Frolics on a picturesque blanket of the white stuff

Portsdown Hill and Paulsgrove carpeted in snow in January 1994
Portsdown Hill and Paulsgrove carpeted in snow in January 1994

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With little more than the weather on our minds for the past few days, today’s Remember When is devoted to snowfalls of the past.

Living in this area, we used to tell those from beyond the boundaries of south-east Hampshire and West Sussex that we rarely, if ever, had snow of any consequence.

The A3 snakes through the cutting between Butser Hill (left) and Queen Elizabeth Country Park in this picture from January 1994.

The A3 snakes through the cutting between Butser Hill (left) and Queen Elizabeth Country Park in this picture from January 1994.

Of course, that wasn’t true, despite being protected from the south by the Isle of Wight and to the north by Portsdown Hill.

In the past three years we have experienced considerable snowfall.

It might not have lasted as long as the winter of 1963, but it has brought more than its fair share of disruption and, of course, fun.

All these pictures were taken in the early to mid-1990s.

Hundreds flocked to the slopes of Butser Hill to enjoy this snowfall in February 1991

Hundreds flocked to the slopes of Butser Hill to enjoy this snowfall in February 1991

The shot on the right is from February 1991 and captures Butser Hill looking more like an Alpine ski resort than part of the South Downs.

Toddlers enjoy sledging on Portsdown Hill above Cosham in February 1994. They will be in their twenties now and might even have been out enjoying the snow on the same hill last weekend.

Toddlers enjoy sledging on Portsdown Hill above Cosham in February 1994. They will be in their twenties now and might even have been out enjoying the snow on the same hill last weekend.

A grateful customer had shown what they thought of this Tom Parker Dairies' milkman when he made his delivery in February 1991

A grateful customer had shown what they thought of this Tom Parker Dairies' milkman when he made his delivery in February 1991