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Snow in Somerset: use #somersetsnow
11:08am Monday 14th January 2013 in News
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- Heavy snowfall overnight into Friday.
- Dozens of schools shut.
- Use #somersetsnow on Twitter.
- Experts predict 'significant' snowfall heading into weekend.
- Scroll down for videos, pictures and latest information.
THE MET Office has issued a yellow ice warning for the South West on Monday, January 21.
Taunton is predicted to have light snow showers at around midday on Monday, and another flurry from 3am on Tuesday, January 22. There will be a break in the afternoon on Tuesday, before the snow makes a comeback in the evening. Temperatures are predicted to come down to -1C (30F).
The Met Office also anticipates Bridgwater will see some light snow on Monday around midday, with this clearing by around 3pm. It will be back by around 3am on Tuesday, with a break in the afternoon and then back in the evening.
The yellow ice warning will remain in place for Burnham, but no snow is predicted for the area on Monday, January 21. However, Tuesday will see light snow in the area throughout the day from around 3am.
At least some of Somerset's wildlife is not letting the snow stop them from going for a stroll!
MOTORISTS across Somerset are being urged to take extra care this weekend as the Met Office warns of ice.
A yellow warning is still in place for the South West but Somerset County Council's Highways team have been gritting roads since the early hours.
There's lots of slush, snow and ice about so be careful.
SOMERSET gritters are gearing up for more work tonight to clear roads of snow and ice (January 18).
Over the past 24 hours around 625 tonnes of grit has been used by Somerset Highways, and police warned drivers should not travel.
A yellow warning of snow in the South West is still in place by the Met Office.
A spokesman said: "Although further slight snow showers are likely, with 1 or 2cm of fresh snow in a few places, the focus switches to ice.
"Sub-zero temperatures will persist over existing snow cover for many areas and will spread back into parts of the South West towards daybreak on Saturday (January 19)."
Throughout the day the A39 in Exmoor was said to have been a problem area, but the highways team re-opened the road by early afternoon after clearing snow.
First Bus suspended services in Bath and Wells, while Taunton's Hatch Green Coaches said it had withdrawn all of its services.
Berry's Coaches cancelled all schools and college services but the London Express is still running.
RT @lordparker: #somersetsnow @CountyGazette here is an image from Cedar Falls this afternoon http://t.co/jaYt09Hs— @CountyGazette 18 January 2013
FIRST Bus services in Bridgwater numbers 1, 2, 3 and 21 are now running as normal.
In Taunton, numbers 1/1A, 3/3A, 4, 21, 22/22A, 28, 29, 30/30A, 54 and 92 are running as normal.
This panoramic video, showing the skyline of a snowy Taunton, was shot from the top of Viridor's headquarters.
#somersetsnow mid afternoon view from bedroom window http://t.co/hugrmWEB— @streettweeter 18 January 2013
#somersetsnow just started snowing again in Sampford Arundel #wellington #Taunton #Somerset http://t.co/NxA3BKgw— @donnastatham 18 January 2013
THE county council has issued a snow update.
More than 200 schools across Somerset are closed.
A council spokesman said: “Head teachers and governing bodies are responsible for the day-to-day management of their schools.
“Each head teacher is best placed to determine whether their school can operate with the staff that have been able make the journey in and the condition of the school site.
"Head teachers are fully aware of the need to try and open their schools as they understand how frustrating it is for parents to find child care at short notice, however they need to ensure that they have enough staff to care for those children who are in school safely.”
Somerset Highways have reported a 4inch covering of snow over most of the county with it much heavier in the west with drifts up to 6ft deep in places.
The entire fleet of 23 gritters have been working throughout the night and into today to ensure that roads around the county are treated and passable, wherever possible.
Most major roads are open but A39 in Exmoor has been particularly problematic with steep hills such as Porlock Hill proving to be extremely treacherous and had to be closed.
Highways staff have been working to re-open the road throughout the morning and into the early afternoon and it is due to re-open at around 2.15pm.
Both park and rides in Taunton are open and running normally.
