LiveNews Shopper snow updates and pictures from January 21

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See you tomorrow folks.


We're going to end our snow updates for today here. Thanks to everyone who has visited this page. We hope you've found it useful.

Good luck if you're still travelling home tonight, and remember to take care where it's icy out there.

Before we go, here are some useful pointers for you:

Click on the panel below for the latest weather forecast:

Get all the latest traffic & travel news here in our Local Information section

See our gallery of snow pictures here - and continue sending your photos in by email, on Twitter @NewsShopper and via text on 80360 starting your message with NEWS SHOPPER.



Overnight it is expected to remain very cold and commuters may still find problems getting to work tomorrow because of the wintry weather.

The Met Office says it will be mainly dry this evening and tonight but there could be sleet or snow showers.

Temperature wise it could drop to -8C.

Tomorrow it is expected to be mainly dry and the temperature is not expected to get above 2C.

Southeastern is planning to run a normal timetable, however icy conditions will inevitably cause some delays to its services.

And it says some early morning services will be cancelled.

Southern is running an amended timetable tomorrow and will be cancelling some services.

Both train companies apologise to passengers for any inconvenience they have experienced over the past few days.


Kent Police is also urging against throwing snowballs at strangers, vehicles or people's homes.

Ch Insp Matt Kendall said: "Without wishing to spoil anyone’s fun, it may be worth remembering that not everyone loves this weather so if you are throwing snowballs please be considerate of others and their property.’


Kent Police is advising people to be extra cautious when going out due to icy conditions.

There is a risk black ice may be on roads and pavements so motorists and pedestrians are being urged to ensure they are prepared before setting out on their journey.

Motorists are advised to look out for pedestrians who may be walking in the roads because the pavements are icy.

Chief Inspector Matt Kendall, of the roads policing unit, said: ‘I’d encourage all drivers to ensure they have cleared snow and ice from their vehicle before setting off. There is a risk that snow left on the roof can slip onto the windscreen.

‘If you have to drive in icy conditions, slow down and apply the brakes gently to avoid skidding.’


Around a third of London schools - 585 - closed today due to the weather, with Bexley one of the worst affected boroughs. A lucky day for a lot of children in Bexley!

With icy conditions persisting there is a good chance some schools will also be closed tomorrow. Many schools will contact parents directly via text or will post their status on their individual websites, but we will try to bring you collated information again in the morning.

You can also check councils' websites for updates:







If you're travelling home from work this evening go careful as it's getting very slippery in places outdoors, and make sure you check the Southeastern live running information page for the latest on delays and disruption to services. There is still a long list of affected trains on there.


Here is some advice from the NHS which you might find useful in these icy conditions:

  • Draw your curtains at dusk and keep your doors closed to block out draughts.
  • Have regular hot drinks and eat at least one hot meal a day if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up during winter.
  • Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer).
  • Keep as active in your home as possible.
  • Wrap up warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside on cold days.
  • Keep your main living room at around 18-21°C (65-70°F), and the rest of the house at least 16°C (61°F). If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep.
  • The Met Office advises putting grit or cat litter on paths and driveways to lessen the risk of slipping.



No more snow forecast for this area over the next few days now, but of course forecasts can change quickly ...


Have you or your property been attacked by people throwing snowballs? Have you brushed it off as harmless fun, or have you felt intimidated? Add your comments below.


Pupils at Breaside Preparatory School in Bromley have been enjoying fun in the snow.

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See more of their pictures, and lots of other snow pictures, in our gallery

Keep sending your snow pictures to us by email, on Twitter @NewsShopper or by text to 80360 starting your message with NEWS SHOPPER.



To explain the train problems over the past few days Southeastern says:

"When ice forms on the conductor rail our trains can't draw electrical power to move, leading to delays and cancellations on those lines. We’re reliant on Network Rail to keep our lines clear of snow and ice and we're working with them to keep services moving wherever possible."

Not much comfort to cold commuters who have been late to work and stuck for hours going nowhere.


On the trains, Southeastern has said sorry for delays over the past few days.

When travelling home tonight you'll want to allow extra time, while for tomorrow Southeastern has this to say:

"More bad weather is predicted this evening and overnight, with snow and sleet forecast for the South East.

"We are planning to run a normal timetable, however icy conditions will inevitably cause some delays to our services."

Go to for the latest service information.


Wintry weather has not stopped Bromley’s bin crews who are trying to do as many of today’s collections as possible.

The Veolia Environmental Services workers, who collect household waste on behalf of Bromley Council, were pictured earlier.

