More snow coming, as temperatures plummet

PUBLISHED: 14:55 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

Burrington, pictured by reader Roger Fry

Burrington, pictured by reader Roger Fry

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FURTHER snow is forecast tonight (Weds) – and temperatures are predicted to plummet as low as minus 12.

Picture by reader Emma Simmonds

FURTHER snow is forecast tonight (Weds) - and temperatures are predicted to plummet as low as minus 12.

Weston woke this morning to find it had been blanketed by up to five inches of overnight snow, causing havoc for workers and commuters.

Train and bus services were scrapped, and Bristol International Airport grounded all flights.

Flights resumed shortly before 3pm this afternoon, though airport bosses are warning passengers they should still expect some delays.

Some 73 of North Somerset's 76 schools were closed for the day.

Education bosses have this afternoon confirmed that every school in North Somerset will be closed tomorrow (Thursday).

And there's no sign of a let-up in the conditions, as weather experts are predicting more snowfall tonight, and further snow throughout much of the next seven days.

Emergency services are being stretched - but coping - and look set to be tested further as temperatures dip to between minus 10 and minus 12.

Police, ambulance and fire crews have all issued advice to people on how to cope during the cold snap, and reassurance that help is available when needed.

Assistant Chief Constable Lawrie Lewis said: "I want to reassure people that we are satisfied that we have enough resilience to respond to emergencies as usual.

"We have more than forty four-wheel drive vehicles out and about and able to provide assistance, and are making every effort to ensure that the force provides business as usual.

"I would urge people who are thinking of calling the police for routine or non-urgent matters to seriously consider whether that call needs to be made now, or whether it can wait, to help keep phone lines and staff free to deal with those people who are in greater need of help during this cold spell."

Jonathan Lofthouse, of Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS), said: "Patients are still having heart attacks, strokes and many other medical problems - so the challenge of getting to every patient who needs our help remains.

"We currently have 4x4 vehicles working across the GWAS area which is making sure we are able to respond to everyone no matter where they are."

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