Taunton and Yeovil have good bus services but there's little service in Bridgwater.
We can confirm that tomorrow's home reserve game is OFF. Mangotsfield away is looking doubtful.— @OfficialBTFC84 18 January 2013
Thaw this afternoon but 25mm snow overnight. Crews in depots all night and will treat dependent on timing and temp.— @somersetgritter 18 January 2013
Another 40mm of snow forecast. West, hills and all high ground problematic but most of treated network passable. Please avoid Porlock hill.— @somersetgritter 18 January 2013
THE SNOW may have stuck, but that didn’t stop people shopping in Bridgwater today (January 18).
@GazetteHGreen yes, we are near lovely Dulverton. Internet back on now, Phew! Big trees collapsed on line.— @StreamcombeFarm 18 January 2013
YEOVIL Town Football Club's home League One match against Preston tomorrow has been postponed for safety reasons.
TAUNTON Tornados Basketball Club has cancelled all training sessions at Somerset College tonight.
VOLUNTEERS from age charity WRVS have been battling through treacherous conditions to help the county's elderly residents.
They have been making sure older people receive their meals on wheels, can get to hospital appointments and stock up on supplies.
David McCullough, chief executive of WRVS, said: “We’re so proud of our volunteers, who are working really hard to make sure older people in their community have everything they need."
Children playing in the snow at St Mary's Primary School in Bridgwater, one of the few in the area which is open today.
Woolavington is another of the primary schools in Somerset which has managed to open today.
Due to the snow and location of our swimming pool swimming is cancled tonight. Sorry everyone. 4 now cotswolds are still on watch this space— @bridgwaterswim 18 January 2013
THESE three certainly had fun in the snow at Beech Grove School, Wellington.
Dawn Harrison is pictured with Caitlin and Elinor Matthews.
To view more pictures, see our gallery here.
SNOW-bound cancer patients are being given a helping hand to hospital by two emergency response charities.
The British Red Cross and Wessex 4x4 Response are transporting patients from across Somerset to hospital in Taunton and Bristol due to the heavy snowfall which swept across the county.
Tracey Miller, Red Cross care in the home team leader in Somerset, said: “Our volunteers can take anywhere between 25-40 people a day, providing transport in their own cars.
"Today we have 33 people scheduled and some are classed category one, which means missing even one day of treatment could be life-threatening.”
BELOW is 17-month-old Chloe Tilley enjoying her first taste of snow.
Click here to view our photo gallery.
WE'VE found a couple of primary schools in the Bridgwater area that are open today - St Joseph's and St Mary's.
Let us know if your school or workplace is open against the odds.
TAUNTON Titans' match with Henley Hawks tomorrow (January 19) has been postponed.
A little snow in Bridgwater #uksnow the spire of St Mary's church has seen much more since 1368, when building began http://t.co/sPG6sVh5— @BridgwaterH 18 January 2013
Bad news for all our korfballers, tomorrows game is off #badTimes #snowDay instead— @TauntonKorfball 18 January 2013
THIS was Spaxton High Street, near Bridgwater, an hour ago.
Lauren Cornish sent us this photo. She said: "The snow is still falling."
STATEMENT from Stagecoach South-West:
"Further information on service 20 in Somerset: The service can operate between Seaton and Honiton. To serve Taunton it is operating to Cullompton then via Wellington and is currently unable to serve Dunkeswell, Culmstock and Hemyock.
"99 service: can now only operate Chard to Taunton and is not able to serve Yeovil."
THIS is the live departure board at Taunton train station - there's a lot of delays.
There are delays of 15 minutes between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads because of problems with lineside equipment between the stations.
@GazetteHGreen view in front garden beautiful to see the bird footprints http://t.co/CGghjNkh— @Stogumbershop 18 January 2013
Probably my favourite snow picture so far - Hamilton Park in Taunton (via @perryprousesaab) #somersetsnow http://t.co/tK1aERbp— @GazetteMMarsh 18 January 2013
Traffic camera view of M5 J25
TO view our gallery of reader pictures, click here.
