18 February: A pool of cold air over the British Isles due to high pressure. A very slow moving Occluded front started to move in from the south-west this caused a squeeze in the isobars and a resulting easterly gale set in. The snow resulted in snow drifts of between 3 & 8 metres (10-26 feet) high. By the 22nd, milder air from the Atlantic had replaced the cold easterlies and there was a general thaw. Without a doubt this slow-moving front produced one of Britain's memorable blizzards comparable with those of 1963, 1947, 1891 and 1881. One major difference between 1891 and 1978 was that Cornwall escaped this time, being in the warmer air.

8MM FILM IMAGES OF THE SNOW AROUND BRADNINCH

 

HIGH STREET

 

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Only one car down high street. Now in there are 20+ cars down this street.

 

FORE STREET

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Looking down Fore Street from the centre of the Town. This car was trying to turn around.

SCHOOL- CANTEEN

canteenSnow blown up around doorway to the canteen building at the School
SLEDGING

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Sledging in the field below the cricket field

WESTFIELD

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Looking up through Westfield

 

HELE ROAD

Move across photo below to look down towards Hele from the same position on the road.

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Looking towards Bradninch. There was only a narrow piece of road cut out of the deep snow with the digger on the right.

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Digger cutting the snow of the road from Bradninch to Hele.

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The tongue of snow coming out of this gate shows that the wind was coming from the east.

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Snow coming through the hedge

HIGHER HILL (Hele Payne)

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This is the top of Higher hill showing that the snow completely covered this road from hedge to hedge. The road at this point is 8 feet below the top of the hedge.

 

 


The images of the Blizzard of 1978 was supplied by the late Mr. Gay of Westfield