Winter weather hits the Fylde coast

Snowy weather on the Fylde Coast.
Snowy weather on the Fylde Coast.
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THE first flurry of snow fall has been met with excitement across the Fylde.

The flakes started to fall on Thursday night, and yesterday morning the skies were full of snow while it began to settle on the ground.

Across the country heavy snow fall saw schools and workplaces close, but locally only one school decided to send pupils home.

A message on St Bede’s Catholic High School’s answerphone in Lytham said the decision to close at midday had not been taken lightly.

It said: “In light of the snow we have taken the decision to close the school.

“This has not been taken lightly, but we had to ensure pupils were able to return home safely following local weather forecasts indicating continuous snow fall during the afternoon.”

The message advises pupils and parents to check the school’s website in similar circumstances next week, when pupils are due to sit CGSE exams.

Elsewhere people have made it to work and school as normal.

A spokesman for Blackpool Council said there had been no problem since, thanks to gritting carried out overnight and in the morning, the roads and the pavements were clear.

He said the council’s gritting force was keeping its eye on the weather forecast and current conditions to ensure the roads were kept safe.

At Lancashire County Council, gritters have been out on the roads since the cold snap started last week, salting as a precaution in the evenings and sometimes patrolling throughout the night to deal with changeable conditions.

County councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport said: “Our highways teams have gained valuable experience of dealing with prolonged severe weather in recent years and we’ll be carefully watching our forecasts which can provide very accurate information about particular local conditions.”

For information on winter travelling visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/winter