Snow and the Weather Centre
Like many commuters I spent the first part of Monday morning standing at the station despite the warnings, believing that a miracle might happen and my train might still arrive to take me on the daily trip to London.
Watching the weather output and talking to colleagues who made it into the office, it was clear that we were experiencing an unusual event. Despite the statements that it was the worst snowfall in south-east England for 18 years, it was not until this morning that I realised the magnitude of snow that had fallen.
On my journey from the Kent coast the amount of snow lying just increased and got deeper up until the point where the tracks were not visible on the lines that had not been cleared.
Yesterday many comparisons were made with other European countries, who despite their prolonged winters and heavy snowfall continue to run their public transport and go to work. I assume that if we too experienced these extreme conditions regularly they would become the "norm" and we would cope far better.
The forecasts from the BBC Weather Centre at the end of last week contained early mentions of the potential for snowfall this week. Special graphics were commissioned as "attention getters" to make sure that the potential for snow was presented clearly. As the forecast became more certain across the weekend, the graphics were used extensively as the extent of the snowfall became evident.
The Weather Centre today is a hive of activity, with everyone feeling the effects of the busy day yesterday. Ice is still a potential problem in many areas as snow melts during the day and freezes overnight (temperatures in some rural areas fell to -8C last night).
On top of this we are watching the forecast closely. I spoke to Matt Taylor, BBC broadcast meteorologist, earlier about the outlook. He said that the wintry weather would last until the weekend and some parts of the country would see further snowfall leading to disruption.
It is definitely worth keeping in touch with the forecast on television, radio and online, as we have clearly not seen the end to this particular spell of cold weather yet.
Richard Chapman is editorial manager of BBC Weather.