30th December 1962
"At least five people died in snowstorms over southern England, two of them
from suffocation after spending the night in a car under a drift. More than
200 roads were blocked and it is estimated that 95,000 miles of roads were
snowbound. Things were worst in the West Country, where drifts were up to
15ft. deep. Only the Tamar bridge linked Devon with Cornwall. Helicopters
were called to assist people trapped in North Devon. In Kent it took one
man 90 minutes to drive 440 yards. The Meteorological Office reported signs
of a thaw."
As reported in the Manchester Guardian booklet "The Long Winter 1962-63"