January 26, 2013 - BRITAIN - A snowbound Britain is captured in the following photograph taken by NASA’s Modis satellite as it passed over the country on Saturday. The photograph was taken at around 11.30am, just hours after hundreds of motorists on the M6 were forced to abandon their cars overnight when more than a foot of snow brought vehicles to a standstill.Police gave out hot drinks to those who decided to remain in their cars, while snow ploughs struggled throughout the night to clear routes and keep roads open.
Many drivers became stuck along the stretch of motorway between Wigan and Standish, after struggling to make it up inclines in the treacherous conditions, while a number of accidents, including jack-knifed lorries, also blocked lanes. Parts of the country now face now the threat of flooding as rising temperatures bring rapid thaw of the snow and ice that has built up over the last two weeks. The Highways Agency closed the M6 overnight in both directions between junctions 25 and 27 near Wigan, after cars and lorries became stuck in the snow. David Cameron took to Twitter yesterday to express his sympathy for those caught up in the snow, writing: “Huge sympathy for those affected by heavy uksnow. Govt working closely with transport operators to minimise impact on everyone.”
Among those stuck for seven hours on the M6 in Lancashire as he made his way from Aberdeen was Ryan Murray, who said: “The snow got worse and then started to come in sideways. You could not see at all. The motorway became an absolute car park. What was making it worse was once all the articulated lorries stopped they struggled to get moving again. “I was stuck from about 11pm to 6am. I was sitting there for seven hours. A couple of people got out and made snowmen.” Neil Turner, another motorist stuck on the same road as he made his way from Glasgow to Gravesend, said: “By the time I got to junction 25, it was just a standstill. “I spent three and half hours just sitting there not moving. It was horrible. I think a couple of lorries must have jack-knifed and blocked traffic.” Mountain rescue workers were called in to check on the condition of drivers along the stricken stretch of the M6 overnight. A diabetic man was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital, and an ambulance taking a female patient to Royal Preston Hospital had to be dug out of the snow by Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue team. Ch Insp Mike Adamson, of Lancashire Police, said: “We realised at about 11pm [Friday night] that this was going to be a major incident. Some of the drivers and passengers have been stuck for hours - it has been a very difficult night for them.” Also caught up in the chaos was the Conservative MP for Morecambe & Lunesdale, David Morris, who was stuck on the southbound carriageway. Speaking from his car in the early hours of yesterday morning, he said: “We’ve ground to a halt on both sides. Nothing is really moving. - Telegraph.
|Snow coats Britain on Saturday in this satellite photo taken by NASA's Modis satellite at |
11.30am, 26th Jan Photo: NEODAAS/University of Dundee.
|Photo: ROSS PARRY.|