Snow trouble for schools and drivers

PUBLISHED: 11:07 17 December 2010 | UPDATED: 13:14 17 December 2010




HEAVY snow is once again falling across North Somerset, throwing travel plans into chaos and beginning to close schools.

Mercury reader Sue Hitchins sent in this terrific picture of snowy St Georges. You can email your own photos to

The area woke to a two-inch blanket of snow this morning, but the initial impact was minimal, with public transport continuing as normal and all schools open.

However, further snowfall from 9.30am this morning has begun to cause problems, with a number of major roads in and out of Weston now at a standstill.

No major incidents have been reported yet, but the Mercury understands tricky roads Farm Road and Monks Hill are being closed to protect drivers.

And although all the area’s schools opened as normal this morning, headteachers are starting to take the decision to close their schools early.

Confirmed early closures so far include Broadoak, Westhaven, Bournville, Herons Moor, Oldmixon, Milton Park, Walliscote and Baytree schools in Weston, and Worle, Priory, Castle Batch and St Georges schools in Worle.

Village primary schools in Blagdon, Burrington, Winscombe, Locking, Wrington and Sandford will be closing early too.

Weston College is also closing at 12noon.

Weather forecasters are suggesting the snow could continue throughout the day, with further heavy falls expecting through the night.

Some estimates suggest Weston could lie beneath as much as ten inches of snow by tomorrow.

Keep an eye on this website for latest news on school closures, travel disruption and weather forecasts.

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