFP.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 08, 2010, 03:15:15 pm
...but that didn't stop a Minister in the Department suggesting, on Tuesday of this week, that staff who couldn't get to their own workplace were expected to go the nearest NHS facility  ::-)

Well, be sensible, you can't expect Ministers to know the law relevant to their departments. :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 08, 2010, 03:30:49 pm
This is shit! I haven't seen the ice-cream man in ages.  >:(


Would you like an ice-cream little boy...?   :demon:

'Childrennnn!' </Robert Helpmann> ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 08, 2010, 03:54:19 pm
There's a small quantity of white floating past the window but it might just be coming off the roof.  But my The Boss has gone out, so I'm outta here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 08, 2010, 03:57:01 pm
(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6916-5/DSC04498.JPG)

Outside my front door.
As they say in show business "go break a leg" that road looks very dangerous

I think I might cycle home that way.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Aidan on January 08, 2010, 03:57:35 pm
Its heaving it down again and has been for the last hour or so, no sign of easing off either. I reckon its goodbye to the goodbye Yorkshire pud on Sunday :'(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 08, 2010, 04:08:56 pm
(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6916-5/DSC04498.JPG)

Outside my front door.
As they say in show business "go break a leg" that road looks very dangerous

I think I might cycle home that way.

Quickly Wow, draw the curtains, turn off the lights.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PhilO on January 08, 2010, 04:21:50 pm
...that road looks very dangerous.

That road's perfectly safe...

Driving on it, on the other hand, would be lethal!  :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 08, 2010, 04:49:28 pm
A positively tropical minus ten last night.

And today I saw two darwin award winners walking on the canal.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 08, 2010, 05:13:05 pm
Just been out for sledging session #4.  Apparently there has been at least one hospitalisation  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 08, 2010, 05:14:00 pm
(http://peter.chesspod.com/gallery/d/6916-5/DSC04498.JPG)

Outside my front door.
As they say in show business "go break a leg" that road looks very dangerous

I think I might cycle home that way.

If you haven't set off, Nutty, drop in for a beer.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 08, 2010, 05:31:54 pm
That road does look like a candidate for studded tyres  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: JonBuoy on January 08, 2010, 05:38:19 pm
Just for a change I think that I would be tempted to cycle in the gutter or on the pavement (or not at all).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 08, 2010, 05:47:34 pm
I didn't dare tackle it when it was like that. Fortunately, I'm on a corner with a much busier road so it's a 10 yard walk to get onto tarmac.

This morning, some more snow had fallen so it was much easier again. Also, I don't think the temperature has been as high as 0°C today.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: JonBuoy on January 08, 2010, 06:31:22 pm
A significant number of my usual Friday Night Bicycle Pub Crawl compatriots are wussing out tonight as they claim that the roads are too dangerous to cycle on.

They may be correct so I intend to use the bridleways.   ;D

They have been more ridable in the last couple of weeks than they were for the preceeding couple of months.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on January 08, 2010, 07:12:47 pm
Looks like you Southend folks might be in for a pasting this weekend.

It may also snow a lot.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 08, 2010, 07:14:44 pm
Well, I've still got 14 pints of Ringwood ale, almost 4 bottles of wine, a fair bit of sherry and port and some whisky.

We've even got some food in. Should be OK.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 08, 2010, 07:19:08 pm
Snowing here again
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 08, 2010, 07:23:36 pm
Well, I've still got 14 pints of Ringwood ale, almost 4 bottles of wine, a fair bit of sherry and port and some whisky.

We've even got some food in. Should be OK.

Yes, but what about Sunday?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 08, 2010, 07:27:34 pm
Well, I've still got 14 pints of Ringwood ale, almost 4 bottles of wine, a fair bit of sherry and port and some whisky.

We've even got some food in. Should be OK.

Yes, but what about Sunday?

Will he make it to Sunday?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: SteveC on January 08, 2010, 07:37:06 pm
Well, I've still got 14 pints of Ringwood ale, almost 4 bottles of wine, a fair bit of sherry and port and some whisky.

We've even got some food in. Should be OK.

Yes, but what about Sunday?

Will he make it to Sunday?
Will he care?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: robbo6 on January 08, 2010, 07:42:29 pm
Just got back from Barrow-in-Furness, about 1/4-1/2" lying on the grass, which is a lot for there, roads clear.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 08, 2010, 09:01:28 pm
A friend of mine came round to borrow my spade this lunchtime. He lives in a flat, & lacks the urge to hit people, so normally has no use for such a tool, but his car was snowed in. I went back with him to lend a hand, & half an hour later he was able to drive out of the car park. We dug his wheels out, & compacted enough snow to give him a track to the exit.

None of the cars in his section of car park had moved since the snow fell. It looked as if none were able to, without a bit of digging. Homebase has sold out of shovels (I was there this morning: it still had a few spades left, but very few, & going fast). B&Q is a very long walk - & I wouldn't be surprised if it's also sold out.  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on January 08, 2010, 09:45:40 pm
That road does look like a candidate for studded tyres  :o

I was cycling on stuff worse than that on Christmas Eve, in Cambridge.  I could barely stand on it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 08, 2010, 09:46:07 pm
My daughter told me today that Kent police were closing roads as a precautionary measure, including, apparently, all main roads into Canterbury.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 08, 2010, 10:33:48 pm
....
If you haven't set off, Nutty, drop in for a beer.

Thanks for the invite.  I left at 5pm precisely for a change, and as the snow was falling heavily at that point with huge flakes I meandered down to the seafront for a scenic ride.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Deano on January 08, 2010, 11:05:26 pm
Powdery flakes have now become large, heavy flakes of snow oop here in the frozen north.  I might investigate the bridleways tomorrow - they're usually impassable cos the horses' hooves churn them up terribly, and cycling through a quagmire is no fun.  So some lanes which I wouldn't usually consider may be considered :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 08, 2010, 11:08:28 pm
still snowing here, not heavily
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 09, 2010, 12:48:39 am
Heavy snow in Saarfend.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 09, 2010, 12:53:00 am
OOooohhhhhh it's just starting here.  Looking forwards to the morning.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 09, 2010, 03:22:08 am
OOooohhhhhh it's just starting here.  Looking forwards to the morning.
As are the good people at accident and emergency.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 09, 2010, 07:56:18 am
Overheard in the pub:

"it was so slippery I couldn't stand up to cross the road - I had to give up and go back and get the car to get here".
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 09, 2010, 09:00:20 am
There were a few very large fluffy snow flakes when I got up, here in Croydon, but little since.  In some ways I'd like some fresh snow, it would be easier to walk on than the icy stuff.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: JonBuoy on January 09, 2010, 09:53:32 am
A significant number of my usual Friday Night Bicycle Pub Crawl compatriots are wussing out tonight as they claim that the roads are too dangerous to cycle on.

They may be correct so I intend to use the bridleways.   ;D

They have been more ridable in the last couple of weeks than they were for the preceeding couple of months.


Only two others made it for a severely curtailed Friday night.

There was an inch of fluffy stuff over the frozen ground and the couple of miles of field edge bridleway were superb.  There was one spin-out when I lost the back wheel on a little connecting lane that had been compacted to ice then disguised with snow.  I ended up pointing at 90 degrees to my original direction, straddling my bike and giggling like a schoolgirl.  I had set off early which meant that I could nip up to the local woods for another couple of miles before my first pint.

We have had a little more snow overnight and there are still occasional flurries so I may have to go and play in daylight.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 09, 2010, 10:31:22 am
It seems the neighbour is having a washing machine delivered. At least, an attempted delivery anyway.
The two blokes have the machine on a porters trolley.
They've covered about ten metres on the footpath in the last five minutes.

It's almost like watching Laurel & Hardy in colour.  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 09, 2010, 12:21:38 pm
It snowed here quite lightly for about an hour and a half this morning, but it's stopped now and the sun is out.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 09, 2010, 12:27:18 pm
We had another inch or two overnight, contrasted to daughter in Maidstone who tells me they've now got "about a foot" lying. They've also got a pretty firm forecast of up to another 8 inches this afternoon / tomorrow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 09, 2010, 12:46:58 pm
We had a light dusting, but the roads haven't been salted overnight and driving is "interesting".  I went out to get screws for the tyres and had to take a bit of a run up at the slope leaving Wickes' car park.  Wheelspin in third gear if provoked.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 09, 2010, 12:57:51 pm
We are sitting in embra airport waiting for our flight which should have left at 0955 cos chambery airport is closed. Could be a long boring day...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 09, 2010, 01:06:14 pm
*waves to the Pingus*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 09, 2010, 02:10:21 pm
Overheard in the pub:

"it was so slippery I couldn't stand up to cross the road - I had to give up and go back and get the car to get here".


Well I got the bike out to cross the road to visit the neighbour.  I couldn't stand up to cross it  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Euan Uzami on January 09, 2010, 03:13:29 pm
Bit more snow here. Alot of side roads closed because they are ice and hills. So there are alot of people that cant drive anywhere because of the ice on the roads. Cant walk because of ice on the pavement.
Was a big thing on the local news on it.
My road is fine though so im still getting out on bike alright

It must be cold - your apostrophe key appears to have frozen solid again.

Im on quite a few different forums, for a few different things.
Why is it that a few members on here have a problem with my spelling and typing?
Or, is it mainly because you have a problem with me personally?

If you dont have a problem with me personally, then either live with my spelling or dont read my posts. I couldnt give a toss either way.

Or do you just like to take the piss and comment on someone who has a problem with spelling and typing? I persoanlly dont see the problem with what ive wrote, so YOU or any other member just critising it wont help. I may not be the sharpest knife in your draw, but that doesnt just make it fine for you to comment on my typing. You get the jist of my post, and understand what i mean.


Many of us went to schools where these things mattered a great deal. Some of your 'bad habits' were drummed out of us by the age of ten. At ten, we might have taken the '11+' exam to enter secondary school. Poor sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, spelling and usage would have caused us to FAIL and blighted our future.
When we see poor usage now, we cringe, either privately or publically.
Look at our profiles; some of us are old enough to be your parents.

The older generation is full of Grumpy Old Gits who grumble about poor educational standards of the youth of today. Either improve the standard of your English or accept the odd poke by the Old Fogeys...

I am known to have posted here and Elsewhere about poor English on, for example the BBC News website.

We don't like watching standards slip.

Helen, aged 51.57

comma after 'for example'.  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Euan Uzami on January 09, 2010, 03:32:33 pm
He's gonig to need to drink a lot of tea to do that, Claire  ::-)

I've got no problems with people whose grammar is poor because English isn't their first language.  Just the same as I'd be very tolerant of someone who genuinely has the sort of learning difficulties which makes seeing spelling mistakes hard for them.

In the absence of any good reason, I'm afraid that I tend to see poor spelling and punctuation as evidence that people don't give a shit.  Which is sad.

It's not though, some people genuinely don't know the rules. They just plump for trying to remember where they've seen each specific word written before.
My boss, a company director I might add, asked me to proof read an email: some of the apostrophes were in the right place, and some of the words that shouldn't have them didn't, but still contained phrases like "affecting the companys ability to produce CD's and DVD's".
I corrected it all, and he looked at me curiously, and said "so when DO you have an apostrophe and when not, then?", henceforth I explained that you DO have one when it's possessive (with the exception of "its"), and you DON'T have one for plurals. He appeared impressed but bemused to learn that there was actually a rule and that you didn't actually have to remember all the specific instances to get them right.
People know that they go on some words but not on others, but it's a bit of a stab in the dark as to which.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 09, 2010, 03:43:27 pm
Ladies and Gentlemen, whilst I understand the strong feelings that some people have over the merits or not of accurate spelling and grammar in forums and similar, can we please keep it in the correct place.  A distinct thread in The Pub or even Politics and Other Big Issues to discuss such would be a better idea, rather than confusing the discussion in a thread about the current meteorological conditions.  Thank you.


There's some more fairly fine snow in Croydon, although what's been there for the last few days is still fluffy in places.  Unfortunately, a lot of it is quiet hard, icy, and somewhat lethal to walk on.

There doesn't seem to be a great deal more snow forecast for London, the majority looks like it's going to fall east of here again, so hard luck Wow et al.

It is still a bit chilly though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 09, 2010, 03:46:09 pm
We have had a fair bit fall this afternoon, and East Street, which is one of the main thoroughfares, has snow lying on it. There's a lot more forecast and the Met Office have upgraded their severe weather warning to orange for Essex & Southend.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hatler on January 09, 2010, 03:49:35 pm
I'm getting really peed off here in sunny SW20. Since the dump last week we've had virtually nothing. Most depressing.

SiL in Kent is officially snowed in apparently. Down a steep farm track and they've had 6" today.

Grrrrr.  Boo hisss.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Polar Bear on January 09, 2010, 03:51:33 pm
We've had a couple of half-hearted attempts this morning.   The forecast is for cloudy days and snow falling for much of the next two days.   
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 09, 2010, 03:55:57 pm
I'm getting really peed off here in sunny SW20. Since the dump last week we've had virtually nothing. Most depressing.

SiL in Kent is officially snowed in apparently. Down a steep farm track and they've had 6" today.

Grrrrr.  Boo hisss.

When one of the earlier falls arrived, I texted my son in Helsinki to say that his sister, in Maidstone, was snowed in. He reported this to the assembled company who were firstly surprised that Southern England should have snow, and then derisive that a mere 6" should be described as "snowed in".
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on January 09, 2010, 04:00:10 pm
It's sleeting in Stockwell and feels really rather cold. Just got in from pottering about on the bike round main roads (that are all clear)

Edit: 'Tis proper snow now.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulF on January 09, 2010, 04:12:38 pm
I'm getting really peed off here in sunny SW20. Since the dump last week we've had virtually nothing. Most depressing.

SiL in Kent is officially snowed in apparently. Down a steep farm track and they've had 6" today.

Grrrrr.  Boo hisss.

Look outside now! :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 09, 2010, 06:19:27 pm
After 20 attempts, a glass of port and two glasses of wine, Miss Z and I managed the Black Run in the dark tonight  :thumbsup:  It's a 3' wide path with trees on one side and a cold stream on the other, a tight bend and a small uphill section so you have to carry enough speed through the bend to get over the "hump" and onto the final whoop-de-whoops.  1/8 mile in all, and we done it perfect apart from a bit of powder snow in the face.

Gmaps Pedometer (http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3401693)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 09, 2010, 07:09:43 pm
We had some luvli sno for our wander back from Sutton.  But it seems to have lost interest now...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on January 09, 2010, 07:21:41 pm
<2010>
Something's going to happen. Something wonderful
</2010>

A THAW!!  :thumbsup:

Temperature has hopped up to +1 after being -2 all day, it's raining steadily, and there's a sound in the garden I haven't heard for a week. Dripping. Huzzah!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on January 09, 2010, 07:25:26 pm
Still just below zero here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on January 09, 2010, 08:32:57 pm
-4C here at the moment with occasional snow flurries....
Looks like the winter tyres may be needed on the road for a 4th week next week. Over 600km on them so far this winter...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Deano on January 09, 2010, 09:03:00 pm
4 inches overnight here in the frozen north. 
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on January 09, 2010, 09:58:48 pm
if it weren't frozen would it be more than 4"  :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Deano on January 09, 2010, 10:05:24 pm
if it weren't frozen would it be more than 4"  :demon:

Did I say four inches?  I really meant two feet.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2759/4260685412_c1e8d3b251.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on January 09, 2010, 10:10:12 pm
I see, you actually meant TWENTY four inches ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 09, 2010, 11:28:42 pm
Snow's been lovely all day in Southend.  And we had pre-bought tickets to Avatar  :-\

Other than the really gritted roads, all roads have a layer of snow on them.  The previously iced roads are now ice with snow on top, but mostly that lovely white ice.

I've been out for a ride this evening, really good fun.  That road the other day that had had 7 accidents in it is now closed.  I ignored the signs and rode it anyway.  The downhill section, iced road with an inch of snow on the top, I got a good 15+mph  :smug:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 10, 2010, 07:58:14 am
We are back at embra airport again hoping to make it to chambery today :-S
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Sigurd Mudtracker on January 10, 2010, 08:31:54 am
Nearly two feet of snow here (as measured against the back door to the garage).  Depth would have been more impressive if the lower layers haven't been compressed into a solid block.  No snow yesterday, but the temp did fall to -11ºC last night.

All this in the NE of Scotland...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 10, 2010, 10:03:39 am
Temperature 0°C here today in slushy Saarfend. There's been a slow thaw overnight, there's been less snow than was forecast and I don't think the wind was as strong either.

Is this the beginning of the end of this cold spell, AKA The Great Freeze of 2009-2010?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 10, 2010, 10:18:46 am
We've been told that due to ongoing weather in chambery the earliest we are likely to be boarding is 12 - that's if it gets better :-(. We'd have been better staying at home, at least we'd be getting some skiing!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 10, 2010, 11:36:06 am
No snow in Reading, & it's turning slushy now.

And the gutter's fallen off at the back of the house. It had been ripped loose at one end when the neighbour's gutter broke, & has now broken off. :( Ah well, she's got someone coming to have a look at hers. He can fix mine when he does hers.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 10, 2010, 11:57:59 am
Yes, I've just been out, and along the same footways as I was walking on yesterday, and what was rock solid, sheets of solid ice yesterday, is very slushy and crunchy and well on its way to becoming water again.

The last forecast I looked at had the temperatures around London up just above zero, day and night, for the next week or so, so presumably that means most of the snow and ice will disappear in the next few days, unless the forecast changes, again.

Having said that, on my way back home, there was a brief flurry of very fine snow, just enough to lightly cover the front of my coat, but not enough to settle on the ground.

On the plus side, if this happens, my studded tyres are sure to arrive very soon. :-\ ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 10, 2010, 12:09:24 pm
We've had light snow for several hours now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 10, 2010, 12:39:13 pm
Oh, FFS. Even more now.

And I've never moaned that it's "too" hot in the summer, it just ain't fair.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clifftaylor on January 10, 2010, 12:55:13 pm
We're up to a toasty 1C here in Derby - the snow on the ground is thinning quite quickly, which I assume is 'cos it's mostly been nice dry flakes rather than the usual fat soggy stuff.
And good riddance says I  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 10, 2010, 03:21:51 pm
The last forecast I looked at had the temperatures around London up just above zero, day and night, for the next week or so, so presumably that means most of the snow and ice will disappear in the next few days, unless the forecast changes, again.
Here, the forecast is for +2 to +3 C peaks, & -2 to -3 lows. Melt a bit & gets very slippery, freeze into a glassy sheet: repeat.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 10, 2010, 03:25:14 pm
Lots of sno on the ground still here, but the temperature is above freezing.  The sink in the bathroom is now draining; the pipe outside has been frozen all week :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 10, 2010, 03:36:53 pm
[wicked witch of the east (coast)] It's melting, it's melting![/wicked witch of the east (coast)]
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 10, 2010, 03:53:36 pm
No snow in Reading, & it's turning slushy now.

And the gutter's fallen off at the back of the house. It had been ripped loose at one end when the neighbour's gutter broke, & has now broken off. :( Ah well, she's got someone coming to have a look at hers. He can fix mine when he does hers.

Steeply pitched roof?  It's a common problem.  You need those little snow fences along the edge of the tiles to hold it in place.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 10, 2010, 06:57:53 pm
We are back at embra airport again hoping to make it to chambery today :-S
On another forum I use someone is complaining they're stuck at Chambery airport trying to get back to Scotland! And she says that even if you do get there, they'll probably just put you in the hotel nearest the airport because of all the big snow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PeteB99 on January 10, 2010, 08:36:17 pm
We are back at embra airport again hoping to make it to chambery today :-S
On another forum I use someone is complaining they're stuck at Chambery airport trying to get back to Scotland! And she says that even if you do get there, they'll probably just put you in the hotel nearest the airport because of all the big snow.

