Worcestershire is hit with snow...again

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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 photo@worcesternews.co.uk or call us on 01905 748200 with your story.

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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.

 

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6:21pm Fri 22 Mar 13

lizzyloolah says

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1:14pm Fri 22 Mar 13

BernarddeCampio says

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?

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Stoke Prior First School, in Bromsgrove, is closed today because there is no heating.

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Residents can keep up-to-date with #grittertwitter by following the County Council's Twitter account @worcscc - twitter.com/worcscc

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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.

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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.

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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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1:14pm Fri 22 Mar 13

BernarddeCampio says...

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?
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? BernarddeCampio

6:21pm Fri 22 Mar 13

lizzyloolah says...

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.
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. lizzyloolah

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