News Shopper: Bromley binmen

Portfolio holder for the environment Councillor Colin Smith has paid tribute to them.

He said: “I am particularly grateful to all the hard working, honest bin crews out there, out there fighting through the foul weather conditions.

“Please spare a thought for them if they can’t reach your bins today and do follow updates on the council’s website as to when they will return should your collections not prove possible.”


Rather appropriately given its theme and the current weather conditions, Olympic comedy Cool Runnings has been voted the most heart-warming film of all time, in a poll of film fans by LOVEFILM.


Click below for the latest local weather forecast for the next 24 hours and beyond ...


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From the Met Office:

Icy stretches are expected to affect parts of southern UK at times during Monday and to develop more widely again on Monday evening especially where snow has partially melted by day or where any further rain, sleet or snow has occurred.

There is the risk of further localised snowfalls of some 1-3 cm in places during Monday, more particularly in the extreme southeast later.

The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel during this continuing spell of wintry weather.


Also hearing from our people on the ground (lovely Twitter followers) that it's sunny in Eltham and Beckenham at the moment.


Don't want to get your hopes up (or dash them if you're hoping for another snow day tomorrow) but could the snow be on its way out? There are patches of blue sky clearly visible here in Petts Wood.




There is clearly a fair few people out having fun in the snow today as 'love it' has edged ahead of 'hate it' in our poll.


Been busy adding a load of new photos to our snow pictures gallery. See them all here


On the theme of creative snow figures, here is a snow dog.

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Photo by Vger Ann Goldby, via Twitter


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Snowmen are not averse to making strong statements. Photo by Natalie Beaumont


One for you dog lovers out there:

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A Westy playing in the snow in Beckenham. Photo: James42francis, via Twitter


Here is a very creative sitting snowman built by the Elliott family in Danson Park, Bexleyheath.

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Molly's effort below is a very good effort, but we want to know who has built the very best or most creative snowman or snow figure in the News Shopper area.

Email entries, tweet us @NewsShopper or text 80360 starting your message with NEWS SHOPPER.

No prizes, just glory on offer.


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This is Molly Pett, aged nine, plus snowman in Danson Park, Bexleyheath. Photo by Martin Pett.


I suppose it's quite handy with all this snow that most of us will have forgotten today is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. All to do with debt, time since Christmas and other factors.




Here is a video from Siberia showing boiling water turning into snow.

In Siberia, Russia, it's -41C - now that's properly cold!


Add your comments below to tell us and the lovely public where the best places in the News Shopper area for sledging are. What are the best slopes you know of?

Also tell us any different ways you've been having fun in the snow aside from the usual snowman building and snowball fight.


On the off-chance you're lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere away from this wintry weather, we've had an update through from Heathrow Airport.

It says the airfield fully operational with all runways, taxiways and stands clear.

‘The schedule for today has been reduced by 10 per cent in order to cope with the low visibility conditions expected from 4pm.

‘We ask that all passengers please check the status of their flight with their airline before they leave for the airport."


Our photographers have been out taking lots of pictures of snowy scenes, such as this one in Sydenham:

News Shopper: Snow in Sydenham

See these and others we've been sent in our snow pictures gallery

And keep the pictures coming by email, Twitter @NewsShopper or text on 80360 starting your message with NEWS SHOPPER.


I do like this fake account - very good humour!



Some people have been having extreme fun in the snow in Blackheath.

News Shopper: Snow in Blackheath


We're bringing you travel updates as we get them but for the latest information you can also go to our live traffic & travel news feed

And there is a wealth of local information on councils, health services and more here


On a positive travel note, Southeastern trains can now run into Cannon Street.


For a point of clarity, the last couple of Se_Raleway tweets were from a parody account!

Although the information given out doesn't seem a whole lot worse than what's come out from the real company, if people's moans on Twitter are anything to go by/



Closed Lewisham primary schools (lucky kids):

  • All Saints' Blackheath
  • The nursery at Baring Primary School
  • Edmund Waller Primary School
  • Holy Cross Catholic School
  • John Ball Primary School
  • John Stainer School
  • Watergate School



Last lot of Lewisham primary schools which are OPEN today:

  • St Augustine’s Catholic School
  • St Bartholomew's Primary School
  • St James Hatcham CE School
  • St John Baptist Primary School
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
  • Tidemill Academy
  • Torridon Infant School
  • Torridon Junior School


These Lewisham schools are also OPEN today so now snow days for these pupils:

  • Good Shepherd Primary School
  • Holbeach Primary School (and trip to farm is going ahead)
  • Horniman Primary School
  • Holy Trinity C of E School
  • Kilmorie Primary School
  • Launcelot Primary School
  • Myatt Garden Primary School
  • Our Lady and St Philip Neri RC Primary school
  • Prendergast Vale College
  • Rangefield Primary School
  • Rathfern Primary School
  • Rushey Green Primary School




Widespread disruption still being reported on the trains.

