Unusual May storm brings snow to parts of England

May 16, 2013 at 1:12 AM
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LONDON, May 16 (UPI) -- Parts of England got a blast of winter in mid-May as snow fell early Wednesday in Devon, Cornwall and Shropshire.

The storm mostly brought high winds, heavy rains and flooding, The Daily Telegraph reported. But on high ground in places like Dartmoor temperatures dropped far enough during the night to turn rain to snow.

"It's crazy. When I went to bed last night I couldn't see out of my front window for the snow," Sheila Coates of Princetown on Dartmoor told BBC Radio Devon. "I've lived here all my life and I've never known weather like it at this time of year."

Philip Avery, a forecaster with the Meteorological Office, told the BBC that May and even June snow has fallen but is really unusual. He said the last really significant May snowstorm in England was in 1955.

As much as 2 inches of snow fell in Shropshire, the Telegraph said.

The wind brought down trees in Devon and Cornwall, causing some power outages. About 1,800 homes and businesses were without electricity near Penzance, Cornwall, the Telegraph said.

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