Snow and flooding: live updates

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  • Snow today has closed three schools and road in Worcestershire and affected bus services.
  • We'll be keeping you up to date today with this live report.
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7:02pm

That's it for today.

More updates tomorrow.

7:02pm

 

6:09pm

Your essential getting home guide

The following roads are closed due to flooding:

  • C2022 Jubilee Bridge, Fladbury
  • B4088 Eckington Bridge, Eckington
  • C2099 New Street, Upton

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5:50pm

Flooding closed Fladbury Mill Bank, Fladbury

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5:44pm

Flooded farmland near Eckington.

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4:27pm

A bracing walk with the dog at Malvern Link this morning

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4:23pm

Flooding has worsened at Eckington Bridge, near Pershore.

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4:21pm

The by-now-familiar scene at South Quay, Worcester.

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4:20pm

Wintry scene at Malvern Link this morning. Picture by John Anyon

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4:08pm

3:29pm

Met Office weather map for 9am tomorrow morning. Looks like we're due more of the same.

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3:02pm

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2:42pm

The weekend's weather turned out more wet than white, but with some snowfall overnight resulting in wet and slushy roads today (Monday, February 11), drivers in Worcestershire are once again being urged to take care on the roads.

A few light sleet or snow showers are expected this afternoon and into the evening until around 9pm.  Skies will be clear at times overnight, with road surface temperatures dropping below freezing, before a drier, mostly cloudy morning on Tuesday.  The freezing temperatures overnight will result in a patchy hoar frost and icy stretches on damp or wet roads.

Worcestershire County Council's fleet of gritters will be going out again later today to support residents and businesses in keeping the county moving.  Secondary routes will be gritted from 6.30pm, followed by primary routes.  Inspectors will then be on standby to monitor conditions with the Met Office.

Drivers are once again urged to drive with caution, ensuring they temper their driving according to the conditions, and ensure they maintain a safe distance between themselves and other vehicles to allow for additional braking distance when roads are wet or icy.

Worcestershire County Council's Highways Manager, Jon Fraser, said: "Fortunately Worcestershire escaped the heavy snowfall that was predicted for the weekend.  However due to yesterday's rain and a dusting of snow overnight roads are wet and slushy, so conditions are still slippery and even after they've been treated with grit it's always worth remembering to drive with caution and temper your speed according to the conditions."

Residents can keep up-to-date with #grittertwitter by following the County Council's Twitter account @worcscc (www.twitter.com/worcscc).

Latest information on any disruption to public transport and services will be available on the county council's website www.worcestershire.gov.uk.  Residents can also phone the Worcestershire Hub for information on 01905 765765 (Hub opening hours are Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm).

Gritting teams are also out and about ensuring grit bins across the county are refilled as fast as they can.  To help residents pinpoint their nearest grit bin an interactive map is available at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/gritting, which allows users to search by postcode.

The dedicated section of the website also includes a map showing the designated routes, which are served by the 31 gritting vehicles, answers to FAQs, road safety advice and local radio station frequencies.

1:09pm

UNDER WATER: The approach to Eckington Bridge, near Pershore.

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12:44pm

The following roads are now closed due to flooding:

  • C2022 Jubilee Bridge, Fladbury
  • B4088 Eckington Bridge, Eckington
  • C2099 New Street, Upton

Information from Worcestershire County Council

12:42pm

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12:41pm

The flooded road leading up to the bridge at Eckington, near Pershore.

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12:39pm

The following bus services are currently disrupted:

382 (Worcester – Norton – Defford – Eckington – Pershore): This service is now operating to its Standard Flood Timetable.

550 / 551 (Worcester – Pershore – Evesham): This service is now operating to its Standard Flood Timetable.

Information from Worcestershire County Council.

12:38pm

The bridge at Eckington, near Pershore, has been shut by flooding

12:23pm

Flooding at Eckington Bridge, near Pershore, today.

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11:49am

National round-up

Parts of the country woke up to more than four inches of snow this morning.

Most areas from Scotland down through to south-east England have been hit with a covering of at least two inches of snow.

And the worst affected areas, including north England and the Midlands, could have twice that.

More than four inches has already settled in High Wycombe according to reports, weather experts said.

10:34am

10:17am

David Throup of the Environment Agency said on twitter that river levels on the Avon had risen quickly overnight. He has just announced second ago that they have now shut the flood gates at New Street, Upton

10:13am

Partial school closure at the Vaynor First School in Tennyson Road, Redditch because conditions around school are 'treacherous'. Feckenham Road is said to be particularly bad.

10:10am

Flood warnings on the Avon at Strensham and Bredon and Wyre Piddle.

10:07am

River rising. Avon scheduled to peak at some time this morning at between 2.6 and 2.7 metres (Evesham gauge)

10:01am

THE snow finally arrived in Worcestershire overnight but only three schools have closed in the area and flooding may become a problem.

The snow led to the closure of the Kingfisher School in Redditch, Lickey Hills Primary School in Old Birmingham Road, Lickey, and St Luke's CE First School in Redditch.

Worcestershire County Council were on standby all over the weekend with gritters. Drivers have also been urged to take their own precautions, including putting anti-freeze in the cooling system, checking the tread and air pressure in tyres and listening to the radio.

The Met office said it would be cloudy and cold today but mostly dry into the evening with light winds with some sleet and snow may return after midnight from the west. The minimum temperature is -1C. Tomorrow is expected to start and cloudy and dull but should become dry by midday.

Flooding has also proved a problem with New Street in Upton closed due to flooding. There are flood warnings in place on the river Avon at Wyre Piddle and at Strensham and Bredon and flood alerts on the river Severn at Worcestershire and the river Salwarpe. In total there are eight flood warnings and 31 flood alerts in place across the region.

10:00am

9:54am

B480 Eckington Road closed due to flooding. Jubilee Bridge, Fladbury closed due to flooding. New Street Upton closed due to flooding.

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