23 December 1962
"Hundreds of Christmas holidaymakers flew out of Manchester Airport after
being delayed for as long as 27 hours by fog. Ice patches were reported on
roads in a score of counties, and snow lay on mountains in Scotland. The
weather, in short, was normal for the time of year. But there were ominous
signs from the Continent: 30 villages were cut off by snow storms in the
Abruzzi Mountains of Italy, parts of Germany looked like having their
whitest Christmas in history, and the weather was so bad in Northern Greece
that a state of alert was ordered."
As taken from the Manchester Guardian summary of the winter of 1962-63.