Snow in Virginia Water, 6th January 2010

Many parts of the world are deep in snow with temperatures well below freezing – Moscow is predicted to have a maximum temperature of -14o C today.  Our weather in the UK palls in comparison!  However, last night saw some of the heaviest snowfalls in southern England for many a year, which somehow creates a sense of exhilaration. Minor roads across the region have not been cleared, leading to many an ‘incident’ with cars sliding all over the place, and not being able to get up even relatively slight inclines.  Early this morning, attempts to help push drivers stuck on the hill outside our house proved surprisingly futile!  Some young people nevertheless managed to ‘enjoy’ themselves, throwing snowballs at passengers waiting to get on to the few trains that were running!  I know that this amount of snow is unusual, but Surrey County Council has done a really bad job of keeping local roads ice and snow free this winter.  To be sure, the weather has been extreme, and main roads should take priority, but in the last 20 years the local roads in north-west Surrey have never been as dangerous as they have been this year.

So, please enjoy these images from Virginia Water: snowing last night; at least 6″ of snow in the garden; the postmen had some fun at their depot; local rail bridge, not flooded for a change; Siam restaurant in the snow – a long way from Thailand; well done to South West Trains actually getting some trains to run; Wellington Avenue abandoned cars; the railway line; more abandoned cars; trees in the snow; Trumps Green Road trees; Trumps Green Road shops; and the car park by Station Parade.

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One response to “Snow in Virginia Water, 6th January 2010

  1. unwin

    I’ve just read this on the Get Surrey website:

    “The bad weather came after Surrey County Council admitted on Tuesday that it would only be gritting main roads because salt stocks were running low. The fleet of gritters has been out salting roads “to help keep them as safe as possible”.

    Councillor Ian Lake, cabinet member for transport, said: “We expected to use 8,000 tonnes of salt in total this year, but because of the prolonged cold conditions we’ve already had unusually high demand – we have already used about 6,000 tonnes. “We have about 2,800 [tonnes] in our reserves”. “Therefore, from Wednesday we will only be gritting A roads and routes to the A&E hospitals so that we don’t run out of salt before the end of winter. This is to make sure that the busiest routes are kept clear.”

    This is quite appalling – Surrey County Council should get its act together!

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