Had a text from my cousin who was flying from Southampton to Chambery this morning  -  He's actually ended up in Milan - at some point tonight a coach is going to try to get them the rest of  the way. I don't know what the state of the alpine passes are but I wouldn't fancy it myself
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Ian H on January 10, 2010, 10:53:16 pm
Last time I went to Chambery, I rode there.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: 1gear on January 10, 2010, 11:43:25 pm
Snowing again here.
Its been snowing/raining abit for most of the day. Mainly bits of rain.
I want alot more snow, don't fancy getting up early to go to college.
Ill probably have to clear the patio and drive again though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 11, 2010, 06:51:54 am
Surprisingly, given that things seemed to be melting yesterday, we seem to have had another dump of snow last night in Croydon.  I'm not sure exactly how much, but looking out the window, enough to replace the layer of snow on the car, which had almost gone yesterday evening.  Probably only an inch or two at most.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrij on January 11, 2010, 07:15:05 am
It snowed again in E. London, and I am not pleased.  I'm back at work today and was going to cycling in but I'm not keen on dealing with ice, etc.  I'll try again tomorrow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulR on January 11, 2010, 07:41:26 am
Pants.  I'd de-crudded and de-rusted my bike yesterday afternoon after its recent adventures in London's famous snowdrifts.  Now my younger son's school announces it remains partly closed due to lack of crud and rust-forming substances, so I'm stuck (working) at home.  But given how wet the roads were last night, I'm not altogether sorry not to be out skating on my 23mm slicks.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on January 11, 2010, 07:45:43 am
Day eight.

Still no ridey bikey.

 >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 11, 2010, 08:40:47 am
Inch or two where I live, snowing as I yomped to the station. Rain in Leeds.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 11, 2010, 09:08:31 am
Just grey miserableness here. 0°C, allegedly. Dog sick in night. I stood in it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on January 11, 2010, 09:11:54 am
Just grey miserableness here. 0°C, allegedly. Dog sick in night. I stood in it.
Strange way to keep your toes warm!  ;)
I've been out to the chiropractor and the roads are generally OK, just compacted snow/ice on the quieter junctions. Pavements are OK too, dry slush mostly, but compacted snow/ice in places. I took a walking pole out and used it to good effect.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on January 11, 2010, 09:14:16 am
About an inch of snow in Stockwell but the main roads between there and work in Stockwell were clear, prob cos they are busy and mostly bus routes, so I rode in, watching for any rogue icy patches. The hybrid feels like a new bike after its service  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Aidan on January 11, 2010, 09:22:05 am
+2.5 degrees and wet horrible rain here. Should clear the snow if it keeps up all day though :thumbsup:  Shame I'm laid low with tonsilitis  :( :( :( :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on January 11, 2010, 10:23:52 am
A balmy 3.5 deg yesterday and 2.5 overnight did not shift the ice. I've brought the MTB to work, to ride home, but stuff falling from the sky is settling and stuff left on the ground is not going. Half the lanes are still ice covered.
When is it going to end?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on January 11, 2010, 10:37:22 am
Another 2" here last night. 200 feet lower down towards Sheffield town, there has been almost none.
Our road is thus almost impassible to motons but the main road 800 yards away and 80 feet lower is OKish...
Still -1C here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 11, 2010, 01:17:03 pm
It snowed again in E. London, and I am not pleased.

In my bit of E. London it did too, but not enough to generate any form of excitement.

Bah >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on January 11, 2010, 02:15:27 pm
I now haz spiky SNO tyres.

It will never SNO again  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Adam on January 11, 2010, 02:22:29 pm
About another 2 cms (or just under an inch in old money) yesterday evening.  This, coupled with the fact that it was just above freezing this morning, had the downside that our road, which was previously solid ice, is now a thick slush/icy mix.  This makes it harder to cycle on, using the Marathon Winter tyres. 

I think I might need to get a third set of tyres with massive knobblies on, to cope with the thick loose stuff.  Or another bike..............
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on January 11, 2010, 09:22:15 pm
I now haz spiky SNO tyres.

It will never SNO again  :(

My purchase of a small sledge just as last February's thaw came is the reason that Sw18 appears to have missed this so called 'cold snap' that other parts of the country have apparently suffered.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 11, 2010, 09:42:37 pm
Likewise, I've just got my studded tyres as well, so now we know the snow in London will be gone by the morning!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Sigurd Mudtracker on January 11, 2010, 10:00:19 pm
-11ºC most of yesterday, it's warmed up now and running around 0ºC.  Out walking the dogs I saw signs of a potential Great Melt.  But there's still feet of the stuff, the ground is covered everywhere, and I doubt it will disappear quickly.  But by next weekend would be nice - apart from a brief and unsuccessful trial on the trike I haven't been out cycling since mid December.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 12, 2010, 01:06:49 am
The White Witch has been banished to the wardrode and the Pevensies are returning to the land of Spare Oom.


I am planning on giving the DIY tyres my legs a rest tomorrow and taking Frankenfixie.  Wednesday will be car service day so it's a car + Brompton commute.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 12, 2010, 12:45:07 pm
Lots of grass shoots now starting to appear through the snow.
Time for spring, time for spring I say...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Cyclops on January 12, 2010, 04:42:52 pm
Scotland's entrants (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8454242.stm) in this winter's Darwin awards. Luckily the Union Canal isn't deep - I've taken people canoeing there a few times and my advice to them if they fall out is to stand up and they should find their heads above water.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 12, 2010, 04:44:28 pm
Well the thaw lasted all of a day, freezing again now and looking like more snow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on January 12, 2010, 04:47:30 pm
Scotland's entrants (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8454242.stm) in this winter's Darwin awards.

*pet peeve*

If they survived (or didn't make themselves sterile during the stunt) then they're just fuckwits, not Darwin Award candidates.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Paul D on January 12, 2010, 04:48:31 pm
The snow in Dorset is coming down as an unusual, liquid-based variant, not previously seen this decade. Nice stiff Northerly to ride into once soaked. Great.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 12, 2010, 04:49:29 pm
Hmm.  Looks like we have that sort of sno here, too (Londinium SE1).  Hey-ho.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 12, 2010, 06:02:17 pm
Oh no!  Not again.

I've just looked at Will It Rain.  There's a hell of a lot of stuff heading my way.

Oi.  You lot in the SW.  Is it wet stuff or white stuff?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on January 12, 2010, 06:03:39 pm
Blizzarding a mix of both.  Heavy wet SNO here right now, settling and heatsucky.  It's taken out my satellite dish!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 12, 2010, 06:06:13 pm
Blizzarding a mix of both.  Heavy wet SNO here right now, settling and heatsucky.  It's taken out my satellite dish!

Bugger.
I've had enough now.  I've done winter.
I want crocuses and daffodils.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: gordon taylor on January 12, 2010, 07:42:23 pm
Our 2cm of snow has all but disappeared, but whatever slush is left on the lanes is lethal. I've abandoned my dog walk tonight after just 200m because I couldn't keep my footing. It looks like wallpaper paste. If it is still there in the morning, I might be back on studded tyres.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: unipaul on January 12, 2010, 08:16:13 pm
Rather blizzard like here on the edges of Dartmoor. Wet stuff but drifting - could be quite nasty in places I think.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on January 12, 2010, 08:27:41 pm
Haldon Hill is on the news again.   ::-)

Sleet now in Creddy.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 12, 2010, 09:16:33 pm
Haldon Hill is on the news again.   ::-)

You've got to wonder how Smokey Joe survived there for so many years, given that whenever the snow falls it grinds to a halt.

I guess it's just the steepness of the hill that makes it a bit of a bugger when the conditions are less than perfect.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Panoramix on January 12, 2010, 11:03:03 pm
Here in Bristol we have sleet that has turned the snow left into a horrible sticky slush.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on January 12, 2010, 11:47:18 pm
Our 2cm of snow has all but disappeared, but whatever slush is left on the lanes is lethal. I've abandoned my dog walk tonight after just 200m because I couldn't keep my footing. It looks like wallpaper paste. If it is still there in the morning, I might be back on studded tyres.



Though I complained about studs not being up to slush I have to say they're much better than trainers on a thin layer since the tyres cut through it. Shoes with flat-ish soles just slip.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 13, 2010, 12:05:32 am
Haldon Hill is on the news again.   ::-)

Sleet now in Creddy.

When I saw that I said to Mrs Nutty "I bet my mate Andy is cycling past the stranded motorists and laughing."

I hope you didn't let me down  ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: GruB on January 13, 2010, 05:17:18 am
We have had 2 inches in the night.   ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 13, 2010, 06:41:55 am
It was very windy last night, but the snow (only about half an inch atm) really came when the wind had dropped.

It's forecast to keep going all day though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Gandalf on January 13, 2010, 06:49:08 am
Woke up to find that all the melted snow has been topped up overnight, this is really peeing me off now, enough is enough FFS!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 13, 2010, 07:12:31 am
Inch and a bit here in London, I wonder if the school I'm going to today is open.

And more important if we get more snow tonight and tomorrow because I'm flying to Denmark in the am.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: geoff on January 13, 2010, 07:16:43 am
An inch here near Oxford. Can't work out if it's still snowing because it's too murky outside! On the up-side we have fox footprints down the front path to our house.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: perpetual dan on January 13, 2010, 07:29:17 am
Yesterday we used the car (with only a little slideyness) on the normal routes, the buses were more or less back to normal and the family Dan all went to school and work.
Now we've had about 5cm of really wet snow (I went out in my PJs to clear a path to the bushes for the cat). Schools are closed again and the snowman we made on the first day is only just peeking out. The temperature isn't that low (just warm enough for snow?  ;)  ) so I fear this will just turn to a lot more slush and fail to be any fun at all.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 13, 2010, 07:56:59 am
Oh FFS, winter.  You've made your point.
Now, nob off, will you.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 13, 2010, 07:58:55 am
Yes, like others, probably an inch or so overnight in Croydon, rather irritating since it'll probably just melt and add to the slushy muck which was there yesterday evening. :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: oncemore on January 13, 2010, 08:31:23 am
Worse! Very fine drizzle that is freezing as it "lands". All ready to go for my daily pedal but it's just too icy. Damn. Might as well have stayed in bed.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrij on January 13, 2010, 08:36:37 am
Snow in E London and the City.  And I wimped out again and took the Tube.  :'( 

OTOH, it does look pretty out there.  Must take a trip up to the top floor for a clearer view and take some pics.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 13, 2010, 08:37:27 am
I was toying with fitting the snow tyres and cycling in it, but it needs some buggering about with the cassette and possibly brakes and mudguards as well, and I don't have that much time this morning, I need to be in a meeting, so I think I'll have to leave it, and use the Tram and Tube. :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Riggers on January 13, 2010, 08:38:16 am
Dumped again here in Brighton, and it's still cascading down like fine white ash.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: numbnuts on January 13, 2010, 09:06:11 am
we have snow in southampton about 2 inches
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 13, 2010, 09:08:09 am
Worse! Very fine drizzle that is freezing as it "lands". All ready to go for my daily pedal but it's just too icy. Damn. Might as well have stayed in bed.
Like that here. Roads not gritted.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 13, 2010, 09:12:13 am
0°C here and a very light snow has just started. It is settling - just - but I don't suppose it will amount to much.

I have commuting at 11.30ish and 2.45ish.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on January 13, 2010, 09:19:07 am
Snow in E London and the City.  And I wimped out again and took the Tube.  :'( 


Hang on a minute. You wimped out and I cycled? Are we in some weird alternative universe?

The roads were skoggy, but I took it easy and rode in the bits that buses and cars had cleared, and eschewed my usual little cycle-only shortcuts through Bloomsbury etc, and all was well.

Apart from the fact that I was wearing denim rainlegs, but you can't have everything...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrij on January 13, 2010, 09:28:03 am

Apart from the fact that I was wearing denim rainlegs, but you can't have everything...


Weren't you a bit cold?  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Paul D on January 13, 2010, 09:39:00 am
About 2 inch in North Dorset (home) but nearer the coast (work) just wet. Marathon Winter studs are on the MTB which were no better than the knobblies in the snow tbh, but without 'guards it's like someone pouring iced water down my overshoes for an hour. More purchasing to be done - some 26" 'guards - I hope the winter hangs around long enough for me to get my moneys worth out of all this specialist kit.

I'm racing up the yACF Bikejournal table though, so I guess you Larndoners are having it rough. ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 13, 2010, 09:45:12 am
I think London has not had much snow, and what it's had has melted much faster than elsewhere.

It's the southern home counties which have suffered, plus, of course, the North of England, which starts with Suffolk.

Saarfend hasn't had it so bad. A couple of significant falls but it has mostly gone now.

I would imagine that today's south-westerlies are the first stage in sweeping the cold air away.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Snakehips on January 13, 2010, 09:46:28 am
.............. so I guess you Larndoners are having it rough. ;)
We haven't been badly hit round these parts , about an inch I'd say , less than last time but still enough to bring the rail system to its knees.

Snake

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Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Julian on January 13, 2010, 09:51:46 am
Oh, bless.

The main roads have been gritted (grut?  gritten?) but not the little residential ones, and this morning as I wandered from the tube to the Salt Mines, I came across a little group of sad looking pikeys trying to move their pikeywagon, which was comprehensively stuck (with one wheel on the pavement).  Being a helpful sort ;D I joined the little group of spectators to give helpful advice.

I don't know why people find it so peculiar that the short girl in the sparkly hat and snoflake mittens would be the one who knows third gear will work better than first.

:D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 13, 2010, 09:54:07 am
Oh, bless.

The main roads have been gritted (grut?  gritten?) but not the little residential ones, and this morning as I wandered from the tube to the Salt Mines, I came across a little group of sad looking pikeys trying to move their pikeywagon, which was comprehensively stuck (with one wheel on the pavement).  Being a helpful sort ;D I joined the little group of spectators to give helpful advice.

I don't know why people find it so peculiar that the short girl in the sparkly hat and snoflake mittens would be the one who knows third gear will work better than first.

:D

You see what happens when you change your name? They didn't recognise you! You see, Teh Liz iz always right!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 13, 2010, 09:56:52 am
Not much sno here, but difficult to get through.  Motor traffic gridlocked.  Taxi unable to get up the hill to get Superstoker to school.  We walked/freewheeled down to town in the hope that the roads were better.  Riding on the snow was fine, but roads travelled by any sort of number ofvehicles had a nasty uneven layer of ice.  Not sure if anything was gritted really.

I nearly bottled it completely when a car lost traction behind me and I had images of being flatternd.  

But the choice, as explained by Butterfly was 'Do we go home & have a cup of tea, or carry on and find out how far we get before we fall over?'  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rafletcher on January 13, 2010, 10:11:08 am
We had another couple of inches I guess, I managed to drive to work, but the 24 miles took 1 1/2 hrs. Now there appears to be a queue from Bicester all the way back to Aylesbury, so I'll have to sit it out for a while at work, but intend to leave around 2pm to make sure I get home in daylight if possible.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Adam on January 13, 2010, 10:43:42 am
About another 1-2 cm in Luton overnight, although it's still falling.  However, that was just enough to cover over the slush, meaning the studs on the tyres gripped perfectly. 

It was really nice to cycle 3 miles down the middle of the A1081 from Luton, passing all the gridlocked cars.  Another cyclist had obviously had the same idea a bit earlier, but they must have been on normal tyres (or drunk), as their tracks were very wobbly.  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: groucho on January 13, 2010, 10:47:47 am
2-3" here in Penarth, all very slushy wet stuff. Most local schools closed much to Mrs g's delight.

Everybody is making an effort to get to work evidenced by number of cars and footprints on the pavement on the way to work.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 13, 2010, 10:48:57 am
At work, I suggested that as people had effectively had Wed, Thur and Fri off work that it wasn't unreasonable to request volunteers to come in with shovels and clear the car parks over the weekend so we could get back to normal asap.

My suggestion wasn't acted on - am I really unreasonable?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: kevinp on January 13, 2010, 10:49:45 am
We had between 2-4 inches last night, the roads had just about cleared, now they are covered again and its still snowing.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: bikenerd on January 13, 2010, 10:54:35 am
It's chaos in and around Oxford.  We had about 2 or 3 inches overnight and it has continued to snow all morning.
All bus services are suspended!  Mrs Nerd attempted to drive to work and had to abandon her car about a mile from home due to the road conditions and the queues of traffic.  She returned 45 minutes after setting off.
Luckily I can work from home!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Polar Bear on January 13, 2010, 10:56:02 am
At work, I suggested that as people had effectively had Wed, Thur and Fri off work that it wasn't unreasonable to request volunteers to come in with shovels and clear the car parks over the weekend so we could get back to normal asap.

My suggestion wasn't acted on - am I really unreasonable?

We all have a differing take on reasonableness.  
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 13, 2010, 11:02:17 am
The inch or so snow here was easy enough to get through this am I made good time 45min for 9 or so miles.

The office had forgotten to tell me that the course was not going ahead today. But 18 miles of fun in the snow :)

But if Gatwick is close tomorrow am I'm going to get rather annoyed. They can't have gotten more than 5in down there over night and it was closed this am.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on January 13, 2010, 11:02:23 am
We've had another good 4", with more in drifty bits, and it's still snowing and freezing in the valley.  The M48 Severn Bridge is closed too.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tim on January 13, 2010, 11:12:36 am
Country lanes and chains FTW. Here endeth the traffic report.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on January 13, 2010, 11:14:26 am
You used your car's SNO chains in deepest Surrey?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 13, 2010, 11:16:28 am
On the regional weather site it states: light rain.   ???

There is now a new 3" blanket of snow and it's still snowing.

Shirley it's time for them now to ditch the picking weather names out of a hat method
and invest in some real weather instruments.  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on January 13, 2010, 11:24:01 am
Shirley it's time for them now to ditch the picking weather names out of a hat method
and invest in some real weather instruments.  ;D

Or at the very least, a window  ::-).  After all, if they can't tell what the weather is now, how the hell can they know what it will be tomorrow?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hatler on January 13, 2010, 11:27:13 am
My first go in the snow today. Great fun. Only hairy moment was going down Coombe Hill. Surface there was icy whereas everywhere else was slush or fresh snow that the skinny tyres cut through without problem. The roads were clear yesterday so I was pretty confident that the new stuff wasn't hiding any icy patches.

Only moron-moment was the charming lady in a car who pulled a Uie (?) in front of me (so that she ended up going the same way as me). She was on the phone and it was a worrying second or two whilst I slowed down. I pulled alongside her and suggested (very politely) that she might want to stop using the phone. She woud her window down and exclaimed "Just f*ck off before I run you down you c*nt."

"But you just tried that madam." Is what I wished I had said, instead I simply pushed her wing mirror back. This prompted her to gun the engine and hurl herslef fowards to the back of the traffic jam 20 yards away.

I then took great delight in continuing to request that she put her phone down and clicking her windscreen wipers back so that they were left flailing fresh air.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 13, 2010, 11:29:37 am
Silly moo.  Saw a few of them this morning. >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 13, 2010, 11:30:46 am
Shirley it's time for them now to ditch the picking weather names out of a hat method
and invest in some real weather instruments.  ;D

Or at the very least, a window  ::-).  
;D

I'll bet you're not too far from the truth.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 13, 2010, 11:39:35 am
About 5cm here in Reading. It's stopped now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on January 13, 2010, 11:41:52 am
It has started snowing again in Cambridge.   :thumbsup:

We've been in a bit of a bubble for the lsat week or so and missed the worst of it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tim on January 13, 2010, 11:49:08 am
You used your car's SNO chains in deepest Surrey?
Since I passed the bug I had last week to Kathy the car was a better bet than cycling.

The main roads around the town were jammed, the motorway was featured on the radio travel news, so set off on the country roads. Got up the first hill having ditched the traction control but didn't have an opportunity to get a run up at the second steeper one due to a car descending*. So spent a while applying the chains. Had to clear the way ahead by pushing some other cars** who were spinning merrily to themselves, but with chains on the roads presented no further challenges.

