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Misery at the airports as heavy snow hits the getaway... but a glimmer of hope as sun is forecast for tomorrow
Saturday, December 18th 2010, 7:25 PM GMT
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#Runway at Heathrow closed, major disruption at other airports
#AA attends 1,200 breakdowns every hour
#Up to 20cm expected in parts of the UK
#Hundreds of drivers trapped on M6 overnight
#Backlog of up to 4m parcels could remain undelivered
#Urgent appeal for blood donors after concerns of shortages
#Grit to be shared amid fears of cold snap until January 14

After a day of travel misery for millions of Britons trying to getaway for Christmas, tomorrow's Met Office forecast predicts a sunny but cold day for most of the UK.

There will be snow showers in parts of Scotland and north east England but the rest of the country will begin to return to normal.
Source Link: dailymail.co.uk
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Public Warning: Arctic freeze to last another month as AA warns of 'worst driving conditions imaginable' for Christmas getaways by Paul Sims
Friday, December 17th 2010, 10:13 PM GMT
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#Millions begin the big Christmas and New Year getaway early
#Experts warn backlog of up to 4m parcels could remain undelivered
#NHS issues urgent appeal for blood donors after concerns of shortages
#Councils reveal plans to share grit amid fears of cold snap until January 14
#Odds shortened even further on ‘White Christmas’ in some parts of country

The Big Freeze will hold us in its grip for at least another month, forecasters warn.

Arctic conditions are expected to last through the Christmas and New Year bank holidays and beyond.

With temperatures expected to fall to -15c (5f), the Met Office said this is ‘almost certain’ to become the coldest December since records began in 1910.

Updated below with additional Newspaper links
Source Link: dailymail.co.uk
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Blizzard slams Germany
Friday, December 17th 2010, 9:34 PM GMT
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The blizzard “Petra” hammered Germany with more snow on Friday, causing countess road accidents, shutting down air traffic and trapping hundreds of people in an icy train.

The rail passengers suffered a nightmare scenario on Thursday evening when their trip came to a chilly halt. The regional train between Hamburg and Lübeck stopped cold when it lost power due to snow damage along contact wires.

With no heat, light or explanation from train conductors between 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm, passengers reportedly panicked. Several tried to break open windows and escape, while others used emergency exits to venture into the darkness – a major breach of safety because other trains were still running on nearby tracks.

“Some passengers became panicked, cried, called for help,” one witness told daily Lübecker Nachrichten. “They believed it was an attack.”

Others called the police, who along with local fire fighters drove some 150 passengers to a nearby sports hall from the site near Tremsbüttel. Several passengers were treated for hypothermia.

On Friday afternoon national rail provider Deutsche Bahn said passengers on the train would each be compensated €250 for their trouble.

The German Weather Service (DWD) warned more snow was likely this weekend after a brief respite on Saturday.

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Source Link: thelocal.de
Public Warning: Ice and snow nightmare is back by Lynsey Haywood
Friday, December 17th 2010, 9:30 PM GMT
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TRAVEL chaos returned to the UK today as the latest Big Freeze rolled in icing up roads and railways.

A 17-year-old boy was killed when his car careered off the road as motorists were warned they face "possibly the worst driving conditions imaginable".

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for nearly the whole of the country.

Heavy snow storms are set to blanket nearly every part of the UK tomorrow as a fresh blast of Arctic weather sweeps in.

London and the South East will be among the worst hit - but Scotland, the North East, the Midlands and the South West could also see another TEN inches of snow.

Click source to read FULL report from Lynsey Haywood
Source Link: thesun.co.uk
Public Warning: Public Warning: Ten inches of snow to blanket Britain by tomorrow by Laura Roberts
Friday, December 17th 2010, 10:16 AM GMT
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Heavy snow has blanketed parts of Britain with up to 10 inches expected over the next 24 hours as the Big Freeze intensifies.

Forecasters said that cold conditions were expected to continue into next week as a white Christmas becomes more and more likely.

Treacherous driving conditions were reported on the roads caused by widespread ice amid concerns for rush-hour travellers.

The heaviest snowfall last night was in northern Scotland and Northern Ireland with parts of Wales and south-west England also affected.

Police in the Scottish Highlands have warned commuters not to travel in icy blizzards with temperatures as low as -6C. A section of the M2 in Northern Ireland was also closed due to heavy snow.
Source Link: telegraph.co.uk
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Public Warning: Joe Bastardi: BEFORE THE REST OF THE WINTER MODERATING TREND FOR THE NORTHWEST... A SNOW BLITZ ON THE WAY!
Friday, December 17th 2010, 8:02 AM GMT
Co2sceptic (Site Admin)
Wow.

