Snow Watch Part 2. Return of the Excitement!!!

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Apologies to those in Norfolk who may well not be excited any more!!!!
This a continuation of This thread and is for model watching, forecasting and general excitement grin

Off to look at the models (and get dd up) back in a few minutes with latest thoughts!

Cheers Kitten.

Slight dusting with light snow in East kent at the mo.

When I looked at the radar last night the band of precipitaion didn't really get to is, just hang out over the Channel.

Seems to be inching towards is a bit now.

Fingers crossed for the rest of the country.

Freezing here, everything thick with white frost.

DH is going to have fun de-iceing the car!

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 16-Jan-13 07:14:28

Thanks OYBBK.

lubeybooby Wed 16-Jan-13 07:19:16

Morning OYBBK, what's it looking like for SW Leicestershire... any snow? seems to say not, but who cares what they think when there's an oybbk about. lol grin

Sparklingbrook Wed 16-Jan-13 07:23:01

Morning OYBBK. Friday looks grim. sad

Theres a nice train of snow showers heading to you DDD, but they might be a little hit and miss at least to start.
Some moving into northern wales and western Scotland too.

Thursday: Bit of rain perhaps into the SW or Wales .

Friday: Well, starting off wet in the far SW in the early hours and I think in cornwall it will remain wet at least for a while and it will struggle also along sw coasts. Elsewhere snow moving in pretty quickly though not reaching the SE until the early afternoon. ( I think those snow lovers in southern hampshire are going to have a pleasant surprise smile ) A substantial covering for some, a decent covering for many.

Saturday: snow continuing for many into the morning and indeed for those in Bedfordshire and further north and east it may well continue for the rest of the day.

Sunday: (confidence beginning to get low) snow finally fizzles out in yorkshire and the NE. Until.....another weather front moves in later in the day or perhaps not until the night. I wont start trying to forecast the effect of this weather front until the timing is pinned down better - perhaps this evening as it may well make all the difference....

back once Ive got some clothes on grin

Heavy frost here, haven't started the car up yet but reckon its a good -6 brrr not looking forward to the back road drive to nursery.

BBC and met office are saying snow from Friday lunchtime to Saturday lunchtime for us, heavy at times which is fine by me as it means dp won't be going to football grin

Sparklingbrook Wed 16-Jan-13 07:31:43

Curious about the timings of Fridays snow. BBC weather lady not sure. grin If Worcestershire snow could wait til about 5pm that would be ideal for me. Apologies to rush hour people.

Sparklingbrook Wed 16-Jan-13 07:33:49

'Significant snowfall' according to local weather. Mmmmmmm.

BlackAffronted Wed 16-Jan-13 07:38:57

Any idea what the chances of snow are for my area of coastal Angus?

TobyLerone Wed 16-Jan-13 07:41:27

Morning! -4 outside here in my bit of slightly-less-East-Kent-than-DDD grin

Thick frost outside, and I bet my children still don't wear coats to school.

It was -8 here in Norfolk an hour ago. We had about five inches of snowfall yesterday. Dd's school that 'never closes' is closed hmm

Are we exempt from anymore now OYBBK?

BelleDameSansMerci Wed 16-Jan-13 07:46:33

Snow, snow, I know you're pretty
But I hate it when the roads aren't gritty... sad

Thank you, again, OYBBK. Don't really mind snow at the weekend so long as DD's daddy can get here to take on the outdoor activities!

fatsatsuma Wed 16-Jan-13 07:49:40

Thanks OYBBK smile

Brrr it's cold - I love it grin

TobyLerone Wed 16-Jan-13 07:50:16

So DS has just left for school in his blazer. His concession to the cold was fingerless gloves hmm

Fingerless gloves are a fashion statement not an item of clothing. grin

Just started proper snow here. School is still open but just round the corner and I am mostly off today.

Thank you OYBBK, I am giving up my addiction to the BBC weather and sticking with you and the met office rain radar.

So if you could just give up your job and give us 15 minute updates that would be marvelous. grin

Ok, rough timings (bit tricky as its not moving across uniformally) Tese may well change as it depends how quickly the system moves in. UKMO and GFS have slightly different timings by around 3 hours or so at the moment I think.

Early hours friday: light snow Wales and midlands. Perhaps into Yorks.

6am: across Wales and into western midlands. Some snow in the east perhaps due to snow showers.

9am: draw a line up from the IOW.

12pm: draw a line from west sussex.

3pm: pretty much everyone covered, perhaps not into western East Anglia or central eastern scotland yet, although eastern East Anglia may well have snow from coastal showers.

6pm: Pretty much full coverage

points to note: When I look at the met office to compare their thoughts with mine. there seems to be a magic snow barrier around Edinburgh/Glasgow. Looking at the UKMO model this makes absolutely no sense to me what so ever!!
Watch out for rain in the far SW and south west coastal areas (perhaps later on extending across to southampton)

oh goodness, just saw the time shock back this afternoon!!!!!

Thanks OYBK, still keeping everything crossed for proper snow in Surrey :-)

GloriaSnow Wed 16-Jan-13 08:06:25

Yay a new snow thread!
From -4.3C at 6am, we're down to -5.3C now!

Dawndonna Wed 16-Jan-13 08:09:45

Most Norfolk schools and a lot of north Suffolk schools closed. Temperature gauge in ds's car is reading -10. I'm 12 miles inland from the most Easterly point and have never known it drop that low! Went to let the dog out and the key to the (unheated) conservatory was covered in ice!

OOOh keeping fingers x for us this time!

250 Norfolk schools closed at last count.

TobyLerone Wed 16-Jan-13 08:16:00

My SIL lives near Dover and has just sent pics of their snow. Still coming down there, apparently, although nothing here (yet?)

PestoFrostissimos Wed 16-Jan-13 08:16:44

I'm worried about Friday, DD1 has a GCSE and blizzards are being forecast. School has said even if it's closed to the rest of the pupils, all the year 11's will obviously have to make their way in. We live a good 45 minutes walk away (in good weather conditions!) and right at the top of a steep hill which never gets gritted and usually the buses stop running too.

Normally I embrace the snow, but for this once, I hope it holds off!

Would prefer Worcestershire snow to hold off till 6 pm so I can get home first please!

Sparklingbrook Wed 16-Jan-13 08:54:17

It's a deal dm. I am off to the Panto though so maybe early hours of Saturday would be better thinking about it. grin

schilke Wed 16-Jan-13 09:03:37

Just clocking in to the new thread. Lovely frost here today(surrey hills) & looking forward to walking the dog. Can even see blue sky and the top of the hill in front of my village.....was covered in mist earlier.

rosieposey Wed 16-Jan-13 09:07:37

Morning OYBBK smile nice to see another thread!

Can you tell me in your expert opinion whether you think it will rain or snow in Swindon? It's Technically the South West but we are about 5 miles from the Oxfordshire border here in N Wilts and about 15 from Newbury so I am hoping it doesn't turn to rain?

Do you think we are South Central enough to get snow ( and no pesky rain!) it snowed here the other morning closely followed by rain and I'm desperate to see some prolonged snow where it actually stays for a while.

fedthefup Wed 16-Jan-13 09:39:39

Kitten, when you get back can you give me your opinion on whether i'm going to get my flight from Liverpool to Jersey on Friday? I don't think it looks good but ever the optimist! Thanks in advance smile

Dawndonna Wed 16-Jan-13 09:47:00

Pesto The school have to make alternative arrangements, eg. reschedule for your Dd.

Saltire Wed 16-Jan-13 09:47:36

So the chances of us getting from North Yorkshire to Dumfries, via A1 and A66 on Saturday and back on Sunday are looking less likely hmm??

pepperrabbit Wed 16-Jan-13 09:48:10

Marking place and settling in!
-4 here this morning, brrrr. All the puddles frozen and DD (4) managed to slip over within maybe, 2ft, of the front door and wailed all the way to school and back....

iseenodust Wed 16-Jan-13 09:56:45

-7 here on the school run this morning. Took many washing up bowls of hot water to unfreeze car doors. DS on school trip today to a power station - warmest place to be. grin

LeChatRouge Wed 16-Jan-13 10:02:24

Finally including Somerset, I am very excited!

mumat39 Wed 16-Jan-13 10:16:07

Thanks Kitten. Just marking my place.

LillethTheCat Wed 16-Jan-13 10:19:27

Thanks for the new thread.

Just marking place on this cold and frosty morning. My fingers are crossed I can get back from the supermarket before the real snow starts on Fri in North Yorks.

PestoFrostissimos Wed 16-Jan-13 10:19:31

DawnDonna Do they?

DD says the school can't do that as it's a national exam which has to be taken simultaneously with schools around the country confused

Just started snowing again, woo hoo!

I am not looking at the radar again, I think it senses I watching and is shy.

mumat39 Wed 16-Jan-13 10:50:45

Oh dear. I forgot i had ordered some sledges And they have just arrived. I think I've now jinxed it and we will probably get no snow.

ibbydibby Wed 16-Jan-13 11:25:43

Norfolk: currently sunny, though more cloud than earlier. DH has just started car, temp showing -3. Hoping to head to coast, where my mum has no snow, but he is going to do some shopping for her, in view of forecast for Fri/Sat. Snow still looking beautiful, due to low temps. Stacks of it on neighbour's evergreens and looking v Christmassy.

GloriaSnow Wed 16-Jan-13 11:30:23

Metoffice Amber warning for some western bits of England and most of Wales for Friday.

