December 26th

"Snow fell throughout the country and roads were "exceptionally dangerous"
everywhere except in Devon and Cornwall.  Nineteen of the 46 Football League
games were postponed and three others abandoned; The Rugby League programme
was wiped out; only three major Rugby Union Matches were played; all racing
was cancelled.  In the North-west candles were lit after widespread power
failures.  But Bournemouth was the coldest in the country with -8deg. C.
The sea froze for only the second time in 25 years."

As reported in the Manchester Guardian booklet - "The Long Winter 1962-63"