STRONG winds and heavy snow were forecast to hit Southampton on Wednesday - although that never happened.

Read the original report here.

The forecast was not shared by the Met Office, which predicted heavy rain showers instead of snow.

To make up for the disappointment - or otherwise - the Daily Echo looks back at images of when snow fell in the 1980s.

Most of the time the snow falls, an unavoidable list of occurrences follows.

Schools close for a day or two and children spend their mornings outside making snowmen or sledging down hills. Most of them are overjoyed at having the extra time off.

Daily Echo: Snow pics and sledging at Netley. Winter snow scene. Cold weather pictures. 11th Jan 1982.   3883h - REF © THE SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO ARCHIVES.  Tel: +4423 8042 4479.

Police are kept busy with accidents on the roads and ambulance crews and emergency services see a hike in calls.

Trains and flights coming in and out of the county often experience delays, and energy companies see a spike in usage as residents attempt to get cosy indoors.

Snow can be a fun novelty for a while, but it's not without its problems.