TobyLerone Wed 16-Jan-13 11:30:40

Sunny in my bit of Kent.

GloriaSnow Wed 16-Jan-13 11:32:50

We're currently up to the dizzy heights of -1.9C. I'm rather liking all the trees and shrubs all coated white from the frost. 'Tis cold but very pretty!

-2 here at the moment!

Hmm, we are under the Amber warning for Friday, but after Sunday/Mondays disappointment, I won't hold my breath! grin

madasa Wed 16-Jan-13 12:04:17

Grey and dismal in my bit of Kent sad

pigleychez Wed 16-Jan-13 12:17:02

Sunny but very crisp day here in West Sussex.

Thick frost overnight and only topping -1 c now.

Think we are due some snow fri/sat. DH is panicking now as he starts a new job on Monday in London and usually even the tiniest bit of snow messes up the trains!

Dawndonna Wed 16-Jan-13 12:22:52

Pesto If it is due to conditions beyond anybodys control, they have to reschedule. They have spare papers, different to the main paper so that they can't be told what's on the paper. Tell Dd not to panic and tell the school to stop upsetting her!

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Wed 16-Jan-13 12:25:49

Best pack a bag of clothes when I go to work on Friday and Saturday then

41notTrendy Wed 16-Jan-13 12:29:08

Beautiful here in Nottingham. Sunny and snowy and crisp. They are predicting snowmaggedon on Friday here. Ds is meant to be doing a 1.5 mile Beaver Scout walk on Saturday!

hopenglory Wed 16-Jan-13 12:32:00

The Devon faction are still keeping their collective fingers crossed, hoping that against all odds it lands here

PestoFrostissimos Wed 16-Jan-13 12:32:41

Thanks Dawndonna smile

micku5 Wed 16-Jan-13 12:38:33

Two very disappointed children again this morning. Cold, grey and foggy near Bluewater

fatsatsuma Wed 16-Jan-13 12:51:46

Here in N Oxon it's been snowing very lightly but steadily for 5 hours - not really what I was expecting. It's so light it's not really affecting the roads, but every twig and blade of grass is now coated and it looks very wintery and pretty smile

Everyone round here has suddenly caught hold of the forecast for Friday/Saturday and is getting very alarmist about feet of snow expected - although according to the Met Office we are still only predicted light snow. We have a party here on Sunday and I don't know whether to go with my head and assume that the snow will be a minor affair, or go with my heart (and the neighbours grin)and prepare for the worst...

Starshaped Wed 16-Jan-13 12:55:08

Does this mean that Manchester might finally get some snow? The BBC website says not - it's predicting cloud and rain for us. Boo!

fatsatsuma Wed 16-Jan-13 12:59:28

okaaaay confused
Met Office app on my phone now saying heavy snow on Friday after all.

Sparklingbrook Wed 16-Jan-13 13:20:28

Met office are now saying heavy snow between 6am and 12pm for Friday in Worcestershire. I give up. sad

GirlOutNumbered Wed 16-Jan-13 13:50:58

My snow warning has been down graded to sleet!!! NOOOOOOOO!
I need to move some where less hot! (What?!)

Hoping for snow here but we're on the West Sussex coast so I don't think it's that likely. We did have an inch or so Monday morning but it had all washed away in the rain by lunchtime. sad I miss Wales, the winter before we moved down here we were snowed in for 3 weeks! It doesn't seem like winter without snow.

Met office just saying snow showers for us. sad

netweather has loads of snow for us for the best part of a week from Friday - I'm off now to panic buy wine and chocolate to survive DH working from home --and being able to see my MN-actual work ratio--grin. It's not so much the quantities of snow that's the issue round here, it's more the fact that the council seems to forget we exist re road gritting/clearing, and the other idiots driving stupidly that causes the problems.

grr, strike out fail there.

GloriaSnow Wed 16-Jan-13 14:36:18

LOL IShallWearMidnight.

We actually managed to get above freezing about an hour ago and got to 0.2C. It's now heading downwards again and we're at -0.4C.
On met-monkey (weather messageboard) there's talk of the metoffice amber warning area being extended eastwards a bit more for Friday's snow. Think a lot of the country's going to see a huge amount of the white stuff.

just got in, need lunch and then I will catch up!
latest warnings seem like a pretty good starting point though!

i thnk metmonkey are right about the amber warning area being extended.

Ok, the next gfs update is in about an hour so I'm going to hang fire on a full low down of the situation but to answer a few questions:

Pesto - your dd should be ok if it is in the morning (though getting home might not be so fun). GFS does have light snow by morning for you now, but the main bit looks to arrive around lunchtime. Obv, latest run may change the timings!

droit - no chance!

rosie - snow.

fedthefp - persistent snow in liverpool from the early hours of friday morning, but i dont know if it will be heavy enough to disrupt flights. If your flight is an evening one, then I'd be a bit concerned as the snow looks set to last all day.

saltire, once you get away from the NE it should get easier. At the moment it looks like its going to be the forst part of the journey that will be the trickiest. Obv check before you travel though as that could very well change!

starshaped - to me it looks like Manchester will get snow.

Think that covers everyone for the moment??

gnushoes Wed 16-Jan-13 15:22:18

Please can I ask about Brighton? My kids would love some snow... Met Office finally suggesting it might look likelier than it did... Thank you!

gnushoes. It looks like it will start off a snow but might turn to sleet in the evening as the dewpoint just lifts a little. So I'd make the most of it just in case.

IamtheZombie Wed 16-Jan-13 15:31:00

NetWeather is now showing 48 hours of snow for South Shropshire starting around 6.00pm on Thursday.

It's also saying the temperature at 9.00am on Sunday will be -14C. shock

Starshaped Wed 16-Jan-13 15:32:52

Weeeeeee! Thanks OYBBK - I hope so! smile

Fimbo Wed 16-Jan-13 15:35:31

I live in Norwich and it came to a standstill yesterday. I work in a school and stayed on to help look after children who's parents couldn't get to them. School is closed today. Mostly likely they will be open tomorrow. But the conditions are treacherous out there. I do not wish to perform my Torvil & Dean routine anymore. PLEASE NO MORE SNOW FOR NORFOLK!

I am SOOOOO disappointed...we usually get the white stuff but this week, apart from one small flurry over 2 hrs on Monday morning we have not nothing here nr Guildford.

So gutted.

MegGriffin Wed 16-Jan-13 15:35:58

So excited, i really hope this comes off !


sparkle. Fear not! Your turn is coming very soon!

fimbo - you need to start blowing hard towards the west and send it to those who have been so far deprived.

zombie - neteather uses gfs as a raw output and boy does gfs overcook in these circs!!! I wouldnt be surprised to see a -8C but Im really not sure about -14c!

gnushoes Wed 16-Jan-13 15:44:09

Thank you! I've never had a personalised weather forecast before.... grin

SilverAndSparklyKat Wed 16-Jan-13 15:48:58

What do you forecast for Birmingham kitten? DO we get snowmageddeon for Friday?<crosses fingers, does dance>

Absolutely freezing all day today - lovely sunshine though.

I have a huge pot of carrot, lentil and chili soup cooking. That should warm me up!

snowflakehellokitty Wed 16-Jan-13 15:52:51

Looks like heavy snow heavy here from 8am se is this right?!

fedthefup Wed 16-Jan-13 15:58:19

Thank you Kitten, lunchtime flight so might be ok - at least Jersey have their own met office so i'll be able to take a look at the airport camera in the morning! smile

Kitten you have made me smile - sitting home with a chest infection dying for snow! Strange woman I am..

Birmingham does look snowy.

snowflake somewhere between then and midday depending on exactly where you are and which model you look at.

JenAT Wed 16-Jan-13 16:15:35

we are meant to be driving from home (Worcestershire) to the back of beyond (near Grosmont) on welsh borders on Friday after 3pm for the weekend. Me (35wks preg) dh and 2 kids. Its not looking good is it? DH will attempt the journey even if the snow is really heavy but I am feeling pretty concerned about it. The thought of being stuck in the car in heavy snow in the middle of nowhere, not good. Will be keeping a v close eye on weather forecast over next few days, looks like we could have pretty significant amount of snow.

BettySuarez Wed 16-Jan-13 16:15:41

Could we have a likelihood of snow for Cirencester please? smile

Supposed to be dropping DS there at a friends this weekend!

Lifeisontheup Wed 16-Jan-13 16:17:13

Any idea about Reading area? I'm working 0700-1900 shifts from Friday and I've never driven an ambulance in proper snow before. eeeeekkkkkk

Love the snow though and these threads thanks to OYBK

EndoplasmicReticulum Wed 16-Jan-13 16:17:29

I think it will miss us again. North Yorkshire, in the middle. Monday's snow was mostly to the East of us, and it looks like Saturday's is going to be mostly to the West.

I want to go sledging at the weekend, please.

JenAT Make sure you have plenty of supplies in boot should you need them enroute.

Dawndonna Wed 16-Jan-13 16:19:56

OYBBK Are we okay now or are Norfolk and North Suffolk liable to get any more. The met office pretty maps show yellow, but I can't work out if that's for ice or snow!
Thank you!

So looking at the latest gfs only (bearing in mind that other models may have different ideas)

Pretty much the same as this mornings summary. Front seems to come in a bit faster by an hour or two I think. Cornwall and sw tip of Wales remain too warm for snow and along the south coast the snow may change to rain later in the day as dew points rise a little. Away from the far sw remaining a very cold weekend. GFS is going for ridiculous temps in central england, so just in case, make sure those outside taps are turned off at the inside.

