Heavy falls of snow have led to the closure of all schools in Bradley Stoke today (Friday 18th) and disrupted travel throughout the area.
The snow arrived, as predicted, in the early hours and continued throughout the morning rush hour. The Met Office reported that 7cm of snow had been recorded at Filton Airfield by 9am.
News about which schools were closed was difficult to come by as the South Gloucestershire Council website failed under the heavy load of requests but by 8am it was clear that none of the seven schools in Bradley Stoke would be opening.
First Group initially said its buses were running but announced at around 7:30am that it was suspending all Bristol services. Wessex Connect similarly cancelled all its services due to “dangerous conditions”.
Accidents on the motorways led to the M4 being closed for a time between junctions 19 and 18 (eastbound) and the M5 being restricted to the hard shoulder only between junctions 15 and 14 (northbound).
Despite the ongoing snowfall, children were out building snowmen as soon as it was light. Our photographer spotted an early one made by Darcy, Felicity and Penelope in Wheatfield Drive just after 9am (below).
As the snow eases off, many children and families are heading to the slopes for a spot of tobogganing.
There are more photos of this morning’s snow in Bradley Stoke on PicasaWeb.
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