A FRESH snowy scene greeted many this morning — but the unexpected snowfall has led to major disruptions across Pendle and the rest of Lancashire.
Despite efforts by the council to grit the main roads, many people are still struggling to get off their own streets, with neighbours rallying to help push stranded cars onto safer roads.
The MET Office is warning of further potential snowfall over the Pennines and East Lancashire.
According to Lancashire County Council over a hundred schools have been closed across the county with 26 closed in Pendle. The shut schools are: Barnoldswick Coates Lane Primary School, Barnoldswick C of E Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Barrowford St Thomas C of E Primary School, Blacko Primary School, Bradley Primary School, Brierfield Woodfield Nursery School, Colne Christ Church C of E Primary School, Colne Newtown Nursery School, Colne Park Primary School, Foulridge Saint Michael and All Angels C of E VA Primary School, Great Marsden St John’s C of E Primary School, Holy Saviour RC Primary School Nelson, Lomeshaye Junior School, Lord Street Primary School Colne, Marsden Community Primary School, Nelson St Philip’s C of E Primary School, Nelson Whitefield Infant School and Nursery Unit, Pendle Vale College, Pendle View Primary School, Reedley Primary School, Roughlee C of E Primary School, Ss John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School Colne, St Joseph’s RC Primary School Barnoldswick, Walter Street Primary School.
Many Pendle residents have taken to twitter both lamenting and praising the snowy weather.
Tim Ashton, Lancashire County Councillor and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport has commented that, gritting crews have been “working hard since the current cold snap began”, and went on to say the “top priority” has been clearing “the network of A and B roads”,
Coun. Ashton said: “It could be some time before the main routes are clear and we have the resources available to treat the secondary network of more minor roads.”
Coun. Ashton has also urged the public to be prepared and check on nieghbours who they know to be vulnerable, and to check their vehicles are equipped for winter. He also asks people to “carefully consider whether they need to make journey at all”.
While minor side streets are still snow covered, traffic on main roads appears to be moving, albeit slowly. The M65 is experiencing delays, with traffic reported to be moving slowly. There is disruption on the M6 between Junction 29 Lostock Hall and Junction 31 Preston.
For a full and up to date list of school closures in Lancashire visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/education/school_closures/index.asp.
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