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9:46am Saturday 19th January 2013 in News
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- Worcestershire is still covered in snow and more is forecast today, we will be keeping you up to date with this live report.
- Last night's low temperatures mean remaining snow has turned to ice and drivers are being warned to take it easy on the roads.
- The Met Office is still issuing a yellow warning meaning be aware.
- How are you spending the third day in the snow and do you want to see any more?
- Join our coverage. Tweet your comments and pictures using #SnowWN, add a comment on the end of this story or text 80360 WN News. Email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's it for today.
More updates tomorrow.
Honeybourne First School near Evesham has a delayed start to the day and will open at 10am to pupils to allow staff to get to school safely.
Before you go to bed, make sure you've got your winter kit in the car and give yourself time to defrost the car!— @UKSnowUpdates 20 January 2013
Crown Meadow First School #Alvechurch, Chadsgrove School #Catshill & #Alvechurch CE Middle School all closed tomorrow http://t.co/lKawiCSx— @worcscc 20 January 2013
Worcestershire school closures latest
- Chadsgrove School & Specialist Sports College
- Crown Meadow First School & Nursery
- Lickey Hills Primary School
- St Kenelm's CE Primary School
- Suckley Primary School
- Tardebigge CE First School
Information supplied by Worcestershire County Council
SNOW UPDATE: Unless we get further snowfall overnight, school will be open on Monday morning. Any change notified by 6.30am tomorrow.— @TheChaseMalvern 20 January 2013
School Closures: Fwd: Weston-under-Penyard Primary School Snow Update: Weston-under-Penyar... http://t.co/RrAdhpr2— @HfdsCouncil 20 January 2013
Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline or visit our arrivals & departures page http://t.co/6T5GSx87— @bhx_official 20 January 2013
We are planning on running a full service tomorrow. Please do keep an eye on our updates though for information. We'll be here from 07:00.— @LondonMidland 20 January 2013
#snowwn View of the Malvern Hills on January 19th 2013 http://t.co/oMy1KWwK— @AMIAFAD 20 January 2013
Lickley Hills Primary School shut tomorrow.
Operations temporarily suspended @#bhx Pls contact your airline directly or visit our arrivals/departures page for info http://t.co/6T5GSx87— @bhx_official 20 January 2013
Current position of #snow band. Heavier stuff shows yellow. Moving very slowly north, skies may clear behind. http://t.co/I5z9RqW6— @DaveThroupEA 20 January 2013
School closures beginning to be announced. So far the following are closed due to the snow:
Suckley Primary School
Tardebigge CE First School
We will keep you updated with closures as they are announced.
The snowing appears to have stopped now in Worcester city but freezing temperatures mean it is unlikely to thaw anytime soon.
The Met Office is now forecasting it to return on Tuesday, but there is still the chance it could turn into sleet or rain.
Predictions also show drops in temperature in the county to up to -8.
Had great fun sledging on the Malverns yesterday, thanks to @worcscc for all their hard work keeping the roads clear so we could get there!— @sarahb1973 20 January 2013
Expected fresh snow accumulations through Sunday and Monday http://t.co/5GTVfQM5— @metoffice 20 January 2013
Icicles http://t.co/SyIOdfR4— @benb3342 20 January 2013
3:28pm Sun 20 Jan 13
Maggie Would says
It's nothing to do with 'human rights,' BAC. It's to do with the cost and logistics of organising, equipping and training labour at a moment's notice.
In the good old days, people would clear the pavement outside their property. Many still do, but many can't be bothered these days. I don't recall council workers clearing snow from pavements, other than in town centres.
Also, the current weather conditions are hardly to be compared to 1963. In those days, the 'manpower' that you refer to was employed directly by local councils, usually as road workers. They would be at a loose end in snow and their shovels would be put to good use. Nowadays, road building and repairs is contracted out, so in snowy conditions there is not the spare labour to take on this work.
Just for the record, I have seen loads of gritters gritting. Dozens.