Then next week it shows the cold mostly remaining with more snow opportunities but perhaps more of a messy mix too in the south similar to last Monday.

Labradorlover Wed 16-Jan-13 16:22:17

Frost...well it's a start.....

LeChatRouge Wed 16-Jan-13 16:22:17

JenAT that sounds stressful for you! Met office showing huge yellow band for part of Wales. Do you HAVE to go?

I hate driving in the snow when it's actually it comes towards the windscreen, it's hypnotic and I get mesmerised by the falling flakes.

JenAT Wed 16-Jan-13 16:22:48

will do Sparkle, I am also concerned that I have to wee every hour at the moment, so if stuck in traffic may end up in comedy emergency wee at side of road moment!

dawndonna, yup, more snow for you! for both Friday and saturday, perhaps into Sunday a little too.

life - snow for you too, starting probably mid morning and going right through your shift. Good luck!

betty - looks like snow Friday and perhaps also some on Sat morning too.

jenat - I think there could be a fair amount of lying snow for you I'm afraid. Not looking like a terribly fun journey.

shock Jenat - yellow snow!!!

Dawndonna Wed 16-Jan-13 16:28:44

Right, Thank you OYBBK best start making some more bread!

mumat39 Wed 16-Jan-13 16:30:57

Thanks kitten.

Was loving your summary but I'm ignoring the last bit. La la lala. the last Monday bit. We had sleet and rain most of the day, so I'm hoping if anything has to fall that it's snow.

sparkle, we're down the A3 towards London, so if the weather stops near you and asks for directions, will you please tell it to go down the a3 and turn left at tolworth please? grin

JenAT Wed 16-Jan-13 16:32:42

Yep! Yellow snow may be seen at intervals along the hard shoulder of the M5, M50 and the a49 if the traffic is v slow and even worse my bare bottom glinting in the headlights, be warned wink

mumat39 Wed 16-Jan-13 16:34:45

Me at, that doesn't sound good at all. Is there anyway you could leave the day before or stay put if it gets bad? I remember one year when there were people stranded on the m11 overnight.

If you have to travel, the remember to pack blankets, a snow shovel and some hot soups and snacks to keep you going, just in case.

Good luck and sorry if I'm worrying you more, just take care. xxx

mumat39 Wed 16-Jan-13 16:35:18

Me at = jenat.

Lifeisontheup Wed 16-Jan-13 16:37:21

Oh well better get the thermals out, last year when it snowed our ambulance broke down and we sat for three hours by the side of the road with no heating. Would prefer not to have a repeat of that.
I will put a thermos in my bag, pity I can't take a hip flask.grin

SilverAndSparklyKat Wed 16-Jan-13 16:39:15

Snowy Birmingham. Marvellous! Enough to cause traffic chaos and sledging opportunities do you think?

sparklykat. I think so.

(quick reminder to everyone I'm an amateur - please don't come after me with pitchforks if it all goes pear shaped!)

Heffalumpa Wed 16-Jan-13 16:50:06

Any idea for Milton Keynes OYBBK? Never know quite which region we fall into...not really East Anglia, nor South East, nor Midlands confused

SilverAndSparklyKat Wed 16-Jan-13 16:52:46

Pitchforks? Not likely- we all just appreciate being able to badger you for personalised weather, it's much better than the met office!

Sparklingbrook Wed 16-Jan-13 16:53:58

FGS now the snow is heavy all day on Friday. it keeps changing. angry

I am trying not to get excited!

I have to get dc4 to the hospital for 9am Friday, I hope it stays off until we get back home grin. The dc are so excited about more snow after the let down when it rained away all snow on Monday. North Staffordshire/West Midlands here.

rosieposey Wed 16-Jan-13 17:03:39

Thanks OYBBK smile Getting really excited here!

Helenagrace Wed 16-Jan-13 17:05:03

I suppose there's minimal chance of a "pack DH off sledging and settle down with a blanket and a book snow day" for the weekend on the West Sussex coast?

Tortoise Wed 16-Jan-13 17:06:17

I'm not getting the ski trousers out of the lift until it actually snows! grin. It's looking hopeful.grin

Our snow melted away but it was awful perty while it lasted. There was just enough to crunch underfoot.

MaureenMLove Wed 16-Jan-13 17:13:23

Just marking my place, nothing to say really, other than your updates have kept everyone going at school today, with the prospect of an early close on Friday and dreams of a snow day on Monday! grin

Thanks, as always Kitten. I promise I won't come after you with a pitchfork this time. Although I do know roughly where you live. Shouldn't be to difficult to spot the crazy woman, gazing up at the sky and praying her predictions come through! winkgrin

heffalump, I tend to think of it as southern East midlands grin should be coming in your way sometime around lunch time I think and lasting through Saturday.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 16-Jan-13 17:17:33

Does anyone love near Bristol airport who could keep me updated on things on Friday evening?

We're due to fly at 10.30am on Saturday morning and have to travel from South Wales because Cardiff airport is crap!.

Mo - just been trying to figure out what will happen to dd if school closes early. Secondaries tend to faster than primary don't they cos of all the kids on buses and making their own way home?

I'm so torn!! I want masses of snow, but i've got a big evening Saturday and dd is desperate not to miss something on Saturday morning that is really important to her.

Heffalumpa Wed 16-Jan-13 17:23:34

Glad it's not just me being thick then! Thanks OYBBK.

Although was expecting you to say we probably won't get any, so now I'm a bit excitable!

snowflakehellokitty Wed 16-Jan-13 17:26:42


snowflakehellokitty Wed 16-Jan-13 17:28:16

Meant on fri wink
Dd2 is 4 on sat wink

GossipWitch Wed 16-Jan-13 17:40:42

oh dear east mids does not look good this weekend, well it'll look very pretty and the kids will be excited but no driving for me !!

MaureenMLove Wed 16-Jan-13 17:43:38

Well, our school still needs to have written permission to send kids home. We have a page in our planners for parents to sign for 'extreme situation early closures.'

This was only added two years ago, after a lot of staff spent hours having to contact parents to check it was OK! It was chaos, but all the other schools in the borough had closed and our kids were getting text messages from other school kids! grin

I've spent all week, checking planners at the end of lessons, to make sure they've got them signed! I'll be out the door with them this week, if I have to! The only people that suffered two years ago, were the teachers, because with every phone call they were making, the snow was getting thicker and more difficult to get home!

(thought I might not sign DDs planner. I 'm gonna wave from my car, on the way out! grin)

That's brilliant! grin

LivingInAPinkBauble Wed 16-Jan-13 17:57:58

Please Kitten no more snow for Norfolk! 4 hours to do 20 miles yest, couldn't get to school where I teach (one of the few open today!) and quite tired of snow now! Complete scaredy cat about driving in it, think I'll take the train tomorrow! Bauble cat agrees with me, she slipped in it today!

MooncupGoddess Wed 16-Jan-13 18:05:55

What do you reckon for London, OYBBK? Netweather keeps changing its mind, but looks like definitely snow, but pretty light?

pigleychez Wed 16-Jan-13 18:07:22


Are we likely to have any significant snow in West Sussex this weekend? (by gatwick airport)

DH is really panicking about his first day at his new job on Monday. The snow can really bugger up the trains! If its gonna be bad he will contact his new boss for some stuff he can work from home on in case he cant get in.

Personally i'd love super deep snow! smile

what a nightmare bauble.

mooncup. yes to snow in London on friday, and persistent at that possibly right through saturday if current models are correct.

MooncupGoddess Wed 16-Jan-13 18:11:38

Ooh, thanks OYBBK! I am officially excited smile

Kitten, sorry to add to your list of requests, but how is Surrey looking?

We were bitterly disappointed on Monday with the teeny bit we woke up to, then got all excited when big flakes began to fall around 11 am only to have our hopes crushed when by noon the rain set in sad

Will it look whiter on Friday?

PestoFrostissimos Wed 16-Jan-13 18:13:52

Thanks Kitten

DD's exam is first thing in the morning, so should be able to get there OK if we only have light snow at that stage. Doesn't matter so much about how long it takes to get home in the afternoon. Am hoping they'll get sent home early before the blizzards set in grin

pigley, yes you are I'm afraid. I'm not sure about Sunday night yet, it might be quite a messy mix of rain and snow. the timing is slower on the latest gfs so that weather front may not arrive til monday morning. One to watch.

behind - yes, unless something has gone terrible wrong with the forecasts then surrey does look to be in a much better position on friday. Sometime before noon I expect for the start.

micku5 Wed 16-Jan-13 18:17:25

OYBBK do you know if we are likely to get loads of snow on friday in west kent (Dartford/Gravesend/Bluewater). So far we've only had light dustings. I have to take DD2 for a hospital appointment and DH is racing.

friday's forecasts are so easy. Apart from for the far south west and southern coastal areas I can just say 'Yes' to snow! grin

Sparklingbrook Wed 16-Jan-13 18:18:43

What's a 'significant accumulation' I wonder?

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Wed 16-Jan-13 18:19:18


I've been waiting for someone else to ask about Somerset but they haven't so here goes - any chance I'll get a snow day with my puppy?

