Warning that some schools could be closed as up to 15cms of snow is expected in Keynsham tomorrow
By BeckyFeather | Thursday, January 17, 2013, 18:18
Some schools in and around Keynsham could be closed tomorrow as heavy snow sweeps in overnight.
A snowy Memorial Park in 2010
Bath & North East Somerset Council says on its website tonight that a heavy band of snow is due to fall from 2am and as the road network is dry and road temperatures will be around freezing, any snow is likely to settle quickly and could drift due to strong winds, especially on high ground and in exposed locations.
"Snow is expected to continue fall throughout the morning and ease off around midday. Overall a forecasted level of 10-15cms of snowfall is likely, but this doesn't take into account the effect of drifting, especially on high ground.
"The level of snow forecast is unlikely to result in wholesale closures, but strong winds may cause drifting and local decisions may be required by headteachers.
"Schools are strongly advised to arrange an early morning inspection of the conditions at their location and, as there is a risk of drifting snow in exposed areas, if they plan to open as normal that they continue to monitor the situation throughout the day to ensure access routes remain open."
Wellsway School in Keynsham has told parents tonight that it will be open for students if it is safe to do so. It will update the school website at around 7.30am and contact local radio stations if it is to be closed. "Even if the school has to close tomorrow for most students we have made special arrangements to ensure that we will be able to accommodate students who are sitting A-level papers in English Literature, Physics and Maths," said a spokesman.
And at Broadlands Academy in Keynsham, where students have GCSEs tomorrow, they are being advised that if the weather is so severe that the whole academy is closed to staff and students, they will miss this exam series entry.
However, if the weather is not so severe and the academy is open and accessible to staff and students, the exams will take place.
Meanwhile temperatures are expected to drop to as low as -9 in Keynsham next week.
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