Where's Mr Tumnus? #snowWN http://t.co/9lGG7eQN— @neilJwatts 20 January 2013
Look who we found on Gheluvelt Park! (We didn't make it) #snowWN http://t.co/1ccK8isn— @Cat_Phillips 20 January 2013
I was the oldest kid sledging on Bredon Hill this morning! #SnowWN http://t.co/SVSokFZn— @johnwilsonWN 20 January 2013
We've just been informed that all of our day care services are cancelled tomorrow (Mon 21 Jan). Affected residents are being contacted.— @worcscc 20 January 2013
With further flurries of snow, our gritting crews are heading out again soon to make it as safe as possible for motorists tomorrow morning.— @worcscc 20 January 2013
Lots of people walking in the park, enjoying the snow, sledging down Church Hill, having fun! #SnowTimes Kx— @NTCroome 20 January 2013
Look who we found on Gheluvelt Park! (We didn't make it) #snowWN http://t.co/1ccK8isn— @Cat_Phillips 20 January 2013
Shropshire & Worcestershire: SNOW. 1300 hrs - 2100 hrs. Light-moderate snow across the area, adding to accumulations. Hfds missing worst.— @HWSweather 20 January 2013
11:04am Sun 20 Jan 13
Strange to say Biggles but a lot of people don't have cars! Pavements used to be cleared! Interesting programme on tv last night showing the winter of 1963 and it showed "manpower" clearing roads, footpaths, rail lines etc! I know traffic wasn't as heavy but it was interesting to see that roads were still blocked! With so many people recieving benefits it's a pity they cannot be employed to clear the snow, bt I forgot it's against their "human rights"!
Worcestershire Hub will be open tomorrow (21 Jan) earlier (6.30am) for information about possible service disruptions http://t.co/lKawiCSx— @worcscc 20 January 2013
Check our alerts for details of school closures, bus services and any County Council services affected by snow http://t.co/lKawiCSx— @worcscc 20 January 2013
Bus updates (21 January 2013) - Bus updates (21 January 2013) http://t.co/bAYPRDgM— @worcscc 20 January 2013
Updates for services due to severe weather (Jan 21) - Updates for services due to severe weather (Jan 21) http://t.co/bywCvNdt— @worcscc 20 January 2013
@worcesternews it's a beautiful place to live when the weather is like this http://t.co/TFIHYCJ7— @SamRyan11 20 January 2013
Is snowing lightly in Kidderminster ..... Forecast to hang around all day!— @JohnPaulCampion 20 January 2013
A winter walk in #worcester. #snow http://t.co/zWNIpAqa— @JoWaterhouse 20 January 2013
A snowy Diglis this morning #SnowWN http://t.co/uxAPSMPA— @lizsweetmanWN 20 January 2013
Forecast light snow now arriving in #worcestershire & #shropshire May continue through afternoon but staying light http://t.co/zQsmMrgK— @DaveThroupEA 20 January 2013
Snow! Again! #SnowWN— @lizsweetmanWN 20 January 2013
The snow has returned, but how much will we get?
Croome is open! The house is closed due to heavy snow but the park, play area, restaurant & shop are open. Bring your sledge! Amy— @NTCroome 20 January 2013
RT @dogassist: If your dog is walking on gritted roads /paths, wash its feet before it licks them..compounds in grit/rocksalt are poisonous to dogs/cats— @Little_Soap_Co 20 January 2013
Worcestershire County Council website currently not reporting any bus cancellations. We will let you know if this changes right here.
For information about possible school closures, keep checking our dedicated emergency alerts page tomorrow morning http://t.co/lKawiCSx— @worcscc 20 January 2013
Worcester city centre looking quiet yesterday. Are you planning on heading into town today?
Current forecasts are predicting Worcestershire will see some more snow later today.
According to the Met Office the snow will begin around midday and continue into the night.
Temperatures are not expected to rise above -1 throughout the day.
Forecasts for Monday remain cloudy while the risk of snow for the county on Tuesday has reduced with just a few flurries expected in the morning.
We've put together a handy list of gritting FAQs, on everything from grit bins to salt to treating pedestrian routes http://t.co/KoSGrNKC— @worcscc 20 January 2013
12:42am Sun 20 Jan 13
BAC wrote:Don't drive on them, you'll get told off !
Yes the roads might be clear but the pavements certainly aren't!
I have some of those "studdy things", lidl were selling them a while back, they are mounted on a moulded rubber frame, that stretch fits over whatever footwear you've chosen.
Quite why you expect the pavements to be cleared for you I'm unsure.
9:55pm Sat 19 Jan 13
Yes the roads might be clear but the pavements certainly aren't!
9:35pm Sat 19 Jan 13
The Doosra says
Lessons appear to have been learned from December 2010. Good job done by the council - so far!
8:19pm Sat 19 Jan 13
In the opposing vein!
Just twelve hours after heavy snowfall, I'm driving around Worcester in a RWD BMW 5 series on summer tyres with no issues at all.
In Worcester the council lads seem to have done a striling job.