Follyfoot Wed 16-Jan-13 18:20:19

Hello BadKitten. Just wanted to say thank you for the Derbyshire Dales forecast you did last week, it was spot on smile

Any thoughts on what to expect for us from Friday onwards? I can book a provisional day of annual leave if its likely to be bad. Our lane is hilly, single track, stone walls and very bendy so wont be going anywhere if its too awful. Thank you again

micku, certainly I think you'll get a good covering. I hope it goes ok for you. Morning is best time to try and get things done so I hope the timings are ok.

Thank you Kitten smile

ShipwreckedAndComatose Wed 16-Jan-13 18:26:10

Love this thread grin

Particularly love the faint suggestion of naked weather forecasting by OYBBK near the beginning of the thread wink

I have to go soon for a meeting that will last poxy hours so apologies if I dont get round to everyone's questions.

INPP. Its a little bit close to marginal for you. not in amounts but in temps. Your chances are better if you live in the bit of somerset where the coast turns up north east.

follyfoot - snow looks like it will move into yours in the early hours and persist into saturday.

41notTrendy Wed 16-Jan-13 18:27:29

The met office for Nottingham hasnt varied from light snow. And now it seems patchy? On and off Fri/Sat/Sun? What do you think might actually fall?!
(no pitchforks, promise smile)

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Wed 16-Jan-13 18:33:47

Oh well, never mind

Thanks anyway.


micku5 Wed 16-Jan-13 18:33:48

Thank you. Her appointment is mid morning so fingers crossed we are ok.

Its getting home that will be a problem, we have a very steep hill and last year cars were slipping backwards shock and with single car country lanes as our alternative routes home it wont make for pleasant driving

Trendy - its mainly light but persistent. However the potential is there for more substantial snowfall for a time on Saturday afternoon. I think the amber warning area may extend further east from its present position.

poorbuthappy Wed 16-Jan-13 18:36:25

So the chances of us driving from Newport to Sollihull on Saturday morning are pretty remote yes? confused

ok, time for me to head off!! see you all perhaps later but more likely in the morning briefly.

poorbuthappy - it would be quite exciting!

Follyfoot Wed 16-Jan-13 18:40:41

Thank you BadKitten, very much appreciated

poorbuthappy Wed 16-Jan-13 18:42:27

Not with my 3 kids ohyoubadkitten. grin

NewYearNewNagoo Wed 16-Jan-13 18:46:11


We had a teeny bit today, that kind of splintery snow.

There are icicles on the wheely bins.

Nothing now, but it is bastard cold.


41notTrendy Wed 16-Jan-13 18:57:55

Thank you kitten. Big boots needed for Beaver walk Sat pm then!

TomDaleysTrunks Wed 16-Jan-13 19:17:51

Can I ask about Abergavenny on Friday please? I've got my driving test booked for 1045 Friday morning and am hoping it will be very slowly so I can't sit it. What do you reckon OYBBK?

pepperrabbit Wed 16-Jan-13 19:20:27

Are we going to have a register to sign in on Friday and Sat with how many inches we got? grin.
<ooh err Missus>
<not competitive at all>

TheregoesBod Wed 16-Jan-13 19:23:58

BadKitten - I need your Oracle meteorological powers please!

I am driving the kids from N. Surrey down to Lymington in Hampshire on Friday early afternoon, then back on Sunday afternoon.

I really don't want to drive in snow, when is it looking like reaching Surrey/Hampshire do you think?

Thank you, much appreciated!

Molepom Wed 16-Jan-13 19:24:07


Still icy where I am, still have snow on the ground and it oh, so, bitterly cold.

pigleychez Wed 16-Jan-13 19:46:09

Thanks Kitten smile

Guess DH best be emailing his boss!

Just found out though that DD's school is one of the only ones in area that never shuts in snow unless its knee deep! - My first winter as a school run mum!

TeWiSavesTheDay Wed 16-Jan-13 20:06:19

Ooh! Exciting.

Supposed to be driving to London on Saturday though confused think we might have to wait and see how well prepped the roads are!

laughalot Wed 16-Jan-13 20:12:04

41nottrendy giving you a big wave from Mansfield notts.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Wed 16-Jan-13 20:28:34

OYBBK-sorry to add to your load but can I ask about Cambridge? I am due to work early shifts (7.30am starts) on Friday and Saturday and from 7.30am-9.30pm on Sunday, I might possibly be able to stay over on Friday but don't want to unless I have to, how are the Cambridgeshire fens looking?

GloriaSnow Wed 16-Jan-13 20:37:15

Some thoughts about Friday's snow from TheWeatherChannel and Netweather.

pepperrabbit ~ yes, it'll be rulers at the ready on Friday!

DaftMaul Wed 16-Jan-13 20:57:20

theregoesbod, I shall be going to the same place but from London. I'm heading towards cancelling though at the moment - I figure we should stay home and enjoy the snow!

Meglet Wed 16-Jan-13 21:00:17

The Met office only has north Hampshire with single snowflake icons (but all day), I want double snowflake icons <<lip>>.

Who wants to place bets as to whether eldest little Mankys football match at 0900 on Saturday morning on grass pitches goes ahead?

reastie Wed 16-Jan-13 21:02:59

Marking place. This shall be my spot for official snow forecast checking grin . I'm in Kent and finish work on Friday lunch time and live on a hill where snow is always loads heavier than surrounding area - please let me get home in one piece before it gets heavy confused . I know I sound like an old woman well I am now my hair is greying but I'm thinking of putting wellies and winter gear in my car incase I have to take a long walk home on Friday!

TheregoesBod Wed 16-Jan-13 21:08:00

Waves at Daftmaul. Yes, that's probably the best decision but the kids (and me ) are really looking forward to it, so I really don't want to cancel.

snowflakehellokitty Wed 16-Jan-13 21:18:50

yes have to definetly come on fri afternoon and say how many inches we have
i really want snow on the one hand - on the other
on the other dhs parents r due to come down from hull fri morning for dds 4 bday so dont know if they will be able to get down if there is lots of snow

ArkadyRose Wed 16-Jan-13 21:26:56

Placemarking. I like to check in on these threads to see how my own predictions tally up with OhYouBadBadKitten's. smile DD3 is very excited because I told her on Monday even when the snow had melted that she'd have more to play in this weekend.

TameGaloot Wed 16-Jan-13 21:28:50

Blizzard like again here. Hasn't stopped all afternoon
North norfolk
Kids missing another day ofnschool doesn't bother me, dh being forced to take holiday does

Just lost part of my post as i navigated away onto a different tab so I'll have to do one request at a time and mn gone super slow . Grrr.

Back earlier than expected smile Tom Daley, looks like heavyish snow from the outset. So my suspicion is that they will cancel it.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 16-Jan-13 21:35:32

No volunteers from Bristol to report back for me on Friday night?

I'll be gutted if we can't fly out in Saturday morning sad

Hell looks at the moment like Friday am will be ok, maybe some flurries before more persistent snow moves in later. Saturday I think there will be reasonable accumulation and that will continue through Saturday before petering out Sunday.

hopenglory Wed 16-Jan-13 21:40:50

Well it's all beyond me, however there are big warning signs on the M5 just outside Exeter tonight warning about severe weather on Friday

Getting hacked off with slowness of mn and losing another post.

Theregoesbod, sometime late morning is my guess at the moment, could vary by an hour or two either side. Or more if the models are wrong!!!

Arkady, how am I doing so far? Shout up if you disagree!!!

PeneloPeePitstop Wed 16-Jan-13 21:47:38

Place marking

thenightsky Wed 16-Jan-13 21:49:20

That weather channel link says it could get as low as minus 15 on Saturday night shock. We are meant to be off to a Panto that night.

StillSlightlyCrumpled Wed 16-Jan-13 22:09:05

Marking my place. Am stressing about whether to send ds2 to school on Friday. He goes to a SN school the other side of the county in a taxi. Not a quick journey. Don't want to over react though.

Hoping it all sods off by the 26th still. Have party, dancing & alcohol planned <selfish>.

We have had another light dusting in East Kent. More forecast but it seems really hit and miss.

Ssc, why don't you leave the decision til say 3:30pm tomorrow. You should have a good picture whilst still having time to contact taxi company and school.

Ddd if you look at the radar it really is hit and miss!

PeneloPeePitstop Wed 16-Jan-13 22:18:35

Looking at the weather channel link we're in the only bit of the south east to be in the pale blue bit with no depth stated. Harrumph. If we don't get it this time I'll cry.

TheregoesBod Wed 16-Jan-13 22:22:30

OhYouBadBadKitten, many thanks. It looks like I may have to find a ahem..creative reason to drive down with the children in the morning instead of the afternoon.

EndoplasmicReticulum Wed 16-Jan-13 22:23:00

MN is very slow tonight. I have been accusing husband of stealing all my bandwith but he assures me he is not. The rest of the internet seems to be working so I guess he's telling the truth.

EndoplasmicReticulum Wed 16-Jan-13 22:24:04

width even.

Now have grandparents on standby for Friday just in case boys school closes early, but after Monday's disappointment remain pessimistic.

<marking place> south west London, which appears to be marginal at the moment. Please snow, I missed the sad bit on Monday that didn't even settle because I was in A&E

BigStickBIWI Wed 16-Jan-13 22:27:27

OYBBK - I need some words of wisdom from you, please!

DS2 has an AS re-sit on Friday morning. His college is in Esher, a good 20-30 minute drive from here, SW19 - which would be a nightmare of a drive if it's snowed. He normally goes by train, which is on the mainline out of Wimbledon to Thames Ditton - I think it's probably originally from Waterloo.

