Update: Schools, roads, buses and planes - latest snow closures and cancellations

Earlham Grove, Weston, pictured by Kris Miller Earlham Grove, Weston, pictured by Kris Miller

Friday, January 18, 2013
8:26 AM

SNOW is set to continue to fall for much of today (Fri) - weather experts say.

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Snow covers Weston Beach this morning. Photo by James Franklin.Snow covers Weston Beach this morning. Photo by James Franklin.

SNOW is set to continue to fall for much of today (Fri) - weather experts say.

More than 60 schools, colleges, and children’s centres are closed after heavy overnight showers.

Around three inches fell from about 3am, with further flakes continuing to fall into the morning.

Priory Community School was due to hold an early entry religious studies exam today, but that has been cancelled.

Untouched snow, picture taken from my front bedroom window in Mead Vale. Picture by Kris James.Untouched snow, picture taken from my front bedroom window in Mead Vale. Picture by Kris James.

Students will be able to sit both papers in June.

Several roads are already closed, too, with conditions judged impassable.

North Somerset Council gritters are working overtime to try to keep major commuter routes clear.

A spokesman said: “Road conditions remaining difficult but main routes are still passable with care. Looks like conditions will remain similar for the next few hours at least.

Birnbeck Pier is barely visible from the snow-covered Prince Consort Gardens. Picture by Mareike Warren.Birnbeck Pier is barely visible from the snow-covered Prince Consort Gardens. Picture by Mareike Warren.

“We have ploughs operating on the A369, A38 and A370 removing accumulations of slush and snow, and further salt will be laid as part of this operation.

“Officers are continuing to monitor conditions of the road network and will be arranging appropriate salting/ ploughing operations as resources allow.”

RNLI spokesman Glyn Hayes has issued some tips to help people stay safe in the sub-zero weather.

He said: “In this weather people are much more likely to suffer from exposure and they need to make sure they are properly prepared for the weather as it is the wind as well as the snow.

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“So people need to be very-well protected.

“Ice is the next problem, as people may think that it looks like good fun to go out onto ice but of course it may well not be able to hold their weight, so people need to be mindful of that.

“The main thing is to wrap up warm.”

Snow lovers have fun on Hutton Hill - pictured by Peter BarringtonSnow lovers have fun on Hutton Hill - pictured by Peter Barrington

The Mercury website will be updated with further details as they are known.

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Roads closed:

Hutton Primary School was one of few schools to remain open today - but that didn't stop pupils and staff alike getting up to some fun in the snowHutton Primary School was one of few schools to remain open today - but that didn't stop pupils and staff alike getting up to some fun in the snow

Totterdown Lane, Westom

Monks Hill, Weston/Kewstoke

Arundel Road, Weston.

Schools/colleges closed:

All Saints C of E VC

Backwell Junior School

Backwell School (BUT open for all students with examinations)

Banwell Primary

Baytree

Becket Primary

Birdwell Primary School

Blagdon Primary School

Broadoak College – check their website for Monday

Burrington C of E Primary

Christ Church Primary

Churchill Academy (BUT open for all students with examinations)

Churchill Primary

Clevedon School (BUT open for all students with examinations)

Court de Wyck

Crockerne

Dundry

Flax Bourton

Golden Valley

Gordano School

Grove Juniors

Hannah More Infants

Hans Price Academy (BUT open for students taking GCSE History)

Heron’s Moor Academy

High Down Infant and Nursery

High Down Junior

Kingshill

Larch Centre

Locking Pre-School and Primary

Mary Elton Primary

Mead Vale Primary

Mickie Mouse Preschool

Milton Park

Nilsea School

Nailsea tuition service

Northleaze C of E Primary

Oldmixon

Portishead Primary

Priory Community School

Ravenswood

Roundabouts Pre-School

Sail Pupil Referral Unit

Sandford Primary

St Anne’s Hewish

St Francis Nailsea

St George’s VA Church Primary

St John the Evangelist Clevedon

St Joseph’s RC Primary

St Katherine’s School (BUT open for all students with examinations who should report to student reception)

St Mark’s Worle

St Mary’s Portbury

St Martin’s C of E Primary

St Nicholas Chantry

St Peter’s Church of England Primary School

Tickenham Primary

Tiny Toes day nursery Uphill

Trinity Anglican Methodist

Uphill tuition service

Vocational Centre

Walliscote Primary

Westhaven

Winford

Winscombe Primary

Worlebury

Worle School

Wraxall CEVA

Wrington C of E Primary

Yatton Infant and Junior

Yeo Moor

Children’s centres:

Banwell, Winscombe, Sandford - closed

Clevedon - open

Yatton - open

Nailsea - closed (not open Fridays)

Long Ashton - closed (don’t open Friday)

Portishead - closed

Crockerne - open

Yeo Valley - closed

Weston College – all campuses closed today to staff and students EXCEPT for students taking exams

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