- Posted March 12, 2013 by
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Earth wobble - Snow: hundreds stranded with more travel chaos to come (England)
Commuters faced chaos again this morning after snow left hundreds of motorists stranded for up to 14 hours in freezing conditions.
There were long tailbacks as ice and snow made roads across much of the South East impassable, with 4 inches falling in some areas and more predicted throughout the day.
There were queues of up to 30 miles long in “apocalyptic” scenes in the early hours of this morning as police, snow ploughs and gritting lorries struggled to treat the roads.
The Highways Agency said it had been working throughout the night with emergency services and local authorities to respond to "hundreds of incidents" which took place in heavy snow and strong winds on its network of roads in Kent and Sussex.
50mph winds created snow drifts of up to a metre in height, in many cases blowing snow back on to the carriageway as soon as it had been cleared, they added, as they advised motorists not to travel.
Gridlocked traffic on the A23 as drivers are stranded following heavy snow (Photo: Eddie Mitchell)
Last night temperatures in the South East plunged to as low as -3C, and many motorists abandoned their vehicles for service stations.
And there is no let up in the wintry conditions as snow showers and freezing temperatures will continue to blight the country throughout the day and into tomorrow, Met Office forecasters said.
After the coldest March day in 26 years a party of 120 German students were stuck in Hastings town hall when families due to look after them could not reach them.
Another described it as like "driving through some sort form of apocalypse because there are just cars everywhere and a few times we have had to swerve through cars that are just abandoned".