His exam will be starting at 9 which means he would have to leave home at 8. Obviously if there's a chance of snow, he will probably need to leave earlier.

What do you reckon for us on Friday morning? I'm really worried he's not going to make it in in time for the exam!

mummylin Wed 16-Jan-13 22:55:13

looks in hopefully to see if there will be snow in Dorset.

ArkadyRose Wed 16-Jan-13 23:30:29

OYBBK Nope, no disagreements - we're seeing the same stuff & drawing the same conclusions on it I think. I wouldn't like to put my neck out and predict much beyond Saturday mind you - might have a clearer picture by this time tomorrow. DD3 is quite happy with the thought she can chuck snowballs at her dad when he gets home from work on Friday though. smile

cluttercluttereverywhere Thu 17-Jan-13 00:17:47

Following BigStickBIWI as I have to do an almost identical journey that day!

FREEZING again today.

Playground duty will not be fun!

We didn't get any more, the precip remained elusive.

Do you think it will get to us tomorrow oybbk?

Very quick observation, more later - tomorrow's front seems faster in arriving than it did yesterday with snow half way (ie to the Isle of Wight) by morning rush hour and across the country by school run time. Also it seems to be struggling to make it past Yorkshire for much of the day.

More info to follow soon!

Helenagrace Thu 17-Jan-13 07:18:56

Oooh the Met Office has updates the forecast for my bit of the West Sussex coast to heavy snow!!

What do the OYBBK models say - cos you're more likely to be right!grin

Saltire Thu 17-Jan-13 07:20:37

Argh, minus 5 here this morning. DH is away further south at 8am, and not due back till 5pm tomorrow, hope he doesn't get stuck.
We will monitor the road/snow.frost situation and then make a decision on if we should travel on saturday or not


abbierhodes Thu 17-Jan-13 07:22:20

OYBBK- does that mean we're getting the snow today?

lubeybooby Thu 17-Jan-13 07:26:46

A friend of mine is determined that he is travelling from Bristol to the Welsh valleys on Friday afternoon. I have a funny feeling he won't be!

MordionAgenos Thu 17-Jan-13 07:28:23

OYBBK DS and I are supposed to be travelling from Exeter to slough, by train, Friday evening, coming back Saturday evening. It's for his big Xmas treat (big dr who convention). He will be devastated to miss it, me too (it's a great lineup, also it cost a fortune). On the other hand, having been badly caught out by the flooding just before Xmas, and being a generally nervous type, and very nesh, I don't want to be trapped somewhere in the snow either. Do you think well be ale to make our trip?

abbier - no although there will be scattered snow showers about today, it just means that the timings I posted this time yesterday may be a little off. However, GFS is sticking firmly to the timings.

mordion - what rotten timing. Exeter itself is very borderline for the snow but slough is not.

helena, at a quick glance, I think that there maybe heavy snow for a time for you.

Ok, going to have a thorough look now - will have to tackle further questions later on this afternoon.

travellingwilbury Thu 17-Jan-13 07:39:51

Just checking in for the excitement .

I am in west Sussex and keeping fingers crossed we get a good dumping .

If its going to snow then I want big fat snow that closes the roads so I can't work rather than the snow on black ice stuff that makes me want to never drive again .

Look at surface pressure chart at Fri 12:00. You can see a little occluded front ahead of the long occluded front (which wobbles around before occluding out) and that is bringing in the earlier snow to the south and midlands, then more general light snow fills in across the Uk. Nice to see the culprit on the charts isnt it smile

Checking in smile
We still have several inches here since Monday and it doesn't look like it's going anywhere in this temperature, brrr...
I'd quite like not to have anymore tbh, everything seems to be suggesting light snow from Friday at 3pm until Sunday confused no idea what light snow means though as when it has said that, we have had anything from a couple of cm to absolutely nothing confused OYBBK, would you be able to shed some light? I am in the middle of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

BlackAffronted Thu 17-Jan-13 07:56:52

Any idea what we can expect on the Angus coast this weekend? Are we due any snow tomorrow?

MirandaWest Thu 17-Jan-13 07:57:36

I'm in York which is pretty chilly at the moment. Is it really going to snow tomorrow? We had some on Monday which is still here in places but I am wondering whether and when it will be joined by any more.

So very quickly breakdown of timings as they stand (as they may once again change!)

Early am: rain in the far SW also parts of western Wales. Snow in the west midlands and rest of Wales

9am: draw a line from the IOW to Wales. (though it may be further ahead even in the south, towards west sussex)

12pm: almost all the way across. Starting to reach Northern Ireland.

3pm: Snow all the way across, except for poor old W (cut off very approx Exeter) Snow now also in Northern Ireland

6pm: snow now moving into southern scotland, but it looks to remain light.

Saturdays snow doesnt look so persistent now - it looks to gently fizzle out, though persistent in parts of the east midlands. Some southern coastal areas could possibly see rain.

Will leave Sunday and further on for now - seems more like a snow showers day and I need to look in detail at the next approaching weather system.

ok - I need to head off to work now smile back later!

Cheers Kitten, thank you for your hard work. smile

travellingwilbury Thu 17-Jan-13 08:09:11

Thanks kitten , looks like you will be getting it then smile

A light sprinkle of snow in north Worcestershire this morning. Will report on Birmingham when my train gets there

v. quick comment before I fly out of the door. Wouldnt be surprised to see an extra amber area (or a shift in it) to reflect the pesky little trough.

Thanks OYBBK!

I shall wait and see. grin

Proper snow on Lickey Hills but not enough to cause any problems

lubeybooby Thu 17-Jan-13 08:22:16

is it coming in from the west or the east (or other?)

lubeybooby Thu 17-Jan-13 08:22:49

The main load of it tomorrow I mean.

I thought it was coming in from the west but I'm confused now

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 17-Jan-13 08:25:54

If the amber could just shift away from South Wales and Bristol for Friday night and Saturday morning, that would be fine.

OYBK, I assume you can sort that for me please? wink

No frost here this morning, despite felling bitter cold.

BBC said rain was coming from the West and meeting the cold front which will turn it to snow <ducks question as really doesn't understand how it works!>

I have a horrible feeling we will just end up with sleet or rain here on the edge of Greater Manchester. sad

robino Thu 17-Jan-13 08:43:39

OYBKK can I add to your workload?

We're flying back from the ME for a two week visit tomorrow. Given that it was 19 degrees C yesterday and the children required hoodies, leggings and socks before they ventured out the house, then still moaned about the "cold" this is spectacularly bad timing...

We fly into Manchester at noon tomorrow and are then due to head to West Yorks early Saturday.

How bad is this going to be? (Do I need to drag the kids out to the mall to buy hats incase my dad doesn't make it to meet us?!). Am feeling quite spectacularly overwhelmed by the prospect of cold and I used to be a tough northern lass!

Very little snow in Birmingham. Trains into Birmingham New Street station seem to be ok

poorbuthappy Thu 17-Jan-13 08:48:09

It's snowing ever so slightly Cwmbran:Newport. I can see it over the mountain though. It's looking rather ominous actually.

TomDaleysTrunks Thu 17-Jan-13 08:55:04

OYBBK thank you so much. Really hope they do cancel it as I don't feel ready for it. Hope everyone stays warm! Brrrr!

reastie Thu 17-Jan-13 09:17:22

Just checked bbc weather and my local weather (west Kent) has changed from light snow to heavy snow from 11am tomorrow for a few hours. Am very nervous driving in snow and drive home from work involves lots of country lanes and is too far to walk but I refuse to be stuck at the school I work at for the night .

This is an odd question but what do schools do when it suddenly starts heavy snow during school hours? I work at a private secondary school that have their own minibus service for many students so I'm assuming if it looks to be heavy snow they will take the kids home before it gets too deep? <desperate>

iseenodust Thu 17-Jan-13 09:25:25

They will close the school early if heavy snowfall /road problems start. They don't want kids stuck at school for the weekend !

Labradorlover Thu 17-Jan-13 09:25:46

Move to Edinburgh if you don't want snow....we possibly may have a light snow shower on Friday....FFS....It's Scotland, I want to go sledging. The only thing I'll need a ruler for on Friday, is to measure my huffiness angry
We didn'tget snow last winter either.

reastie Thu 17-Jan-13 09:32:11

Thanks iseenodust - I know that logically but where I work can be a bit slow and useless on everything

Tiny, tiny flakes of snow falling in Southampton! Yay! Very happy, just from the fact that I've seen about 20 snowflakes in total.

Going out to buy sledge, so fully expect the snow to swerve around us now!

Robino, that's going to be a bit of a shock for you all! I would advise hats even if it doesn't snow, it is very very cold here at the moment, struggling to get above freezing during the day...

MirandaWest Thu 17-Jan-13 10:02:00

Robino it's currently about -6 near York. Think it is meant to be a little warmer tomorrow and during the weekend but it is going to be a lot colder than 19 smile

robino Thu 17-Jan-13 10:14:16

Arghhh! I am scared! Just to clarify, we have a bag of cold weather gear at our first stop but we're spending the night in Manchester first. My dad is coming to meet us so I've asked him to bring hats to tide us over!

MordionAgenos Thu 17-Jan-13 10:19:49

If the trains are running tomorrow evening, we will go. In the hope that even if they are crap Saturday morning, they may be sorted by Saturday evening. Or, we could go on into London and stay with my sister if necessary.