7" of snow in Droitwich @worcesternews http://t.co/uBFTN2ke— @SelhanSalih 19 January 2013
The Met Office is forecasting temperatures to drop to -2 tonight.
Some light snow is still being forecast for the Worcester area from midday tomorrow.
Currently Monday looks to be a cloudy but snow free day with some heavy and light snow predicted for Tuesday.
Minus temperatures tonight. Have you been able to check on your friends, family and neighbours today? Take care in the cold weather.— @worcscc 19 January 2013
People enjoying the snow earlier today.
4:48pm Sat 19 Jan 13
Couldn't agree more with "broadwas". Haven't seen a gritter at all this winter in Worcester! Walked to local Tescos this am, pavements and side roads uncleared! Came home put the tv on and they were at Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons, roads clear and also, more importantly so were the pavements! People actually wearing normal footwear! Why doesn't this happen here? If a small town can achieve this why does Worcester never?
The pretty "white" village Green http://t.co/BSZGjAWj— @BroadwayUK 19 January 2013
Snow cat by Emma aged 46 & Rio aged 2 (who was a very good model & provided the collar) #snowday http://t.co/0LhAnrZP— @ecstuart 19 January 2013
@worcscc. The gritting crews have been great! Even put grit down on some of the pavements by me! Big thanks to them all!— @ecstuart 19 January 2013
“@WorcsWarriors: All those who stayed at home today, can you feel your toes? We can't!” Yep. Grateful for the tweets— @gerrygreer 19 January 2013
Update; St Johns Sports Centre is open as normal today until 8pm but Nunnery Wood will be closing at 6pm. Sorry... http://t.co/yabPxe6T— @myworcester 19 January 2013
@1_sare not as uncool as an Aussie trying to use a sledge for the first time#disgracefulskills— @mattymase417 19 January 2013
The Hive under a bit of snow.
2:13pm Sat 19 Jan 13
Where oh where were the gritting lorries yesterday??? Had to go to Shrub Hill to collect my wife and was forced to park in the retail park and walk - could not get up the slight incline to the station. Poor show, Worcester Council.
@1_sare I've only slipped once, dogwalking, in the middle of a field. No one saw me #SnowWN— @malvernlocal 19 January 2013
Snowy scenes in Worcester today. Photo taken by photographer Nick Toogood.
Worcestershire County Council has said its gritters will be heading out in force again early this evening to cover designated route across Worcestershire, in an attempt to keep the county's highways safe and moving.
No further significant accumulations of snow are forecast today. But due to the wind chill, temperatures as low as -6 are expected overnight across Worcestershire. This will turn existing snow and slush into ice.
Motorists are being urged to drive with caution and never to assume it's safe to travel at normal speeds, even if they believe roads have been treated with grit.
Beyond the weekend, colder conditions look likely to persist. The longer term forecast remains uncertain but there is the possibility of further snow at times.
For the most accurate and up to date weather information, residents are advised to check the Met Office website.
Jon Fraser, County Council Highways Customer and Community Manager, said: "Our gritting crews have been working non-stop around the clock since Thursday evening to treat and re-treat around 800 miles of designated primary and secondary routes across the county. With conditions now more settled, we will be returning to our usual gritting routine for the time-being. This involves gritting designated routes during the evening while they remain treacherous.
"While light flurries of snow may take place during the rest of the weekend, possibly creating an additional few centimetres in places on Sunday, we are not anticipating any further large volumes. The main issue for us will be the effect of below freezing temperatures which, particularly with the current wind chill, will create icy conditions on roads this evening."
Only slipped twice on the way back from town, but one in front of a group of young lads! At least it gave them a good laugh. #SnowWN— @1_sare 19 January 2013
Worcester city centre traders reporting it has been much quieter than usual today after yesterday's snow. They are hoping to start next week with no snow. But families in town said it hasn't caused them too much trouble. Keep us up to date with your snow news by joining in this blog.
Off into Worcester City Centre to see how people feel about the snow. #SnowWN— @1_sare 19 January 2013
Worcestershire Cricket Ground today.
Seagulls on the bandstand at Gheluvelt Park #SnowWN http://t.co/PK43AS9A— @Cat_Phillips 19 January 2013
Due to icy road conditions around us, Croome is CLOSED today. Sorry if you were planning to come to us Kx— @NTCroome 19 January 2013
Fun in Gheluvelt Park! #SnowWN http://t.co/yCieaNV9— @Cat_Phillips 19 January 2013
@worcesternews Huge thanks to all the staff that pitched in to keep Lyppard Grange Primary School open on Friday #greateffort— @LyppardHead 19 January 2013
“@KTGpantogirl: #kayspanto #dickwhittington Given the go ahead. See you at the matinee today!” See you there if your coming— @BPfirstaidtrain 19 January 2013
Warrior have announced this afternoon's Amlin Challenge Cup clash with Bizkaia Gernika RT will go ahead as planned with a 3pm kick-off.
