Uckfield 'rush-hour' in the snow...this photograph was taken just before 8.30am from town bridge as the snow came down

UCKFIELD SNOW DAY: February 27, 2018 round-up

Here are the main points from today’s Uckfield News Snow Patrol  – a live update of how the town coped with the wintry blast, known as the Beast from the East.

This summary was prepared at 5pm.

The long-forecast snow has blanketed Uckfield to a depth of 10+cm (around 4ins).

The first flakes started falling last night (February 26) and when people woke this morning there was a carpet of snow.

School closures in East Sussex came in from around 6.30am and included many in the Uckfield area.

Adult education courses were cancelled.

Roads were covered and the first job for many was getting the snow and ice off vehicles to attempt the daily commute.

The roads were much quieter and at 8.15am the three-hour Luxford Field car park was empty.

However, in the Uckfield area, traffic continued to flow, although The Drive became blocked during the morning when a delivery lorry became stuck.

At one stage Fernley Park was described as an ice rink.

East Sussex Highways’ gritters have been working overtime, salting and treating many hundreds of miles of roads.

Train operator Southern has been running an hourly service today on the Uckfield Line, with longer trains.

Services have run for much of the day with few delays.

Buses: There were no 28/29 buses north of Uckfield to Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells, although the service resumed late afternoon.

Rural services to Heathfield and Haywards Heath were suspended.

Wealden District Council has warned that waste/recycling collections may be disrupted.

The council has suspended garden waste collections until March 5, although this may change.

 You can read more details on today’s snow in our live updates story.

It wasn’t all bad – much of Uckfield became a winter wonderland, as these photographs show.

The all-important weather forecast

The Met Office says there will be a severe frost tonight.

Tomorrow (February 28) will be mainly dry with sunshine. An strengthening easterly wind will make it feel raw.

Snow showers will be fewer and further between than of late. The temperature will get only just about freezing.

What about the trains?

The Uckfield Line will again have an hourly service.

How it all began: First snow falls in Uckfield on Monday night

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