MORE snow has fallen overnight in East Surrey but children may be disappointed to part bedroom curtains today (Sunday) and see not enough lying to go tobogganing. Snow and sleet showers swept down from the north, giving a slushy accumulation of snow in Reigate at about 5am. But with the temperature just above freezing, the slush is further melting. The Met Office says that further snow, sleet or rain showers are possible today in East Surrey. It will be cloudy with a brisk north-westerly wind. That wind gusted to 24mph at 1.49am at Reigate Grammar School. At 6.30am, the temperature at the school's automatic weather station was 1.9C (36F), so unless there is a heavy shower of snow, there is not likely to be any "blanket coverage" today. A hard frost is likely to form tonight and any wet untreated roads will be very icy. Temperatures are expected to fall to -4C (25F) or lower in rural parts of Surrey such as Leigh, Abinger Hammer, Betchworth, Buckland and Chipstead Valley. The rest of the week looks like being cold with hard overnight frosts and a chance of snow flurries. The higher parts of the area, such as the North Downs and the Croydon Hills will catch most of any snow showers that fall. In his month-by-month long range forecast for 2015, issued at the end of December, weatherman supremo Ian Currie, of Rickman Hill, Coulsdon, predicted that the end of January would turn cold with frost and some snow and that the first half of February would be very cold with more frost and some snow, So far he is spot on.
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