March 2, 2018
day of snow for Burnham-On-Sea as schools close and travel disruption
snow is forecast to sweep into the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday)
amid new warnings from the Met Office and local Police.
coating of snow has blanketed the Burnham-On-Sea area, with more
to come today, and Police are urging drivers not to use local roads.
in Burnham-On-Sea area today:
The weather disruption will see these local schools closed during
today (Friday): Berrow Primary, Brent Knoll School, Burnham-On-Sea
Infants School, Churchfield in Highbridge, East Brent Academy, East/West
Huntspill, King Alfred School in Highbridge, Lympsham, Mark First
& Pre School Academy, Pawlett Primary, St Andrews in Burnham,
St Josephs, Kings of Wessex Academy and Wedmore First School Academy.
Burnham-On-Sea's seafront (photo Krystal West)
Office yellow warning for Burnham-On-Sea area:
warning for snow and ice is in force today (Friday) until 11.55pm
tonight and further snow is forecast today between 2pm-6pm.
Office spokesman said: "Further snow showers or perhaps longer
spells of snow are likely at times through today."
is an increasing chance that a further spell of more persistent
snow may move north into parts of southern England, Wales and central
England during the day."
stretches are likely on untreated surfaces. In addition, strong
winds will lead to further drifting or blowing around of existing
snow cover. Delays and cancellations to public transport are possible,
as are delays to travel on roads; some stranding of vehicles and
passengers could also occur. Interruptions to power supplies and
mobile phone coverage are also possible."
yellow weather warning covers Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Brent
Knoll, Brean, Lympsham and the Huntspills in our area.
Police warning against travel:
Police are advising motorists not to travel today unless absolutely
essential. While main roads have been gritted, side roads in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge are not salted and are in a dangerous condition.
Ch Supt Ian Wylie, who is leading the police response, said: "Our
message to people living in areas affected by heavy snowfall is
clear. Please dont make any unnecessary journeys and play
close attention to the latest forecasts and weather warnings."
Pictured: Burnham lighthouse in the snow this week (photo David
"The conditions are treacherous. Long delays and public transport
cancellations are likely. We dont want anyone to be at risk,
or stuck in their vehicles, so please heed the warnings."
He also urged local people to only call 999 for genuine emergencies.
"Were also expecting high volumes of calls to the 101
number and would urge people to carefully consider whether their
call needs a police response."
residents asked to check elderly
Health England said it is "critical" to keep an eye on
anyone over 65, young children or people with heart or lung conditions.
Thomas Waite, of PHEs Extreme Events team, said: "With
more cold and for some snow on the way, now is the time to think
ahead. Consider what you need to stock up on, do you need food or
essential supplies such as medicines? It may be harder for some
people to get out later this week when more snow arrives, so if
you know someone at risk, someone with heart or lung conditions,
young children or who is over 65, please take the time to check
and see if theres anything they need."
Pictured: The Burnham-On-Sea
live webcam shows the live situation
remember that we are not all used to temperatures like this so keep
homes heated to at least 18 degrees. If youre able to clear
paths of snow or ice, do so. Everyone should keep up to date with
weather forecasts so youre not caught out. Staying well in
conditions like this can be a challenge, so if you can check on
someone whose health may be at risk, please do."
in Burnham-On-Sea to be gritted
temperatures falling, Somerset County Council is gritting main roads
in the Burnham-On-Sea area to try and keep disruption to a minimum.
Distict Council and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council are also
working to keep town centre streets open today to enable shops to
of main roads across the Burnham-On-Sea will take place, but side
roads may well be slippery.
of the council, Councillor David Fothergill, says: "We are
geared up and well-prepared to make sure its business
as usual so far as possible."
like to thank the staff who are going the extra mile to keep any
disruption to a minimum. We have great working relationships with
our partners and providers and that is really important when it
comes to working together in difficult conditions."
today's planned Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach Clean has been postponed
due to the poor weather.
on the way to Burnham-On-Sea
weather is due to become slightly milder from Sunday onwards, with
5-6C daytime temperatures for the Burnham-On-Sea area by Monday.
will lead to a rapid thaw of the lying snow and ice. There are already
early concerns that this could cause flooding in some areas of Somerset.
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in the Burnham-On-Sea area