Despite only having a couple of centimetres of snow yesterday morning, by lunchtime the snow was coming thick and fast. SOH and the rest of the drivers where he worked were sent home at 1.30pm as it was too dangerous out on the roads for them.
I was in a training course, and we made the decision to finish early at 4pm, as by now the snow was about 3-4 inches deep and though I didn't have far to go it was still going to be bad enough. Just after 3.30pm the message was sent round that the whole department was being sent home at 4pm.
This isn't a regular occurrence, and the last time I knew of it was back in 1980 when we had a regular blizzard, myself and another walked across the airfield, being careful to keep the wind on our left and despite our best efforts we were way off course from our target area (it's surprisingly difficult to keep on track when your visibility is nil) and we arrived in at about 10.00am just in time to get the computers up and working for the day shift.
Another lad walked in from another town, about 9 miles in all, and just as he arrived in through the main doors at 12pm, the call went out for the Uni to close down as staff safety was considered at risk; so the lad had to walk back home again... I was lucky, one of the security guards was patrolling the airfield, and gave us a lift across to the main village and from there we could walk to our respective homes.
Overnight it has frozen solid, and I think the roads will be very icy out there today, take it easy, take your time and be safe.