Trains into London Bridge, Cannon St, Charing Cross, Kings Cross, St Pancras, Victoria, Waterloo and Liverpool St are all delayed.

Seem to recall that only on Friday the train companies said they were ready for the snow ...



These Lewisham schools are OPEN:

  • Haberdashers' Aske's Crayford Academy including Crayford Temple Grove (Will open at 10am this morning)
  • Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College including Hatcham Temple Grove
  • Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy including Knights Temple Grove




London Bridge station has congestion on all lines in and out, so expect long delays.


On to Lewisham schools now.

These schools are OPEN:

  • Adamsrill Primary School
  • Ashmead Primary School
  • Baring Primary School
  • Childeric Primary School
  • Christ Church Primary School (but no after school clubs)
  • Coopers Lane Primary School
  • Dalmain Primary School
  • Downderry Primary School
  • Fairlawn Primary School
  • Forster Park School

And these are CLOSED:

  • All Saints' Blackheath
  • The nursery at Baring Primary School
  • Edmund Waller Primary School


News Shopper: Snow-police-woman is Greenwich police's newest recruit

A frosty officer is the Met Police’s newest recruit and they’ll be on duty in Greenwich while the wintry weather lasts.

Story here





What do you think about your local council's gritting efforts? Have the authorities been on the ball this year or lagging behind? Add your comments below.




Former News Shopper (star) reporter David Mills is currently stuck on a train "somewhere between Lewisham and London Bridge".

He has the following advice for commuters:

"Broken down train near Cannon St appears to have brought rail network to a halt. Trains ahead not moving. And this train is absolutely rammed. Nightmare.

"Might want to advise readers: Don't get on a train!"



No Southeastern trains into Cannon Street Station because of Ice on the line


What do you think about schools closing due to the snow? Should more effort be put into keeping them open or can we forgive them giving kids the odd snow day or two each year? Add your comments below.


There are actually some Bexley schools OPEN today (sorry kids), though not many:

  • Belmont Primary School (open but there will be no after school clubs this afternoon)
  • Beths Grammar School
  • Haberdashers' Aske's Crayford Academy
  • Holy Trinity Lamorbey CE Primary School
  • Hurst Primary School
  • Hurstmere School (children should arrive in time for period two)
  • Pelham Primary School
  • Slade Green Infant School
  • Slade Green Junior School (open from 10am)
  • St Fidelis Catholic Primary School (no after school activities)
  • St Michael's East Wickham C of E Primary School
  • St Paulinus Primary School
  • St Thomas More Catholic School
  • Upton Primary School


And some more Bexley schools CLOSED today:

  • The Business Academy Bexley (Psychology A-Level exam is going ahead)
  • Townley Grammar School (closed except for pupils taking external examinations)
  • Trinity Church of England School (closed except for external examinations)
  • Upland Primary School
  • Welling School (but open to pupils taking exams)
  • Westbrooke School
  • Willow Bank Primary School
  • Woodside School


The following schools in Swanley are CLOSED:

  • Bright Sparks Pre-School
  • Downsview Community Primary
  • Furness School
  • Hextable Primary
  • High Firs Primary
  • St Mary’s CE
  • Sunbeams Pre-School


After a very unscientific study (looking briefly at the lists), it seems schools in Bexley have so far been the most prone to closing due to the snow.


The following schools and colleges in Dartford are CLOSED:

  • Brent Primary
  • Cuddles pre-school
  • Darenth Community Primary
  • Dartford Grammar
  • Dartford Grammar for Girls
  • Gateway Primary
  • Holy Trinity CE Primary
  • Joydens Wood infants
  • Joydens Wood Juniors
  • Maypole Primary
  • Our Lady’s Catholic Primary
  • St Anselm’s Catholic Primary
  • Temple Hill Community Primary
  • West Hill Primary
  • Westgate Primary



Yet more Bexley school CLOSED today:

