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The Great Snowstorm Of December 1882


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  • Location: Irlam
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    This event rarely gets mentioned but there was a big snow event across much of northern England and Scotland over the period 4th to 8th December 1882, when a low pressure became slow moving in the southern parts of the UK allowing a cold over its northern and western flank. This spread further south towards the 7th and 8th.

    On the 6th, a foot of snow fell at Manchester, Hawick reported 3ft deep on the 8th, Culloden reported 14 inches falling in 12 hours on the 6th and 7th. It was described as the "most severe snowstorm of a generation" with drifts causing travel chaos.


    From the Times of the 7th December 1882


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