Sub-arctic weather conditions prevail in most areas of Great Britain. London suffers from dense fog?
SHOT Two men battle their way through driving snow.
PAN Across snow covered filed and blocked road between Alford and Huntly.
SHOT Abandoned car.
SHOT Abandoned motor cycle.
CU Snow plough at work.
SV Snow plough at work.
SHOT Road behind snow plough beginning to block up again.
SHOT Abandoned car with blizzard snow blowing over it.
SHOT Kennethmart, one of the cut-off villages.
SHOT Farm workers collect food from mobile shop.
SHOT P.O. workers repair telephone lines
CU P.O. linesmen at work.
SV Repairing telephone wires.
SHOT Railway linesmen clearing snow, ice from points.
SHOT Train held up at Daviot station until points are clear.
SHOT Main lines to Glasgow and London and rail line at Mossbank.
CU Men using picks to break ice in trough
SHOT Men shovel ice on to side of track
SHOT Calendonian express goes past on time
SHOT Flooded street in Kirkwall
SHOT Gale lashed waves beat on houses at Kirkwall.
SHOT Sea washing on to road.
SHOT Two people walking up flooded street
SHOT Gale washed seas at Kirkwall Bay
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Background: Sub-arctic weather conditions prevail in most areas of Great Britain. London suffers from dense fog and ice. Snow and ice are prevalent in most northern and some southern areas. To some this has meant pleasurable Winter Sports...to others great hardship. VISNEWS filmed one of the more badly affected areas in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Jan 13.
Snowdrifts up to twelve feet in depth are menacing supply systems to farms and small villages cut off in the area. 34 people, including 11 children, in the hamlet of Braemore, have been cut off for eight days. Last telephone message from the village, before the line link broke was "food is running low".
60 mph blizzards are piling more snow on to deep drifts. Snowploughs are out in force. An Automobile Association patrol taking an expectant mother from the village of Colpy, Aberdeenshire, to Huntly Cottage Hospital, was preceded by two snowploughs, one equipped with two way radio. The ten mile journey took two hours.
All over the north shepherds are out trying to round up their flocks before they become buried in drifts...