(Cricket St Thomas by Mark Cotton)
And now Taunton has snow yay! http://t.co/Nx8oDdJN— @natjd11 18 January 2013
For anyone considering using the M5 - Taunton to Bristol ok at present. It's about 50mph all the way and outside lane not being used.— @NeilAtHigos 18 January 2013
Wells Mobile, as well as Taunton and Bridgwater Mobile Libraries, will not be going out today due to the snow. All items will be renewed.— @SomersetLib 18 January 2013
TAUNTON and Bridgwater Mobile Libraries will not run today.
COURT Fields School in Wellington is closed.
Other school closures are listed here.
Snow on #exmoor http://t.co/kAp0GjzQ— @StreamcombeFarm 18 January 2013
Have been advised Crowcombe is not passable if heading Minehead way— @nadine17 18 January 2013
#Minehead Snow easing off now - looks more like rain and roads/pavements totally clear...— @UrbanVoiceChoir 18 January 2013
Contemplating walking to ilminster in the snow to see @georgiawardd— @hannahmuntz 18 January 2013
RT @MrsSedz: @bbcsomerset still coming down very heavily in Ilminster #snow http://t.co/7yv3dOUh— @rya857 18 January 2013
@GazetteHGreen Fair amount in Dulverton but husband just drove to Tiverton fine - but in 4x4.— @exmoorjane 18 January 2013
STREET and Wiveliscombe Libraries are closed due to the snow today.
Major #Snowday, All on my lonesome hunkered down in Chard with my #solarpowered Roberts radio to keep me company http://t.co/JgoS9604— @LisaYarlington 18 January 2013
How's the snow in West Somerset? #Minehead #Watchet #Williton #Dulverton #Porlock #somersetsnow Use our hashtag to let us know and send pics— @GazetteHGreen 18 January 2013
OUR reporter Matthew Colledge has just driven to Bridgwater from Bristol down the M5.
He said: "The traffic getting out of Bristol was extremely slow but the M5 was moving OK, although Lane 3 was not being used as it was heavily snow-bound.
"Traffic at the Bridgwater end was not too bad becuase there were not many cars on the roads."
ALL Webber Buses have been cancelled this morning.
Footage loaded to You Tube of snow falling in Highbridge
Proper snowing in Williton now. #somersetsnow— @FocusedonHobbs 18 January 2013
NO planes are taking off or landing at Bristol Airport this morning because of heavy snowfall at the site.
FIRST Bus has suspended all its services in Bridgwater and the vast majority of services in the Taunton area.
Passengers are advised to check with the company before travelling.
TAUNTON Racecourse has announced that tomorrow (Saturday's) race meeting is OFF due to the adverse weather conditions
Lots of snow here in Taunton yayyyyy x— @debbiekimg 18 January 2013
Spare a thought for those of us with responsibilities to keep going through this #snow #FuneralDirector #somersetsnow— @FDSimonHM 18 January 2013
#somersetsnow Minehead at 8.15 this morning. Schools closed http://t.co/WpKkPB44— @UrbanVoiceChoir 18 January 2013
POLICE are advising motorists only to make essential journeys this morning.
A statement released by Avon and Somerset Police reads:
"As snow continues to fall across Avon and Somerset this morning (Friday January 18) we're advising motorist, in particular heavy goods vehicles, to avoid making journeys unless they are absolutely necessary.
"Around 10-15cm of snow is expected to have fallen by the end of today, making highways dangerous for driving. While there have been no major incidents on the roads in Avon and Somerset we are advising to stay indoors.
"If you do have to drive, we suggest you slow down and brake, steer and change gear as smoothly as possible to avoid skidding.
"Make sure your windscreen is clear and your lights clean and working properly. Check your tyre pressure and your radiator antifreeze levels. It's probably a good idea to carry de-icer, food, a hot flask, a blanket and a shovel as well. Think ahead.
"Plan your route, leave extra time for your journey and, if you're in doubt - then don't set out."
FOR a recap of school closures today (January 18) click here.
AVALON School, Street: "Due to snow and to ensure the safety of pupils and staff, Avalon School in Street will be closed today, Friday January 18."
