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    A pedestrian walks carefully through the snow during a snowfall in Pitlochry, Scotland Novermber 24, 2017.

    Celebration, Anger and Mockery as Britain Brought to a Shuddering Halt by Snow

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    Britain has been left paralyzed and in total chaos following the first serious snowfall of the winter that sent social media into meltdown as many even called it the "blizzard of the century" as more than 12 inches of snow fell in some areas.

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Despite the hazardous weather conditions caused by 'snowpocalypse' or 'snowmaggeden17' bringing untold misery, the majority of Brits were able to see and share the funny side of their predicaments.


    A specially dedicated website UK Snow Updates set up several months ago has now attracted just short of 10,000 followers as people flock to post their news.

    Thousands of schools have been forced to close while tens of thousands of homes have also been left without power.

    Widespread travel chaos has also been reported with trains and flights cancelled as the Met Office issued a yellow warning for ice and warned of even more snow on December 11. Temperatures dropped to minus 12C overnight on December 10 with predictions it will drop further over the coming days, possibly as low as minus 15C as the UK became gripped by the Big Chill. 

    Around 50,000 British Airways passengers are said to be stranded — 30,000 in the UK and 20,000 in Europe — as many were forced to spent the night sleeping on airport floors at London Heathrow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, London Stansted and Luton after flights were either delayed or canceled.

    Eurostar apologized to passengers travelling between Brussels or Paris and London, saying that journeys could be delayed due to predicted adverse weather conditions in the UK and the rest of Europe.

    Forecasters say high pressure will move across the UK in the coming days bringing widespread fine and dry but still freezing cold conditions. The Met Office warned, however, it was keeping a close watch on Storm Ana which could potentially bring more snow to southern England.

    Strangely, refuse collections in several English cities have been suspended because it was "not safe for people to take their rubbish out."



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