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The big freeze...

PUBLISHED: 10:57 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:22 23 August 2010

RESIDENTS woke to a blanket of snow on Monday as arctic temperatures continued to bring a chill to the county. As people returned to work and children to school following the Christmas and New Year, several inches fell across Dartford and Gravesend. Bur

RESIDENTS woke to a blanket of snow on Monday as arctic temperatures continued to bring a chill to the county.

As people returned to work and children to school following the Christmas and New Year, several inches fell across Dartford and Gravesend.

Bursts of snow flurries occurred during the morning, with temperatures dropping to -5 in some parts of the south east.

Pupils from Cobham Primary School and Gad's Hill school took advantage of a staff development day to enjoy the snow.

Charlie, 12, and Harriet Booth, eight, from Scalers Hill, Cobham, threw snowballs in the field behind Cobham Primary School as other youngsters headed for lessons.

Dog walkers enjoyed the snow in Dartford Park and picturesque scenes were admired by passers-by at Stone Church.

Friends Denise Belmore, from Meopham, and Louise Leyden, from Trosley, braved the weather in Camer Park with their dogs Mia, a three-and-a-half-year-old Hungarian Vislar and Tod, a Tricolor Collie of the same age.

Mrs Belmore said: "We walk the dogs in any weather and today is no exception. The dogs absolutely love it, they go manic running around but it is good exercise for them.

"Camer Park looks beautiful covered in snow."

Kent Police warned motorists of treacherous road conditions, urging them to leave longer for journeys, expect delays and to clean windows before travelling with the cold snap expected to last several days.

Last week the Gravesend Reporter revealed temperatures could plummet to -10, sparking fears for the elderly.

This week main routes were passable as Kent County Council gritting teams spent evenings and early mornings spreading salt.

On Tuesday the Met Office issued severe weather warnings for widespread icy roads and temperatures remained below freezing.

A spokesperson said: "Surfaces left wet from sleet and snow showers will lead to icy conditions on untreated roads and pavements.

"The public are advised to take extra care and refer to the Highways Agency for further advice on traffic disruption on motorways and trunk roads.

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