<still haven't had a chance to try out the new tyre I put on the back of the 'cheetah***>

*Last week in the SNO a car had been abandonned at the bottom of that bit on the verge by the side of the road. When the SNO melted a bit the car promptly slumped into the field which is below the level of the road coming to rest on its side. This morning there was another car resting against it in similar repose. Just here (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=51.275463,-0.282675&spn=0.000446,0.001676&t=h&z=19), yup that gentle right-hander was the problem.

**Ignored the RWD merc who after a bit of trying managed to get himself back to the correct side of the road, albeit without making any progress in his intended direction.

***Went into LBS and requested the best traction they could sell me.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 13, 2010, 11:49:41 am
No change since 9 a.m. It does seem to be trying to settle on some surfaces and not others.

I have decided to postpone my lunch time teaching apptmt..
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on January 13, 2010, 11:54:31 am
<still haven't had a chance to try out the new tyre I put on the back of the 'cheetah***>

Now that's going to be a whole lot of TEH FUNNAY  :thumbsup:

We've just had an email from corp comms:

Quote
Team, 

In view of the continuing snowfall, there is a likelihood that traffic conditions will deteriorate progressively during the afternoon and evening.

You are advised to leave the office today at a time which gives you a reasonable probability of reaching home before darkness and freezing conditions fall.

Bless 'em  :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: GruB on January 13, 2010, 11:55:45 am
With all this snow and rain coming, next thing will be floods.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Riggers on January 13, 2010, 11:56:45 am
Not flooding here yet in Brighton.

Just thought I'd get in first on this one!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on January 13, 2010, 11:57:02 am
Fun on the trains this morning. Electrical fault (20 minute wait at Queenstown Road while they tried to restart power to the rear 4 coaches) followed by no free platforms at Waterloo (45 minute wait yards outside the station) meant my train journey into work took 90 minutes instead of the usual 18.

Think I'll have lunch, pack up the laptop and go home early to avoid a similar debacle on the way back.

Very very tempted to cycle in this morning, wish I had now...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 13, 2010, 11:57:45 am
None overnight in Harlot - mine was the only motorcar with SNO on it when I arrived this morning.  It's been coming down steadily since about 08:30 but doesn't seem to be settling very well.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 13, 2010, 12:00:27 pm
Not flooding here yet in Brighton.

Just thought I'd get in first on this one!  ;D ;D ;D

You ought to see what the Bishop of Carlisle is saying about the rest of the country.  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wascally Weasel on January 13, 2010, 12:01:02 pm
I hadn’t seen the forecast (not that it would have mattered) so wasn’t expecting more snow today – I was going to switch back to my road bike today but a glance out of the window first thing changed my mind.

So still on the MTB with fat knobblies I made my way in via Richmond Park, past vehicles that were wheelspinning in what appeared to be slush (the park was closed to motor traffic again this morning)– I was able to enjoy the fresh snow in the middle of the park and on the Tamsin Trail before it gets rutted and icy.

Vehicles were nose to tail on the other side of the Park, almost all the way from Roehampton Gate to the Upper Richmond Road - I used the cycle track for a change and made reasonable time.  After that it was just slush on the roads, apart from a few side roads, the Wandle delta and Battersea Park.

Took quite a bit longer than normal but was lots of fun.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tim on January 13, 2010, 12:01:06 pm
<still haven't had a chance to try out the new tyre I put on the back of the 'cheetah***>

Now that's going to be a whole lot of TEH FUNNAY  :thumbsup:

We've just had an email from corp comms:

Riding it on Friday (on tyres with barely more tread than slicks) was a real problem getting to work (uphill) - muchly not teh fannay.

Two problems - not enough weight over the back wheel and an almost slick tyre means that it is very difficult to apply any meaningful impetus. It's wider than the wheel routes cut into the lanes, so at least one wheel was in the mush meaning it dug in muchly grinding me to a halt.

Coming home (downhill) on Friday was a different matter - games played included when do I jam the brakes on to come to rest at the next <pick landmark of choice>, if I jam the brakes on whilst riding in the middle of the road will the camber draw me to the left hand verge or the right hand verge...

I'm hoping that the knobbly bastard will allow sufficient drive power to get me up hills despite the best efforts of the trike to dig in.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 13, 2010, 12:03:12 pm
Quite a lot came down here last night, and it is still snowing.  Probably 4 inches.  We're just on the edge of it, and the Forest has it badly.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Ian H on January 13, 2010, 12:06:39 pm
Rain here. Patchy white in the fields.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 13, 2010, 12:20:54 pm
It's fair bucketing down with Big Sno now.  I'm glad I got out for my run earlier :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 13, 2010, 12:25:02 pm
We've had 4" lovely and white and cold.

A devlivery man still managed to deliver a box of hard disks and software though, so I'm not bored.  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 13, 2010, 12:29:55 pm
...
I'm hoping that the knobbly bastard will allow sufficient drive power to get me up hills despite the best efforts of the trike to dig in.

I had a cycle cross tyre on the back of mine last winter.  It does give power up the hill, but the slicks on the front wheels do not allow for any stoppage.  No tyres gave grip when travelling sideways on ice at 25mph.

I also beached it on the ice outside the house mid donut.  Couldn't get sufficient grip to climb the camber of the road.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on January 13, 2010, 12:31:24 pm
My road  (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4009/4271566906_79735d3f9e_o.jpg)in Forest Hill SE London, taken a few minutes ago.

To be fair, busier roads a quarter of a mile distant are clear and rideable - although the overnight forecast of -4°C is likely to change that.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulR on January 13, 2010, 12:35:56 pm
My road  (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4009/4271566906_79735d3f9e_o.jpg)in Forest Hill SE London, taken a few minutes ago.

Oh look, there's my bedroom...  :o

When I headed off this morning, it was a pristine blanket of snow.  There were only two other sets of footprints up the road.  One set belonged to my daughter.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Ian H on January 13, 2010, 12:38:18 pm
...I also beached it on the ice outside the house mid donut...

You are, dear sir, a big kid.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on January 13, 2010, 12:39:44 pm
A good 6" and still dumping SNO here!

I'm taking a day's leave.  
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: gordon taylor on January 13, 2010, 12:40:24 pm
We had a little bit of snow overnight and the roads were as slippy as hell this morning. I was in first (smug) on studded tyres and the rest of the staff drifted in over the next two hours. Stafford was gridlocked following a couple of bumps at crucial junctions.

We have a contingency prepared so we gather the children in the hall and send them off when a teacher is in and ready. Lesson one started about 15 mnutes late and the day has progressed smoothly since then. All our children (500) are local and walk or cycle to school so they're pretty much all here.

Unfortunately the posh high school in town has shut (again  ::-) ) so our kids are indignant and grumpy. Ha! I've just improved the mood of one group with an hour of trigonometry too.

And the head of science split his trousers whilst snowballing at break. Ha Ha!

I love this job.  ;D ;D ;D



Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on January 13, 2010, 12:42:46 pm
It's snowing here.  Very small flakes.  The first time I've actually been out cycling when it's actually been snowing, this winter.  I've not been cycling much because my car is in the garage (and I've continually been promised the part will arrive tomorrow.  Finally I've decided to not believe them, and have cycled in, which means it'll be fixed today).  I took snow tyres, not expecting ice or snow, but there's still frozen snow in some places on the cycle paths.  Then it started snowing as I left the physio.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 13, 2010, 12:52:58 pm
Is today the wrong day to have used the Brompton?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 13, 2010, 01:30:36 pm
Is today the wrong day to have used the Brompton?

You don't so much dance with the Devil, more so, do the jive with him.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tim on January 13, 2010, 01:50:54 pm
Is today the wrong day to have used the Brompton?
Was this time last week the wrong day to take the tandem?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 13, 2010, 01:56:41 pm
Coming down properly here now.  Yay!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrij on January 13, 2010, 01:59:08 pm
No SNO in the City.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on January 13, 2010, 02:01:37 pm
No SNO in the City.

But is there sex...?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 13, 2010, 02:02:19 pm
No SNO in the City.

But is there sex...?

There's sex in Essex.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hatler on January 13, 2010, 02:02:55 pm
I was about to say, when people provide a weather report please can they mention where they are.

Thanks all !!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 13, 2010, 02:04:23 pm
I'm here.

We now have no weather.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 13, 2010, 02:06:11 pm
I was about to say, when people provide a weather report please can they mention where they are.

Thanks all !!
I usually remember. Some people have locations in their profiles.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CommuteTooFar on January 13, 2010, 02:21:35 pm
I reckon a little over 20cm fell in Radyr, Cardiff last night 

In the snow last night I had one of my favourite events.  As I turned around the corner into  Drysgol Road a 1 in 11 I had to pass a BMW (rear wheel drive) failing to go further.  Of course I with my excessive weight positioned over my drive wheel pedaled straight up the hill with only the occasional wheel slip.

This morning was more tricky.  The snow started relatively early yesterday so many cars passed over the roads creating ruts that were then covered over by later snow.  Riding through the snow was very awkward this morning with random bumps and the front wheel being deflected unexpectedly.  I still managed to arrive at the station on time though. To catch an express commuter train. The train was unable to take its usual route into Cardiff so used  the other route leaving disconcerted commuters watch me whizz straight past their platform. When I arrived in Bridgend I chickened out riding down Court Road which looked slippy at that time. I mounted on Nolton Street and rode the few miles to work.  

I arrived at the office to discover that I was first to arrive. Unfortunately I am not a key holder so had to wait 40 minutes before someone else arrived. The car travelers seemed to have a much trickier journey than me.  
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 13, 2010, 02:23:35 pm
I was about to say, when people provide a weather report please can they mention where they are.

Thanks all !!

I'm a few miles Northwest-ish of where Tewdric is.  Hope that helps ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on January 13, 2010, 02:24:11 pm
Snow falling now in Chesterfield. Not settling yet but will do if it continues at this rate...

Casualty has been closed and a "Major Incident" declared at the hospital.

The ambulance service apparently has 60+ outstanding emergency calls.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on January 13, 2010, 03:00:41 pm
It was snowing this morning at 0600 when I got up & has continued all day long with increasing persitence(sp).
It is becoming increasingly difficult for vehicles to travel on the side roads that I can see from the office & soon they will be unusable.The only thing keeping the primary road open is the traffic carving tracks in the snow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: numbnuts on January 13, 2010, 03:05:07 pm
We've just had a snow plough go through my village  :) still haven't seen any grit as yet, the pavements are very bad to walk on still
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 13, 2010, 03:14:49 pm
Amazingly clear now. Hope it continues like this, so I can get in easily tomorrow.

- Sutton, Surrey
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 13, 2010, 03:17:37 pm
drizzing again, I suppose it'll freeze tonight again and make the roads even wess. There is no grit in this town, only major routes now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: DuncanM on January 13, 2010, 03:19:33 pm
It stopped about 11, but it's just started again now.  There has been some melting as sheltered areas (eg under tables) that had a light covering of snow earlier, are now free of snow.

Location - Oxford.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on January 13, 2010, 03:21:02 pm
I love it - it's so British. 78 pages of talking about the weather ;D.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on January 13, 2010, 03:24:12 pm
Oh. It's just started again here in Surrey :D.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on January 13, 2010, 03:25:44 pm
Been stopped since about 2pm in sunny South Ruislip.  Looking quite thick out there though.  I may just leg it home before it gets dark and starts up again.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: bikenerd on January 13, 2010, 03:32:13 pm
The bus I should have caught to work this morning:
(http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/resources/images/1160508/?type=display)

Sideways is the new forward.
Maybe now the council will plow and grit the road? (Wishful thinking...)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on January 13, 2010, 03:32:28 pm
BUT will you be RAIN-legging auntie C.  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on January 13, 2010, 03:46:35 pm
90 minutes to get home by train.

In the 45 minutes I waited in Waterloo station only 4 trains left. The evening commute is going to be utter hell. Ho ho ho!

Lots of trains, but few drivers.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rower40 on January 13, 2010, 03:51:59 pm
Derby: Very light snow-fall continually since 9am.  Difficult to tell if it's settling, as the land around was white-covered anyway.  It's just started getting a teensy bit heavier.

To the 'cheetah owners out there; do you have any form of rear mudguard?  I'm getting bored scrubbing the mud-stains off the left-hand side of my coat's collar.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 13, 2010, 03:54:46 pm
Stopped now in Harlot and even when it was coming down properly, it couldn't be arsed to settle.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: DuncanM on January 13, 2010, 03:54:58 pm
Stopped again in Oxford.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tim on January 13, 2010, 03:56:45 pm
To the 'cheetah owners out there; do you have any form of rear mudguard?  I'm getting bored scrubbing the mud-stains off the left-hand side of my coat's collar.
I hang a bag off the top of the seat which gives me a bit of cover (but not much). I reckon I get more stained by the spray off the front wheels than from the rear coming back over my head.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 13, 2010, 03:57:00 pm
...
To the 'cheetah owners out there; do you have any form of rear mudguard?  I'm getting bored scrubbing the mud-stains off the left-hand side of my coat's collar.

No mudguard.   Which is one reason the 'cheetah is in the garage and not being ridden.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 13, 2010, 03:57:53 pm
Can we either have some serious snow or have it melt?  I can't be doing with half-hearted flakes.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tim on January 13, 2010, 03:59:20 pm
...
To the 'cheetah owners out there; do you have any form of rear mudguard?  I'm getting bored scrubbing the mud-stains off the left-hand side of my coat's collar.

No mudguard.   Which is one reason the 'cheetah is in the garage and not being ridden.
I thought you had mudguards front and then pannier rack with rack-top bag at the rear to give you quite a lot of shelter.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: DuncanM on January 13, 2010, 04:09:27 pm
Started again (in Oxford).  I wish it would make its bloodly mind up.
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Post by: nuttycyclist on January 13, 2010, 04:16:19 pm
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To the 'cheetah owners out there; do you have any form of rear mudguard?  I'm getting bored scrubbing the mud-stains off the left-hand side of my coat's collar.

No mudguard.   Which is one reason the 'cheetah is in the garage and not being ridden.
I thought you had mudguards front and then pannier rack with rack-top bag at the rear to give you quite a lot of shelter.

The Cheetah rack sits alongside the rear wheel, not over it.

Yes I have front guards, but the road grime still sprays up over both elbows.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on January 13, 2010, 04:20:45 pm
I was about to say, when people provide a weather report please can they mention where they are.

Thanks all !!

I'm a few miles Northwest-ish of where Tewdric is.  Hope that helps ;)

And I'm a few miles south-east of Mal Volio!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 13, 2010, 05:11:59 pm
Two more inches of sno over night.

I have just seen a gang of kids heading toward the nearest hill with an inflatable dingy, which is inspired in it's speed, weight and lunacy once fully loaded.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: robbo6 on January 13, 2010, 05:16:47 pm
The snow equivalent of light drizzle here in S. Cumbria. Just enough to make everything cold and damp.
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Post by: recumbentim on January 13, 2010, 05:53:35 pm
Loads of snow at Glenshee Ski Center yesterday and today.
If I cant cycle I will just have to ski?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on January 13, 2010, 06:15:35 pm
You don't so much dance with the Devil, more so, do the jive with him.

Now that's just begging to be used as a signature line.  ;D

There was only a light overnight sprinkling of SNO in the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is Mos Eisley Pompey, which has done little to improve the random traction situation. It's been sleety (or a word that sounds similar) today. I just hope that by the time I'm back on shift on Sunday night, it's thawed a bit more, or dumped a decent amount of SNO.   :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 13, 2010, 07:11:45 pm
I loved this photo from the BBC...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1263402837/html/1.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/uk_enl_1263402837/html/1.stm)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 13, 2010, 07:14:49 pm
I haven't had a bin collection for a while, and I'm not sure why, since we I'm not all that far from Croydon centre.  Even my bin is full, and it's only me and the cat.  Some of the neighbours bins are starting to disappear under uncollected bags.  If we're not getting our rubbish collected, then I can't imagine who is. :-\
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Post by: Rig of Jarkness on January 13, 2010, 07:15:16 pm
I loved this photo from the BBC...

Brilliant !  ;D
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Post by: mercury on January 14, 2010, 12:55:33 am
I bought metal spikes for golf shoes yesterday. They are brilliant. Great match for a mountain bike with trail tyres.

Cycled through 1-2 inches of fresh snow from Slough to Langley, up to Chalfont St Peter and back again. The spikes make easy work walking through the snow. And they stop foot slip on flat pedals. Not so good on tarmac. Spent the day doing the opposite of everyone else - jumping from one patch of snow to another.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Adrian on January 14, 2010, 07:29:25 am
We have rain. This could be the start of the end.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: cometworm on January 14, 2010, 07:35:26 am
Yup. It's back to the 9 months of shitty grey this country usually calls fall-winter-spring.

I need to move somewhere else. 
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 14, 2010, 07:50:33 am
Pissing down here. The snow and slush seems to have gone, leaving behind a large pile of rubbish sacks.
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Post by: woollypigs on January 14, 2010, 07:56:35 am
Phew it is rain and we are due to board in 30min
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 14, 2010, 08:22:47 am
It's warm and raining.

It's only January so, "this may not be the beginning of the end but it may at least be the end of the beginning" (half remembered quote).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 14, 2010, 08:32:13 am
It's warm and raining.

It's only January so, "this may not be the beginning of the end but it may at least be the end of the beginning" (half remembered quote).

"We will fight them... in the ditches...."
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 14, 2010, 08:33:31 am
no bin collections for us for the last two weeks, they are out on the road, I suspect the lazy buggers daren't drive their big lorry on the untreated road in our Close, they are on the main roads. Time to ring the council again.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 14, 2010, 08:35:28 am
I suspect that it's more to do with trying to keep your feet on untreated pavements when wielding several rubbish sacks in each hand. Elfansafety, innit. Frankly, I don't blame them.

Now, if the Caahncil had employed the same blokes with shovels to clear the pavements instead of shifting rubbish...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Charlotte on January 14, 2010, 09:08:31 am
Raining in South Ruislip and washing the snow away.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 14, 2010, 11:00:39 am
Horrid rain in NE Londonton and Harlot.

Bah!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 14, 2010, 11:01:56 am
no weather here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: groucho on January 14, 2010, 11:05:37 am
Plenty of grit left lying on the pavements amongst the dwindling slush in Penarth.

Is anybody gonna collect it for the February cold snap?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PhilO on January 14, 2010, 11:23:00 am
Yup. It's back to the 9 months of shitty grey this country usually calls fall-winter-spring.

I thought in this country we called it Autumn-winter-spring?  :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrij on January 14, 2010, 11:35:55 am
There's nothing wrong with a proper English word like Fall.  No idea when the UK started going all Latinate and using words like Autumn.  ::-)

 :P
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 14, 2010, 11:37:51 am
It's misty here, with a lot of sno still on the ground, but it's thawing.  Too soggy to run, too slushy to ride.

We had a gritter come through in the early hours.  Most unexpected - that's the first one.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Ian H on January 14, 2010, 11:49:42 am
There's nothing wrong with a proper English word like Fall.  No idea when the UK started going all Latinate and using words like Autumn.  ::-)

 :P


Fall is still current in, for instance, Dorset.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: urban_biker on January 14, 2010, 11:55:25 am
It's warm and raining.

It's only January so, "this may not be the beginning of the end but it may at least be the end of the beginning" (half remembered quote).

"We will fight them... in the ditches...."

"And on the cycle paths"

"We shall never surrender"


 ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: robbo6 on January 14, 2010, 01:45:37 pm
A bit more snow overnight in S Cumbria, about 2 barleycorns lying. But I did see a council bod with a leaf-blower clearing the pavements ahead of the rubbish collectors' visit.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 14, 2010, 01:45:47 pm
There's nothing wrong with a proper English word like Fall.  No idea when the UK started going all Latinate and using words like Autumn.  ::-)

Apparently Harvest is the older usage, and terms like August and Fall are modern inventions, one becoming more popular in the North American continent, and the other in the British Isles.