I don't recall seeing modeling having two major snow events [see Piers Corbyn Solar Climate Change Extended to the 20th December](anything over 5 cm I think is major for London) coming in a five-day period, but the Friday through Tuesday period may see just that, and this is probably, when one combines snow and cold, the highlight of the winter for the southern part of the U.K. (perhaps farther north and west too).

The snow comes as the cold comes, and just before it goes.

By the way, when I say warmer, I don't mean we are going into a tropical paradise. It means the rest of the winter for the U.K., Ireland, and Scandinavia should be at or above normal, and certainly much warmer than this December to remember. Farther south, next to the normals, and I see no reason to back down, the winter looks cold. Interestingly enough, the European outlook (model) is colder farther north than I am, but my point is that London, which is not 8 F below normal for the month and should finish about 6 below normal, should be close to normal for the rest of the winter (January and February).

That Scandinavian ridge means that maritime air can get in more often, though it also means that monster highs that build over northeast Europe can "push back" west with cold air. I don't want anyone slitting their wrists thinking that the winter is over... it's just that this kind of relentless cold is not going to hold in the northwest, but there will be plenty of challenges.

I just think this upcoming five-seven days is as good as it gets... okay?
Source Link: accuweather.com
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Arctic air bringing ice and snow back to the UK: BBC News
Thursday, December 16th 2010, 11:28 AM GMT
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Source Link: bbc.co.uk
Public Warning: 'Worst snow blizzards in a century' set to hit Britain
Wednesday, December 15th 2010, 8:26 PM GMT
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Britain will be buried by the worst blizzards in almost a century in the coming days - as 12 inches of snow and 60mph-plus winds create 6ft snowdrifts and cause transport chaos.

Forecasters said up to a foot of snow will be dumped across Scotland, northern and western England from tomorrow morning, with several inches in the south.

Gale-force winds will create 6ft snowdrifts expected to shut dozens of main roads and threaten railway line closures - likely to lead to widespread school closures and millions struggling to and from work.

Forecasters said the blizzards will be more serious than an infamous blizzard in the cold 1962-63 winter and the worst to hit Britain since 1927.

Then, a 12-hour blizzard on Christmas Day night left 20ft snowdrifts across the south and south-east, with villages cut off for a week and supplied with food by air-drop.
Source Link: metro.co.uk
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Public Warning: Solar Climate Change Extended to the 20th December
Wednesday, December 15th 2010, 11:36 AM GMT
Co2sceptic (Site Admin)
Image AttachmentThe next period of "Solar Climate Change" that will influence the UK will take place from 17th - 20th December, this comes right after the first period we announced between the 14th-16th, see also updated notes from Piers Corbyn, inc. Our next WeatherAction Weather period 17-20 Dec predicts EXTREME COLD with 'records likely to be broken'. This means a very severe ice hazard because it will be too cold for road salt to work in a lot of Central, North & NorthEast parts of the UK.

The "double hit" of Solar Climate Change that was announced to WeatherAction.com users in November simply means that the "Christmas economy" for High street retailers and business with the lack of essential public service due to road/rail/airport closures will bring the country to it's knees during the NEXT 10 days.

This is likely to be one of the worst if not THE worst period of disruption in the UK to have been seen in modern times.

I will repeat what was said on the previous statement as this will still apply....

There are potential "life threatening" conditions that will be underestimated by the media (inc. Met Office).

With the aid of this forecast we hope to give some advance warning to those of you who are already suffering hardship and warn you of a very real risk of further and even bigger snow storms and blizzard conditions set for Scotland & England and Eastern Europe.

Please spread news of this forecast to all of those who are vulnerable and try to ensure that food supplies are sufficient to cope with this impending crisis.
IT'S A WHITE CHRISTMAS by Nathan Rao
Tuesday, December 14th 2010, 6:09 PM GMT
Co2sceptic (Site Admin)
Image AttachmentBRITAIN will have a white Christmas, with Arctic blizzards bringing up to eight inches of snow.

Snow will blanket London, the South-east, Scotland, the North and eastern England as bitterly cold winds roar in, weathermen warned yesterday. Snowfalls on Christmas Day are now a “foregone conclusion”.

“It will be nightmarish – no one will escape a return of the cold weather,” said Jonathan Powell, senior forecaster for Positive Weather Solutions.

Unlike the snowfalls earlier in the month which crippled large parts of the country, the next wintry blast will also see gale-force 50mph winds blowing directly from the North Pole. These will bring the risk of giant snow drifts in some regions.

The Met Office has severe weather warnings in place for the whole of the UK this week.

They increase to high risk alerts for Thursday and Friday in the North, West and South-west.

Forecaster Helen Chivers said: “It doesn’t look good. There really is a severe weather front moving very quickly across the country, starting in the North and moving south on Thursday. By Thursday night the whole of the country will freeze solid, with snow and rain turning to ice really quickly.
Source Link: express.co.uk
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