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Well, this is it I am afraid. From tomorrow afternoon, the rain and Atlantic air will sweep in and the Snow Day of 2013 will be no more. There will be a final mass dump of snow across Scotland, the North of England, the Midlands, East Anglia and the South East but for us here in Wales it's goodbye to the daytime highs of around freezing and hello to wind and rain (a typical Welsh winter). So it only seems fair to allow people to have a chance to remind themselves of this snow event (the longest since 2010), this time in video (thanks to the BBC).
First was the science of why Britain was due to experience a cold snap (thanks to something termed SSW) explained on January 13th 2013, then as the snow crossed the country pictures flooded not only the internet but the news channels as well as demonstrated in North Yorkshire the following day. But once the snow had cleared out came the news choppers and pilots who got to see a completely white Britain but the winter wasn't done with the UK just yet and as the temperatures plunged people were asking rather odd questions such as "How do gritters know where to go?" but thankfully the BBC were there to explain.
The following day it was Wales's turn to get the media attention and none so than Derek Brockway who has been presenting the weather in Wales since 1999, in fact his forecast was viewed so many times it partially crashed the BBC Wales servers, but with a rare red alert for snow can you blame people? And boy, did it snow. Just ask poor old Hywel Griffiths who had to do a live piece to camera at 0700 GMT in the freezing cold. Although some people in Bristol asked "Snow, what snow?" but it was not long before the usual news reports came in of sliding buses in Winchester, Hampshire, school closures in Gloucestershire and traffic jams in Berkshire but did that stop the residents of Minchinhampton in the Cotswolds from getting around? Of course not, they deployed doggy power.
If you want to have a look at the rest of the video reports, then visit the BBC's video news archive and click on any of the reports. I would embed them but the BBC did away with that service several years ago (which is a shame really)