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Worcestershire is hit with snow...again
Updated 7:26pm Friday 22nd March 2013 in News
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- SPRING may have sprung just days ago but snow has hit Worcestershire once again.
- Roads have been closed already on high ground.
- More snow is expected as the Met Office predicts another 20-40 cm of snow in places, with drifting and blizzard conditions due to the strong to gale force southeasterly winds.
- Let us know what the conditions are like where you are in the county this morning, send us your photos to email@example.com or call us on 01905 748200 with your story.
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This band of rain and snow is grinding to a halt over central areas. It will still be around this time tomorrow. http://t.co/0BMCT0gG1I— @DaveThroupEA 22 March 2013
The worst thing about cold weather is how it plays havoc with my sinuses. #faceache— @m00min 22 March 2013
Hate this kind of weather, ☔☁ there needs to be some sun soon please! ☀— @isobel_hatch 22 March 2013
The following bus service is currently disrupted:
144 (Worcester - Birmingham): This service is currently experiencing delays, although now less severe than reported earlier. This is due to road closures affecting the route in the Birmingham area.
6:21pm Fri 22 Mar 13
I'm used to working outside but today was a bit wild!. Those little ice/rain drops whipped up by the wind stang like nobodies business especially the one that pinging me in the eyeball.
Just looked up and discovered that there's no snow in Worcester!! #traintweet— @ncampsall 22 March 2013
Should I tweet about the snow or complain about other people talking about snow #decisions— @MrWossums 22 March 2013
That 'snow' was like bullets hitting my face— @paddypreece 22 March 2013
WORCESTERSHIRE County Council's gritting fleet is heading out onto the roads again later as rain and snow showers continue.
Rain through the afternoon is predicted to be heavy at times, with the possibility of sleet or snow on higher ground.
The heavy rain will continue overnight, turning to sleet or snow as road surface temperatures are expected to plunge below freezing.
Between 3-6cm of snow are possible, with up to 10cm in the north of the county.
Further outbreaks of sleet and snow are expected throughout Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
Road surface temperatures will again fall below zero overnight, with the likelihood of icy patches forming.
The county council's gritting fleet will be going out onto the roads from 6.30pm today to treat the worst areas.
The fleet will then remain on standby, with crews ready to go out again at short notice, while the weather is monitored and road inspections carried out through the night to determine whether any further treatment is required.
Jon Fraser, Worcestershire County Council's Highways Manager, said: "We're in for a spell of snow, slush and water on the roads, and whilst our teams will be treating areas as required over the weekend, we do ask drivers to remember that grit isn't a miracle solution and care is still needed when driving to minimise risks for yourselves and others on the roads."
Residents can keep up-to-date with #grittertwitter by following the County Council's Twitter account @worcscc twitter.com/worcscc.
Latest information on any disruption to public transport and services will be available on the county council's website worcestershire.gov.uk.
Everywhere other than Worcester has snow, we've just got crazy rain— @_PJunior_ 22 March 2013
Sleet in Worcester. Not looking forward to the snow back home in Birmingham :(— @Lou_Sheldrake 22 March 2013
Rain increasingly turning to snow now across south #midlands Altitude also makes a big difference. http://t.co/GZuLjPsFPH— @DaveThroupEA 22 March 2013
The 144 Worcester - Birmingham bus service is currently experiencing delays, although now less severe than reported earlier.
This is due to road closures affecting the route in the Birmingham area.
Really weird weather in #WWorcs today. South of A44 is just drizzle and north where I live is blizzard and 6 inches snow already at 4pm.— @HBaldwinMP 22 March 2013
WORCESTER is braced for heavy snow tomorrow morning which is expected to fall from the early hours.
The Met Office is predicting heavy snow from 3am to 6am when it will ease off but continue to fall throughout the day.
Light snow is expected from 9am and will fall all day and into the evening.
It could even continue into the early hours of Sunday morning.
Despite temparatures hitting no higher than freezing, the wind chill will make it feel more like -5 in some places.
Flood duty over. Quieter than I was expecting. Very difficult to forecast due to rain/snow mix. More here http://t.co/6JBhwTe2XJ— @DaveThroupEA 22 March 2013
Reports from crews of snow falling in parts of the Region. Drive slowly, walk carefully, wrap up warm & take care of each other :)…— @OFFICIALWMAS 22 March 2013
Updated snow depth map for today into tomorrow. Up to 30 cm in some areas. http://t.co/lGQWssRkTa— @metoffice 22 March 2013
Heavy rain turning to sleet/snow tonight. Gritters out treating routes from 6.30pm and on standby with ploughs overnight. #grittertwitter— @worcscc 22 March 2013
Weather warning for Worcester & West Midlands - heavy rain turning to snow http://t.co/UovCQjBpzk— @myworcester 22 March 2013
If its going to snow it might as well do it properly— @KennyFOSTER_95 22 March 2013
Panic bought lots of Leffe, just in case. #snow— @eaglesboy40 22 March 2013
Woke up to snow on the first day of spring.. What?— @L_McEwan_ 22 March 2013
1:14pm Fri 22 Mar 13
Snow at this time of year is not unusual. Snow in June would be unusual. Why do the media and press get so excited by it?
Due to current weather conditions carriageway resurfacing on A38 Bath Rd Worcester Sun 24/03/2013 will be re-scheduled.Date to be confirmed— @Roadworks_info 22 March 2013
Due to current weather conditions carriageway resurfacing Wildwood Drive,Worcester tonight 22/03/2013 will be re-scheduled to Thurs 28/03/13— @Roadworks_info 22 March 2013
Stoke Prior First School, in Bromsgrove, is closed today because there is no heating.
Residents can keep up-to-date with #grittertwitter by following the County Council's Twitter account @worcscc - twitter.com/worcscc
WORCESTERSHIRE: Early sleet/snow tending to ease for a time before returning later today. Snow likely tonight with accumulations possible.— @HWSweather 22 March 2013
A lot more rain and snow to come today - still marginal but rain likely to turn increasingly to snow tonight. Stay tuned to forecasts.— @DaveThroupEA 22 March 2013
Flood Alert - Rivers in south #worcestershire Responding now to overnight rain, plenty more to come. http://t.co/4uxpGwHrcf— @DaveThroupEA 22 March 2013
The Met Office is predicting another 20-40 cm of snow in places, with drifting and blizzard conditions due to the strong to gale force southeasterly winds.
At lower levels, there is a chance that parts of the north Midlands, north east Wales and north west England may see 10-15 cm of snow.
Further snow is also forecast throughout the weekend in Worcestershire.
The A449 Wells Road was closed due to snow and a broken down vehicle at the B4209 Hanley Road, near to The Cottage in the Wood Hotel.
It is now re-open.
Worcestershire County Council is reporting that the Chawson Community First School in Wych Road, Droitwich, is closed to Year's 2 and 3, as there is no heating.
The Reception class and Year's 1 and 4 are still to go into school.
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