LillethTheCat Thu 17-Jan-13 10:26:57

Does it look like if Saturday morning is going to be too bad for driving in North Yorkshire? DD1 has a birthday party to go to. I live rurally and its a 20 min drive. I feel like I have to go (how would the poor child feel if no-one came to his party?), but Im really scared about it being too dangerous to drive.

Snowing quite steadily in east kent. Managed to lure one of those tricksy little clouds my way! grin

Starshaped Thu 17-Jan-13 10:59:43

I don't understand my Met Office app. Manchester looks to be under a weather warning for snow tomorrow (borderline yellow/amber) but the 5 day forecast just has us down for cloud and no snow.

What's that all about then? confused

snowflakehellokitty Thu 17-Jan-13 11:01:27


mumat39 Thu 17-Jan-13 11:22:37

It's a beautiful morning so far. The sun is out, it's cold and I love it. No snow though.

Thanks for the update kitten. Hoping for some good snow tomorrow, but I know some of you have things that you can't miss and journeys that have to be made, so I hope you get o where you need to be safely. Good luck to all the young people who have exams.

Looking forward to hearing from Kitten again later today. smile

We've got a couple of small flakes falling on top of the ice & snow from the last few days, and am fully expecting a fair bit tomorrow - atop one of Sheffield's hills.

DH is planning on building snowmen working at home tomorrow but I think DS's school will probably be open, most of the teachers can walk in.

leesmum Thu 17-Jan-13 11:31:44

Starshaped i'm in Mancland too and have been confused by the warnings, to be honest i think we might just be borderline for no snow or a ton of the stuff!!

Molepom Thu 17-Jan-13 11:43:51

I've got snow falling now. It's very light at the moment but it's here.


It's a lot earlier than anticipated.

snowflakehellokitty Thu 17-Jan-13 11:46:13

snowflakes falling here in salisbury grin
very cold
forecast for tomorrow heavy snow here from 6am

You lucky old Snowflake.

Starshaped Thu 17-Jan-13 12:00:48

I'm with you leesmum. I'm hoping for loads but fully expecting none...

OYBBK reckoning Manchester would get some when I was moaning yesterday but the Met Office forecast seems to have changed since then.

After expecting nothing at all this week then MAYBE some tomorrow I'm very excited to report that we have snow touch down just outside Guildford! It's very fine and light but HEY it's snow!

Oh yeaaaa!!!

TobyLerone Thu 17-Jan-13 12:37:43

Oooh, they've upgraded some of the weather warnings! Wales is red in some parts, and the amber area has been enlarged.

FurdyCone Thu 17-Jan-13 12:41:44

Sparkle I'm near Guildford, very, very light snow. But forecast is for heavy snow tomorrow! Yip

Oh god I'm so excited I'm going to have to go and dig out the Tenas!

Makinglists Thu 17-Jan-13 12:46:49

it actually snowed in Plymouth today - ok only a few flakes and didn't settle but enoug for the children to get excited - we are always the last place in the world to get snow!!!!!

Blameitonthedog Thu 17-Jan-13 12:58:19

It's snowing in Hereford!!!

will be able to give the full low down in a couple of hours.

mumat39 Thu 17-Jan-13 13:05:01

grin at the tenas!

None here yet.

nice cluster over Wales and the SW at the moment! my precip type radar app has keeled over though - must be the strain!!

tomorrow I'm at work all day sad sad sad Not very fair is it?? I should be here wittering on and on about it.

BionicEmu Thu 17-Jan-13 13:14:28

an aanyone shed some light on what conditions will be like on Saturday? I'm supposed to be getting induced early on Saturday morning - I live in north-east Derbyshire & will be going to hospital in Nottingham. My mum's supposed to be coming late Fri to look after DS, she'll be coming to us here in NE Derbyshire from her house just north of Stoke-On-Trent.

It's not looking good for either journey is it? <worried>

Ok - I'm in the North-West (Greater Manchester) I notice on the Met Office site that although we are on amber warning on the map. the tick box thingy that you get if you hover over the more information button is on the highest red tick box. confused are we on amber or red alert then?

bionic, got a friend coming round. If you can hang on til a bit after 3pm will let you know if noone else has jumped in by then.

you are on amber but part of your region is on red. means that you could get an awful lot of snow!

bionic- just had a quick look. It is a bit concerning with light but pretty persistent snow from friday on into saturday (might be snow showers rather than constant). Can you change things at all and move things to earlier in the day?

BionicEmu Thu 17-Jan-13 13:41:36

Thankyou, I'm just all hormonal and want this baby out! (Am 38 weeks but with high blood pressure & crippling pre-existing back pain.)

Will see if my mum can make it over earlier on Fri then. Am worried what the roads will be like early Sat morning for getting to the hospital though - we're fairly rural. All the snow that fell earlier in the week is still lying as the temperature has stayed well below zero all week. It's been a bit hairy driving all week as it is.

MooncupGoddess Thu 17-Jan-13 13:46:02

Ooh, London is up to amber - but only on the edge of the zone, so am trying not to get hopes up.

LillethTheCat Thu 17-Jan-13 13:50:13

Hope all goes well for you on Sat Bionic and the snow doesn't cause too much disruption for you.

mumat39 Thu 17-Jan-13 13:50:39

Bionic, is there any way you could just go and decamping Nottingham and get your mum to come to you up there. Also, as Kitten suggests, it might well be calling the hospital and seeing if they can squeeze you in. I really hope that you get there ok and everything goes well with the induction. Take care. Xxx

Megsdaughter Thu 17-Jan-13 13:53:23

Kitten any idea what it's going to be like around stone henge? Don't fancy driving to a remote village in the plain if its going to be bad over the next 24 hours sad

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Thu 17-Jan-13 13:53:28

Yay! We're finally up to amber warning!

Can I ask a question? Often 'they' warn about avoiding "non-essential travel", or only making "essential" journeys, etc.

I always wonder what they mean by "essential". Are there a bunch of people that just drive around for the fun of it? Or drive 30 miles down the motorway and back just for the view?

mumat39 Thu 17-Jan-13 13:53:58

Decamp. Not decamping.

Kitten, just watched the bbc news weather and on the southeast news it showed a few dark bits near chertsea where the snow just wasn't settling. D you know what those darks bits are?

We had our own little micro climate a couple of years ago with no snow when all the surrounding areas were covered.

Shame you have to work to Oreos, but I hope you get there safely and if the expected weather starts before you finish work that your company send you home early. Xxx

mumat39 Thu 17-Jan-13 13:55:46

To Oreos = tomorrow. Food on the brain me grin

LostInWales Thu 17-Jan-13 14:05:52

I am almost getting my hopes up, after 12 months of nearly constant rain we may actually get some snow! On the edge of an amber region according to met office but netweather predicting a 2% chance of snow for my postcode. I think I'll stock up on gin just in case wink. We are in a little microclimate here though with a river valley opening up into an estuary and the sea with it's little gulf stream thing going on, we can often see snow on three sides with none at all here. Fingers crossed anyway.

I hope everyone having to work or having a baby stays warm and safe and dry.

LillethTheCat Thu 17-Jan-13 14:09:14

grin Underwater at the thought of people just driving for half an hour for fun. Though wonder if birthday parties are essential, or visiting friends and family who are expecting you as you haven't seen them since Christmas

I was looking at the warnings earlier and Red means take action. What action does that mean? (Not that Im in red or know anyone that is, just wondering)

Roughly where in Kent are you Mumat? I am in the East and we seem to have some kind of teflon anti snow coating. I watch the radar and clouds part over my bit the join together after, most annoying.

GirlOutNumbered Thu 17-Jan-13 14:17:31

Lilleth Take action surely means PANIC BUY!

Sparklingbrook Thu 17-Jan-13 14:18:45

I have emailed the school and explained about DS1 the coach and the snow, and have had the most lovely reply back telling me not to worry. I love that school. smile

I still don't really know how much Worcestershire is getting and when though.

mumat39 Thu 17-Jan-13 14:23:48

Oops. I'm just outside Kingston upon Thames in Surbiton, not Kent. Sorry. Someone upto read said they had had a few flakes in Guildford which isn't too far from here.

BionicEmu Thu 17-Jan-13 14:25:23

Saturday was earliest hospital could fit me in - they only agreed on induction this morning. DH will be driving, he's usually pretty good at driving in the snow, he grew up high in the Peak District so had to be! We don't have a 4 wheel drive car though, so if there's lying snow and ice might be tricky - don't want to get stuck down a lane in the middle of nowhere! I rather suspect that DH will spend pretty much the whole journey swearing at other drivers for apparently not being able to drive properly in the snow though.

If conditions are truly awful I think I'll just have to call the hospital & see what they say.

Thankyou for the well-wishes, and good luck for everyone else who have places to be!

Normally I would be over-the-moon excited about snow, but now I have somewhere to be I'm not so much.

Thanks for that OYBBK. I'm still puzzled as to why, on the map, the snowflake with the red surround is shown on the edge of the red area, not the amber area but I from what you have said, I'll just expect lots of snow. Should I be thinking in terms of not making nay car journeys?

any - not nay!

MirandaWest Thu 17-Jan-13 14:30:42

There's a little bit of light fluffy snow just outside York. Sky very grey now after beautiful blue sky this morning.

GossipWitch Thu 17-Jan-13 14:31:17

Its snowing here in east mids, very light but there is snow !!

I am confuzzled. The BBC weather thingy says light snow tomorrow, yet we're in the amber warning area on the Met office site. They all seem a bit unsure and bet hedgey to moi. I want at least a foot of snow before breakfast or I shall sulk <crosses arms>

poorbuthappy Thu 17-Jan-13 14:33:08

We are now a red zone!!!!

