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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

There was a significant snowstorm that affected NE parts of England especially. A low pressure moved up from the Azores and was over the English Channel on the 16th, its central pressure was 958mb

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This allowed a cold Ely flow across the UK. Snow began to fall in the east of England and over southern Scotland as an easterly set in between the anticyclone over Greenland and the low to the south. The weather became somewhat milder in the south as the low drifted NEwards allowing a westerly flow to set in here but in the north, cold air was drawn in from the east and the weather remained cold and snowy.

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Conditions became severe as the snow piled up causing severe disruptions blocking roads, causing train cancellations, bringing down telegraph lines and households running short of food. Sunderland and Durham were completely cut off, Durham recorded 105cm of snow whilst Newcastle recorded 70cm

Funny enough on the 18th-20th January 1941, there was a major snowstorm that affected a much larger area of the UK with a low very slowly pushed northwards. A foot or more snow fell in many places

18-20th January, 18th-20th February, two major snowstorms of the winter of 1940-41

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  • Location: Newton Aycliffe, County Durham
  • Location: Newton Aycliffe, County Durham
There was a significant snowstorm that affected NE parts of England especially. A low pressure moved up from the Azores and was over the English Channel on the 16th, its central pressure was 958mb

Rslp19410216.gif

This allowed a cold Ely flow across the UK. Snow began to fall in the east of England and over southern Scotland as an easterly set in between the anticyclone over Greenland and the low to the south. The weather became somewhat milder in the south as the low drifted NEwards allowing a westerly flow to set in here but in the north, cold air was drawn in from the east and the weather remained cold and snowy.

Rslp19410219.gif

Conditions became severe as the snow piled up causing severe disruptions blocking roads, causing train cancellations, bringing down telegraph lines and households running short of food. Sunderland and Durham were completely cut off, Durham recorded 105cm of snow whilst Newcastle recorded 70cm

Funny enough on the 18th-20th January 1941, there was a major snowstorm that affected a much larger area of the UK with a low very slowly pushed northwards. A foot or more snow fell in many places

18-20th January, 18th-20th February, two major snowstorms of the winter of 1940-41

Rslp19410119.gif

Absolutely mind boggling amount of snow in Durham, 105cm! I only live 10 miles from there.

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