Groundstaff and volunteers worked tirelessly from 5am to clear snow from the stadium complex and club officials have now decided the game will go ahead, subject to any pitch inspection by match officials.
Fans are now advised on the following for today's game:
Fans are encouraged to use the Park and Ride system from County Hall to make the trip to Sixways and allow plenty of time to make the journey. County Hall has been gritted and the Park and Ride will be in operation running the usual service for a European game.
Only those with pre-purchased car parking passes should drive to Sixways. Please park sensibly and as instructed by stewards.
Supporters using the Park and Walk are encouraged to take extra care parking along Wainwright Road and do so at their own risk. Please follow the instructions of stewards, only use those areas that have been cleared and take care when using Butterfly Walk and Offerton Lane to enter the complex.
Entrance for all spectators is via the clear designated walkways only.
Please only use those areas that have been cleared and follow the instructions of the stewards around the complex. They are here to guide you in safely and as quickly as possible. All fans are encouraged to wear sensible footwear and clothing to the game.
All spectators will be seated in the East Stand as this will be the only seating area open for today's game. Turnstiles 2, 3 and 4 are open.
The International Bar will be open to those with tickets only. The Warriors Coliseum, Scrum Club and bars under the East Stand will be open as normal.
Charlie Little, Managing Director at Warriors, said: "The decision to open the East Stand only has been made for fan safety and to ensure that the game can go ahead with fans inside the ground.
"The time it would have taken to clear the other three stands has been used to clear the walkways, roads and footpaths.
The stewards that normally operate in these three stands will be re-designated to other areas of the complex to ensure fans can gain safe access into Sixways. We have not done this before but with the dome over the pitch and the frost sheets on, the pitch was always going to be playable.
"To go to all the effort of getting the game on and then be asked to play behind closed doors was not something I wanted. Instead we have concentrated our effort on the largest 6,000 seater-stand and the access routes into the ground.
"We fully appreciate season ticket holders and match day purchasers will have bought seats in certain sections of the ground and we are now asking them to move. The tickets are categorised and therefore priced differently.
"This is a unique situation and we have made this decision with everything fully and duly considered. For example, if we kept the seats categorised and allocated in the East Stand, the staff needed in the stand to check tickets cannot be used elsewhere to ensure spectator safety."
"A section of the East Stand will be cordoned off to allow Debentures holders access to the bars on the first floor. Hospitality will run as normal.
"We've had over 60 staff, volunteers and even non-playing players working here to get the game on from 5am and, on behalf of everyone at Warriors, I would like to say a huge thank you to them all."
Warriors would like to thank supporters for their understanding and hope you enjoy the game.
Meeting of #worcestershire emergency responders. County coping well and is open for business! Main problems are minor roads & icy pavements— @DaveThroupEA 19 January 2013
@worcesternews Robin enjoying his 'frosties' http://t.co/8jLCXG16— @dave_harford 19 January 2013
@worcesternews Deb, Nikita and Lucas in the snow http://t.co/bmaA29aa— @dave_harford 19 January 2013
This mornings snowy scene ... http://t.co/3t0dotf9— @gkinghrn 19 January 2013
@worcesternews Alf enjoying the snow - it's a dogs life! http://t.co/1LPANvF8— @gkinghrn 19 January 2013
@worcesternews playing at Lyppard Grange http://t.co/cs7aVHDN— @magicwhiteboard 19 January 2013
The show is going on! Kays Theatre will be holding both the matinee and evening shows of Dick Whittington at the Swan Theatre in Worcester. They had to cancel yesterday's performance after melting snow came through the roof. It is proposed tickets will be honoured for a performance to take place on Monday, January 21, at 7.15 pm.
@worcesternews Someone's enjoying the snow! Luckily she's a Tibetan Terrier :) http://t.co/Rf54cJ1W— @elizabethsavory 19 January 2013
Second photo by Trevor Harker yesterday
Photo sent in by Trevor Harker yesterday
RT @worcestermuseum: The County Museum at Hartlebury is also open today, cafe not open, sorry. The snowy driveway looks gorgeous and worth a wander.— @worcscc 19 January 2013
RT @worcestermuseum: Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum and the Commandery both open today as usual. We'd love to see you!— @worcscc 19 January 2013
#Upton Library is now open. For the latest information about affected council services, check out our alerts page here http://t.co/lKawiCSx— @worcscc 19 January 2013
Cat show due to be held at Perdiswell Leisure Centre cancelled due to the snow.
