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"Snow In The UK: Britain Suffers Travel Chaos, Schools Close, Six Million Workers Stay At Home


Global warming eh.????????? 



"Snow In The UK: Britain Suffers Travel Chaos, Schools Close, Six Million Workers Stay At Home

| UK News | Sky News

"Another day of travel chaos is expected today as temperatures plummet and heavy snowfalls hit northern parts of Britain, Scotland and Ireland.

Lorry abandoned in thick snow - a familiar scene in many parts

The worst winter weather for 18 years has caused massive disruption to rail and air services and caused major problems on the roads.

Thousands of schools were closed and over six million workers are said to have stayed at home.

Analysts have put the cost to business at £1.2bn - but say the figure could be a lot higher.

Earlier, major airports closed runways, dozens of trains were suspended and there were no buses in London during the morning rush hour.

On the London Underground, 10 of the 11 lines were either completely or partly suspended.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the authorities were doing "everything in our power" to get the country moving again.

An army of snow ploughs and gritters worked non-stop to clear the roads but motorists were still caught in huge tailbacks.

At 20cm (8ins) the snowfall was the heaviest in Britain since February 1991, when about 10cm fell.

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Over 2,000 primary and secondary schools were forced to close, with those in southern England among the worst affected.

Many are expected to remain shut for another day at least - much to the delight of pupils.

Around 80% of the London Underground is now operational while around 100 out of 700 London bus routes are running a limited service.

But air, rail and bus operators are warning of more travel problems on Tuesday and are urging travellers to check the latest information before setting out.

Network Rail said it would do everything possible to get trains running.

Maintenance teams would be out "in force" overnight clearing and de-icing tracks and points.

However, a rail spokesman admitted: "It all depends on the weather."

The Highways Agency said snow and ice would make road conditions hazardous. It is urging drivers not to travel unless it is "essential".

BAA which operates Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports says further disruption is inevitable.

More than 800 flights were cancelled at Heathrow alone on Monday.

London and the South East were worst hit by the snowfall which is expected to move northwards and westwards overnight.

Sky News weather presenter Francis Wilson said conditions would remain unsettled and wintry on Tuesday.

He warned ice would be the main problem facing people in the morning.

"All week we're going to have unsettled, wintry weather - but the snowfalls will get less and less and the depth of frost less and less," he added."


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jarasanComment by jarasan - February 3, 2009, 9:35 am
Worst weather in 18 years! Damn you global warming! This is a result of global warming, manbearpig told me so.


Copy/paste this link to see a very funny Al Gore dedicated episode. One of my faves.
konaneComment by konane - February 3, 2009, 11:48 am
ROFLMAO Jarasan!!!!!!!!! Sooooo not PC, sending the link to my son who likes the irreverence of South Park. LOLOLOLOL

AlGore needs a life other than doing his best Ron Popeil imitation.
emilygComment by emilyg - February 3, 2009, 2:15 pm
HeeHee - thanks for link.

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