Stunning scenes, but weather causes chaos
FOR some, the sudden onset of winter was an early Christmas present.
But for others the first snow of winter on Thursday night and Friday morning brought misery, with nightmare car journeys and some schools forced to break up for the Christmas holidays a day early.
A blanket of overnight snow made it slow going for commuters trying to get to work on Friday morning and the sub-zero temperatures continued over the weekend, with another smattering of snow on Monday morning.
Ashford and Tenterden residents woke up on Friday to a 3in covering of the white stuff as the snowfall predicted by weather forecasters became a reality.
The county was badly affected, with many roads blocked and closed.
The M20 was temporarily closed coastbound between junctions 8 and 9, Maidstone and Ashford, and journeys on many other roads were treacherous despite widespread gritting.
Among the schools forced to close for the day were Egerton primary, Goldwyn at Great Chart, Willesborough junior and infant schools, and The North School. Homewood School in Tenterden was also shut.
The weather also hit travel further afield, with Eurostar services suspended for three days and the introduction of Operation Stack on the M20 causing traffic chaos over the weekend.
For full story on the Eurostar and Operation Stack disruption, see page 9.
More snow, this time on the way into Ashford near Challock
A cyclist makes tracks through Victoria Park
An early-morning scene at Ashford Designer Outlet