No, it did not strip the statement of context. The actual original quote, from an article titled "Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past", was "Children just aren't going to know what snow is." The entire article, from the year 2000, quotes various authorities who all agree that milder winters are here to stay while explaining the consequences of those milder winters.
And even if we take your quote as what he meant, he was completely wrong. Snow has not become a rare event for British children.