South Ken has bugger all snow, but it hasn't had much anyway for quite a while.

Croydon was less white than it has been for a while when I left this morning, but it looked like it would take a while for the fairly light drizzle to have much of an impact.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 14, 2010, 01:54:10 pm
"You've Got A Friend" really relies on the term "fall".
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 14, 2010, 01:57:19 pm
'Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn
All you gotta do is, er, well, um...' ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on January 14, 2010, 02:43:29 pm
Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn
All you gotta do is call 'em
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: alexb on January 14, 2010, 03:39:33 pm
Well, despite the snow falling pretty thick and fast on Wednesday, the binmen turned up and collected our rubbish, recycling and kitchen waste pretty much on time! I was impressed. There were no trains however, so I spent a day working from home.

Today, riding in was fine up until Clapham Common where a thin cleared trail in the slush got thinner and thinner and thinner as I approached the little jiggle at the end of the cycle path where it goes left and then right on a slight downhill slope. I approached this at absolute tippy-toes speed, thinking to myself "I'm such a wuss!". Cleared it safely, stopped at the junction, heard a metallic crash and turned around to see another cyclist sliding towards me on his arse. So I guess the caution was merited.

I'll be glad when all this slippery stuff has gone. I have no real trouble riding in the rain.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: numbnuts on January 14, 2010, 03:54:36 pm
It's been quite a nice day in Southampton 3c and all main roads clear of ice/snow, our car park is still covered in slushy ice so may be back on the bike over the weekend
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on January 14, 2010, 03:55:37 pm
It has done nothing but rain here in Cambridge...


Normal winter service has resumed!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on January 14, 2010, 04:36:02 pm
"You've Got A Friend" really relies on the term "fall".

Yebbut Carol Klein's American, isn't she?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 14, 2010, 04:42:21 pm
I'm pretty dischuffed with the refuse collectors/ cooncil since we had a dodgy service for 11  weeks while they were on strike
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 14, 2010, 04:48:37 pm
ah, that's fair enough.  Badly handled by your Council, that one.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 14, 2010, 05:06:12 pm
ah, that's fair enough.  Badly handled by your Council, that one.
The unions made a meal of it too. The workers ended up accepting something that was offered a month prior which at that point was rejected.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 14, 2010, 05:07:49 pm
Bin collections are always interesting. It's about the only visible service that the middle class feel they receive in return for their couple of thousand pounds every year. Of course, that's not accurate but it's certainly how people feel.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: DuncanM on January 14, 2010, 05:08:31 pm
We've not had our bins collected for a couple of weeks.  Then again, the post didn't turn up for a week either.  And I've not been to work in that time (working from home). So I accept that sno has screwed everything requiring transport up, and hope that as the sno goes it'll all go back to normal...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 14, 2010, 05:11:41 pm
Landed in Aalborg airport where there is still around 2 feet of snow and
by magic the airport is still open. The local habor and fjord is frozen over, which I saw from the plane. A bit weird to see snow where water normal is.  
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 14, 2010, 05:12:13 pm
Bin collections are always interesting. It's about the only visible service that the middle class feel they receive in return for their couple of thousand pounds every year. Of course, that's not accurate but it's certainly how people feel.
I am inclined to agree with you. There are many services that alot of people don't use either because they don't know they exist or because they are not entitled to them or because they don't want them. And many that people don't realise that council tax pays for.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 14, 2010, 05:21:36 pm
One hell of a thick fog here. A real "owl" and "hole" one.
Airport is nice and quiet.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: bikenerd on January 14, 2010, 05:44:35 pm
In Oxford, the bin men who couldn't collect waste from streets where the road was iced up were reassigned to clear the pavements in the city centre.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 14, 2010, 06:37:25 pm
We did make it to chambery on sun afternoon, felt sorry for those trying to get home who were being put up in the local uni dorms tho. Snowed all day here yesterday in val which was nice. Pretty windy today. I was hoping that the sno would have gone at home by sat but i guess not :-(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 14, 2010, 06:43:59 pm
Melty melty here.  After four days braving a 50mph (i.e. 70mph because Swindon has no speed cameras any more)  three-lane dual carriageway because the psyclepath is deep snow, I have decided my nine lives are all but used up this week and shall drive tomorrow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 14, 2010, 07:17:20 pm
Melty melty here.  After four days braving a 50mph (i.e. 70mph because Swindon has no speed cameras any more)  three-lane dual carriageway because the psyclepath is deep snow, I have decided my nine lives are all but used up this week and shall drive tomorrow.

That's gonna piss-off the 'cycling jersey thief' no end.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 14, 2010, 07:40:46 pm
Well it's thawed ever so slightly and then frozen again.

As I discovered on a steep ungritted side road this evening, low speed, front wheel just went straight out from under me on what turned out to be a huge sheet of lurking black ice.

In a strange twist of ninja/jedi/zen master freakery I somehow managed to get the right leg over the bars as the bike went down and then land on my feet and slide for about ten meters down the hill, coming to stop by crouching down and sticking my leg into the slide.

I was so chuffed with myself that I was rather disapointed that only one passer by saw me do it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on January 14, 2010, 07:53:00 pm
Any CCTV covering  the location.Try the Highway's place in Regent street,Hanley...duck ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on January 14, 2010, 07:55:40 pm
Twas foggy May Bank sadly. :(

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Post by: Jurek on January 14, 2010, 07:58:27 pm
I somehow managed to get the right leg over the bars as the bike went down and then land on my feet and slide for about ten meters down the hill, coming to stop by crouching down and sticking my leg into the slide.

I was so chuffed with myself that I was rather disapointed that only one passer by saw me do it.

Crouching cyclist hidden passer by.
 ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Adrian on January 14, 2010, 08:22:49 pm
The binmen came today but didn't empty our bin. Should I feel that I have been discriminated against?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: perpetual dan on January 14, 2010, 08:25:56 pm
Interestingly varied road conditions today. The main roads were wet but basically clear. Some streets, like ours, have had tyre tracks at least cut in the snow by the people that live there. (Can I count digging snow for a couple of hours at a time as cross training?) In streets with a high density of 4 wheel drivers (that's who I'm blaming - they never showed up with a shovel in our street, despite creating the compacted icy bits we were digging) this hasn't happened. However these tracks don't leave much usable road for passing. I ended up on a hill on icy slush and had to get the spade out to make progress.
For the time I was stuck and then while walking Miss Dan the Younger up the hill the car failed on the bin people were parked at the end of the next road. No sign of the men and woman so I assume they were walking up the roads they couldn't drive to collect, although they couldn't get close last week. I'm hoping they get to us tomorrow.
In a similar vein, I phoned the butcher before going at the start of the week - they are on a steep side road - to ask if he had anything to sell me. Of course, he says, we're a professional organisation - not like the supermarkets!   :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 14, 2010, 08:27:23 pm
Some of you know where I live. It is less than 100m from a Trunk Road. I think tomorrow will be the first time I can get the car back up from its temporary parking space in town to the house. Loads of other people have the same MO, all the lay-bys and similar have been filled with cars for the last 10 days.

I'm lucky, I work from home. Mrs J is less lucky, she has had to put up with being with me for 9 days.  ;D

We've had our bins emptied, but we aren't on a gritting route. I usually shop in town and town has had every thing we need, so it's been wrap up and walk. We've had snowball fights and we've sledged.

In the last few years of my life I've come to treasure these inconveniences. Kids laughing, neighbours looking out for each other, communities discovering that the supermarket delivery lorry is not omnipotent.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on January 14, 2010, 08:29:43 pm
Some of you know where I live. It is less than 100m from a Trunk Road. I think tomorrow will be the first time I can get the car back up from its temporary parking space in town to the house.
100 metres?  You could have dug that out.  I did.  Lazy git  :P
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 14, 2010, 08:30:14 pm
Back to bins.

It was recycle bin day today so I put that one out.

But the snow seems to have buggered the timetable and it appears that both bins were emptied. That meant that the bin men (who apparently could be arsed) trekked up my drive to find my landfill bin to make sure that I wouldn't miss out on the unscheduled emptying.

Top marks to my binmen. Or gender neutral bin operatives.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on January 14, 2010, 08:30:23 pm
The binmen came today but didn't empty our bin. Should I feel that I have been discriminated against?

You, specifically, have been singled out, it would seem.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 14, 2010, 08:31:26 pm
Some of you know where I live. It is less than 100m from a Trunk Road. I think tomorrow will be the first time I can get the car back up from its temporary parking space in town to the house.
100 metres?  You could have dug that out.  I did.  Lazy git  :P

OK. Cup of tea on offer here next time. OK?  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on January 14, 2010, 08:31:57 pm
The binmen came today but didn't empty our bin. Should I feel that I have been discriminated against?
Yes - for association with Jogler ;). They know you know.
 ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on January 14, 2010, 08:33:18 pm
Twas foggy May Bank sadly. :(



Regent St is where the secret(ooops,it's not now is it :demon:) CCTV monitoring faclity is.
If you were "seen" it will be recorded.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on January 15, 2010, 07:16:30 am
Everyone else in the city has been able to go about their normal business for over a week now.  I wonder if that means that we'll get our bin emptied today ?

Edit - and before anyone pitches in with the argument that they've been busying driving gritting lorries, no that's not the reason at all, its because over half of them walked out last week on the grounds that they didn't want to work in the nasty weather !  >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wombat on January 15, 2010, 07:53:18 am
Bin collections are always interesting. It's about the only visible service that the middle class feel they receive in return for their couple of thousand pounds every year. Of course, that's not accurate but it's certainly how people feel.
I am inclined to agree with you. There are many services that alot of people don't use either because they don't know they exist or because they are not entitled to them or because they don't want them. And many that people don't realise that council tax pays for.

You have it right, but many folk (grumpy old me included) get cheesed off at the amount spent on services that we are not entitled to, or because we have put some effort into life, do not require.  We do not use schools, childcare, social services, and a host of other things.  we make very moderate use of refuse colelction services, so when Havant bloody council repeatedly screw it up yet again, out of sheer bloodymindedness by the bin-men, we get cheesed off.  The number of times the bin truck has been recalled to empty our bin, and replace it in the right place, I have lost count of.  We have been on "special measures" for a couple of years, and still they can't manage it...  and don't start me on gritting.  I think they have the chart the wrong way up, they only grit when it is NOT necessary...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 15, 2010, 07:56:14 am
Trouble is, that's the way a modern society works.

"You don't pay Road Tax!"
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 15, 2010, 08:44:25 am


Edit - and before anyone pitches in with the argument that they've been busying driving gritting lorries, no that's not the reason at all, its because over half of them walked out last week on the grounds that they didn't want to work in the nasty weather !  >:(
And I think some of their reasons for that were justified - it's dangerous. But I do recognise that a lot of it was more about general unhappiness at the way they're being treated by the council, modernising pay, threats of privatisation and redundancies. We all got an email yesterday telling us the council is seeking to impose unpaid leave, shorter working weeks (with non-working days not being paid) and probably redundancies. We're all a bit unhappy and unsettled just now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 15, 2010, 11:14:47 am
Back OT

It's raining here now, and all the sno is melting (someone left the cake out in the rain)

Big Cat has gone out of the house for the first time for about 2 weeks - which is a relief.  He came and shouted at me when he came back in - very pleased with himself :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 15, 2010, 11:33:41 am
Rain has cleared the roads, but there is now a bit of flooding here and there.
Rain has turned the compressed ice on the paths into PTFE.  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on January 15, 2010, 12:26:34 pm
We're all a bit unhappy and unsettled just now.

Oh well, that's alright then.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on January 15, 2010, 01:13:13 pm
Looks like the snow has just about all gone from the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is Mos Eisley Portsmouth. Or at least the bits of it I travel through to get to work. I reckon that I can put the slicks and road mudguard back on the commuter hack this weekend.

Although judging by the amount of coarse sand/grit laid down in some places, I may need knobbly tyres until the next rain shower washes it all away.  ;D

Actually, the past week or so has once again proved that timing is the very essence of all comedy:

04/01/10 - go for a bike ride, temporarily lose feeling in my toes.

05/01/10 - purchase Defroster boots in Chichester, get back to the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is Mos Eisley Portsmouth a couple of hours ahead of the SNOpocalypse...

06/01/10 - local military surplus shop has run out of entrenching tools.

13/01/10 - a fresh delivery of entrenching tools has arrived. Invest in one as against future SNOpocalypses.*

15/01/10 - SNO largely gone.

Not that I'm saying the arrival and departure of the SNO has anything to do with me, oh no...  ;)


Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 15, 2010, 01:17:18 pm
SNO all gone from Southend  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(



Do we have any long range forecasts for Jan/Feb?   When can I expect the next lot?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 15, 2010, 01:22:16 pm
Is it time to buy NOS studded tyres cheap yet ?

;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Ian H on January 15, 2010, 02:35:32 pm

Do we have any long range forecasts for Jan/Feb?   When can I expect the next lot?

January 2015.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 15, 2010, 02:56:45 pm
Do we have any long range forecasts for Jan/Feb?   When can I expect the next lot?

Don't worry.

Jan/Feb will be back next year.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on January 15, 2010, 03:06:14 pm
We have had an extensive thaw over the last 12 hours with several hours of varying precipitation(heard that  word on the radio this morning :) ) this morning &  much of the snow has dissipated.There is still a great deal of ice underfoot but this too is now noticeably diminishing.
The thaw appears to be too rapid  for some of the drains hereabouts to cope with & two parts of the primary road to & thru' the village have begun to flood.The stream has also swollen to look more like a river again.
I imagine flooding could be the next weather issue with which those living in vulnerable & affected areas are troubled with.
Butterfly remarked upthread ref the extent (page 83 IIRC)  to which we are able to rabbit-on about the weather.I think the topic will require many more pages before it comment on the current spell is exhausted ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 15, 2010, 03:11:38 pm
SNO all gone from Southend  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

There's still a big pile on Priory Park. Beginning to turn a bit yellow, though...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 15, 2010, 03:12:27 pm
I imagine flooding could be the next weather issue with which those living in vulnerable & affected areas are troubled with.

I would agree.  We have very heavy rain forecast for tomorrow, and the ground is more than waterlogged already.  It's going to run-off like crazy.  I think flooding is to be expected...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 15, 2010, 03:12:42 pm
Beginning to turn a bit yellow, though...

it's the Huskies, you know...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on January 15, 2010, 04:21:35 pm
And our bin has been emptied !  Yay !  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 15, 2010, 06:22:27 pm
And I spent an hour clearing compacted ice from the front of the office, sweeping up melt water and laying grit, so that people could get in and out without breaking their necks.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jane on January 15, 2010, 06:43:37 pm
There's still a big pile on Priory Park. Beginning to turn a bit yellow, though...
Honestly, Wow, couldn't you wait till you got home.

I have put the Roughstuff (big tyres, like riding along in armchair) away, and am back on the little skinny, whippet Holdsworth SS now, as nothing snowy left to speak of in SE London.  A few teeny weensy bits of horrid slushy stuff which I have to wheel the Holdsworth through, after attempting a ride through on it once and experiencing that WHEEEEEE! feeling as the wheels decided they might attempt to part company with the rest of the bike.  I have no idea how I managed to remain on it and keep cycling- Practice I guess- A few days ago I got  a round of applause from the guys in a traffic jammed car behind me, when the snow was coming down heavy, as I managed a beautiful long skid in the snow and perfect recovery, momentary hold,  and carry on as though nothing had happened.   They hadn't seen the practice runs on previous days when I and the bike ended up several yards apart, both prone. All I can say is- it's a good job the below zero temperature on those occasions meant I was wearing many layers of protective clothing.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 15, 2010, 08:15:26 pm
Beginning to turn a bit yellow, though...

it's the Huskies, you know...
Dreamed I was an eskimo . . .
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on January 15, 2010, 08:21:31 pm
Dreamed I was an eskimo . . .

Frozen wind began to blow... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmVvgo1wxh4)

Snow cones and sprinkles, anyone?  :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jakob on January 15, 2010, 11:37:52 pm
70cm at Whistler the last 24hours. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Looks like I'll finally get a powder day tomorrow, woot!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 16, 2010, 01:25:36 pm
The heavy rain has now managed to wash the remaining snow away.  :thumbsup:

It's a truly mighty Thor.

Not "thaw" as the speed at which it has happened, is more god like.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clifftaylor on January 16, 2010, 01:37:37 pm
The heavy rain has now managed to wash the remaining snow away.  :thumbsup:

Indeed it has. I've just been out to the garage, and found a number of "bicycles" - what are these machines used for??
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 16, 2010, 01:40:45 pm
The heavy rain has now managed to wash the remaining snow away.  :thumbsup:

Indeed it has. I've just been out to the garage, and found a number of "bicycles" - what are these machines used for??

I'm also going to use my bike in a bit.  :smug:

It's been so long... I fear for my bum getting a little tender on the saddle.  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 16, 2010, 01:42:06 pm
The heavy rain has now managed to wash the remaining snow away.  :thumbsup:

Indeed it has. I've just been out to the garage, and found a number of "bicycles" - what are these machines used for??

They are designed for donating to Worthy Causes. O:-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fungus on January 16, 2010, 01:54:10 pm
The forecast looks good for Tamworth and surrounding area tomorrow.  Sunshine, max 7 c & a light south westerley.  I'm looking foward to getting out and seeing just how bad my legs are  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on January 16, 2010, 03:57:41 pm
I've just purchased a shovel and two bags of sharp sand, so that I'm ready for the next SNOpocalypse.

That should completely hex any chances of it snowing until next winter, then.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fungus on January 16, 2010, 04:00:40 pm
I've just purchased a shovel and two bags of sharp sand, so that I'm ready for the next SNOpocalypse.

That should completely hex any chances of it snowing until next winter, then.

That's bloody good of you old chap  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Marj on January 16, 2010, 05:29:57 pm
Just like to add that We have NO snow  :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 16, 2010, 05:41:06 pm
I imagine flooding could be the next weather issue with which those living in vulnerable & affected areas are troubled with.

I would agree.  We have very heavy rain forecast for tomorrow, and the ground is more than waterlogged already.  It's going to run-off like crazy.  I think flooding is to be expected...

No kidding

Our little stream is about 100 m wide and the middle of the village has a new lake of quite startling proportions.  The land I was running on 3 days ago is under a good metre of water...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrew Br on January 16, 2010, 06:08:29 pm

No kidding

Our little stream is about 100 m wide and the middle of the village has a new lake of quite startling proportions.  The land I was running on 3 days ago is under a good metre of water...

DIY triathlon on your doorstep then.
All you need now is a bike.
I can lend you one if you don't your own  ;)

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 16, 2010, 06:30:24 pm
OK, thanks.  Most of  mine have either too few gears or too many wheels for Tri ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrew Br on January 16, 2010, 11:54:48 pm
OK, thanks.  Most of  mine have either too few gears or too many wheels for Tri ;)

So, analysing that, you have a Chopper and a tricycle.
Are you 10 years old ?

 ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 17, 2010, 09:58:13 am

I'd almost forgot that it actually got that dark outside.
That snow really did make the nights seem almost like day.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clifftaylor on January 17, 2010, 10:08:26 am
And now the sun is in the sky like some kind of huge yellow, er, thing.  :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CommuteTooFar on January 18, 2010, 12:28:31 pm
Some people think this Winter may be part of a pattern.

Europe to experience decades of artic winters?  (http://pistehors.com/news/ski/comments/0978-europe-to-experience-decades-of-artic-winters/)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 18, 2010, 12:33:25 pm

So, analysing that, you have a Chopper and a tricycle.

