School closures and travel chaos as 'Beast from the East' wreaks havoc

School closures and travel chaos as 'Beast from the East' wreaks havoc

The ‘Beast from the East’ has wreaked havoc across Rossendale this morning with nine schools and nurseries closed and many bus services affected.

Snow blizzards and plunging temperatures hit the borough overnight and the white stuff continues to fall this morning.

Drivers are being told to take care in the icy conditions, although there are no reports of any road closures at this stage.

A yellow weather alert warning of snow issued by the Met Office remains in place until midnight tonight.

Schools confirmed closed include:

– Alder Grange School, Rawtenstall

– Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School

– Balladen primary school, Rawtenstall

– St Paul’s primary school, Rawtenstall

– Haslingden Hillside Nursery School

– Crawshawbooth primary school

– Bacup St Mary’s RC primary school

– St Joseph’s primary school, Stacksteads

– Water primary school

– Peel Brow School, Ramsbottom

Accrington and Rossendale College have confirmed they remain ‘open as usual’ and are advising students to ‘take extra care while travelling into college today’.

Holcombe Brook primary school will have a delayed start this morning due to the treacherous conditions.

A school statement read: “Due to treacherous conditions around school we will currently open to pupils at 9.30am to allow pupils and staff to arrive safely.

“Please do not allow your children to come onto the yard before this time.

“Should conditions deteriorate either this morning or later on in the day a second text will be sent to update you. Please take care when driving…”

Crawshawbooth Pre-School posted on Facebook: “Preschool is OPEN as normal at 9am… I know Crawshawbooth Primary school is closed due to no heating.

“At the moment there’s no reason for preschool to close, unless something suddenly changes.”

Haslingden Hillside Nursery School posted on their website: “Closed Tuesday 27th February morning session due to weather conditions.

“A decision will be made at 11am with regards to the afternoon session. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.”

The snow has caused problems for bus services with some roads and villages unable to be accessed.

In a series of tweets, Rosso said: “Our ‘464’ is out there operating as normal as it can. We are experiencing delays on the route but our drivers are working hard to keep the route to its published timetable. Heavy snow and traffic across the network this morning.

“The ‘10’ is unable to serve Edgeside at the moment due to treacherous conditions. It will operate between Rawtenstall and Waterfoot only. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

“The ‘11’ will not be running over Haslingden old Road for the time being, as the snowfall is very heavy. It will operate on the main road to Haslingden.

‘892’ school route to Tottington High School will be diverting through Stubbins. This means Peel Brow will not be served. Please accept our apologies for this.”

Lancashire Police are warning motorists to take care on the roads and motorways.

In a post on Facebook, they said: “Despite the snow and ice there are no major problems reported in the area this morning.

“All the main routes are clear but extra care will be needed on the side roads which remain largely covered.

“The usual advice still applies; only travel if you absolutely have to and give extra time for your journey.”

According to the Met Office, there could be further snow showers from midday and into Tuesday evening.

The polar blast from Siberia has seen temperatures dip to around 1C, but the wind chill means it’ll feel around -4C and even -8C later tonight.

A statement from the Chief Forecaster said: “There is the potential for 5-10 cm of snow in places, though nearby locations may see only small accumulations of 0-2 cm.

“Strong winds may lead to drifting of lying snow (and severe wind chill) especially over hills, with lightning perhaps an additional hazard near North Sea coasts.”

As always, please send us your snaps of the snow to [email protected], stating the full names of everyone pictured and confirming parental permission for any under-18s.

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