Blizzard conditions paralyse roads network as emergency services struggle to cope.
The worst snowfall for nearly 30 years has caused roads chaos today. Millions struggled into work today as councils and highways authorities battled in vain to keep roads safe.
The Daily Mail reports that last night the Army rescued over 1000 motorists stranded by blizzard conditions on the A3 London to Portsmouth road through Hampshire. They used military trucks and Land Rovers to free drivers from the icy roads. Roads everywhere were badly hit and the RAC said it was dealing with 1400 callouts per hour.
In Manchester, ambulance services were responding only to ‘life-threatening’ cases because of road conditions. The Met Office said Hampshire had seen 7.5in on snow overnight. Snow is expected to continue falling until lunchtime and will reach up to 12ins.
The North saw the worst of the snow yesterday, with up to 2ft recorded in some areas. This has now spread to the Midlands and South and, say forecasters could be with us for as long as another 15 days, making it the worst spell we’ve seen for a century. Put simply, a chief reason for the severe weather is wind direction, currently from the North.
Overnight temperatures are below freezing across the country and dipped to -13C in parts of Aberdeenshire. Councils’ supplies of salt for road clearance are running low. The UK mine which provides most of it is working overtime, although salt lorries, too, are struggling to make deliveries.