A COLD snap saw the Sunshine Coast turned into a winter wonderland as snow covered Eastbourne and temperatures plummeted to their lowest level in two years.
Snow started to fall on Saturday evening – much to the delight of youngsters who awoke the following morning to find parts of the town under two inches or more of the white stuff.
Temperatures reached a high of just 2.1 degrees while locals were left shivering by a low of just -5 degrees – a depth not plunged to since the -7.5 suffered in 2010 which was itself the lowest recorded in many decades.
Sussex Police urged locals to take care on roads and some buses were cancelled or re-routed, with East Dean and other areas on the outskirts of town particularly badly affected.
A small number of shunts were reported and, thankfully, no major accidents in the Eastbourne area.
The blizzard-like weather though was not bad enough to close schools, much to the chagrin of local children who made up for time lost in lessons by making an array of snowmen – and in once instance an igloo – as soon as the school bells sounded.
Most council services carried on as usual, although the Orion centre in Hailsham was closed yesterday (Tuesday) with East Sussex County Council arranging home visits for any elderly residents in particular need.
Similar facilities in Homefield Place, Seaford, and Milton Grange here in Eastbourne, remained open.
Earlier in the week a 50-year-old man had to be airlifted to the DGH after injuring his back in a sledging accident at Seaford Head Golf Club and the icy conditions did cause some locals to have problems negotiating the treacherous pavements.
By Monday the minimum temperature had increased to far more welcome 0.2 degrees with the return of the sun.
Over the weekend Eastbourne, once again named as the country’s sunniest town, did not register a single hour of sunlight.
Today (Wednesday) is likely to be snow-free, with a high of one degree and a low of -2.
Tomorrow promises to be slightly warmer, with a top temperature of three degrees while Friday should be hotter still, with weather experts predicting a more mild high of four degrees and low of three.
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