No, no Chopper.  A multitude of fixed, one SS and two trikes tho' ;)

Quote
Are you 10 years old ?

I believe so, yes.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 18, 2010, 01:31:39 pm
Next door to work is a motorcycle training centre.  This morning I saw a motorbike there for the first time in a month!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hatler on January 18, 2010, 09:40:19 pm
What we need more than anything is a decent downpour to clear the gritty crap off the roads. My bike looks like its been round a wet speedway track.

Yuk.

Clean those brakes people, or lose your rims !
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 18, 2010, 09:43:07 pm
What we need more than anything is a decent downpour to clear the gritty crap off the roads.

You obv. don't live in South Wales ;)

We have a layer of mud washed out of the fields, branches, stones, assorted detritus and some residual underwater bits after Saturday's floods.

But not much evidence of salt left :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 18, 2010, 10:41:11 pm
Clean those brakes people, or lose your rims !
Nah, fixed innit, leg braking.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on January 18, 2010, 11:17:48 pm
What we need more than anything is a decent downpour to clear the gritty crap off the roads.

You obv. don't live in South Wales ;)

We have a layer of mud washed out of the fields, branches, stones, assorted detritus and some residual underwater bits after Saturday's floods.

But not much evidence of salt left :)

We haz ROKS , TREEZ and HUGE PUGGLES
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 18, 2010, 11:41:46 pm
Just back from Denmark where there is around 2' of snow at my old folks place and around 3-4" in CPH.

It is the first time in 16" years that they have had so much snow for so long, mid December until now. And the first white xmas where it have been over 90% of the country covered on the 24th of Dec. for a long time.

And more snow is due.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 19, 2010, 12:21:43 am
And are the locals complaining about the snow?   Have the council gritted all roads and footpaths so that they're completely snow free?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 19, 2010, 12:31:11 am
Nope they just get on with it. Will post a picture in the am from me old folks cul-de-sac.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 19, 2010, 12:37:58 am
Exactly the answer I was expecting  ;D ;D ;D :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I think I want to move to Denmark.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andrewc on January 19, 2010, 01:15:45 pm
My Kahtoola Micro Spikes have finally arrived.  I've now guaranteed absolutely zero snow & ice in Liverpool for the rest of the winter !
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 19, 2010, 01:28:36 pm
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_I2koBEIwO7s/S1MPQWHbiQI/AAAAAAAAH0g/AXLkolaaqlE/s400/dsc02417.jpg)
That was 2-3 feet deep start of Jan. Now around 5-10cm hard packed snow. It my folks road come cul-de-sac they got around 250m out to the main road which is clear. Most and main bicycle lanes have been cleared.

Yet no one was late to work.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Kathy on January 19, 2010, 04:12:21 pm
Mor SNO due heer tomorrow! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 19, 2010, 04:16:34 pm
I don't have my fingers crossed.  I'm expecting a non-event.

The weather forecasts have all been "snow on Wednesday", but no real details as to time/location.  Also, those that do give details have said "one or two centimetres".  That, falling on the warmer ground of the last few days, ain't gonna settle.



I think it's the same as back last Feb.  We got a bad dumping, the country ground to a halt, the meeja are now going mad about it and forecasting doom and gloom.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 19, 2010, 05:07:11 pm
Big Sno forecast for the high ground here

I was just up on the edge of the Beacons, taking a chance for a ride whilst the roads are clear, and it felt decidedly snow-in-the-offing as I was coming down.  It got colder during the day; I started at 9 with track mitts, and by 1 pm I was breaking out the gloves & woolly hat.

I suspect we'll just get rain here though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 19, 2010, 05:42:19 pm
It looks like most of the snow is going to hit the western side of the country, there seems like little forecast for the east, so London and elsewhere (eg Southend!) should largely avoid it.

On the other hand, should we get a dump, and the inevitable ice-ification of that snow by cars driving on it, I may yet get to try out the studded tyres this year!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 19, 2010, 08:52:30 pm
No, it's coming from the west. Forecast to be light rain at 4°C here tomorrow, although the higher bits of Wales will probably have a fair fall. It won't last though, with heavier rain and higher temperatures forecast for Thursday.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 19, 2010, 08:57:28 pm
yep.

That's why I went on my ride over one of the higher bits of Wales today :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 19, 2010, 09:10:08 pm
Just spoken to Mrs. B on the phone.  The first band has passed over down there.

Rain.  Not Sno.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on January 19, 2010, 09:30:11 pm
Hmm. The BBC local wild guess forecast says that there will be heavy snow here tomorrow. We'll see.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on January 20, 2010, 09:05:08 am
It's just turned from rain to sno here, but it's only sticking on the grass.

The Forest has been hit a bit harder, with few cm on the roads and most of the towns not easily passable
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 20, 2010, 10:20:26 am
4-6 inches up on top here, only 1-2 inches in the valleys. A bit slushy, but traffic hell.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on January 20, 2010, 10:21:45 am
Dry here :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 20, 2010, 11:58:01 am
It's still dry here as well, which is quite surprising, since I looked at the Rain Radar this morning, realised the rain was about to hit, and didn't rush, since I assumed I wasn't going to be able to avoid it whatever I did.  Even now, several hours later nothing has yet to happen to South Kensington, although it does look like the rain on the radar is slowly edging into the vicinity of London.

I imagine this same band of weather is rain or snow, depending on the ambient temperature when it drops.  If it does become snow here, hopefully it'll stay snow-like, so I can cycle home before I have to deal with ice.  Ice on the ground, and my bike not equipped with it's studded tyres would be annoying!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Panoramix on January 20, 2010, 01:08:57 pm
It was snowing this morning in Bristol, big flakes but not holding on the wet ground.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 20, 2010, 01:59:14 pm
It's been raining for several hours in Birmingham.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrij on January 20, 2010, 02:03:11 pm
On and off rain in the City.  Hope it's in 'off' mode at quitting time.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on January 20, 2010, 04:21:24 pm
We've had nowt...no rain or snow
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on January 20, 2010, 06:30:52 pm
Rain in Reading. Cold rain. There were some sludgy bits in it first thing this morning, & then it was just rain. Sometimes it has stopped for several successive seconds, but mostly it has just fluctuated in intensity. :(

A dank dark drizzly & chilly day.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 20, 2010, 11:35:02 pm
TWENTY FIVE MINUTES LEFT.

COME ON YOU BASTARD WEATHER FORECASTERS, WHERE IS THE SNOW?  I'M STILL ON HIGH ALERT AS YOU TOLD ME IT'D BE CHAOS AND MAYHEM.




We haven't even had rain FFS.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on January 29, 2010, 11:18:53 am
* idly looks out of window whilst on phone *

Arse!

Snowing in Norfolk  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 29, 2010, 11:42:15 am
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/4312986863_9bf6e02085.jpg)

GRR!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 29, 2010, 12:16:56 pm

Very Picasso.


Thank gawd that's not here. Phewww!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pcolbeck on January 29, 2010, 12:20:21 pm
Snowing on and off all morning here. Not laying at all though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on January 29, 2010, 12:24:30 pm
We've just had a rain shower here. It's cold.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 29, 2010, 12:49:16 pm
Very Picasso.
???
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on January 29, 2010, 12:50:52 pm
yeah bring it on lets have a proper winter for once, more snow please !!!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pingu on January 29, 2010, 12:51:37 pm
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/4312986863_9bf6e02085.jpg)

GRR!

The great thing about cycling in these conditions is that the motons are far less aggressive than usual  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pingu on January 29, 2010, 12:52:40 pm
Very Picasso.
???

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picasso%27s_Blue_Period
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on January 29, 2010, 01:25:03 pm
Sleet in Suffolk but I don't care as I'm (like a swallow) just about to leave for warmer climes...

I believe it is a balmy 3 degrees over there just now.   ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pcolbeck on January 29, 2010, 01:45:41 pm
Very cold here now and I can see over to the North York Moors (in between snow showers) and snow has laid there. Sunny here now though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on January 29, 2010, 02:17:13 pm
Sun has now popped out.  :thumbsup:

It's gloriously bright and windy here. Perfect drying weather.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Salvatore on January 29, 2010, 02:57:43 pm
20 minutes ago I set off for a walk through the fields. From my south-facing front door it looked gloriously sunny. As soon as I saw the big black clouds being blown from the north I scurried back indoors. There's now sleet falling. Heavily.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on January 29, 2010, 04:44:47 pm
On my way back from Cardiff I went through a light snowstorm, a field-whitening hail storm and a full-on blizzard.

Then the sun came out.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 29, 2010, 04:51:08 pm
Apparently we did have a little snow in South Ken sometime this afternoon.  Our technician goes out onto our balcony for a fag break every so often, and noticed it.  It was clearly not quite in the blizzard category. ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 29, 2010, 07:27:25 pm
Set of from home at 1430 in 6 degrees and sunlight. Arrived at my daughter's school at 1530 in 1 degree and loads of wet snow. Got back home to 6 degrees and sun again.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on January 29, 2010, 07:33:50 pm
Set of from home at 1430 in 6 degrees and sunlight. Arrived at my daughter's school at 1530 in 1 degree and loads of wet snow. Got back home to 6 degrees and sun again.

Must be very localised, as there has been a complete lack of SNO south of the A27.

That's normal service resumed then...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on January 29, 2010, 07:38:42 pm
Indeed, I was way up north - my daughter's school is in the Downs not far from Petersfield.

Once I was back south of the Portsdown Hill, Wickham line, it was back to the usual warm microclimate.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on January 30, 2010, 01:10:29 am
Pathetic snow in Bournville.  Not very impressive at all.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on January 30, 2010, 07:46:19 am
A thin layer in Croydon, until the cars wear it away from the roads.

It looks quite pretty, but Talisker isn't impressed, which I guess is understandable!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on January 30, 2010, 12:30:38 pm
Enough snow to keep me indoors so far ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: bobb on January 30, 2010, 12:46:19 pm
Clear blue sky here in Chelmsford. As it's snowd London way, does that mean I'm going to get wet when I go out in a bit?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on February 01, 2010, 09:57:19 am
Another "wafer thin" dusting of snow in Croydon overnight.  I imagine it'll last as long as the snow did on Saturday, ie not very long since the sun is out.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on February 01, 2010, 09:59:21 am
Not so much snow as sleet a few miles west, but pretty icy for the first few km, with patches of it all the way to Clapham.  Pretty much OK after that, but it wasn't the easiest of rides.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on February 01, 2010, 10:48:10 am
Aiiieeeeee!

100 pages will be doable at this feckin' rate. 
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on February 01, 2010, 11:01:02 am
I fell off on black ice this morning.  I didn't have the winter tyres on.  :facepalm:

I had only just gone a few 100 yards from home.  Decided it was too dodgy to continue so went home and got taxi.

Driver told me about a 5-car pile up on my normal route to work, and there were two cars in the hedge on airport way.  He also said an HGV had gone "over" a car at Milton Rd/Gilbert Rd and he didn't think the occupant of the car had survived.

Cambridge is a grit free zone, it seems.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on February 01, 2010, 12:21:25 pm
We woke up to a thin layer of fresh snow this morning. Mostly gone now, just patches left in the shade, & it's beautiful out. The sheets I hung on the line (while standing in snow) at 10 am are dry, & have that fresh outdoor dried smell. Lovely.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on February 01, 2010, 01:06:37 pm
I had a very frosty walk round Hockley Woods with the dog.

When we returned to the car, the sun shining on the driver's door had made it hot.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on February 01, 2010, 02:05:16 pm
I had snow for the first 2/3 of a mile or so, but after that it was snow free, including most of the Commons, since they were generally in sunshine.  The snow seemed thin enough that the cars didn't compact it into a hard uncycleable layer, but not so thin that it disappeared immediately.

There were some icy patches near where the Tooting Bec Common cycle path joins up with Cavendish Road, but they were easily avoided, and bugger all further in towards central London.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on February 01, 2010, 04:16:32 pm
I fell off on black ice this morning.  I didn't have the winter tyres on.  :facepalm:

I had only just gone a few 100 yards from home.  Decided it was too dodgy to continue so went home and got taxi.

Driver told me about a 5-car pile up on my normal route to work, and there were two cars in the hedge on airport way.  He also said an HGV had gone "over" a car at Milton Rd/Gilbert Rd and he didn't think the occupant of the car had survived.

Cambridge is a grit free zone, it seems.


If you look at the Cambridge Evening News web-site, all the drivers are blaming the crashes on a lack of grit...


..nothing to do with them driving too fast and too close for the road conditions of course ...  ;)


... unlike the loons on my commute in this morning.  >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on February 01, 2010, 04:23:12 pm
The grip levels were such that well under 10mph was too fast, in my case.  Of course, to end up in a hedge off Airport Way requires a lot more than that.  One of the cars in the hedge was a Boxter.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on February 02, 2010, 02:18:05 pm
Snow flurries on the way home last evening - we still have quite a lot of snow on the Peaks unmelted since the first onslaught. Makes for some chilly rides home on occasion.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rich753 on February 02, 2010, 02:41:10 pm
3-4 cms here (Scot borders) this morning - made for a very pleasant trail run at lunchtime.  Heavy snow forecast for tomorrow evening  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrew Br on February 03, 2010, 03:20:28 pm
Snowing quite hard in South Manchester.
I don't think that it will cause any problems- 5-a-side should still be on.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on February 03, 2010, 03:29:39 pm
Heavy snow just starting in Chesterfield now (15h30)
Lets hope everybody panics and goes home early...  ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on February 03, 2010, 03:36:14 pm
Looking at the weather radar, forecasts, and warnings, it looks like London is just on the edge of this weather, so there's a slight risk we may get some snow, but I reckon it'll be too warm, and by the time it hits us, it'll just be good'ol UK drizzle. :-\

It doesn't look like I'm going to need my (still brand new) studded tyres yet.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: toekneep on February 03, 2010, 03:39:11 pm
Been trying quite hard here on the Fylde for about an hour but it isn't sticking. Wrong kind of snow I think.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: toekneep on February 03, 2010, 04:14:29 pm
Scratch that. The snow has now got it's act together big time and building up nicely.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on February 03, 2010, 05:34:38 pm
There was the tiniest flurry here at lunchtime, but the temperature was far too high for it to have done anything even if it had bothered to precipitate properly.

It's not warm, but it's mild enough for me to dispense with a fleece: it's just a Nightvision over my jumper. Just a hint of drizzle in the air.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 03, 2010, 09:33:56 pm
We have got snow.  And, hiding underneath it, lots and lots of ice.  I chickened out of riding this am :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on February 03, 2010, 09:37:41 pm
Heavy snow all the way home over the Peaks. Not on snow tyres so a bit slow - 1h40 for the 20 miles. Faster than the (very few) crawling cagers, though... Lovely ride home in the dead quiet glowing white landscape.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on February 03, 2010, 09:41:00 pm
It kept on doing big flakes earlier today, but the rain pwned it. Phewww!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pedaldog on February 03, 2010, 10:10:22 pm
Managed an hour or so of the (Allegedly!) white stuff up in  Kendal this afternoon.  Back to Lancaster and there's no more than wet and slushy rain.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrew Br on February 03, 2010, 11:54:31 pm
Snowing quite hard in South Manchester.
I don't think that it will cause any problems- 5-a-side should still be on.



Wrong.
Powerleague rang me to cancel.
I thought they were being too cautious but, when I slipped my way to the pub (there still had to be a post-match analysis bonding session), I realised that they'd got it right.
Bummer though:- I wanted the exercise.

The snow has now stopped and what remains will be gone by morning.



Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: asterix on February 04, 2010, 08:07:23 am
Unfortunately it hasn't gone here in York, just turned to ice. 

Worst time of the year, mid Jan to mid Feb IMO.  My last good bike ride was 31st December :(  Other than that just shopping and utility journeys.  A nasty cold bug didn't help.

At least you get noticeably more daylight near March and even a hint that Spring is a possibility. 
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Sigurd Mudtracker on February 04, 2010, 07:49:02 pm
More than plenty here still - I think that means 7 weeks continuous coverage.  Was in Keith (the town!) today - roads covered with an inch or two.  Good news is it's now appreciably warmer and it might just melt...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on February 08, 2010, 08:17:33 am
Hooray - Snowing again in Norfolk. Not settling.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on February 08, 2010, 08:29:33 am
Snowing in Suffolk. On me. On my bike. Big fat cold wet flakes sticking to my tights.
I is not a happy bunny.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: dasmoth on February 08, 2010, 08:40:06 am
Snow in North Herts too, while I drink my coffee and see if my tyre deflates again.  Not settling, and the ground seems warm enough that it probably won't unless we get a really heavy flurry.

While I'm generally a big advocate of SNO, I'm starting to feel that it's interfered with enough of my attempts to get a long ride in this year...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on February 08, 2010, 09:34:20 am
It's sort of attempting to snow in Croyon, what is generally called something like wintery showers.  It's drizzle with mixed in flakes every so often.

It's not really cold enough to settle, or evidently to actually snow properly.

I should have expected it.  Yesterday I swapped over my tyres for a new pair.  I could have as easily fitted the studded ones, but didn't because it wasn't snowing, or even threatening to be that cold.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on February 08, 2010, 09:56:00 am
We haz sno!

Well, it wouldn't even qualify as half-hearted, tbh.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on February 08, 2010, 09:58:54 am
It's snowing(ish) in Cambridge.  The ride in was interesting.

Unfortuantely, the ground is too wet for it to settle...  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on February 08, 2010, 10:49:51 am
Just counted tree rather big snow flakes while in NW6, London. We can't call that snowing even by English standard or can we ?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on February 08, 2010, 10:51:33 am
Just counted tree rather big snow flakes while in NW6, London. We can't call that snowing even by English standard or can we ?

No, "tree" snowflakes would be Irish snow.

Three snowflakes in London is a blizzard.

HTH
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pingu on February 08, 2010, 11:08:01 am
Just counted tree rather big snow flakes while in NW6, London. We can't call that snowing even by English standard or can we ?

"Traffic Chaos in UK" headlines tonight, then.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on February 08, 2010, 11:39:58 am
Snow flurries here in Reading.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on February 08, 2010, 12:17:24 pm
Cold rain here in Saarfend, with an occasional snowflake in the general moistness.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on February 08, 2010, 12:22:00 pm
Some heavier bursts have left a slushy haze over the grass a few times this morning, but it soon melts when it eases off. Chucking it down at the mo.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tourist Tony on February 08, 2010, 12:23:36 pm
Snowing lightly here
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrij on February 08, 2010, 12:25:00 pm
Drizzle in the City.  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 08, 2010, 12:34:19 pm
SNO with varying degrees of conviction all morning in Harlot, but not settling chiz.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Manotea on February 08, 2010, 01:25:22 pm
Blizzard conditions in W4.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on February 08, 2010, 04:07:14 pm
Bloody cold here (3 degrees or less) and a stiff north easterly, I think.

I've just put the heating on as I can't fit another jumper or coat around me.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: citoyen on February 08, 2010, 04:11:33 pm
Left the house in the middle of a slushy-sleety-haily blizzard this morning. Apparently, it's been snowing on and off all day in East Kent, but not too cold despite the same stiff nor'easterly that Pancho mentions. Oh joy.

My snow tyres that I ordered a few weeks ago still haven't arrived. I mean, it's obvious, isn't it - we wouldn't be getting more snow if they'd turned up by now, would we?

d.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulF on February 08, 2010, 04:19:28 pm
Falling heavily in SW London but not settling
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on February 08, 2010, 04:27:16 pm
#uksnow Map 2.0 - UK Snow Twitter Mashup (http://uksnow.benmarsh.co.uk/) is still better than this thread....
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 08, 2010, 10:13:51 pm
It snowed on me all the way to work this morning.  Didn't settle, but I did have to stop to do my coat up and put my gloves on.  And had mildly chilly feet by the time I got there.  If it carries on like this I might have to resort to socks again!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on February 09, 2010, 12:10:17 am
Rather less than a centimetre of SNO has settled here, 200 metres from the North West Frontier of the London Postal Region.
My Danish mother returns from Foreign Climes tomorrow and will be underwhelmed.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on February 09, 2010, 12:13:52 am
Rather less than a centimetre of SNO has settled here, 200 metres from the North West

Well - well done on getting some on the ground at least. Despite 5 hours of falling snow (sometimes heavy) today, it managed to produce precisely none on the ground. Now that's just lazy, I think...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on February 09, 2010, 03:34:26 am
I got lightly snowed on most of the way home, but it's not settling at all, and in places the ground was basically dry!  It's above zero, about 1°C, so that's not really surprising.

