Marlborough under snow...
More snow has just fallen across the Marlborough area than we've seen for many years. Even last year's 'Beast from the East' didn't dump as much white precipitation as we've experienced over the past couple of days. Roads have been closed as have many shops and the pavements everywhere are perilous, except in the few places where people have cleared the ice and snow away.
Friday (1 Feb) in Marlborough had quite an eerie feeling. The major supermarkets were open but little else was. Schools were shut and many businesses accepted that a 'snow day' was inevitable and it was safer for all to stay at home in the warm. Roads were populated by a few 4x4s whilst plenty of 'normal' cars were either abandoned, or in a few sad cases broken down or dented by accident.
Some places did manage to keep open. The Jubilee Centre manager Anne Hancock made sure that all there would be well looked after and she braved the weather to walk back and forth between the Centre and Tesco bringing all the food generously donated by the store. The side roads around Marlborough prevented Anne driving so she borrowed a trolley and made the journey on foot!
By Saturday the sun had emerged, still freezing cold but the High Street was busy even if there was no market and many shops were still closed. Our weather guru, Eric Gilbert reported that the depth varied from about 15 to about 26cm, which for this part of the world is substantial.
Many thanks to Pete Davies of Marlborough Photo Services for the use of the striking aerial pics taken from his drone on Saturday morning. A bit of snow changes the appearance of everything so here are a few pics of parts of the town and surrounding area: