"The blizzards continued in the North. A helicopter rescued passengers from
a train stuck overnight at Barrhill, Ayrshire, and another train was dug out
of a drift at Disley, Cheshire. A third arrived in Stranraer 17 1/2 hours
late from London. Nearly 1,000 vehicles were trapped on the Great North
Road near Alnwick, a snowplough got stuck in a drift in Perthshire, and
Edinburgh was cut off. In the West Country a thaw brought danger of
flooding. Devon Water Board ordered a 24-hour watch on all rivers, and in
Plymouth the Services planned a flood-relief operation, using helicopters
and amphibious vehicles. In Essex it was feared the seven weeks of frost
had killed between 60 and 70 per cent of the local oyster beds"
February 7th 1963
" Only two roads were open between England and Scotland, and in Edinburgh
the snow was said to be " so thick in places that people were walking about
on the hedges". At Belfast's airport, staff were marooned for the night and
helicopters flew food supplies to isolated villages in County Londonderry.
Devon River Board chief engineer, in a broadcast, said he expected rivers in
the county to burst their banks within 24 hours. Police dynamited ice on
the Exe to prevent flooding and children were evacuated from a school at
Crediton. At East Grinstead, in Sussex, foxes began to hunt in pairs in the
town centre and cat owners were advised to keep their pets indoors. Another
death was reported"
As reported in the Manchester Guardian booklet "The Long Winter 1962-63"