Nunnery Wood and St John's Sports Centres are back in action today. Nunnery may be closing early, at 6pm.— @myworcester 19 January 2013
The weather has halted bus services across Worcestershire.
The following bus services are currently disrupted. All other services are operating, although with delays and extra caution given the road conditions.
377 (Malvern – Pendock – Cheltenham/Gloucester): This service will not operate today.
423 (Worcester – Alfrick / Suckley): This service is operating but will be suspended after 4pm.
559 (Evesham – Broadway): This service will not operate today.
564 / 565 (Pershore – Evesham Village Hopper): This service is operating but is omitting the following – Kington, Abbots Morton, The Lenches, Wick, Abberton and Elmley Castle estate. It is diverting between Radford and Evesham via main roads only, and omitting The Lenches entirely. The service will also be suspended after 4pm.
566 (Pershore Town Service): This service is operating, but omitting Mill Lane and Cherry Orchard estate, and the Abbey estate. The service will also be suspended after 4pm.
606 (Broadway – Cheltenham): This service will not operate today.
The Severn looks pretty as a picture with the snow! Short walk out from WN towers this morning #SnowWN http://t.co/SOVVVVP8— @1_sare 19 January 2013
Some brave souls going out on the river today in Worcester #SnowWN http://t.co/szyvP950— @1_sare 19 January 2013
#Catshill Library is closed today due to staff shortages. #Upton Library will be opening slightly later due to the same issue.— @worcscc 19 January 2013
Worcester News photographer John Anyon has travelled in from Malvern this morning and says the roads are largely clear and safe to travel on but take care for icy patches.
Take care on roads (Jan 20) - Difficult conditions on roads due to snow/ice - Please take care http://t.co/lL5dauDx— @worcscc 19 January 2013
Woodrow Library in Redditch is closed today. Due to heating failure Woodrow Library will be closed today only. Staff will be working in Redditch library to support customers.
Some bus services not running today, these so far are the 559 (#Evesham - Broadway) and the 606 (#Broadway - Cheltenham).
All other services running, some with delays.
@WorcsWarriors .....doing a grand job #coyw http://t.co/Rg85lAZN— @tracypriddey 19 January 2013
Worcester Warriors will make an announcement over the Amlin Challenge Cup game at midday.
They currently have staff and around 40 volunteers working to clear the stadium and the pitch is already cleared.
Generally Ok in Broadway. Broadway open for business - looks lovely.— @eeyre 19 January 2013
Temperatures are not expected to get above freezing today, according to the Met Office.
Worcestershire is not expected to receive any more snow throughout the day but with temperatures set to stay between 0 and -1 conditions will still be dangerous on the roads.
A warning has been issued for ice.
More snow is forecast for Sunday afternoon and again all day Tuesday.
Worcestershire County Council are urging motorists making journeys to drive with caution even if they believe roads have been treated by gritting teams.
The gritting teams have been working on routes across Worcestershire around the clock since Thursday afternoon.
All 1,233 County Council grit bins in Worcestershire have been re-filled since the new-year and people are encouraged to make use of them by using salt on the highways.
To help residents pinpoint their nearest bin an interactive map is available at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/gritting, which allows users to search by postcode.
The dedicated section of the website also includes a map showing the designated routes, which are served by the 31 gritting vehicles, answers to FAQs, road safety advice and local radio station frequencies.
Over the previous seven days the crews would have covered the equivalent distance of travelling from County Hall, Worcester, to the North Pole and back.
The latest information on disruption to public transport and services, will be available on the County Council's website www.worcestershire.gov.uk.
The County Council's Twitter account, www.twitter.com/worcscc, is also on 'Gritter Twitter' mode for a fourth year to keep people up to date with what the teams are doing when freezing weather bites.
Latest NAE model still keen to push some heavier snow into #midlands tomorrow night. Suspect it will only be light. http://t.co/dnhxWHYz— @DaveThroupEA 19 January 2013
Cloudy with a few snow flurries #worcestershire #Herefordshire #Shropshire today but not really adding much to current accumulations— @DaveThroupEA 19 January 2013
Quick look at weather output this morning. Things looking to stay v cold through next week. Little thaw expected till Wed at least.— @DaveThroupEA 19 January 2013
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