Heavy snow causes chaos

PUBLISHED: 08:25 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

People in many Weston suburbs are struggling to get to work because of heavy snow.

People in many Weston suburbs are struggling to get to work because of heavy snow.

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PEOPLE in North Somerset woke this morning to find their towns blanketed in snow after about five inches fell overnight.

The snow-covered Boulevard in Weston, pictured at 8am this morning (Weds).

PEOPLE in North Somerset woke this morning to find their towns blanketed in snow after about five inches fell overnight.

Met Office forecasts came true as heavy snow storms began after midnight and continued much of the way through until dawn.

Snow is expected to continue falling until mid-afternoon - leaving many schools and businesses facing a day of chaos.

Breakdown services are being stretched to breaking point as motorists struggle to get their cars started in the icy conditions.

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Bristol International Airport is currently closed too, with safety experts warning it is unlikely to reopen until 2pm at the earliest.

A lot of bus services have been scrapped, while a number of taxi firms are refusing fares too, as businesses and offices prepare themselves to run on a skeleton staff, with many workers stranded at home.

The A38 at Redhill has been closedat Lye Hole Lane because of the treacherous conditions, while many hillside roads - including Arundell Road - in Weston are experiencing problems.

Monks Hill in Kewstoke is closed, and dangerous conditions are reported on the A38 junction with Sidcot Road in Winscombe, and on the A371 between Winscombe and Banwell.

View of snow-covered Clevedon, from Princes Road.

In Portishead, Beach Road and West Hill have been closed too.

A number of schools are closed too.

But it's not all bad news - theatre fans will be pleased to learn special efforts have been made to open up the Playhouse so Weston's pantomime performances can proceed as planned.

The show must go on!

Keep an eye on the Mercury website for updates.

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