NewYearsEvelyn Thu 17-Jan-13 14:34:01

Supposed to be taking dd and a friend out to York tomorrow for her birthday. Bet that won't happen sad Hope the snow is being overplayed by the press but know, deep down, it's a comin'.

vv confused. Met office has us as amber but BBC weather has us as yellow? Who to believe

I think I'll just believe OYBBK! <digs out yaktraxs>

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Thu 17-Jan-13 14:46:24

Oh, Oh! We're now on an amber warning in Somerset. The sky is starting to look ominous.

Don't know whether to be excited after waiting for snow all this time or worried!

MordionAgenos Thu 17-Jan-13 14:48:19

Not Happy. sad

GirlOutNumbered Thu 17-Jan-13 14:51:03

Tesco just delivered all my shopping panic buying. Should last us a few days! Now, wheres that snow.

DialsMavis Thu 17-Jan-13 14:57:47

We just had a few icy balls in Ealing! Graupel? It's stopped now anyway

Sparklingbrook Thu 17-Jan-13 14:58:52

It's snowing. sad Too early!!

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Thu 17-Jan-13 15:00:30

Nice nn ImNot!grin

Nothing on Dartmoor currently. Boo.

TobyLerone Thu 17-Jan-13 15:03:12

We went to Sainsbury's earlier and it was like Christmas eve! We couldn't work it out until we realised that everyone was panic buying hmm

LostInWales Thu 17-Jan-13 15:06:55

You know you are an MN weather watcher OYBBK devotee when you can use the word graupel.

GirlOutNumbered Thu 17-Jan-13 15:07:03

Hi Underwater from just outside Dartmoor. Nothing here too!

Take Action means make sure you have:
Hot Chocolate
Squirty Cream
flares (not the trouser sort)


Actually if it were me (and I'm thinking about this slightly) it would be things like :

parking your car in a sensible place (not on a main road if snow ploughs are likely to be used to clear the road) but also parking it where it is easy to manouevre.

charging up phones and perhaps making sure that you have supplies in case of power cut. (very heavy snow can lead to power cuts obv, esp with high winds)

Making sure you have cat litter if you have cats!

checking that elderly neighbours have supplies in.

Theres loads of other stuff and would actually be a good thread if anyone fancies starting it.

People are sending me sensible business emails wanting prompt responses and all I want to reply is: 'ITS GOING TO SNOW, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS'.

getting a bit over excited here!!!!!!

Mirage Thu 17-Jan-13 15:09:32

It is snowing in Leicestershire.I wasn't expecting any today.

the irony is, we've not actually got any food in really as we've been running down our stocks since christmas. Doh!

<tries to focus>

I wasnt expecting more than snow showers today for your area Mirage. Tis interesting......

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Thu 17-Jan-13 15:11:02

Oh bless you OYBBK

I love your snow threads!

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Thu 17-Jan-13 15:18:15

DH is panic buying on his way home, but we've now got sunshine.

Come ooooon, snow!

I've been following this all week!

OYBBK, or anyone else, what's the "best" forecast to watch at the moment. They all seem so varied, I guess because of the unpredictability of what will actually happen. Do you have a favourite that mirrors your own interpretations??


After midnight the first signs of the front move in with some rain and a bit of snow in the SW.

Dawn: Snow for most of Wales, west midlands and parts of SW. Also some snow showers in East Anglia.

9am: draw a box up from the Isle of Wight to Yorkshire and round across Wales. Snow. (apart from far sw and mayve south west Wales)

12pm: anything south of Lincoln (apart from most of the stickyout bit of the SW) snow - but patchy towards the east still.

3pm: snow showers down the NE coast. snow in Northern Ireland and pretty much most places away from the stickyout part of the SW.

6pm. Snow extending up past edinburgh. Maybe some rain along the south coast.

9pm:similar to 6pm.

snow may well be heavy at times but although persistent will not necessarily be continuous once it starts to get lighter. Nevertheless some really impressive accumulations for some.

apple blossoms I dont entirely agree with the met office interpretations (which is ironic) but I would choose them over any other forecasting centre by a long way.

You know, I think we might go food shopping tonight as Saturday is our normal day....

Sparklingbrook Thu 17-Jan-13 15:23:11

Snow tips thread if anyone has any top tips. smile hope that's okay OYBBK.

Muffinpig Thu 17-Jan-13 15:24:42

Can anyone tell me what is the liklihood of me being able to make an hour and a half journey around the M25/A12 (essex/suffolk) early Saturday morning?

brilliant sparkling grin

muffin, its certainly going to be a very snowy trip. Will depend on how well the highways agency keep things clear.

Thanks OYBBK <goes off to stalk MetOffice updates>


charlieandlola Thu 17-Jan-13 15:34:03

Snowing in Swindon, i repeat Snowing in Swindon ( at least on the bit I can see from the M4)
Snow watch out .

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 15:34:03


OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 15:34:35

oooooo, you wont get any sense out of me know. <spins rounds in circles>

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 15:35:11

<explodes with excitement>

<dust bits of exploded snowy kitten from clothing>
AS if the snow isn't likely to make enough mess on it's own!

lubeybooby Thu 17-Jan-13 15:41:40

Thank you OYBBK flowers

I am stocked up with yummy food and extra gas on the meter just in case. Bring it on! grin

Glad you've got your snow SnowyKitten! If you get enough, do you think you'll actually build a snow kitten?

the "snow extending up past Edinburgh" at about 6.00pm on Friday. Is that the whole of UK south of Edinburgh snowy then or is it eastern side of UK? <crosses fingers and hopes for snow in Manchester>

Helenagrace Thu 17-Jan-13 15:46:23

Just bought logs for our freshly swept fireplace.

I've never had a real fire before. I have no idea what I'm doing but the threat of snow is making me want to try.

I'll probably set fire to the house...

AnAirOfHope Thu 17-Jan-13 15:47:43

Its snowing in South Yorkshire smile

Will it get to the South East tomorrow oybbk?

No snow here yet, the eastern edge of Greater Manchester.

The sky looks full of it though.

SilverAndSparklyKat Thu 17-Jan-13 15:58:39

<snow claxon>
It is SNOWING in Birmingham!

PseudoBadger Thu 17-Jan-13 15:58:53

Hmmm I'm in North London. DS has a class/group thing tomorrow that we would be travelling back from at about 12.30pm. I wonder if I should go, possibly risking being gridlocked with angry 2 year old....

Now snow in Manchester yet!
<polishes snow claxon hopefully>

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 16:01:03

educatingarti. manchester will be snowy smile
DDD. Yes, it will.

Cleaned out woodburner and bought in loads of logs. <dusts self off> dh and I are going off shopping this evening else by Sunday we will be down to even more random things than we are already eating.

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 16:01:55

pseudobadger, really not sure about that. London and laying snow is a bit hideous isnt it.

Are we going to get a decent amount in Brum (sutton coldfield specifically) ??

I've been and bought ds some new snow boots so I would like a fair amount for him to christen them in.

scotslass. I'm on western edge of Manchester. I wonder who will get snow first. Sky is the right colour for snow but doesn't seem quite "heavy" enough IYSWIM.

<still hopeful>

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 17-Jan-13 16:03:38

Very gently snowing here in the very middle of england. (monday's snow also still not melted)

Will have to send DH to the shops later as first winter in new house and reckon our street will be totally cut off to cars in deep snow.

OYSSK - thank you! grin
<polishes snow claxon even more.>

Badger - being gridlocked with an angry 2 year old sounds terrible! If you do go - don't forget to take emergency paracetamol ( for you not ds!)

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 16:05:47

nutcracker, you are certainly in the firing line.

Have to say, I'm just a bit concerned for you more northern people though in that the decent snow risk does seemed to have progressively moved further south over the past couple of days at least to start with. Try not to worry too much that you'll miss out altogether as later on in the day it will be further north.

DeafLeopard Thu 17-Jan-13 16:08:18

Snowing in Northants, wasn't expected until lunchtime tomorrow according to BBC

SilverAndSparklyKat Thu 17-Jan-13 16:09:23

Is the snow that is falling on me in Birmingham that funny little extra wobbly line OYSSK? THe one that you said might merit an extra amber? <hope hope hope for unexpected early heavy snow>

OYSSK! Oh no! Northern as in Manchester or northern as in Scottish Highlands?
<on emotional roller coaster>

GerardWay Thu 17-Jan-13 16:10:21

Any chance of snow in Bournemouth? The IOW causes us lots of problems regarding snow. sad

Snowing in Sussex and in Hindhead according to dp

SilverAndSparklyKat Thu 17-Jan-13 16:15:26

Why does Accuweather think it will al be a bit of a letdown compared to everybody else? And please could I have the red bit in Birmingham? Thank you.

Can anyone "down south" please start blowing hard in a Northerly direction in order to deflect red bit nearer me!

Thank you

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 16:22:21

deafleopard, this is just snow showers - an extra bonus! When its light its a bit like forecasting drizzle.
educatingarti - as in north Yorkshire up.

sparklykat, the extra amber is already being shown - it got a lot bigger than it was smile

Gerardway, for a time at least hopefully, but could turn to rain.

sparklyKat - which bit of accuweather?

SilverAndSparklyKat Thu 17-Jan-13 16:23:33

Accuweather says " cm or two of snow, mixed with rain at times, Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon" for Birmingham.
I want a bit more that that!

