The heaviest snowfall for 18 years paralysed swaths of the country, bringing chaos to roads, railways and airports, closing thousands of schools and businesses, and costing the economy an estimated £1.2bn in lost working hours.
Although the snow had been forecast since last week, much of Britain was overwhelmed, with conditions forcing one in five workers to stay at home, as many as 3,000 schools closed and many non-urgent hospital operations were postponed. Note: none in our household stayed at home, the girls' schools were open - even though Ana's ended up sending everybody home at lunchtime and all after school activities being eventually cancelled - hubby went to work as usual, and Nia's surgery in Oxford went ahead as planned. It was pretty awful driving in today's weather, though. I hadn't had my car stuck in the snow since the good ol' US of A. All the skidding wasn't all that fun either...
A report from London.
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