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Police in Merton see the funny side of cold snap

It isn't all doom and gloom; in south-west London, Merton Police have tried to lighten the mood by tweeting a picture of two snowmen, dressed in police garb and a row of police vans with faces drawn in the snow:

Forecasters have predicted it could be the coldest March in 50 years. In 1962, average temperatures for the month were 2.8C.


Snow causes football postponements

Barnet has appealed for fans to help clear the pitch of snow. Credit: Barnet FC

The snow has caused major problems for London's football clubs. Barnet sent out an appeal to their fans to help clear the pitch ahead of their game with Cheltenham. A pitch inspection will take place later this morning.

The club provided shovels to help get the pitch cleared. Credit: Barnet FC

However, several other games in League One and Two have already been postponed:

Crawley v Crewe

Sheffield Utd v Brentford

Burton v Wycombe

Port Vale v Aldershot

Rochdale v Southend

South-East airports operating despite snow

The airports which serve London are all continuing to operate despite the snow.

Heathrow said conditions were fine and it was not expecting any problems.

Gatwick said it was operating as normal but passengers should allow plenty of time for their journey to the airport.

There have been minor delays at Stansted and de-icing trucks had to be used. Luton also said they have had some delays to flights. Both airports advise passengers to allow extra time for their journey and to check the status of their flight with the airline before travelling to the airport.


Bookies slash odds on white Easter

A man shelters from falling snow in a doorway on the Strand, earlier this month Credit: Dominic Lipinski /PA Wire

The odds of snow falling on London at Easter have been slashed by bookmakers.

William Hill have halved the odds on a white Easter in the capital from 10/1 to 5/1.

Rupert Adams, William Hill spokesman, said: "Many forecasters have suggested that the end of winter is getting later and later and the latest odds suggest that a white Easter is a distinct possibility,"

Some of the other weather-related bets being offered:

  • Parliament Closed by Health & Safety because of Snow or Ice Before End Of April 30th: 20/1

  • Big Ben To Fail To Chime for weather reasons before end of April 30th: 50/1

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