The Great British Snow Storm of 2009 continues to roar in its fluffy-kittenish manner. Other parts of the country are probably still ground to a halt. Here in Darkest Somerset we had an inch or so of the white stuff overnight, which is quite pretty but nowhere near enough to stop traffic.

Now the sun is out, and it is melting, and therein lies the rub. By tonight most of it will be gone, but overnight it will freeze again, coating the roads and walkways in an invisible veneer of ice, which will then be further hidden by an additional dusting of snow. This is what snow in England does, and it is not pleasant.