Frozen ground and flooded valleys - a look back in the archives

Light snow settled on country lanes such as here in East Hill. Picture: Simon Horn

Light snow settled on country lanes such as here in East Hill. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Taking a look back in the archives - winter weather in January 2003

Roads in Sidmouth were treated following a wintry spell. Picture: Simon Horn

Roads in Sidmouth were treated following a wintry spell. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

As we move on from the festivities of Christmas and celebrating the New Year, January is not always viewed as the best of months, with short days and long nights.

It is also a month when the climate is not always at its best.

While there can be crisp, frosty days, the weather in this part of the world can bring stormy nights of rain and, perhaps less often, snow.

Many factors affect the British weather, with the Gulf Stream, Jet Stream and even tropical rain all having an influence.

January saw heavy flooding around the region with rivers bursting their banks such as here in Colyfo

January saw heavy flooding around the region with rivers bursting their banks such as here in Colyford. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

We have taken a look through the archives to see the after-effects of some inclement weather in January 2003, some of which left snow on the ground, whilst, on other days, the rivers rose to flood nearby fields.

We hope you will enjoy this little trip down memory lane, just don’t forget to dress appropriately.

To read more features from East Devon Resident, click here.

Freezing weather saw icicles develop on the cliffs at Sidmouth. Picture: Simon Horn

Freezing weather saw icicles develop on the cliffs at Sidmouth. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

A picture postcard scene in East Hill following a snowy spell. Picture: Simon Horn

A picture postcard scene in East Hill following a snowy spell. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Wild waves at Jacob's Ladder in January. Picture: Simon Horn

Wild waves at Jacob's Ladder in January. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

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