Interestingly some parked cars seems to provide a better platform for snow than others, and were quite white.  It could have been that some cars were warmer from when they were running, but by this time, most cars should have cold down to the ambient, so I guess it's just different "stickiness" and textures of some paints.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on February 09, 2010, 09:31:08 am
White out.
And settling :(
The tracks across the farm have changed colour in 5 minutes.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on February 09, 2010, 09:32:18 am
Bright sunny morning here. Just waiting for fboab's blizzard.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on February 09, 2010, 09:44:44 am
And now bright bright sun. Snow headed to you then wow...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on February 09, 2010, 11:07:17 pm
We had a flurry but nothing settled.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on February 10, 2010, 08:13:55 am
Now it's settling! As if it hasn't snew enough this year another heavy fall.

edit: in the time it took to post the above it's dropped down to a light fall.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on February 10, 2010, 09:21:23 am
The snow was needles in my eyes on the commute this morning. That really hard pellet-like stuff that rolls along the ground. Ouch.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 10, 2010, 10:26:45 am
Twenty minute blizzard just after eight this morning.  Gone now though chiz.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on February 10, 2010, 10:33:32 am
Quite chilly out, just back from shopping, slushy in the sun and still a light covering in the shady parts.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on February 10, 2010, 03:25:03 pm
Bit of a blizzard in Southend ATM.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: vorsprung on February 10, 2010, 03:27:33 pm
Snow in taunton
And sun
And a blue sky without a cloud in sight

All at the same time
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on February 10, 2010, 03:29:46 pm
There was a white out for about 10 minutes on the way into work this morning - and, of course, the idiot drivers decided to go faster...

We then have had a morning of glorious sunshire.

It's now snowing again and more snow is forecast for this evening and tonight.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on February 10, 2010, 03:30:04 pm
We just had a heavy shower of something that looked a lot like popcorn. Then it snowed. A lot. It's now white outside - but the sun is doing its thing now, and zapping it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: delthebike on February 10, 2010, 03:33:05 pm
Blue skies again and light snow now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on February 10, 2010, 03:46:27 pm
Sunny with a Baltic*) wind today, I'm glad that I have tail wind home.

*) Baltic, is the way my co-worker descriped todays conditions.   
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 10, 2010, 03:56:58 pm
It's changing its mind every two minutes in Harlot...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on February 10, 2010, 04:17:04 pm
Lovely sunny clear day, then further on I rode into a blizzard for a few miles and back out again.
No glasses. Red eyes, very red eyes.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on February 10, 2010, 05:42:59 pm
It's snowing in South Ken, but only lightly, and not settling.

The Met Office does have a Flash Warning for "Heavy Snow & Widespread Icy Roads" covering pretty much the Eastern half of England.

I shall have to watch out the window fairly carefully this evening and leave rapidly if it looks like it's settling significantly.  I'll also have to leave early if it looks like I'll need the studded tyres on the morrow, since it'll take a bit of faffing around to swap tyres over, and I'd rather not be starting doing that midnight!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on February 10, 2010, 07:44:22 pm
We in Reading have a thin covering which isn't melting. The sky has now cleared, & the temperature is dropping.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on February 10, 2010, 07:53:42 pm
it is clear here and -1C

It it snows it will stick.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on February 10, 2010, 09:36:49 pm

Snow managed to settle, although only a thin veneer.
It's clear and it's already getting icy. Loads of gritting lorries out and about.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nightrider on February 10, 2010, 10:00:11 pm
-2 here snow showers,starting to settle ,this is getting boring now.Roll on spring time.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on February 10, 2010, 10:56:56 pm
I just looked outside, and luckily we haven't had a inch of snow whilst I was concentrating on work in the lab!  It feels a little chilly on the balcony, but Gatwick and Heathrow weather just says that it's 0°C, so barely freezing.

I don't expect any significant problems with ice on the commute home (famous last words!)

I wonder if we'll get any snow over night?  My guess is probably a thin layer overnight at most, which will melt once daylight hits it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 11, 2010, 12:04:00 am
So much snow out here - and far enough down the priority list, being about 1km from the surfaced road - that the snow plough can't cope. They had to send out a digger instead. Also not helped by the fact that the bloke who drives the snow plough died.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Oaky on February 11, 2010, 12:11:04 am
yum yum --- a wee bit of snow on icy roads --- wonderful (for my first outing of the Marathon Winter studded tyres that is  :demon:)

These tyres are scary.  I will have to revisit the old "Winter Tyres" thread now just to see what you need to do to come a cropper with these beasts - they're scarily solid on ice / ice+fresh snow/car polished/compacted fresh SNO etc. where fellow non-studded cyclists were either walking or slipping/sliding downhill!  (e.g. ISTR from that thread that deep slush isn't good)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on February 11, 2010, 01:39:13 am
Studs only really help with "solid" stuff, ie ice or compacted snow.  For anything which is mobile, ie fresh snow or slush stuff, you want something with grip ie traditional treaded tyres.  You can get heavily treaded tyres with studs as well, which are useful in environments with a mixture of conditions or cold enough that the snow stays more mobile than it tends to in the UK.

I didn't really see much on the way home.  On Clapham Common there had obviously been a bit of snow, but helpfully the wind had blown it to one side of the cycle path.  Around Tooting Bec there had been more, and the geography of the area reduces the amount of wind, so there were patches.  The glint of shinyness in the front light often doesn't tell you if there is just the barest hint of ice, or significant patches, so around there I was somewhat circumspect with my speed, and took it carefully.

A few miles from home it did start snowing with a little bit more effort, and it was just about sticking to the roads when I got to Croydon.  Whether there will be anything more significant overnight I doubt.  The weather radar doesn't show much coming this way, and it's moving slow enough that even if there is anything significant coming this way from the continent, if it's not on the radar, it won't hit for quite a time (ie until tomorrow morning).

At the moment I certainly can't be bothered with the faff of swapping over tyres.  The forecast doesn't suggest will have anything worse than the occasional wintry showers for the next few days, it's just forecasting it to be too warm for anything to last around here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: peliroja on February 11, 2010, 09:05:53 am
Thick snow in zurich when I left. Our plane was de-iced most efficiently. Airport running on time, no issues.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: citoyen on February 11, 2010, 01:41:12 pm
Snowed heavily overnight in East Kent and I woke up this morning to a whiteout. Thought it was going to be a nightmare getting to work, but it wasn't - the three miles to the station was the hardest part, but one or two cancellations notwithstanding, the trains seemed to be running more or less OK, and by the time we reached Chatham, it was as if we'd moved into a totally different climate system - not a flake of snow to be seen.

d.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on February 11, 2010, 05:06:01 pm
Did a little ride through South Oxfordshire today. Dusting of snow everywhere, including in shady places on the roads, & ice in some places. Had to take a bit of care. After lunch, there was still snow in the shade.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on February 12, 2010, 05:30:13 pm
Severe weather warnings have been issued for Tuesday 16th, for almost everywhere (or so it seems to me). Early days, but at least the schools are already closed.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on February 14, 2010, 09:24:07 pm
Severe weather warnings have been issued for Tuesday 16th, for almost everywhere (or so it seems to me). Early days, but at least the schools are already closed.

I've just been looking at the weather predictions.  :(

100 pages here we come.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on February 14, 2010, 09:28:35 pm
It's been warning about snow on Tuesday since last week, so this isn't really all that new.  How much it stays around remains to be seen, the forecast isn't all that cold.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on February 16, 2010, 08:49:06 am
It's heaving down with rain in sw18. No snow = good.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pingu on February 16, 2010, 10:51:42 am
Just had a snow flurry in Aberdeen, not lying, though. Saw some cars with snow on the roof on my commute this morning.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on February 16, 2010, 12:02:51 pm
Will this thread still be running in july?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on February 16, 2010, 04:04:56 pm
Possibly. I'm thinking of organising a WARTY to the Ross Ice Shelf.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: citoyen on February 16, 2010, 05:22:58 pm
I heard on the radio this morning that Folkestone races were off today because of snow, but all we had on the North Kent coast was heavy rain. Still bloomin' cold out there though.

d.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hatler on February 17, 2010, 07:52:17 am
Monday evening we drove down to Dover and passed through some very heavy snow that was settling around about Folkestone. Hills were white.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on February 17, 2010, 07:40:03 pm
Gentle snow all the way home this evening. The moors and peaks were a winter wonderland (though shrouded in FOG - or was it low cloud? - most of the way), the roads were almost clear and not slippy.
Still snowing at the moment.
Dead good ride home...  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on February 18, 2010, 10:03:48 am
Heavy sno here at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. We may get snoweded in the Apple Store.  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: tiermat on February 18, 2010, 10:14:31 am
Just checking XCWeather and it looks like I will be battling against SNO on my way home tomorrow :( Not good :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: citoyen on February 18, 2010, 11:54:33 am
We may get snoweded in the Apple Store.

You wish!

d.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on February 18, 2010, 11:55:47 am
heavy snow here, and roads closed in the Forest

The gritters were out last night, so the council obviously expected it more than I did :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Polar Bear on February 18, 2010, 01:54:21 pm
Snowed briefly this morning, but now it's hammering down and beginning to settle.

Didn't it snow this time last year too?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on February 18, 2010, 02:06:14 pm
Gritters were out last night, but heavy rain has washed all the grit away. Hmm . . .
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on February 18, 2010, 06:40:35 pm

Lots of rain earlier and then the snow started.  >:(

It's settled. I thought it wouldn't, but it's coming down with a vengeance.
A blanket of it now completely covers everything apart from the main roads where
the rush hour traffic has prevented it from settling thus far.

Arrgghhhh!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rogerzilla on February 18, 2010, 06:41:41 pm
Torrential rain followed by merely heavy rain.  I quite like riding in heavy rain  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on February 19, 2010, 12:35:26 am
5.5 hours to get from Gloucestershire to Peterborough.

It's a record!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on February 19, 2010, 01:47:28 am
Oh goody more severe weather warnings.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mike on February 19, 2010, 02:15:40 am
25 degrees of cloudless sunshine for the last week here. 

Am liking Chile.  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: ed_o_brain on February 19, 2010, 05:31:36 am
I woke up to an ample snow covering here. Snow bike to be deployed this morning!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on February 19, 2010, 05:11:56 pm
It's been snowing really hard for the last hour here in St Andrews. Big splooshy flakes - it's about an inch deep already. Hope it doesn't affect weekend travel plans. Although there are worse things than being stranded in a multi star spa resort, even if it is with your bosses. :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on February 19, 2010, 05:37:21 pm
The sun has been doing its thing all day.   :thumbsup:

And the Mighty Thaw has been summoned.

A gritting lorry passed alongside me. I thought I'd disturbed a wasps nest.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on February 19, 2010, 05:49:48 pm
25 degrees of cloudless sunshine for the last week here. 

Am liking Chile.  :)
Donde? Santiago?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: peliroja on February 19, 2010, 09:08:56 pm
It's been snowing really hard for the last hour here in St Andrews. Big splooshy flakes - it's about an inch deep already. Hope it doesn't affect weekend travel plans. Although there are worse things than being stranded in a multi star spa resort, even if it is with your bosses. :)
Say hi to lovely St Andrews from me! I wonder if Mecwales is about?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: David Martin on February 19, 2010, 09:11:26 pm
It's been snowing really hard for the last hour here in St Andrews. Big splooshy flakes - it's about an inch deep already. Hope it doesn't affect weekend travel plans. Although there are worse things than being stranded in a multi star spa resort, even if it is with your bosses. :)
Say hi to lovely St Andrews from me! I wonder if Mecwales is about?

When are you travelling back south? I'm on the train tomorrow heading for london, and if you are on teh same one I could give you Clarion's sprockets.

..d
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on February 19, 2010, 09:18:08 pm
Sadly not. On the train on Sunday. I have to come back soon, I'd forgotten how much I liked the people here. :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: David Martin on February 19, 2010, 09:40:13 pm
Sadly not. On the train on Sunday. I have to come back soon, I'd forgotten how much I liked the people here. :)

I wouldn't trust them that far south. Head north over the Tay and meet some really friendly folk.  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on February 19, 2010, 09:47:16 pm
I know - they were the reason I went to Dundee uni (briefly). :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: RJ on February 19, 2010, 09:47:55 pm
Sadly not. On the train on Sunday. I have to come back soon, I'd forgotten how much I liked the people here. :)

I wouldn't trust them that far south. Head north over the Tay and meet some really friendly folk.  ;D

Oi!  >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andygates on February 19, 2010, 11:02:37 pm
More snow? In Devon? I say, there'll be people trapped on Haldon Hill again... ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: longers on February 21, 2010, 07:54:08 am
I've woken to a couple of inches of snow. It's still falling in Oldham but seems to be slowing up.

I had arranged a nice loop round over Cragg Vale with a couple of friends for this morning but I've just cancelled it*. Will go for a walk instead.

* we did a great ride over Holme Moss after more snow than this a couple of years ago but I am much more of a chicken nowadays.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on February 21, 2010, 08:48:14 am
3 inches and still snowing heavily....
More forecast most days this coming week as well (depending on who you believe!)
The "Ice Bike" may get some outings after all this week, it seems...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on February 21, 2010, 09:40:18 am
Snow in Peterboroughshire. Enough to cover the ground again.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on February 21, 2010, 09:42:39 am
Dez tells me that Mitch Benn (who he? Ed.) claims that a foot of snow has fallen in Liverpool.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MSeries on February 21, 2010, 09:45:47 am
ABout three inches here so far. It was just staring when I went out at ten to six.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wobbly John on February 21, 2010, 09:49:15 am
About an inch here in Ely-shire, but wet & very sticky. I was hoping it would be as nice as yesterday was, and I would be able to get some miles in on the bike.  >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on February 21, 2010, 10:05:43 am
Yay - thundersnow in mid-Norfolk  :thumbsup:.

A slushy inch here too - and more falling. And I have to drive down to that London today  >:(.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: andrewc on February 21, 2010, 10:05:54 am
Dez tells me that Mitch Benn (who he? Ed.) claims that a foot of snow has fallen in Liverpool.

A foot!   I bet he lies to his girlfriend as well!   Looking out of my window it's less that 2".
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on February 21, 2010, 10:08:30 am
Perhaps he was measuring horizontally?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: oncemore on February 21, 2010, 10:56:16 am
A fair few inches overnight and was still coming down when I should have been off for a ride. Discretion won so I went for a walk. Slowly melting now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on February 21, 2010, 12:46:17 pm
About 7.5cm overnight hereabouts.It's starting to thaw now 'cause the sun is bright & it is actually a pleasant day providing you stay out of the shade.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on February 21, 2010, 12:57:18 pm
Me folks just send me this, they have had snow constantly since December over there (not heard off) pretty much snow 2-3 times a week. The 2nd Jan. they got really dumped on which haven't melted but only been added too.

(http://www.woollypigs.com/images/sne-aalborg.jpg)

The pile behind the car is just over 3m.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on February 21, 2010, 01:14:43 pm
A couple of inches in the night (Oooer!)
The sun is giving it a right hiding, but the forecast is for more light snow today,
and for more heavy* snow on Monday and Tuesday.


*Not Woolly heavy though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Deano on February 21, 2010, 01:39:10 pm
It's been snowing for about 3 hours here in the north east. I'm glad I went out for a ride yesterday!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on February 21, 2010, 05:14:58 pm
Update: 38 farms have their roofs collapse because of the snow in the local area. 
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on February 21, 2010, 05:34:54 pm
I took a snow ball off the balcony rail last night and popped it in the freezer.

I will save it and throw it as some one on the hottest day of the year.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: woollypigs on February 21, 2010, 05:54:43 pm
Sorry mate that never works, the snowball will turn into a icy thing just that the things that you need to defrost your freezer of now and again, what ever that is called.

I have tried many times and failed to have a snowball ever a few months later.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on February 21, 2010, 08:01:17 pm
Yay - thundersnow in mid-Norfolk  :thumbsup:.

A slushy inch here too - and more falling. And I have to drive down to that London today  >:(.

Wierd.
No snow in Suffolk, no snow in Thetford, but Watton northwards haz slush even on the roads.

That'd be that microclimate thingymajiggy.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on February 22, 2010, 06:42:51 am
It's snowing here in Cambridge.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on February 22, 2010, 10:07:16 am
We have falling, but not lying, snow in Gloucs
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on February 22, 2010, 10:37:00 am
We have 2" and it's still falling.
Children are home from school, again.

I'm so fed up of this now...

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 22, 2010, 11:36:02 am
Been falling with various degrees of conviction for about four hours in Harlot, but after a brief attempt at settling it seems to have given up the struggle.

Not fair, I wanted to go home early.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on February 22, 2010, 11:52:15 am

It'll soon be St. David's Day. Snow cachau bant.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Morrisette on February 22, 2010, 01:30:16 pm

I'm so fed up of this now...



+1,000
Feels like I've been cold forever  >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Really Ancien on February 22, 2010, 01:40:10 pm
Yad Moss, England's premier ski resort has started to attract a new clientele, East European workers in search of a snow fix. I met Alex yesterday, a Russian/Greek from Moscow who had come up from Whiston on Merseyside for the weekend. It must make a change for them to mix with people enjoying the winter and reassure them that Britain is not entirely populated by nesh whingers (from their perspective obviously).

Damon.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on February 23, 2010, 02:09:01 pm
Oh FFS!!!!!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on February 23, 2010, 02:15:54 pm
Although it hasn't snowed here for a week or two, it has remained cold and remarkably wet.

This is not a good time for the gas valve on the central heating boiler to give up the ghost, as it did last Thursday, and with no sign of a replacement yet. Mrs. Wow has been baking more than usual. 4 pies yesterday. Cake this afternoon...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on February 23, 2010, 04:30:26 pm
It's starting to pick up outside to beyond a flurry.

100mm for elevated areas is expected according to the beeb.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rower40 on February 23, 2010, 04:30:48 pm
Sleet and wetness, but not sticking, with outdoor temperature 2 deg C here in Derby.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Tewdric on February 23, 2010, 09:47:19 pm
nesh whingers

Cracking expression - and the first time I've heard "nesh" outside of the valleys!  I use it a lot :-)

We had a good dump here today - the top road to Monmouth was impassable bu tthe valley was OK.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on February 23, 2010, 09:59:08 pm
Another blizzard here this evening - looked like a snowman when I got home after 20 miles home in it. Good fun!
Some of it should melt tomorrow before the next lot tomorrow evening (allegedly)  ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on February 23, 2010, 10:06:44 pm
Oh FFS!!!!!

OK.  I retract that somewhat.  Although it has snowed most of the afternoon and evening in Brum, it hasn't settled.

But still.  ENOUGH ALREADY!
 >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrij on February 24, 2010, 02:46:41 pm
It seems my home town is #1.  Not sure if I should be  :) or  :(.

America's Worst Winter Weather Cities - Yahoo! Real Estate (http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/americas-worst-winter-weather-cities)

Puts most British 'winter' into perspective.

Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on February 24, 2010, 02:50:08 pm
Bugger  >:(

It's not snowing

I believed the forecast and cancelled my midweek ride this week.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on February 24, 2010, 03:30:57 pm
Bugger  >:(



I believed the forecast .

