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Last night we had the heaviest snowfall I have experienced since moving to Reading in 1988.  On the grass it was about 20cm deep.  This is quite unusual for the south of England; all the schools are closed and there is very little traffic on the roads.  The local shops are open but under-staffed; I don't know whether the shops in the town are open.  The forecast is for the snow to stay for at least a week or two.

It reminds me of the cold winters of 1981-82 and, further back, 1962-63.

This is the Royal Mail pillar box at the junction of Addington Road and Alexandra Road.  I somehow don't think this will be emptied today.  The first pillar boxes were introduced to Britain following the recommendation of Anthony Trollope, the novellist, who worked for the Post Office (see here).

Photos taken on Addington Road, Reading, UK, on 20010-01-06.

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