ALL Saints CofE First School, Dulverton, is closed due to snow (January 18)
Taunton has snow. Cycling to work will be fun ! http://t.co/GRcotVXD— @lilmissmosher 18 January 2013
RT @ZestPayroll: Looking like a snow day here in Taunton :-)— @GoLocalTaunton 18 January 2013
About an inch of snow in Bridgwater so far. Very pretty but playing havoc with people getting into work.— @WildImaging 18 January 2013
Reports coming in of an accident on the M5 northbound between J23 Bridgwater N and J22 Burnham. Conditions bad in the area.— @KirstyGardner 18 January 2013
RT @MercuryKJames: snow has picked up again in Stawell, Bridgwater— @BWMercury 18 January 2013
Due to the adverse weather conditions, the College is closed today. The only exception is for exams which we intend to run as scheduled.— @Bridgwater_Coll 18 January 2013
PORLOCK Hill and the A361 between Shepton Mallet and Frome are blocked. Motorway conditions are hazardous, but slowly moving. Only one lane is open in many places. Drive slow, clean snow off the car and lights before setting out.
MEANWHILE Berry's Coaches has cancelled all schools and college services but says its London Express service is still running.
TAUNTON'S Hatch Green Coaches has said it has withdrawn all services and First Bus has suspended buses in Wells.
ASHILL Community Primary School has just announced it is closed due to treacherous approach roads and the inability of staff to get in to school
WHITSTONE School, Shepton Mallet closed due to snow and Wincanton Primary school.
WESTFIELD Academy closed BUT The GCSE History exam will run with a skeleton staff. Candidate should make all reasonable efforts to attend.
THE Kings of Wessex Academy Partial Closure due to Poor Weather conditions - EXCEPT those students sitting public examinations; Trinity First School Frome; Upton Noble CofE Primary School; Wadham School Closure; Walton CEVC Primary School; west chinnock primary; West Monkton Primary School; West Pennard C of E VC Primary School;
CLOSED due to snow: Oakhill School; Pen Mill Academy, Yeovil; Priddy Primary School; Puriton Primary School, Puriton, Bridgwater; St Cuthbert Infant School, Wells; Evercreech C of E Primary School; Selwood Academy; Selworthy Special School, Taunton; St Joseph and St Teresa's Catholic Primary School in Wells; Sexey's School, Bruton; Shepton Beauchamp CE VC Primary School; Sky College, Taunton; St Benedict's Catholic Primary, Midsomer Norton; St cuthbert's Infant, Junior school and playgroup, Wells; St Dunstan's School, Glastonbury; St Joseph and St Teresa's Catholic Primary School Wells; St Lawrence's School, Westbury-sub-Mendip; St Lawrence's School, Westbury-sub-mendip; St Michael's Academy, Yeovil; St Vigor and St John Primary, Chilcompton; St Vigor and St John Primary, Chilcompton and The Mill nursery; St. Mary and St. Peter's CE VC Primary Barrington and Ilton Base; Stoberry Park School.
CLOSED due to snow: Kilmersdon CofE Primary School; Kingsmoor Primary School Bawdrip; Lovington C of E Primary; Merriott First School; North Cadbury Primary School; North Newton Community Primary School; Nunney First School, Nunney near Frome.
CLOSED due to snow: Fairmead School, Yeovil; Preston School; Stanchester Academy; Hamp Junior School, Bridgwater; Hamp Nursery and Infants School and Hamp Childrens Centre Nursery; Hayesdown First School, Frome; Holyrood Academy; Hugh Sexey Middle School, Blackford.
CLOSED: Closure of Horrington Primary School;Countess Gytha Primary School;Elmhurst Junior School;Fairlands Middle school
MORE school closures due to snow: Castle Cary Community Primary School;Charlton Horethorne VA Primary School;Chewton Mendip VA Primary School;Churchstanton Primary School;
OTHER closed schools today (January18): Blue School, Wells;Brookside Nursery, Street;Brookside Primary School, Street;Butleigh C of E Primary School;
BALTONSBOROUGH CE VC Primary school closed.