  • Harris Academy Falconwood
  • Hillsgrove Primary School
  • Hook Lane Primary School
  • Jubilee Primary School
  • Lessness Heath Primary School
  • Longlands Primary school
  • Marlborough School
  • Mayplace Primary School
  • Normandy Primary School
  • Northumberland Heath Primary School
  • Northwood Primary School
  • Oakwood School
  • Old Bexley C of E School
  • Orchard School
  • Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School
  • Parkway Primary School
  • Pathways Short Stay School
  • Peareswood Primary School
  • Royal Park Primary School
  • Shenstone School
  • Sherwood Park Primary School
  • St Augustine of Canterbury School
  • St. Catherine's Catholic School for Girls
  • St Colomba's Catholic School for Boys
  • St John Fisher Primary School
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
  • St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School
  • St Stephen's Catholic Primary School (and Year 3 school journey meeting has been postponed)


Looks like the trains are a shambles this morning with suspensions, cancellations, delays and the train companies being accused (as usual) of putting out rubbish information. Let us know your snow travel horror stories in the comments below.


The following schools and colleges in Gravesham are CLOSED:

  • Cecil Road Primary
  • Cobham Primary
  • Culverstone Green Primary
  • Dover Road CP
  • Holy Road CE Primary
  • Kings Farm Primary
  • Meopham School
  • North West Kent College
  • Painters Ash Primary
  • Riverview Infants
  • Saint George’s CE Shorne CE Primary


Opinion about the snow is very divided, if our poll is anything to go by. Have your vote!


The following schools and colleges in Gravesend are CLOSED: Cecil Road Primary Cobham Primary Culverstone Green Primary Dover Road CP Holy Road CE Primary Kings Farm Primary Meopham School North West Kent College Painters Ash Primary Riverview Infants Saint George’s CE Shorne CE Primary


So far these are the only secondary schools showing on the Bromley Council website as being CLOSED today:

  • Bishop Justus CE School
  • Marjorie McClure School
  • St Paul's Cray site
  • Beckenham ASD Centre


And more Bexley schools CLOSED:

  • Castilion Primary School
  • Chatsworth Infant School
  • Christ Church Primary
  • Cleeve Park School (closed except for those in the sixth form taking exams)
  • Crook Log Primary School
  • Danson Primary School
  • Days Lane Primary School
  • Dulverton Primary School
  • East Wickham Infant and Junior Schools
  • Eastcote Primary School
  • Erith Secondary School (closed except for sixth formers taking exams)
  • Foster's Primary School
  • Gravel Hill Primary School


As of now, these are the primary schools in Bromley reported as CLOSED for today:

  • Bickley Primary
  • Biggin Hill Primary
  • Blenheim Primary
  • Bromley Road Infant
  • Burnt Ash Primary
  • Castlecombe Primary
  • Chelsfield Primary
  • Downe Primary
  • Edgebury Primary
  • Green Street Green Primary
  • Hawes Down Junior
  • Hayes Primary
  • Hillside Primary
  • James Dixon Primary
  • Malcolm Primary
  • Manor Oak Primary
  • Marian Vian Primary
  • Mead Road Infant
  • Midfield Primary
  • Mottingham Primary
  • Oak Lodge Primary
  • Oaklands Primary
  • Princes Plain Primary
  • Red Hill Primary
  • Royston Primary
  • Scotts Park Primary
  • Southborough Primary
  • The Pioneer Academy Stewart Fleming Primary
  • St Anthony's R.C. Primary
  • St George's C.E. Primary
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary
  • St Mary Cray Primary
  • St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary
  • The Highway Primary
  • Unicorn Primary
  • Wickham Common Primary
  • Worsley Bridge Junior



In Bexley, these schools are CLOSED:

  • Barnehurst Infant School
  • Barnehurst Junior School
  • Barrington Primary School (expected to reopen tomorrow)
  • Bedonwell Infant & Nursery School
  • Bedonwell Junior School
  • Belvedere Infant School
  • Belvedere Junior School
  • Bexley Adult Education (Brampton)
  • Bexley Adult Education (Sidcup)
  • Bexley Grammar School (closed but exams are going ahead as normal)
  • Bexleyheath Academy
  • Birkbeck Primary School
  • Bishop Ridley Primary School
  • Blackfen School for Girls
  • Brampton Primary School
  • Burnt Oak Junior School
  • Bursted Wood Primary School


More schools information. These are the OPEN primary schools in Greenwich:

