Travellers faced severe disruption as fresh snowfalls and gale force winds whipped across Mid Sussex last night and this morning.
After a dangerous drive home las nights motorists found conditions as bad this morning (Tuesday, March 12) if not worse, although gritters were sent out yesterday.
Drivers had to sleep in their vehicles on the A23 when traffic ground to a halt, with Handcross Hill being the worst spot.
Haywards Heath ground to a halt for four hours last night as everyone tried to get home on main roads.
Traffic was reported to be moving at about 10 miles an hour at about 6.30 am today but with fresh snow and strong winds conditions were very poor .
Bus and train services faced severe disruption and schools were deciding this morning if if was possible to open.
The problems were made worse by the chill factor of the wind this morning.
Many workers were preparing to work from home if they were able to.
For others there was the bleak prospect of waiting for buses and trains as winter returned in what is officially supposed to be spring.
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Weather for Haywards Heath
Saturday 18 May 2013
Temperature: 8 C to 16 C
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: West
Temperature: 9 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: North east