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Weather: Snow Disrupts Travel Across Britain
Heavy snowfall has disrupted travellers across the extreme South East as wild weather continues to lash parts of Britain.
Continuous snowfall has been forecast in Hampshire, Eastbourne and Hastings, causing treacherous conditions on the roads.
Hundreds of motorists are currently stuck on the A23 near Handcross, West Sussex, following snowfall.
Further north, intense showers and possible snowfall was due across Suffolk, Essex and the London area, with gusty winds of up to 55mph.
Snow showers have also been expected along coastal areas off the North Sea.
The southern counties of England have so far taken the brunt of the heavy, repeated snow showers.
Eastern and central parts of Scotland have been hit by poor weather conditions, and a dusting of snow is expected in all other areas of the country.
Strong winds have added to drivers' problems with falling trees blocking some roads, while on the trains poor rail conditions have led to delays in Sussex and Hampshire.
The Highways Agency reported congestion caused by the snowy conditions, with the A20 closed east of the M20.
The agency also reported problems on the M20 near the M25, caused by jack-knifed vehicles.
By 12.30pm on Monday, there were yellow weather warnings in place across the south east coast of England, and northern and eastern parts of Scotland.
Jersey Airport was shut due to snow, and on the roads there were hazardous conditions on many major routes.
Blizzard conditions were reported on the M40 in Warwickshire and there were numerous morning rush-hour accidents.
Strong winds added to drivers' problems, with falling trees blocking some roads.
On the trains, poor rail conditions led to delays in Sussex and Hampshire, while there was also a number of signalling problems.
The closure of Jersey Airport meant a number of flights had to be cancelled.
On the roads, there were hazardous driving conditions on the A69 and A6 in Cumbria and on the A54 in Cheshire.
In Sussex, police said there had been "a number" of crashes caused by the snowy conditions as they warned motorists to take extra care on the roads.
While drivers contended with heavy snow on the M40 in Warwickshire, motorists in Wales had to put up with strong winds.
One lane of the M48 Severn Bridge was closed and falling trees blocked some Welsh roads.
Some of the roads where driving conditions were at their worst today included the A46 in Nottinghamshire, the A14 in Suffolk and the A353 in Dorset.
Fallen trees blocked roads in Newquay in Cornwall and in Lynton in Devon.
Condor Ferries services between Jersey and St Malo were affected by the bad weather.
Up to 10cm (4in) are likely to settle in the worst-affected areas, including Kent, Sussex and southern Hampshire, as well as over higher ground in areas like the Pennines, while large areas could see around up to 4cm (1.6in) accumulate.
After snowfall on Monday and Tuesday, temperatures will remain below freezing in many areas for the next few days, with minimum temperatures as low as -7C.
Ladbrokes said they have been forced to slash the odds of snow reappearing across Easter weekend, March 29 to April 1.
On Sunday evening it was even money for snow to fall in any major city, and there is a 4/1 chance it is the coldest Easter on record, the bookmaker said.
Spokeswoman Jessica Bridge said: "The odds of snow falling over Easter are dropping as quick as the temperatures."
what do you think?
Come on snow.snow snow.
i am old enough to know this weather is completly normal dont get excited tree huggers nothing to do with global warming or climate change
Bring back global warming
Windows Live User
Question for all you PC Specialists stuck in the house because of the snow Why is it that IE & or Orange are now operating so slow? This is a recent occurence happening in the last couple of month It takes an age for the Orange homepage to load up using IE9 (I could walk quicker) It is a lot quicker loading on Firefox I only have the basic broadband package, always have, but it was never as slllooowww as this PC Is in good nick all defragged daily etc - no rubbish and min start up progs. Twin HD's Raptors almost empty Anyone help while the snow is here and you're looking for something to do?
Same here mate, I agree with u. I have orange mobile n broadband. But recently it's been slow or "states technical difficulties, our engineers are doing all the best to resolve issues ASAP. " Why don't we get compensation for that???
Sometimes I've found advertisements can cause slowness. I am using an incredibly slow system but I'm only checking the weather and news. I remember the story about most I.T. departments take one hour to start their systems.
Could be your router on it's way out - I've had problems in the past with teh Orange white triangular router - test your braodband speeds to see it there's a problem.
completely agree since orange became EE also phone signal is much worse progess my ar""se
I've started using Google Chrome, as I found that IE kept crashing. In general pages load fast; quite a bit faster than IE (when it was working correctly). However, Orange webmail pages can be slow sometimes, even to the point of getting the 404 message when the response time is too slow. I think that this is more likely to be due either to maintenance at Orange, or too many users trying to climb on board at the same time.
IE is a load of tat to the point that its like a bar stool with one leg. Its only good for downloading a new browser. Firefox is good but chrome is much much better
windows live user.i have the same problem tool bar comes up then it freezes for 3or4 minuets, or the other thing is it comes up page unavailable or orange is updating and is temporally out of use think its oranges fault as i dont download anything and no viruses on my computer.like this for over 6 weeks,
I get exactly the same, and thought my PC was on it's last legs. Not so, apparently. Loads of other people getting the same rubbish service. Time to go elsewhere, i think. Are you reading me, ORANGE.? Didn't think so. What if i say " are you f==ck==g reading me.!!!!! They normally get those messages.
I HOPE ORANGE ARE READING THESE REPORTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Or everything everywhere.should really be nothing nowhere.
Hmmmmmm. Rush hour chaos,nowt new there then.
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I love snow it makes everything pretty :)
A23 is madness. Gritters have finally started helping people. A group of people from Crawley went in 4x4s to hand out blankets,hot tea etc to the motorists stuck :) WSCC have been terrible at gritting throughout this! So glad my other half has had work cancelled in the morning!