I have just returned from a 'girls weekend' in Belgium. It was touch and go as to whether we actually made the trip. On Thursday last week the snow was bad in Kent and it was a big worry. As it happens we decided to give it a go, we left home at 5am Friday morning and took a steady run south. It was quite an experience. The M25 was clear so we made good progress there. Once we hit the M20 the snow doubled and there were huge drifts at the side of the road. The biggest surprise was the sudden drop in the temperature. Most of the journey it had been - 2c. As we hit Kent the temperature plummeted to -8.5c !!! I just kept things steady. We didn't really hit a problem until we got to the part of the road where the police were parking up lorries on the hard shoulder. The road became very icy with big lumps of ice. In the end we arrived with nearly an hour to spare. The Ferry was covered in snow and ice and from the restaurant we could see flurries of snow out at sea.
Leaving along the white cliffs of Dover looked as if we were going by an iceberg!!!
Once we arrived in France we stopped off at our 'usual' Hypermarket - Auchan. We stocked up on wine and nibbles. The weather got worse, more snow. That said the roads were clear and salted. The drifts were much bigger than any we had seen in England and the roads were still running. I think we could learn a thing or two!!!