Snowy scenes across district - The Leamington Observer

Snowy scenes across district

Laura Kearns 11th Dec, 2017 Updated: 12th Dec, 2017   0

EVEN Santa did not brave the snow yesterday – but plenty across the district did.

Myton Hospice bosses were forced to call off their annual Santa Dash and football matches were cancelled, as was a performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Spa Centre.

Around 10cm of snow fell in some places, leading the towns and surrounding villages to look like they came straight out of a Christmas card.

Residents young and old enjoyed building snowmen, as some of the more daring dragged their sledges to the top of the nearest slope they could find.

Myton Hospice said it was forced to cancel the dash due to dangerous conditions, and hopes to reschedule the event.

And even local emergency services warned people to stay safe during the chilly weather, which is expected to continue over the coming days.

On Monday schools across the district closed their doors, with many saying they hope to reopen on Tuesday when the snow starts to melt.

Warwickshire County Council has also reminded people to ensure they check on elderly and vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours to remind them to keep warm during the cold snap.

Council spokesman for health, coun Les Caborn said: “While cold weather and the prospect of snow has magical connotations for many, the reality for the more vulnerable member of our communities is quite different.

“This time of year can be particularly risky for health and with Christmas approaching it may be harder to make ends meet – we believe people’s health and wellbeing should not suffer as a result.

“By taking some practical steps, seeking help and reaching out to others we can all play a small part in helping each other to take care.”

Highways England says it has more than 50 gritters working across the West Midlands to keep the roads clear.

Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, said: “We’re working around the clock to keep our motorways and major A-roads open following the heavy snowfall.

“With further snowfall and temperatures set to plummet, we will be working continuously to treat our roads and keep them free from disruption.

“We are encouraging road users to drive only if it’s necessary –  safety is our top priority and our advice is to work at home, travel by public transport or wait until the weather and road conditions have improved.

“If this is not possible then plan your journey carefully, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel and before you set off, make sure the vehicle is ready for your journey and is clear of snow.

“Anyone thinking of using the roads should be advised to keep their distance and reduce speed, because even in conditions that seem normal, and the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh grit has not been worked into the carriageway.”

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