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  • Location: sheffield
  • Weather Preferences: cold ,snow
  • Location: sheffield

    22nd Novemberhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XktLohTyUuY

    be great to see some footage of the epic snow in sheffield towards the end of the month.ive searched for it but to no avail

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
    UK snow: Britain in gridlock as big freeze brings Christmas travel misery
    • Passengers angry as BA cancels all short-haul flights
    • December set to be coldest on record, says Met Office
    Millions of people faced a struggle to get home in time for Christmas as travel plans were thrown into chaos when planes were grounded, trains cancelled and roads made impassable by heavy snow. British Airways cancelled all short-haul flights, shopping centres were forced to close and many motorways were blocked by heavy drifts of snow across much of the UK yesterday with freezing temperatures expected to remain for most of the week.
    At Heathrow, scuffles broke out as staff tried to deal with thousands of stranded passengers. "People were scrambling to get on other carriers, people were panicking," one passenger told the Observer. "This is the Christmas from hell." In many areas, night-time temperatures will plunge to –10C or below this week. The conditions are likely to make this the coldest December on record, with a current average temperature of –0.7C, five degrees below the long-term average.
    The disruption that has ensued – the second serious episode of weather chaos to hit travel in Britain this month – led to calls from senior politicians yesterday for the government to make radical improvements in its ability to deal with cold weather. Louise Ellman, the Labour chairwoman of the Commons transport select committee, said it was no longer sufficient for ministers to brush away criticism by saying the severe conditions were exceptional. "This is now the third bad winter in a row. We need to establish whether we think there may be a change of weather patterns and if so respond accordingly," she said. "We should be able to respond to these events better." Ellman said her committee would study what had gone wrong. "Clearly it is something we will have to look into."
    Amid chaos on the roads, a man was killed after the ambulance in which he was being treated skidded off the road near Eastbourne, East Sussex. The man, who was named by police last night as Daniel Martin, 31, had suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash between his car and a flatbed truck. The driver of the lorry – a 36-year-old man from St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, who was working for a contractor operating on behalf of East Sussex county council – was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and held in custody overnight on Friday.
    In another incident, a 19-year-old man was stabbed in the neck in Sheffield after asking a group of teenagers to stop throwing snowballs. Snow caused havoc at airports. Heathrow and Gatwick were both closed while flights at Aberdeen, Belfast City, Cardiff, London City and Southampton airports were also disrupted. In Northern Ireland, freezing conditions continued to make travel hazardous following some of the heaviest snowfall for 25 years – with more forecast. The Northern Ireland Roads Service said slush from Friday had frozen overnight and Christmas shoppers should think carefully before setting out by car.
    Jon Caudwell, from the Highways Agency, said it was doing its best to keep major roads in England clear but needed help from motorists, who should seriously consider whether they needed to go out this weekend. Elsewhere a teenage girl died in a sledging accident, while a mother and her 10-year-old son were killed in a fatal road crash as icy conditions gripped Ireland. In the rest of Europe some 2,500 passengers were stranded overnight at Frankfurt airport after flights were cancelled.
    Florence airport, in northern Italy, was closed and hundreds of cars were stranded on highways in Tuscany. In France, snow has affected road and rail travel in the west and north, and Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport is reporting delays; in the Netherlands, many flights have been cancelled at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. Coastguard helicopter rescue teams were called in to assist the NHS to ensure doctors, nurses and midwives reached hospitals. Volunteers helped with kidney patient transfers and with the delivery of essential drugs.
    Shoppers also suffered as snow forced many to abandon their trips. Brent Cross shopping centre in north London had to close because of the conditions. By contrast, shops in the West End remained open and reported reasonable business. "Although footfall was slightly down on forecasts, many retailers have reported sales up on last year with jewellery selling fast and technology strong including 3D TVs and the Apple iPads," said a spokesman. In the Trafford Centre in Manchester, staff have used more than 20 tons of grit across the 150-acre site over 24 hours. They worked through the night to ensure that roads were safe and car parks ready to open.




    19th December 2010



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