I did a similar thing in arranging to work today.This morning's weather allowed me to believe that it was a reasonable decision.This afternoon it's not cold,the sun is shining brightly & the roads have dried out but my work is unfinished thus preventing a change of mind.
Bl**dy frustrating innit? :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on February 24, 2010, 07:02:38 pm
It is

To be fair, it was foul yesterday and showing no signs of getting better. 
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on February 25, 2010, 09:15:33 pm
not snowing here

*gratuitous post to try and get to 100 pages*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on February 25, 2010, 09:16:55 pm
Fog/snow/rain.

I wish it would make it's mind up out there.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Andrij on February 25, 2010, 09:17:30 pm
not snowing here

*gratuitous post to try and get to 100 pages*

We still haven't hit 100 pages?   ::-)

Rain was so bad this afternoon I was considering taking up boat building.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on February 25, 2010, 09:18:18 pm
Hang on.

*Kicks the forum*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on February 25, 2010, 09:18:53 pm
I will try kicking it harder.

*Kicks again*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on February 25, 2010, 09:19:11 pm
It's almost there.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on February 25, 2010, 09:19:35 pm
It's stuck.

I think it may need some type of lube.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: geoff on February 25, 2010, 09:20:49 pm
still no sno here either yet
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on February 25, 2010, 09:21:14 pm
Are we nearly there yet??
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: geoff on February 25, 2010, 09:22:08 pm
<Andy Murray>
Come on!

</Andy Murray>
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on February 25, 2010, 09:22:21 pm
One final push

*Uuuuughghghghghgh*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on February 25, 2010, 09:22:25 pm
I almost drowned on the way home.

*whistle*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: little miss mac on February 25, 2010, 09:23:07 pm
Whoop whoop!

100 pages of BRITISH WEATHER. Marvellous.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on February 25, 2010, 09:23:49 pm
My kids used to say that as we travelled to Cornwall for holidays.It started before we were out of Stoke with 325 miles left to travel ::-)

Are we nearly there yet??
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on February 25, 2010, 09:25:13 pm
My kids used to say that as we travelled to Cornwall for holidays.It started before we were out of Stoke with 325 miles left to travel ::-)

Are we nearly there yet??
Followed by the return journey.

"Do we have to go back?"
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on February 25, 2010, 09:30:05 pm
There's no snow hereabouts now;it's all melted.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on February 25, 2010, 09:31:50 pm
Contrary to the thread title,it's not snowing
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pingu on February 25, 2010, 09:40:30 pm
Despite the doom & gloom (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8536970.stm) elsewhere, we've only had rain today in Aberdeen. However, there's been lots of ice floating down the river Dee.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on February 25, 2010, 09:42:14 pm
I almost drowned on the way home.

*whistle*

Hellfire, if that much water had been frozen, I'd've been buried.  As it was, I was wondering if I might have to deploy the 007-style submarine gadget on my bike by the time I reached Carshalton.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on February 25, 2010, 09:50:16 pm
Snow in Suffolk.

 ;D
We have 2" and it's still falling.
Children are home from school, again.

I'm so fed up of this now...



What a difference 2 months makes. O:-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fboab on February 26, 2010, 01:08:32 pm
Bloody wimmen, they're so fickle.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on February 26, 2010, 01:10:29 pm
Bloody wimmen, they're so fickle.


Sorry, couldn't resist.  :-*
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on February 26, 2010, 01:12:21 pm
Bloody wimmen, they're so fickle.



La donna è mobile.   ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on February 26, 2010, 01:20:46 pm
Today was the very first day since before Christmas that I have had NO SNOW lying anywhere along my commute at all!
4 minutes faster too.
Commuted 602km on studded winter tyres this winter....
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: HTFB on February 26, 2010, 10:01:33 pm
Bloody wimmen, they're so fickle.



La donna è mobile.   ;D
"My girlfriend's got an iPhone"
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on February 27, 2010, 11:30:39 am
I don't BELIEVE it!

Its snowing here AGAIN!   ;)

Big flaky sticky stuff too....
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Moloko on February 27, 2010, 02:41:17 pm
And the sun became black as sackcloth of her*...


God, it's gone so very dark outside.  :(


*Cilla's Revelashuns.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Quint on March 10, 2010, 02:40:43 am
I warnts some warmth and the only white thing I want to see in future is the head on a pint
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Frenchie on March 10, 2010, 07:58:55 am
60 cm in the South of France; chaos in Barcelona...  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on March 10, 2010, 01:12:50 pm
60 cm in the South of France; chaos in Barcelona...  :o
Just think - skiers in the Pyrenees could find themselves unable to go home. They'll just have to keep skiing.

I feel for them.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on March 10, 2010, 01:27:33 pm
That raw NE wind is a bastard today; and when I popped round to the PO at lunchtime, there were a few small flurries flying about in it. Will this winter never end FFS?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on March 10, 2010, 01:43:06 pm
Gatwick is reading something like 15-20mph NE wind and Heathrow a little lower at 10-15mph NE wind, but both are increasing, and it felt worse than that, which may have just been the gusts, which are currently anything up to twice those figures.

It should be easy on the way home. :thumbsup:

I think (famous last words) that snow should now be a thing of the past for London.  We haven't had much snow anyway (and none for weeks), and it's unlikely that we'll have much this late in the season, it'll be too mild for it now.  I think I can safely but the snow tyres away, unused, until next winter.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Quint on March 10, 2010, 02:18:43 pm
Jan 5th 2010, phoned sister up North, said "you can keep that white stuff, we don't have much down here" 20 hrs and over 40 cm of the stuff later leaning out of trike at 04-00 pushing with arm as had lost traction again I thought "why don't I keep my gob shut"
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jakob on March 10, 2010, 08:49:12 pm
We're finally getting snow again on the local mountains (now that the Olympics are finished!).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on March 10, 2010, 10:15:13 pm
...it'll be too mild for it now.  I think I can safely but the snow tyres away, unused, until next winter.

I have only ever experienced one White Christmas (1970).

I have lost count of the number of times I have woken up on Easter Sunday to several inches of snow. All of this in Essex.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on March 11, 2010, 08:33:14 am
No snow but some nice mist and fog...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on March 14, 2010, 10:07:56 pm
Today, for the very first day since before Christmas, I did NOT pass any piles of snow going over the southern Peaks....
All has now melted - Spring is a-coming in at last, it seems.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 14, 2010, 10:09:29 pm
Well it's still snowing in Warsaw.  :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pingu on April 19, 2010, 11:23:27 am
It snowed on my commute this morning  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on April 19, 2010, 11:24:54 am
That wasn't snow.  It was ash.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on April 19, 2010, 11:59:36 am
It seems a worthwhile exercise to post on this thread, since I just took delivery of a set of 26" Marathon Winters, to go on the Snow Bike (http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/blog/index.php?entry=entry100419-105606).  Oddly enough, it's easier to find stock of these now than it was a few months back. ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 19, 2010, 01:40:41 pm
No, it was definitely snow!
Thankfully it's rain now :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pingu on April 19, 2010, 02:02:58 pm
And hail  :demon:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on August 29, 2010, 08:47:59 pm
OK...OK... it's not snowing. It's August Bank Holiday Sunday  :hand:.

But.

It hailed so much in an earlier storm (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-11126311), it certainly looked like it.

Looking at the rainfall radar, and the weather map, there's not a lot of difference between today, and that day in December 2009 when we had 10" of snow.  Oh dear   :facepalm:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on August 29, 2010, 08:59:46 pm
Stop getting me excited, I was about to get the snow bike out, and I haven't even finished equipping it yet (the rack is up the road in the Post Office until I can pick it up next week).

;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Adam on August 29, 2010, 09:03:02 pm
Yesterday, I pumped the snow tyres up on my spare set of wheels, so I'm all set.

Bring it on.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on August 29, 2010, 09:13:41 pm
Damn you.   I've been stuck indoors all day on various jobs, so when I saw this thread I jumped up with excitement and ran outdoors in my shorts and bare feet.

Where's my SNO?
Title: Snow
Post by: Wowbagger on August 29, 2010, 10:02:17 pm
It's fecking cold here in Mildenhall.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Kim on August 29, 2010, 11:04:26 pm
My feet, and the luxurious 10 minutes I just spent with the hand drier confirm it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jakob on August 30, 2010, 02:41:11 am
Yeah, starting to get prices for winter tyres now and looking at which snowboard to get for this season.
It's supposedly a La Niña year, which should (!) bring lots of snow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on August 30, 2010, 08:11:17 am
... It's supposedly a La Niña year, which should (!) bring lots of snow.

Unlike last year, when it only inspired 100 pages of posts!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on September 01, 2010, 08:41:13 pm
Apparently it really was snowing up north at the weekend...BBC News - Summer snowfall in Cairngorms (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-11155131)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on October 20, 2010, 09:15:31 pm
I believe that I saw my first snow topped mountains of the season today, albeit from quite a distance - I was on a flight returning to Embra this afternoon and the Grampians were looking distinctly white.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pingu on October 20, 2010, 11:08:45 pm
It snowed in Aberdeen this morning.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pcolbeck on October 21, 2010, 07:56:12 am
Snowed in Whitby and Scarborough  yesterday morning. A lorry jackknifed on it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 21, 2010, 09:48:31 am
NOOOOOooooooooooo!!!!  I don't want snow yet because I'm too chicken to ride my bike in snow :(  I'd like 2, maybe 3 days of it, sometime in Decmeber please.  Enough fior igloos and snowballing, and then it all to go away again.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 21, 2010, 10:37:31 am
Well, this year the British Isles have beaten snowy Poland in the first-snow race. Snow was predicted for October, but none has fallen - well, maybe in the mountains, but you expect that at almost 2,000m, and I'm not even sure it's snowed there.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pcolbeck on October 21, 2010, 10:39:51 am
I think we may get another cold winter. There's a log burner in my hall waiting to be installed next week and a big pile of wood in the garden waiting to be burned.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: HTFB on October 21, 2010, 10:44:40 am
...and today is the day for the annual heating draindown. Brrr.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Zoidburg on October 21, 2010, 11:55:28 am
I got the Alpkit down jacket out today.

It's not very George Michael out there at the minute.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MattH on October 21, 2010, 03:51:36 pm
Just had my first snowflakes of the year land on my head.
I am in Helsinki, however (at least for the next 90 minutes).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Exit Stage Left on October 21, 2010, 04:04:13 pm
Very unlike the pattern of weather last year, when we had no frost and unseasonal high temperatures into mid-December.
It's too s*dding warm (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=27357.0)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jakob on October 21, 2010, 07:06:17 pm
Hopefully less than a month before the snow starts settling on the mountains.
It's a La Niña winter, which should give us lots of snow this year!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: HTFB on October 21, 2010, 09:33:09 pm
...and today is the day for the annual heating draindown. Brrr.
What's more, though they said it wouldn't happen, of course all the radiators got filled with air. So after they left I went around bleeding them. Except for the one in the bedroom, whose bleeding bleeding valve is too worn to turn, I now discover. Of course our former-neighbour-and-new-landlord hadn't asked for this valve to be replaced---and of course the next time it can be done will be in a year's time.

Arsebiscuits.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Exit Stage Left on October 22, 2010, 12:01:43 am
We got snow today here in Slovakia, while in the UK friends in Chesham tell me that it was -5°C last night there, backed up by a Bucks Free Press (http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/8467769.Chesham_Britain_s_coldest_place/) report. Brrr!

I'm especially keen on katabatic weather events, as many of you will know. Chesham is significant for the railway embankment which prevents cold air drainage, making it consistently the coldest observed place in Southern England. Well a bit of it anyway. Apart from the bit where they take the readings it's fairly normal.
Chesham coldest place in Britain last night (From Bucks Free Press) (http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/4027081.Chesham_coldest_place_in_Britain_last_night/)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jakob on November 20, 2010, 09:07:39 am
It's now snowing heavily here and 10-15cm are expected overnight.
My wife is supposed to go to raku/pottery workshop early tomorrow, but since that's in a slightly inaccessible area it means that I will have to drive. (I was planning to get winter tyres next week and mainly for mountain use, not mainland driving!).
 Anyways. Snow here means more snow on the mountains and that's a very good thing.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on November 25, 2010, 12:07:09 am
Uh oh 

BBC News - UK weather forecast for snow and prolonged cold spell (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11827592)

And I've not got round to fitting the snow tyres yet.


Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on November 25, 2010, 12:22:38 am
Uh oh 

BBC News - UK weather forecast for snow and prolonged cold spell (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11827592)

And I've not got round to fitting the snow tyres yet.




Don't panic. We're under an amber warning here - and it's just raining. Meh.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on November 25, 2010, 12:36:28 am
Uh oh 

BBC News - UK weather forecast for snow and prolonged cold spell (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11827592)

And I've not got round to fitting the snow tyres yet.




The weather warning says heavy snow. The forecast says different. Meh.

At least there's grit out tonight (I'm not long home from riding on it) so my entire commute route is gritted. Except maybe not the steep cycle path at the bridge. So a good excuse to ride on the road and get some aggro.

Don't panic. We're under an amber warning here - and it's just raining. Meh.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 25, 2010, 01:03:49 am
There's some of that white stuff falling from the sky here.  It's not staying around long though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: HTFB on November 25, 2010, 09:04:34 am
katabatic
That's where you paint the cat in molten wax before dipping it into the dye, yes?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on November 25, 2010, 11:22:38 am
Mrs Nutty phoned me from Leeds this morning to say it was snowing at the hotel.

I asked her to bring some home for me.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: MattH on November 25, 2010, 05:28:55 pm
Just got back from a couple of days in Helsinki. Lots of snow, solidly sub-zero temperatures.
That's me acclimatised, so the ride up to York for the AUK AGM will be quite mild  :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on November 25, 2010, 06:48:54 pm
There was snow on the high ground( The Roaches, Axe Edge & The  Mermaid ) between Leek & Buxton today.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on November 25, 2010, 11:02:56 pm
I have put snow tyres on the Galaxy's wheels.

There's no snow. :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on November 25, 2010, 11:03:37 pm
That was a bit silly then  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on November 25, 2010, 11:10:17 pm
That was a bit silly then  ;D

Well I could take 'em off. Or I could commute on the pompino like normal.

Better than last year. I fell off on black ice because I didn't have snow tyres on. For the winter, one bike will be snow bike.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on November 25, 2010, 11:15:40 pm
No snow here, but the ice patch outside the village hasn't thawed.  I nearly went A-o-T at about 5 pm on there.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on November 26, 2010, 08:45:42 am
ISTR you should put some miles into your studded tyres before the sno.

If Wiggle don't pull their finger out, I should have the summer to do this at my leisure before next winter... >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on November 26, 2010, 09:07:42 am
We should have started a new thread; "It's snowing 2010/11" or this thread is going to become unmanageable in coming years.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 26, 2010, 10:12:33 am
It's proper snowing here now. Looks v pretty, still a PITA though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pcolbeck on November 26, 2010, 10:16:32 am
We should have started a new thread; "It's snowing 2010/11" or this thread is going to become unmanageable in coming years.

BY 7010 AD it will probably consist of December 10th - snowing, December 11th snowing, December 12th snowing ,.. August 3rd still snowing and so on for about 20,000 years. Will get a tad tedious.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulF on November 26, 2010, 10:20:55 am
But on the plus side we should have Clarion's review of his studded tyres.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pedaldog on November 26, 2010, 11:06:52 am
Thing about the Morecambe bay area is that you get to see the pretty snow across the mud in the Lake District but it doesn't come here for fear of turning into a lighter coloured Mud.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: clarion on November 26, 2010, 11:13:55 am
But on the plus side we should have Clarion's review of his studded tyres.

AD7010?  You have more faith in Wiggle than I ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nuttycyclist on November 26, 2010, 11:16:54 am
<sigh>

Turned the TV goggle box on for the news earlier.   Snow!   Chaos!    Schools closed!  with the reporter and headteacher standing in an area of a light dusting.



HTFU!!!!!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: JohnP on November 26, 2010, 11:18:20 am
20 miles north of Marble Arch and I've just walked to newsagent - tee shirt, trekkies, light shoes.

Got back frozen to the core.  How I got to 65 I'll never know.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Morrisette on November 26, 2010, 01:20:23 pm
Bah. First week since early July that I haven't done the big commute at all.

Ice. Just sod off already!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Dinamo on November 26, 2010, 04:20:55 pm
Just started snowing here at Portbury Dock on the southern edge of Bristol, its not pitching yet though !
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on November 26, 2010, 04:27:56 pm
Been snowing here since mid-morning,  sticking in places.  Could be an interesting ride this evening :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Dinamo on November 26, 2010, 04:55:25 pm
its not pitching yet though !
........it is now !
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Maidenhead Phil on November 26, 2010, 04:58:55 pm
Just started snowing here at Portbury Dock on the southern edge of Bristol, its not pitching yet though !

If any of you use iGoogle as your browser home page, it is possible to get a Met Office gadget on there, I have mine set to show the rainfall radar. The big blob over your location is then rather obvious  ;D  It has come down from Wales.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on November 26, 2010, 06:19:51 pm
The #uksnow Map (http://uksnowmap.com/) is interesting.  It's uses Crowd Sourcing and Twitter to build up a map based on people's reports.  It seems to work.

(Not currently helped by a lot of people using the hashtag #uksnow, who've obviously never heard of the website, so haven't included a postcode area or n/10. :-\)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: her_welshness on November 26, 2010, 06:29:50 pm
Apparently this weather is just a prelude to the blizzards that have been predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday next week.  :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: ScumOfTheRoad on November 26, 2010, 06:38:27 pm
The #uksnow Map (http://uksnowmap.com/) is interesting.  It's uses Crowd Sourcing and Twitter to build up a map based on people's reports.  It seems to work.


Tim, as you are a scientist, its worth debating the validity of crowdsourcing in this situation.
Surely there will be a whole lot of really serious snow missed out on maps like that  - as virtually no-one lives in vast tracts of the Highlands for instance? Conversely, if there are a few flakes in London then that part of the map will be dense with reports.

I'm prepared to be proved wrong here - just trying to provoke a sensible debate.


ps. before anyone chimes in that people DO live in the Highlands - of course they do. But settlements are in the glens, not high up on the Rannoch Moor or the Cairngorms, and there are big sporting estates.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on November 26, 2010, 06:48:09 pm
The #uksnow Map (http://uksnowmap.com/) is interesting.  It's uses Crowd Sourcing and Twitter to build up a map based on people's reports.  It seems to work.

Tim, as you are a scientist, its worth debating the validity of crowdsourcing in this situation.
Surely there will be a whole lot of really serious snow missed out on maps like that  - as virtually no-one lives in vast tracts of the Highlands for instance? Conversely, if there are a few flakes in London then that part of the map will be dense with reports.

I'm prepared to be proved wrong here - just trying to provoke a sensible debate.

I totally agree with you, and it clearly shouldn't be used for any rigorous measurement of the conditions.  In an ideal world, you could normalise the data to a degree using population density maps, but I suspect that would need a much greater number of tweets to have a chance of working

On the whole though, it does give some additional idea of the snow currently falling.  Maps like the one Wendy linked to are not always freely available, and I suspect the radars aren't necessarily easily capable of distinguishing between snow and rain (or possibly don't even detect snow).

It's just another source of data, and like any source, has to be used with some degree of care.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Kim on November 26, 2010, 07:22:57 pm
Fans of exotic sources of weather data may be interested in this:

http://clueless.aaisp.net.uk/stormtrack.cgi (http://clueless.aaisp.net.uk/stormtrack.cgi)

Storm tracking by ADSL connections falling over.  Not much to look at now, and the same population density issue applies, but it does get a bit interesting when there's some proper Weather moving across the country.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Feline on November 26, 2010, 07:31:31 pm
Fans of exotic sources of weather data may be interested in this:

http://clueless.aaisp.net.uk/stormtrack.cgi (http://clueless.aaisp.net.uk/stormtrack.cgi)

Storm tracking by ADSL connections falling over.  Not much to look at now, and the same population density issue applies, but it does get a bit interesting when there's some proper Weather moving across the country.

