How the snow is affecting Keynsham
By BeckyFeather | Friday, January 18, 2013, 07:48
Schools across the Keynsham area are closed today and local roads are treacherous after snow began falling at 3am and is expected to continue until about 8pm tonight.
It was tough going for motorists on Bath Hill in Keynsham today because of the snow - a team from the council and Avon Fire & Rescue have been gritting the route
Gritters were working through the night but with road temperatures hovering around freezing, Bath & North East Somerset Council is warning motorists to take great care. And the police have advised motorists in particular heavy goods vehicles, to avoid making journeys unless they are absolutely necessary.
Bus operator First Bristol Bath described conditions as " treacherous" and services have been suspended.
Meanwhile a tree branch overhanging the railway line at Keynsham caused delays of more than an hour on services coming into and out of Bristol Temple Meads this morning but a spokesman for First Great Western said the the disruption was now easing.
Bath Hill in Keynsham has been passable with extreme care this morning, with Avon Fire & Rescue crews joining council staff to grit the road to ensure traffic could get up and down. A broken-down car near the roundabout at the top of the hill was causing delays.
There was also an accident in Keynsham at Kelston Road.
The council says its staff are keeping car parks and "high use pedestrian areas" in a usable condition.
Wellsway School in Keynsham is closed except for students sitting exams.
Broadlands Academy is open but not running a normal timetable. Instead "different learning opportunities will be offered".
Castle Primary in Keynsham is closed as is Chandag Infant School although Chandag Junior School in the same campus is open. The school said: "We have a limited staff, but are happy for children to attend if parents are working. Parents should collect children if conditions deteriorate."
St Keyna Primary and its nursery and St John's where not enough staff have been able to get in for it to open.
Marksbury C of E Primary is also shut because village roads are said to be impassable. Saltford C of E Primary has also announced that it is closed as is Keynsham Children's Centre.
All waste collections in B&NES have been suspended and all recycling centres are closed. The council hopes to open them as usual tomorrow and Sunday,
More snow is forecast for next Monday.