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Snow: Your stories

Heavy snowfalls across large parts of the UK have caused severe disruption to road, rail and air travel, with south-east England particularly badly hit.

Here is a selection of snow stories from BBC News website readers around the country.

PHILIP MOTT, in a plane at Heathrow Airport

Photograph: Philip Mott
The view from Philip's plane window

We are still on the tarmac and I have been sitting on the plane - the 0730 to Finland - for three hours.

My taxi to the airport was an hour late. Only six of the 45 cars in the firm were driving, 10 of them had had minor crashes overnight.

We can see the workers outside having snowball fights and others in the push-back vehicle having a snooze. We could see this on the plane's onboard camera and TV screens!

We are literally now about to take-off - so don't ring me! This is apparently the only flight to Finland as the rest are cancelled today.

A colleague on the plane has just vented about how incredibly unprepared Heathrow is for this kind of weather compared to other countries, e.g. Finland, who deal with this daily.

TARA, in Chessington, Surrey

My husband is a bus driver and has just walked back from the depot. He agrees with the decision not to let them drive, it's too dangerous.

He's just gone out to the park with the children - who are at home because their school has closed.

If the gritters had gone out maybe it would be safe for the buses to be on the road.

I'm in Chessington, it comes under the borough of Kingston Upon Thames. The first gritter I saw was at half past six last night, when the snow was already falling.

I saw one at about 10 o'clock this morning - but none in between.

My children's school is literally one and a half minutes walk away, but it's the teachers who can't get in.

TONY PETERS, in East Grinstead, West Sussex

I couldn't get to work in London this morning because there were no trains running at all. The snow is about three or four inches deep in the places where no one has walked.

The old school do seem to take things in their stride

At the moment my mother-in-law, who is 74, is out driving around local villages helping a meals-on-wheels service for the elderly and disabled.

She's a widow involved with the church and the WI, and she does it every week.

The old school do seem to take things in their stride and get out, but people in charge of things now seem to give up at the first hurdle.

And they can't get a bus out in central London? It's pathetic beyond belief.

DEEPAK MURJI, in Stockport, Manchester
Photograph: Deepak Murji
The view from Deepak's office in Stockport

All I hear on the news is how the snow has affected the South, particularly London.

We had a big snowfall before Christmas - I actually got stuck in it - and there were no gritters. All the schools in Bolton were closed. That wasn't on the national news.

The council got a lot of grief and this time they've been better prepared and it's all been OK.

The snow is fairly heavy - about an inch and a half - and is still falling. But all the roads were gritted well in advance and there was no snow on the main roads when I drove in to Stockport from Bolton this morning.

I'm an electronic engineer and everybody got into work today.

DEBBIE PAYNE, in London
Debbie Payne
Debbie Payne in happier times

I was due to fly from London City Airport to Frankfurt last night at 1900.

We boarded and then the runway closed so we sat on the plane for two or three hours.

They were using this little tiny snowplough that you see in Alpine terraces - the minute I saw that I knew it wasn't going to happen.

When we eventually got back in to the terminal it was total chaos: huge queues and the booking desks running out of hotel rooms.

I was the last person to be picked up by taxi at about 22.40, at least I could go home.

This morning I've been trying to get through to BA on the phone since 0600. I waited over two hours, only to be told the "systems were down".

I work in Germany as a banker. If I don't turn up, I don't get paid.

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