Awesome, another website to add to my 'useful geeky sites' folder  ;D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 26, 2010, 10:51:45 pm
<sigh>

Turned the TV goggle box on for the news earlier.   Snow!   Chaos!    Schools closed!  with the reporter and headteacher standing in an area of a light dusting.



HTFU!!!!!
Are you still in shorts and short sleeves?

(This is a question related to your hatred of being too hot, not a really sad perv question about what you're wearing).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: daimountaingoat on November 26, 2010, 11:11:11 pm
Damn it thanks to snow unable to get out 2 morro morning for trek over Brecon Beacons
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 26, 2010, 11:56:51 pm
Very snowy in York.  The question is, do I nick Dearly_Beloved's bike with studded tyres to go to the station to meet boab, or do I hoof it?  Decisions, decisions.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: iddu on November 27, 2010, 12:11:19 am
Very snowy in York.
Ah - so it could be fun coming home then...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 27, 2010, 12:17:21 am
boab is coming to york?

I don't think studded tyres guarantee non-slipping . . .
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: gordon taylor on November 27, 2010, 05:22:59 am
There's snow in lowland Staffordshire this morning.
That's a pleasant surprise.  :thumbsup:

Expect me to fall off while dicking around on my "I am invincible" studded tyres a bit later.   ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Gus on November 27, 2010, 07:11:56 am

6" snow over night here and still snowing, it's time to do trick and have fun in the snow, no long distances today  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: BrianI on November 27, 2010, 08:06:07 am
Snowed in Dunfermline overnight!  Doesn't look too deep so I might head out for a gentle pootle  on my tourer along the cycle path towards alloa.    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Domestique on November 27, 2010, 08:41:06 am
Nothing here  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on November 27, 2010, 09:09:06 am
About an Inch up here in the dizzy heights of West Sheffield....
Time to break out the snow bicycle for the first time since February...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on November 27, 2010, 09:19:58 am
It has snowed! 

Just a dusting at tthe moment - we're expecting more later.

I'm going to go for a spin on Regina  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: bottlemasher on November 27, 2010, 09:29:48 am
It's been snowing all night

and still it's coming down in Norwich

now my garden looks good  (snow covers all)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on November 27, 2010, 09:39:33 am
It has snowed! 

Just a dusting at tthe moment - we're expecting more later.

I'm going to go for a spin on Regina  :thumbsup:

Oooh! Hope my David's going to be OK; he's at Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy today and cycling there from the station. He's on my old tourer (dissuaded him from taking the Brompton.)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on November 27, 2010, 09:45:40 am
It has snowed! 

Just a dusting at tthe moment - we're expecting more later.

I'm going to go for a spin on Regina  :thumbsup:

Oooh! Hope my David's going to be OK; he's at Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy today and cycling there from the station. He's on my old tourer (dissuaded him from taking the Brompton.)

Main roads seem to be OK...

It is a light dusting rather than a heavy layer.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: tiermat on November 27, 2010, 10:14:49 am
More sno here, in (now) sunny North Yorkshire.  Rumours that penguins and polar bears are migrating here might not be that far off the mark (ready for the ride on 11th Dec)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on November 27, 2010, 10:24:58 am
It has snowed! 

Just a dusting at tthe moment - we're expecting more later.

I'm going to go for a spin on Regina  :thumbsup:

Oooh! Hope my David's going to be OK; he's at Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy today and cycling there from the station. He's on my old tourer (dissuaded him from taking the Brompton.)

Thanks. He's probably awheel right now.
He'll text me if there's a problem, I suppose.

Main roads seem to be OK...

It is a light dusting rather than a heavy layer.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on November 27, 2010, 10:26:53 am
It has snowed! 

Just a dusting at tthe moment - we're expecting more later.

I'm going to go for a spin on Regina  :thumbsup:

Oooh! Hope my David's going to be OK; he's at Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy today and cycling there from the station. He's on my old tourer (dissuaded him from taking the Brompton.)

Thanks. He's probably awheel right now.
He'll text me if there's a problem, I suppose.

Main roads seem to be OK...

It is a light dusting rather than a heavy layer.

Bah!  The sun's out and it's all melting....  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: PaulR on November 27, 2010, 10:28:12 am
a minimal dusting is descending on Forest Hill...

...or it might just be dandruff from the parakeets.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Regulator on November 27, 2010, 10:58:06 am
SNO all gone...  :'(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: noisycrank on November 27, 2010, 11:00:34 am
about eight inches and it went all night  ::-)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: border-rider on November 27, 2010, 11:06:15 am
Been snowing here since mid-morning,  sticking in places.  Could be an interesting ride this evening :)

as it proved. 1 1/2 hours to do 12 miles   :o

There was about 1 cm or so of snow, but it (and the water on the roads) had frozen hard.   Very precarious progress was made on the downhills.  The coaster brake was very useful indeed, though.  Marathon Plusses are awful on ice.

One very nasty moment when a driver overcooked it on a lane near our house, lost control and came careering down the road unable to slow down.  I had to dive into the hedge.

Excited cats today though.  They keep coming in to tell us about it.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jurek on November 27, 2010, 11:08:53 am
Excited cats today though.  They keep coming in to tell us about it.
:D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: noisycrank on November 27, 2010, 11:22:38 am
I live just off the Snow Roads route. Could be interesting this weekend.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on November 27, 2010, 11:27:26 am
A few flakes blowing around in Reading a little while ago. Blue sky now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: eck on November 27, 2010, 11:29:39 am
I live just off the Snow Roads route. Could be interesting this weekend.
Do you want to email me an entry for the Snow Roads perm*?  :thumbsup:
Whereabouts are you, btw?


*"Somebody" actually did the ride in November two or three years ago.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on November 27, 2010, 12:38:56 pm
Blimy.  We were snowed in on Friday! 
Now the problem is ice on our hill out.
Neighbour had a go and spun and crashed. 
I've made it to the shops in Llandysul.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nutkin on November 27, 2010, 01:24:17 pm
No snow in London.  >:(  >:(


I want SNOW!  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: toekneep on November 27, 2010, 01:32:15 pm
Not a cloud in the sky here on the Fylde. Off for a short, but I suspect, chilly ride in a little while.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on November 27, 2010, 01:34:42 pm
No snow in London.  >:(  >:(


I want SNOW!  >:( >:( >:(

I understand that there's a fair bit in Norfolk. ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nutkin on November 27, 2010, 01:42:23 pm
No snow in London.  >:(  >:(


I want SNOW!  >:( >:( >:(

I understand that there's a fair bit in Norfolk. ;)

Ankle deep, I have been told.  >:(          >:( >:(

We did have some snow Wednesday night / Thursday morning, but it was just an icing-sugar coating and didn't last long.  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Kim on November 27, 2010, 01:44:58 pm
We appear to have had some snow overnight here in Birmingham.  Temperature is still failing to get above zero, so all things being equal, I'm glad the Tunnel Ride has been cancelled.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on November 27, 2010, 01:49:56 pm
We woke up to snow in NW London.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nutkin on November 27, 2010, 01:53:45 pm
We woke up to snow in NW London.


Well come on then, don't be greedy - send it over!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hellymedic on November 27, 2010, 01:56:30 pm
We woke up to snow in NW London.


Well come on then, don't be greedy - send it over!

I can't imagine he's got much to send; he's maybe 8 miles from here and I have none.
There was a thick frost here earlier.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: jogler on November 27, 2010, 02:00:25 pm
Approx. 2.5cm fell here overnight
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on November 27, 2010, 02:01:22 pm
Only left in the shadows and potplants now. Sorry.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Pancho on November 27, 2010, 02:57:27 pm
Shall I just quote my previous posts from every previous winter?

Quote
No snow here.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: LindaG on November 27, 2010, 04:45:25 pm
It's been snowing here for three days.  It's about four inches deep in the back garden now.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Ashaman42 on November 27, 2010, 05:19:58 pm
A few cm in Eastbourne today, was quite heavy at one point. Stopped a while ago so not sure if it's melted off the roads or not.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on November 27, 2010, 07:39:37 pm
Had to go to the post office depot to get a parcel this morning.... Had to play dodgems with all the motons sliding all over the place on the glassy smooth layer of packer snow....  :facepalm: I was the only one with proper traction!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Feline on November 27, 2010, 07:44:17 pm
Drove to work this morning, the main (gritted) road I would have taken has been closed for a few days because of road road works. This means I had to take the 'diversion', a more remote route over a steep hill, naively I assumed the council would have gritted this, since it is now carrying >500% its normal traffic levels and it a road 2 cars cannot even pass in places. How wrong was I! the road was a death trap, if I didn't have ABS in the car i would probably have inserted it into a dry stone wall and it is only luck nothing was coming the other way as I crawled at 2 mph for several miles.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rafletcher on November 27, 2010, 07:49:20 pm
Shall I just quote my previous posts from every previous winter?

Quote
No snow here.

Oh one day you'll get it - I remember getting stuck in snow in Pompey in, oh, 1990  ;)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: rafletcher on November 27, 2010, 07:51:06 pm
Drove to work this morning, the main (gritted) road I would have taken has been closed for a few days because of road road works. This means I had to take the 'diversion', a more remote route over a steep hill, naively I assumed the council would have gritted this, since it is now carrying >500% its normal traffic levels and it a road 2 cars cannot even pass in places. How wrong was I! the road was a death trap, if I didn't have ABS in the car i would probably have inserted it into a dry stone wall and it is only luck nothing was coming the other way as I crawled at 2 mph for several miles.

It's probably because of ABS that you nearly did!  It's rubbish in snow/ice conditions. Wish I could switch mine off, like I do the "traction control" aka anti-wheelspin sofware.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: fungus on November 27, 2010, 08:39:00 pm
Just a little snow for us today, the ground was too hard for planting trees, so we cut one down & chopped it up  :thumbsup:

It was rotten at the base & had to come down before it fell down :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: hatler on November 27, 2010, 09:12:54 pm
I have single handedly ensured that there will be no significant snow in the South East this Winter.

Following the dump two years ago we spent the next month explaining to the minis that they will never see snow like that in their childhood again, and no, we're not buying a sledge.

Cue last Winter. We gave in and tried to order sledges, but by the time anyone had one in stock the snow had gone.

I took delivery of two this morning. Ergo, no snow until the children are hulking great teenagers and wouldn't want to be seen dead with us.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pcolbeck on November 28, 2010, 08:34:17 am
Ours sledge broke due to overuse last year. Haven't got a new one yet. Chances of getting one now nill. Our Tesco delivery cried off yesterday due to snow and them deciding they couldn't get up here. I drove to the nearest shops instead for supplies, it wasn't that bad.  Snowing for three days and still haven't been gritted though. I have to fly to Germany today, it might be interesting getting out this afternoon. It was -10 last night !
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Jaded on November 28, 2010, 09:58:32 am
-7degrees here an hour ago.

No snow though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Domestique on November 28, 2010, 10:05:12 am
No snow here, again  :(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on November 28, 2010, 10:12:38 am
We're getting loads at the moment.  About 6 inches so far, and plenty still falling.  I think I'll be working from home tomorrow.

Updated 12.30 - seems to have peaked at about 10 inches, now thawing rapidly.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on November 28, 2010, 01:11:18 pm
A nearby Old Wife tells me:

"If there's ice in November, that will bear a duck,
there will be nothing after but sludge and muck."

By which I think she means, such cold in November is often followed by a mild winter. Well, the ducks in Gt Massingham (Norfolk) were most definitely standing on the ice this morning.

Clever lot, those old wives. Here's hoping...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Butterfly on November 28, 2010, 02:31:04 pm
Shall I just quote my previous posts from every previous winter?

Quote
No snow here.
That's what you get for living so close to the equator down there in the deep south 8)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: LindaG on November 28, 2010, 02:33:42 pm
It shows no sign of stopping here in Toytown.  So we'll need to dig the car out so I can go to work tonight, and then I'll be riding home in the morning. I'm glad I got those winter tyres.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Bledlow on November 28, 2010, 02:39:08 pm
Well, the ducks in Gt Massingham (Norfolk) were most definitely standing on the ice this morning.
And in Reading.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: simonp on November 28, 2010, 02:45:22 pm
I have put snow tyres on the Galaxy's wheels.

There's no snow. :(


Still no snow. Monday and Tuesday look like fun, though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on November 28, 2010, 02:48:36 pm
Next Friday is looking chilly.

"Feels like -12oC at 3pm" in SW15.

Time to get the hackbike (still has the Marathon Winter studded tyres on from last year) out of the shed. :)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 28, 2010, 02:51:14 pm
Time to get the hackbike (still has the Marathon Winter studded tyres on from last year) out of the shed. :)

How did you find those tyres if you had to ride on normal road surfaces? I might invest.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on November 28, 2010, 02:54:56 pm
If it got that cold in SW15, it would probably be a record braking low for London.

Where did it come from, the Met Office, or one of the other sites like XCWeather or Metcheck?  I'd be more tempted to believe a number from the Met Office, rather than the others who are generally doing something like interpolating data from a much coarser model, and probably not accounting for things like the Urban Heat Island effect of London (which will be pretty significant).

If it does look like it's going to get that cold, closer to the time, I had better get my studded tyres on the commuter, since ice (and probably snow) is going to be certain.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on November 28, 2010, 03:01:28 pm
Time to get the hackbike (still has the Marathon Winter studded tyres on from last year) out of the shed. :)

How did you find those tyres if you had to ride on normal road surfaces? I might invest.

Fine, you're supposed to wear them in on normal roads for 50km before real use so I commuted on them for a couple of days. Only added a few minutes to my 26 minute commute.

Pumped up to the top end of the recommended pressure the studs don't really make contact with the road on the straight (you'll definitely notice them when cornering though), just a gentle hum. When it snows, or there's ice, you can let the tyres down a bit to make them much more effective.

They're not something you'd use all year round though. Just when there's a threat of ice/snow.

My problem is limited storage. I have only have one bike in use at a time, swapping over bikes takes a considerable time faffing in the shed/bike-locker with big locks in the garden in the dark, etc. So I want to limit the number of times I swap.

Next week is a easy decision though, it's going to be hitting -10oC air temp some days. Plenty of chance of ice on corners...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on November 28, 2010, 03:07:40 pm
If it got that cold in SW15, it would probably be a record braking low for London.

Metcheck's "feels like" includes wind chill. Air temp is suggested to be just -3.

BBC's forecast doesn't quite go to Friday yet, but Thursday night is -3 and the (current) predictions are that the temp will drop significantly over Thursday night. It'll be interesting to see what the BBC predicts once their 5 day forecast goes into Friday.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 28, 2010, 03:08:36 pm
Fine

Thanks Greenbank. Are they complete barstewards to get on and off?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Deano on November 28, 2010, 03:09:13 pm
It shows no sign of stopping here in Toytown.  So we'll need to dig the car out so I can go to work tonight, and then I'll be riding home in the morning. I'm glad I got those winter tyres.

We must be under the same cloud here in Darlo.  It's snowing fiercely - we've had more than an inch in an hour and a half.

Off-road route to work tomorrow :D
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 28, 2010, 03:13:55 pm
Loads more of it falling in York too.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Dez on November 28, 2010, 03:14:21 pm
Where are all the photos then?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on November 28, 2010, 03:14:35 pm
If it got that cold in SW15, it would probably be a record braking low for London.
Metcheck's "feels like" includes wind chill. Air temp is suggested to be just -3.

Ah right, I didn't catch that.  There seems to be some quite strong winds predicted next week, so I guess that can generate a quite significant additional wind chill effect.

I've got the numbers somewhere for wind chill (Bicycling Science has a graph iirc).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on November 28, 2010, 03:28:33 pm
And, yes, we are starting to hit record lows:-

BBC News - Temperature drops to record -17C November low in Powys (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-11856728)

(Powys is a long way from SW15 though...)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Greenbank on November 28, 2010, 03:29:35 pm
Fine

Thanks Greenbank. Are they complete barstewards to get on and off?

Can't remember any trouble, but then it was 2 years ago I moved mine over.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: LindaG on November 28, 2010, 03:30:59 pm
My Schwalbe winter tyres weren't too bad to fit.  Stiff enough that you wouldn't want a Visit in this weather, though.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on November 28, 2010, 03:33:50 pm
And, yes, we are starting to hit record lows:-

BBC News - Temperature drops to record -17C November low in Powys (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-11856728)

(Powys is a long way from SW15 though...)

Quote
That made Wales colder than Greenland

But who would have won at rugby?
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Gattopardo on November 28, 2010, 03:34:09 pm
And, yes, we are starting to hit record lows:-

BBC News - Temperature drops to record -17C November low in Powys (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-11856728)

(Powys is a long way from SW15 though...)

Who care its not London now where else matters :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: spesh on November 28, 2010, 03:57:43 pm
Shall I just quote my previous posts from every previous winter?

Quote
No snow here.

Oh one day you'll get it - I remember getting stuck in snow in Pompey in, oh, 1990  ;)

There was a very light sprinkling in Mos Eisley Pompey at lunchtime today, as though someone had dusted the place with icing sugar.

Couldn't believe the amount of salt laid down outside Waitrose in Southsea - they must have been expecting another SNOpocalypse!  :o
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: TimO on November 28, 2010, 04:02:52 pm
Couldn't believe the amount of salt laid down outside Waitrose in Southsea - they must have been expecting another SNOpocalypse!  :o

I noticed a bit of half arsed sprinkling of salt around some of the footways in Croydon last weekend, but it looked like it was more optimistic thinking than actually useful.  What looked like a trowels worth of salt chucked about once every 6 feet or more didn't seem to be a practical effort, and it'll probably all be gone by next week when any snow and ice may actually hit!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: LindaG on November 28, 2010, 04:05:04 pm
Where are all the photos then?

Here you go.

(http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm310/lindagordinho/novembersnow002.jpg)

Taken through the window.  I'm not going out there.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Basil on November 28, 2010, 05:48:16 pm
Bloody hell!  It was cold this morning. (In West Wales)
I made a run for it today, instead of tomorrow, while the pack ice on our hill allowed me to escape.  Thought I'd better get up to Brum before a whole lot more of it comes down and I end up marooned again.
I was worried 'cos I'd not set the heating in Brum to come on if the temp went below 0 degrees.

Bugger me, this house is freezing too.   Think I'll whack the heating on and bugger off to (see sig).
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: nutkin on November 28, 2010, 05:52:15 pm
Still




no






snow







 >:(
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: pdm on November 28, 2010, 05:53:03 pm
-8C outside at the moment...

Only about 1/2" of snow so far though...
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on November 28, 2010, 06:09:10 pm
Our road this afternoon

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4107/5215095446_aeca4fcc44.jpg)

The corner is going to be fun tomorrow morning...

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5126/5215095982_614ab3ba23.jpg)

And this is how our patio was looking

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5215094060_a437cf2928.jpg)
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: noggy on November 28, 2010, 06:12:31 pm
15 inches of the white stuff here (NE Scotchland)

seriously debating taking the bus to work tomorrow :-\
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 28, 2010, 06:36:03 pm
15 inches???!!!
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Wowbagger on November 28, 2010, 06:36:32 pm
15 inches???!!!

I think he means snow.
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: noggy on November 28, 2010, 06:48:34 pm
15 inches???!!!

aye Mrs P watch the Bridge of Don tomorrow! ;)

as measured on the bike shed this morning
Title: Re: It's snowing!
Post by: Chris S on November 28, 2010, 07:05:32 pm
15 inches of the white stuff here (NE Scotchland)

seriously debating taking the bus to work tomorrow :-\

And what is the Scotch bus snow threshold exactly? Is 15 inches considered "a dusting" or "barely mo