Stun­ning scenes, but weather causes chaos

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Alas­tair Irvine airvine@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.

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More snow, this time on the way into Ash­ford near Chal­lock

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A cy­clist makes tracks through Vic­to­ria Park

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An early-morn­ing scene at Ash­ford De­signer Out­let

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