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Freak spring snow causing chaos and death
SPRING was put on ice yesterday as Britain was gripped by the coldest March weather for half a century.
By: Eugene Henderson
Published: Sun, March 24, 2013
Cars were buried as strong winds blasted heavy snowfall in Cumbria
Snow alerts remained in place last night as forecasters warned that temperatures in some areas could plunge to as low as -15C (5F) next week: colder than the Himalayas.
Lancashire Police are investigating after the body of a 27-year-old man was found in deep snow in farmland near Burnley. Chief inspector Derry Crorken said: “Early indications suggest a tragic incident where a young man has been out with friends and become caught up in the weather on his journey home.”
Arctic conditions towards the end of the coldest March since 1962 saw thousands of homes in Scotland, north Wales, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Cumbria still without power today as engineers battled to restore supplies.
More than 70 drivers had to be rescued by police and mountain rescue teams after becoming stuck in snowdrifts near Millom, Cumbria. Gary Parsons, of the Bay Search And Rescue team, said: “They were chilly and shaken, I think they’d been there for a few hours.” He said there were drifts “of 14ft and 15ft” and he had never seen such conditions before.
Flights were suspended at Leeds Bradford, East Midlands and Birmingham airports, but Humberside Airport was closed.The trans-Pennine M62 was closed in the early hours of yesterday, but gritters worked round the clock to keep major routes open. In Staffordshire roads were closed when snow and high winds brought down trees.
A driver tries to free his car at Barnard Castle, Co Durham
Up to 18ins of snow buried cars in Wrexham, north Wales, while 7ft drifts were reported in the Peak District. The A666 between Carlisle and Hexham was closed for much of the day. The RAC predicted up to 15,000 breakdowns during the next 48 hours. A spokesman said: “Treacherous conditions are expected on Sunday morning after a sub-zero night and we expect a worse-than-usual Monday morning.”Temperatures were set to plummet to -3C across England and Wales, although in some areas across the Pennines the mercury was expected to fall to -7C last night. The Met Office forecast up two inches of snow in the South-east today with up to eight inches in the Pennines.
"It was colder than Mount Everest"
Night-time temperatures could fall to -10C from tomorrow with -15C in some areas by midweek, making it colder than Chukhung, Nepal, at the foot of Mount Everest.
The Met Office also forecast a white Easter, the first since 1984. Bookmakers William Hill slashed odds on Easter Sunday snow to the shortest ever price of 2/1 in Edinburgh, 5/1 in London and 7/1 in Cardiff. A spokesman said: “We believe these are our shortest-ever white Easter prices.”