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THE COLDEST WINTER FOR 100 YEARS - SO WHERE ARE THE GRITTERS by Mark Reynolds: Updated with comments by Piers Corbyn
Thursday, December 2nd 2010, 3:08 PM GMT
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Image AttachmentBRITAIN ground to an icy halt yesterday as the nation’s gritters again failed to keep roads clear – costing the economy billions.

The big freeze saw more than half of Britons arrive late for work, and millions more stayed at home as road, rail and air networks were paralysed.

With more than 10 inches of snow in some parts and a further eight inches set to fall overnight, forecasters are predicting the worst winter for 100 years. Motoring organisations criticised the inability to get the nation moving and experts estimated the chaos could cost £1.2billion a day.

The sorry picture on the roads was replicated across the rail network and Gatwick and Edinburgh airports also remained closed with hundreds of flights cancelled.

The catastrophic failure of the authorities to deal with a snow fall that had been widely and accurately forecast came after Transport Secretary Philip Hammond promised last week that there was a “strategic stockpile” of grit.

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Updated below with comments by Piers Corbyn

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THE big freeze tightened its icy grip on the nation yesterday as weathermen warned it could be the coldest winter for 100 years.

Temperatures plummeted to -20C in some places – the coldest recorded for 17 years – and experts predicted there was still worse to come.

With rail, road and air travel all paralysed, some 57 per cent of the nation’s workforce arrived late – costing the economy more than £1billion.

Airports were closed, rail services suspended and drivers warned to stay off the roads in several counties as more snow fell – up to 10 inches in places.

Weathermen warned there was plenty more to come, at least until the weekend, and possibly into next week.

The temperature could fall in some places to -25C.

Independent forecaster Piers Corbyn, of WeatherAction, said: “December to February in Britain and Europe will be exceptionally cold and snowy – like hell frozen over at times.

“It is expected that two of the three months December, January and February are likely to be in the three coldest for 100 years.”

While the North-east of England and Scotland were worst hit, there was a warning up to eight inches could fall in London and the South-east in the coming days.

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