AVISHAYES Primary School says:"To ensure the safety of pupils, parents and staff, Avishayes Primary School & Early Years Centre in Chard, will be closed on Friday 18th January."
ASHCOTT Primary School is closed
ANSFORD Academy is closed due to snow.
ALL Saints CofE Primary School, Montacute is closed due to the snow.
OAKFIELD Academy Frome is closed today 18th January due to the snow and forecast of continuing snow.
A358 between Thornfalcon and Ilminster reported to be dangerous.
The white stuff is here. Good coating in Taunton this morning. Use #snowsomerset http://t.co/E0suHgfj— @GazetteACameron 18 January 2013
REMEMBER to share photos of snow scenes in your area tomorrow (January 18). Please let us know where they were taken and we'll spread the word!
THE Met Office has issued an amber warning and is predicting up to three inches (7.6cm) of snow could fall across the region during tomorrow (January 18).
The public should be prepared for disruption and may have to alter travel plans.
Gritters from Somerset County Council have been out salting the roads. Follow @Somersetgritter for updates.
on map I have just seen #taunton looks like it will more likely get sleet rather than #snow tonight & tomorrow, either way it is cold!— @cllrjaybaker 17 January 2013
NORTH Curry Primary School headteacher Sarah Loader said they will make a decision on whether the school is open at around 6-7am tomorrow.
READERS on our specially-created Taunton Snow Facebook page are reporting a few flakes falling in Wellington and Minehead.
Looks like the snow is going to reach the county between 4am and 5am on Friday morning and stay with us until around 12noon. #somersetsnow— @GazetteDMilli 17 January 2013
SOUTH-WEST Trains has announced services will be running to a special timetable tomorrow because of the forecast snow.
Services affected include trains between London and Exeter as well as services between London and Yeovil.
PARENTS of children at King's Hall have been urged to consider letting their children board there tonight ahead of the snow warning.
In a message to parents, principal Richard Biggs wrote:
The forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning suggests a strong likelihood of snow, with the bulk falling at rush hour in the morning. For some of you that might make it difficult to get your children to school.
May I suggest that if your son or daughter is sitting public exams tomorrow, and if you face a potentially difficulty journey to school tomorrow morning, you consider boarding them here tonight? The boards will not allow an exam to be taken at any other time in this particular season and if your son or daughter misses an exam they will have to wait until the summer to have another go at it. Please note that in every case there will be another chance in the summer, so if your son or daughter does miss an exam tomorrow all is not lost. But...perhaps caution is the best policy and spending the night here may be a good idea.
On the other hand, if your son or daughter is not taking a public exam tomorrow please do not take risks in bringing them to school. Also, it would help if day pupils who were not taking public exams tomorrow did not board tonight so that space can be found for those who do need to board; your support in this regard would be much appreciated."
THE Somerset Rebels speedway side have called off tomorrow night’s re-arranged Christmas Cracker meeting at The Oak Tree Arena, Highbridge, because of the forecast of heavy snow.
The event, originally due to have been held after Christmas, was postponed because of heavy rain.
“The weather forecast is predicting that we will encounter heavy snowfalls on Friday,” said Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock.
"With that in mind we felt that it was best for all concerned, especially the riders and the fans, if we made the early decision to call off the meeting as it will save people any unnecessary travel arrangements.
“It does seem like the weather is conspiring against us as far as the meeting is concerned.”
Organisers are pledging to give the event another go on February 8.
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DON'T forget you can also keep up to date with the latest snow news, and send us your pictures, via the County Gazette's Facebook page. We've also launched a dedicated snow page - called Taunton Snow.
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TEMPERATURES have struggled to reach above freezing today but the worst is yet to come in terms of snow, according to a weather expert based in Bishops Lydeard.
Mike Rigby, head of climate consultancy Original Carbon said he is '99%' sure we will receive snow on Friday.
He added: "There could be wide variations but I am pretty sure we will see snow and the winds could gust up to 40mph so if it settles, drifting is likely."
THE Met Office has heightened its snow weather warning to an amber level for parts of North-West Somerset.
