Snow is here...schools and roads closed in the Cotswolds

10:19am Friday 18th January 2013

By Freya Leng

UPDATE: Chipping Campden Leisure centre is not opening today. CDC is reviewing weekend opening.

HEAVY snow is falling in the Cotswolds with many schools closed today as the blizzards are set to continue for much of the day.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning with heavy snow expected to last until this afternoon when it is expected to ease off into this evening.

Temparatures are predicted not to get above freezing today with temperatures in the North Cotswolds prediction between -1C and -4C.

Some parts of Gloucestershire are likely to face up to four inches of snowfall, which, added to forecasted winds, could bring blizzard conditions to higher ground.

With salt domes across the county including Moreton, salt levels have been boosted to 11,000 tonnes this winter.

Joining the gritters on standby are parish snow plough operators, in case snow accumulations are greater than expected.

A number of roads in Gloucestershire have been closed due to heavy snow and police are urging drivers to not make unnecessary journeys.

The current closures in place are: • A419 Cowcombe Hill • A419 Little Witcombe (Birdlip) • A48 Arlington • A435 Cirencester to Cheltenham • A435 Charlton Kings to Severn Springs There are also hazardous conditions on some roads and drivers are advised to avoid these areas: • A4151 Littledean Cinderford • A429 Fossebridge • A436 Birdlip to Severn Springs • A417 Birdlip Hill For traffic information visit the Highways Agency website highways.gov.uk/traffic-information.

For a full list of school closures visit glosclosedschools.com.

Do you have any snowy pictures? Email them to fl@cotswoldjournal.co.uk. 

 

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