GerardWay Thu 17-Jan-13 16:26:27

Thankyou OYBBK. I was hoping for a large dumping of though.

Babybeargrylls Thu 17-Jan-13 16:28:27

i love the Met Office WOW site, you can add the weather where you are very quickly and see the snow spreading across the country!

GerardWay Thu 17-Jan-13 16:29:31

Of snow. Stupid playbook. ponders if it's worth moving north

Heffalumpa Thu 17-Jan-13 16:30:32

ARRGH! I hate this bit of snow.

Will it snow? What time will it start? Will it settle? How much will we get?!!?!

So many questions!!!!

I asked DD1 whether it will snow in Milton Keynes and she told me "Yes, we shall get hundreds and thousands and hundreds of snow!" - I do hope she's right!

mummylin Thu 17-Jan-13 16:30:41

GerardWay I too am in the same town and have everything crossed !!

GerardWay Thu 17-Jan-13 16:32:32

Waves to mummylin.

ArkadyRose Thu 17-Jan-13 16:33:27

Pseudo, it's supposed to hit us in London about midday (though I have a feeling it might reach us a little earlier - just a hunch though). It usually takes an hour or two for London to get really gridlocked when it snows though - the leading edge will be fairly light, and the moving traffic will help keep most of it from settling. I really wouldn't want to be driving in it by 3-4pm though - school runs are going to be unpleasant I suspect. DD3's school is discussing closing early as some staff have quite a way to travel home, so I'm keeping one eye on the radar and another on the school website!

SouthWest Trains have announced special timetables for tomorrow already, as have a few other train operators.

GerardWay Thu 17-Jan-13 16:34:49

I want to spend the day at Queens Park watching all the weird and wonderful things the teenagers steal use as sledges. grin

mumat39 Thu 17-Jan-13 16:35:03

I'm a bit slow on the uptake.

I've just realised OYBBK is now OYSSK, blush

starsandunicorns Thu 17-Jan-13 16:37:53

Am hoping the snow doesnt stop my dd traveling tommorrow on the train. Can someone tell me if snow is in north lincs dd is traveling from there to the north west after school on friday. She had a terbbile journey last month with the floods sigh

Me too! Doh!

Sheffield's been downgraded to a Yellow warning, I hope we still get enough for a good bit of sledging.

PseudoBadger Thu 17-Jan-13 16:41:17

Thanks all, I'll think carefully about whether to go out tomorrow then!

<taps foot impatiently> Still nothing here!

It's going to be a wash out like Sunday/Monday. Isn't it?

NeverBeenToMe Thu 17-Jan-13 16:43:25

silver Im in Birmingham too but very pathetic attempt at snow outside my window sad

Scotslass Nor here

Dawndonna Thu 17-Jan-13 16:50:06

light snow in North Suffolk, started about half an hour ago.

Thanks kitten grin

funkybuddah Thu 17-Jan-13 17:08:43

light snow in north hampshire, the snowflakes that landed looked like little stars, so cool.

got my sledge, fainted on way home and now booked into poxy hospital until at least midday tomorrow. How is this fair?! I jinxed myself!

BigStickBIWI Thu 17-Jan-13 17:21:44

Sorry, OYSSK, I realise you're snowed under (grin) with requests, but can I repeat mine from this morning? I'm really worried about DS2 making his exam:

DS2 has an AS re-sit on Friday morning. His college is in Esher, a good 20-30 minute drive from here, SW19 - which would be a nightmare of a drive if it's snowed. He normally goes by train, which is on the mainline out of Wimbledon to Thames Ditton - I think it's probably originally from Waterloo.

His exam will be starting at 9 which means he would have to leave home at 8. Obviously if there's a chance of snow, he will probably need to leave earlier.

What do you reckon for us on Friday morning? I'm really worried he's not going to make it in in time for the exam!

You alright Stars? What made you faint? Have some thanks

TobyLerone Thu 17-Jan-13 17:23:09

shock stairs! Are you ok?

Hassled Thu 17-Jan-13 17:24:19

I've had my fill of bloody snow - the snow which fell here on Monday and Tuesday is still very much around, and has now frozen solid. Walking to work is treacherous. They only seem to be expecting us to get "light snow" from now on, at least.

mumat39 Thu 17-Jan-13 17:24:28

Stairs, hope you're ok. Take care. xxx

Hassled Thu 17-Jan-13 17:24:40

Oh Stairs - blimey - are you OK?

snowflakehellokitty Thu 17-Jan-13 17:24:51

Snow day tomorrow grin

ArkadyRose Thu 17-Jan-13 17:26:42

Hmm, ForecastFox (which gets its feed from AccuWeather) is saying snow tonight for London. We certainly seem to have enough cloud cover, and it feels like snow. Radar images look favourable too. I think we may see some early snow showers tonight ahead of the main snow band tomorrow; what think you, OYSSK? (Nice NC BTW. grin)

Flojobunny Thu 17-Jan-13 17:27:21

Well its cold enough. Can't wait!

Snowing in central Birmingham for a couple of hours but not settling (too many feet!) Trains in/out of New Street station seem to be ok.

I keep watching the forecasts change on the BBC. We are meant to be driving from Southampton to SE London tomorrow at about 4 p.m. but all plans are changeable depending on what actually happens. I'm hoping that the cold weather already being here means the grit will stay on the roads and the traffic moving will keep them clear.

I'm 35 weeks pregnant and will have my 2 year old with me. We're collecting DH on the way. I'm quite calm about the whole thing but MIL is getting a bit worried. Am I nuts?

Can I ask about the Lincolnshire Wolds please, OYSSK? We already have a bit still lying from Monday, I don't really want any more!

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 17:34:07

Hope you are ok stairs!

Is my name still coming up highlighted as the op? I'll name change back if its not as I dont want to make it tricky for people to find answers to questions.

arcady, I wouldnt be surprised if london got a few nsow showers tonight. We seem to be here already. Its settling, but just a dusting.

BIWI, he should get there ok, but I would allow extra time. Coming home will be more fun for him!

Molepom Thu 17-Jan-13 17:35:12

No it's not OYSSK, sorry.

BionicEmu Thu 17-Jan-13 17:35:22

Well it's been snowing lightly here in north-east Derbyshire for a couple of hours now, all settling as the ground is still frozen. It's stepped it up in the last 15 minutes, bigger flakes & more of them. I would say it is now snowing steadily.

I thought this wasn't due until tomorrow?!

ArkadyRose Thu 17-Jan-13 17:36:30

BigSTick, my DD2 is a student at the BRIT school in Croydon and I've warned her she'll have to set off extra early tomorrow to get there for 9 - most of the services out of Victoria, Waterloo & London Bridge are running revised timetables tomorrow and I have the feeling that south of the river is likely to get snow in advance of us up here in E17. So probably best to allow extra time. To be honest, for an exam I'd allow an extra hour. The train services down that way get very disrupted in snow - I remember what a nightmare it was back when I used to be a Line Controller for the District Line, and how the District service to Wimbledon & Richmond used to get badly affected by the knock-on effect from the mainline services.

The SSL lines on London Underground (Met, Circle, District, H&C & ELL) will be running sleet trains through the night so the first trains out of the depots shouldn't be too badly affected, assuming the de-icing units don't run out of Glycol. The Piccadilly & Jubilee lines usually go up the spout quite quickly in snow though. Bakerloo line usually starts out OK but could deteriorate fairly quickly. Victoria line should be fine unless staffing levels begin to be affected (staff unable to get in for later shifts for example). Northern line usually keeps going, though there could be delays in the overground sections; ditto Central line. The worst effects likely won't be felt until the evening peak from 5-6pm onwards though.

BigStickBIWI Thu 17-Jan-13 17:36:32

Thanks, OYBBK. I'm not worried about him getting home grin

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 17:36:33

TSG - a little nuts I'd say.

We saw a snow plough going past a bit ago down the main rd, so they seem to be preparing round here.

WoW - probably around mid to late afternoon before it gets to you.

Still nothing! <grumpy>

Anyone fancy sending their snow to Trafford? Everywhere else is snowy and white, we've barely had a dusting, and the snow promised us tomorrow seems to be gone from the met office predictionssad.
I want snow! <pouting>

am ok. Just anemia and low blood pressure so staying in to have transfusion. Maybe ill emerge all rosy cheeked to sledge home grin still glad i got my sledge but horrible not being able to stare at weather! So glad i can MN on phone :-)

OYSSK has promised me some snow tomorrow and I'm only just across the ship canal from you grin

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 17:51:28

hang on you manchester people, its not tomorrow yet!!!
Stairs - have you not got a window?? sad

Also see this 5 day forecast - met office regional forecast

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 17:56:24
nannynick Thu 17-Jan-13 17:59:26

Just been out to put some grit on the hill up to the small housing estate I live on in Surrey. Council gritters do not do our road, so we have a salt bin thingy. Hard to know how much to put down as currently there is only very light snowfall. Will check it later tonight to see how things go.

Seeing pictures on Twitter coming from people in Leeds area showing snow settling. Expect it may make it to Surrey area come early hours of the morning, probably in time for the morning drive to work.

nannynick Thu 17-Jan-13 18:00:45

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten - no it's not highlighting it, least not on GoogleChrome.

OhYouSnowySnowyKitten Thu 17-Jan-13 18:01:16

nannynick, the heavier snow will probably be with you by around 9am ish. Just light snow before then I think (though the showers certainly are pepping up!)