  • Alexander McLeod
  • Bannockburn (Church Manorway)
  • Bannockburn (Plumstead High Street)
  • Boxgrove
  • Cardwell
  • Charlton Manor
  • Cherry Orchard
  • Christ Church Commerell Street
  • Deansfield
  • Eglinton
  • Eltham C of E
  • Foxfield
  • Gallions Mount
  • Gordon
  • Greenslade
  • Haimo
  • Halstow
  • Hawksmoor
  • Henwick
  • Heronsgate (Royal Arsenal)
  • Heronsgate (Thamesmead)
  • Invicta
  • James Wolfe
  • Kidbrooke Park
  • Linton Mead
  • Meridian
  • Morden Mount
  • Mulgrave
  • Our Lady of Grace
  • Rockliffe Manor
  • Sherington
  • South Rise
  • St Alfege with St Peters
  • St Joseph's
  • St Margaret's
  • St Mary Magdalene
  • St Mary's
  • St Patrick's
  • St Peter's
  • St Thomas More
  • Thorntree
  • Timbercroft
  • Waterside
  • Wingfield
  • Wyborne


We had some lovely snow pictures like this one sent in last week:

News Shopper: Snow in Lewisham

You can see this and others in our snow pictures gallery

We've been sent more pictures over the weekend - we'll put some up here, and all of them into the gallery during the day, so keep checking back.

If you have taken any snow pictures we'd love to see them. Email News Shopper, tweet us @NewsShopper or text 80360 starting your message with the keywords NEWS SHOPPER.


These are the CLOSED primary schools in Greenwich:

  • Alderwood 
  • Bishop John Robinson
  • Brooklands
  • Christ Church Shooters Hill
  • Conway
  • De Lucy
  • Discovery
  • Ealdham
  • Fossdene
  • Greenacres
  • Holy Family
  • Horn Park
  • Middle Park
  • Millennium
  • Montbell
  • Nightingale
  • Notre Dame
  • Plumcroft (check website for updates)
  • St Margaret Clitherow
  • St Thomas a Becket
  • Willow Dene
  • Windrush (Charlton)
  • Windrush (Thamesmead)
  • Woodhill


Nurseries OPEN in Greenwich:

  • Abbey Wood
  • Pound Park
  • Rachel McMillan
  • Robert Owen


Saint Paul's Academy will be closed

Woolwich Polytechnic - closed but open for students sitting an exam


Speaking of school closures, here is some information from Greenwich. These are the OPEN secondary schools:

  • Blackheath Bluecoat
  • Charlton Park Academy
  • Corelli College
  • Crown Woods College
  • Eltham Hill School
  • Moatbridge
  • Newhaven Pupil Referral Unit
  • Plumstead Manor
  • Shooter's Hill Post-16
  • St Thomas More
  • St Ursula's
  • The Harris Academy
  • The John Roan
  • Thomas Tallis



We're putting together some lists of schools that are open or closed today across the boroughs we cover. We'll bring you that as soon as we can. Some councils are much better than others, it seems, at releasing collated information on school closures.

We can tell you from helpful people on Twitter that Coopers Technology College is closed, as is the Bromley College campus.


Southern says services across its network are being disrupted due to the late finish of improvement works, which has delayed its lines being treated to remove the build up of ice.

It is running an amended timetable and it is subject to alteration with some cancellations.

Passengers are advised to check before leaving home to see if their service is still running.

Click here for the latest information from Southern trains


The news on travel we have - which I'm sure many of you are already experiencing - is that there are problems on the trains this morning. Surprise, surprise. It's not like the train companies have had time to prepare, eh?

Southeastern says it is running a regular timetable however the snow and ice of the last few days is causing delays and disrupted service on some routes.

It will have to cancel several trains this morning but the ones which are running will be longer with more carriages.

Click here for the latest running information from Southeastern


And here is a daily weather video:


We haven't had any more snow falling yet this morning, but it's forecast for later today.

Get the lates weather forecast by clicking on the panel below.


Morning everybody. We hope you've had fun in the snow over the weekend. For many of you today will be another snow day with schools and other places of work disrupted by the weather. For others it will be a normal Monday morning - marred by travel disruption. Follow us here and we'll bring you the latest updates during the day.

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10:23am Mon 21 Jan 13

MasChevious says...

Take care everyone, bl00dy nasty out there,,
Take care everyone, bl00dy nasty out there,, MasChevious
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6:35pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Simon bald says...

MasChevious wrote:
Take care everyone, bl00dy nasty out there,,
Bit overboard,never was nasty.
[quote][p][bold]MasChevious[/bold] wrote: Take care everyone, bl00dy nasty out there,,[/p][/quote]Bit overboard,never was nasty. Simon bald
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