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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Snow-vember's here: Blizzards sweep in leaving 6in blanket of white as heavy rain sparks flood warnings across Britain

By PAUL BENTLEY
White-out: Residents of Sherborne, Dorset, were treated to a wintery scene this morning, pictured is Sherborne Abbey Your calendar may say November... but the weather seems to think otherwise. Blizzards swirled across the North East and snow blanketed parts of the West Country yesterday. A light scattering of snow was reported in Gloucestershire, an inch fell in Dorset, and up to six inches fell in Somerset in Bath, Frome, Midsomer Norton and the Mendip Hills, after temperatures plummeted on Saturday night.
Rolling hills: The Met Office reported 'heavy snow' in places as up to an inch of snow settled by morning on higher ground in Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Devon The freeze, which hadn’t been forecast in the West Country, took drivers – and gritters – by surprise. Several vehicles became stuck in snow and buses and trains were suspended. Liz Burt, 54, from Sherborne, Dorset,woke up to the wintery scene and grabbed her camera to take a picture of the unusual weather. She said: ‘I drew back the curtains this morning and really wasn’t expecting to see snow coming down so thick and fast.
Light smattering: Residents in parts of Dorset woke today to a dusting of snow, as temperatures plummeted to 1 degree last night. Seen in the distance are the Rampisham Communications Masts ‘It looked like a beautiful Christmas image, almost like a postcard, but I couldn’t believe it was happening so early. 'I was planning on going down to my allotment and planting my broad beans and onions for next spring but the ground is just too slushy to do that now. 'It looks like I'll have to put the log fire on and read the papers instead.' In the North East, a blizzard battered Crookburn Bridge, on the County Durham and Cumbria border, and thick fog descended around Sunderland, making driving conditions very difficult.
Foolhardy: A man walks his dog through blizzard conditions near Crookburn Bridge, Cumbria, as areas of the UK - including the South and the West Country - deal with heavy snowfall Charlie Powell, forecaster at the Met Office said: ‘It has been incredibly cold recently and the snow was caused by an area of low pressure coming in from the North West. ‘As it moved through the south the temperatures dropped to low single figures causing a small handful of places to have snow overnight. ‘It came down fast but it isn’t set to last.’ source: dailymail

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