A 23-year-old woman from Basildon has confirmed that two inches are expected in Basildon tonight. 

Many forecasters have already predicted anything up to eight inches in Southend.

Shell Garridge told our Chief Reporter that she would be astonished if she experienced anything more than two inches this evening.

She said: ‘I’ve spent many evenings at Festival Leisure Park, and this has taught me that to expect anything more would be incredibly optimistic.’

‘There are usually little hints that give the game away, like seeing that his arms are bigger than my waist.’

‘Things usually get a bit better once I get inside the M25, but the train fares are extortionate.’