A spokesman said: "Winds will strengthen and blizzard conditions are likely, especially over high ground.
"Accumulations of more than 10-15 cm of snow could well occur quite widely, with the risk of 25 cm or more over high ground.
"In the areas covered by a yellow weather warning for snow, accumulations of 2-5cm are expected.
"Clearly there is the potential for some severe disruption, and the public are advised to watch for updates to this warning and to be prepared to alter travel plans."
ROGER Marley, who runs RM Tools in Bridge Street, Taunton, is anticipating selling a few of these if forecaster's predictions are right as our region braces itself for blizzards on Friday.
Don't forget, if and when it does snow, you can send your pictures in to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting them on our Facebook and Twitter pages (@CountyGazette, @BWMercury and @BHWeeklyNews).
NO snow expected today but weather chiefs have said they are very confident of significant snowfall on Friday morning through to Friday evening.
W COUNTRY Confidence now increasing re disruptive snow Friday. Potential for 12hrs snow across @bbcpointswest region frm Fri AM to Fri night— @fergieweather 16 January 2013
W COUNTRY Met Office modelling suggests 60-80% probability highest snowfall frm Exmoor extendIng E & N across most of @bbcpointswest region— @fergieweather 16 January 2013
BISHOPS Lydeard weather expert Mike Rigby (above) has also said there will be 'significant' snowfall in the Taunton area on Friday.
He added: "A mass of cold air has been pushing in from the east and bumping against warmer, moister air from the west.
"Precipitation at this interface has been falling as snow in Northern and Eastern parts of England.
"further front has been hanging around out to the West of the British Isles and by the end of this week will make a greater effort to move east.
"At the same time the cold air from the east will also move towards us bringing a good chance of significant snowfall when the two meet over Somerset."
THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow across much of the South-West on Friday (January 18).
A spokesman said: "As the weather breaks down, there is the potential for a spell of snow to spread from the southwest.
"As winds strengthen, blizzard conditions are a possibility, especially over high ground.
"Accumulations of 2-5 cm are possible quite widely and in some locations, especially higher ground, 15 cm are possible.
"The public should be aware of the possibility of travel disruption. This warning is likely to be updated over the next few days."
think this is the snowline at Blagdon Hill #SomersetSnow http://t.co/yL4tYKWh— @MrAitchBee 15 January 2013
@GazetteDMilli We had snow on Blagdon Hill....— @MrsAitchBee 15 January 2013
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@GazetteDMilli there's a smattering of snow up here on the Blackdowns & the tops of the Quantocks look dusted to #SomersetSnow— @MrAitchBee 15 January 2013
Lots of cars with snow on their roofs driving through Taunton - so where did it snow then? Let me know! #somersetsnow— @GazetteDMilli 15 January 2013
PRETTY quiet on the Somerset snow front so far...
Use #somersetsnow to Tweet your updates and we'll bring them into the page on a feed.
@JustEatUK snow where ???? Somerset nothing :-(— @BabyJunior1982 14 January 2013
RT @janepursey: @bpmmarbella No snow here in South Somerset Peter 6 degrees! lol xx— @bpmmarbella 14 January 2013
12:22pm Mon 14 Jan 13
Oh well here goes, hold the front pages the traffic accident reports are going to sky rocket.
Been bad enough the past week or two and that is just in the dark and rain.
Drive safe people if you have too.
HERE'S a news feed on the snow scene nationally:
Action today at 14.30 in anticipation of any snow showers later.— @somersetgritter 13 January 2013
A tweet from the county council's gritter service account yesterday (January 13).
SNOW reportedly fell in several areas last night (January 13).
People reported flakes falling in Wiveliscombe, Milverton, Churchinford, Staple Fitzpaine, Middlezoy and areas on the Blackdown Hills.
Send your reader pictures to email@example.com or tweet them to @CountyGazette, @BWMercury and @BHWeeklyNews.
THE Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow for the South-West.
People are being warned to be aware during Monday as dropping temperatures threaten to cause hazardous driving conditions.