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Snow depths

During this weather event most parts of the UK experienced snow at some time. Scotland and Northern England were affected particularly badly with some parts seeing snow falling for most of the 5 day period.

The winter of 2010 saw the UK's earliest widespread winter snowfall since 1993 with snow falling as early as 24 November across NE England.

On 1 December 76cm was recorded in the Peak District. Around 40cm of snow was recorded in Rotherham and Lincolnshire. Around 30cm was recorded in Leeds.

On the night of 1-2 December a band of snow affected southern England. 60cm was reported on the South Downs, 56cm at Drybrook (Gloucester) with 37cm reported at Kenley in Surrey.

On 2 December a depth of 71cm was recorded at Bathgate, West Lothian.

At Met Office sites snow depths are recorded at 0900. The map shows the snow depths at 0900 on 2 December. Areas without lying snow were few and far between.

Satellite images are extremely useful in weather forecasting. This satellite image shows the UK snow from space on 2 December.