Flights grounded, schools closed – the snow has arrived in Notts
FLIGHTS were cancelled, schools shut, bus services disrupted and events put on hold as the show arrived.
East Midlands Airport closed its runway at 2.40pm yesterday, and 11 flights were cancelled, including trips to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Edinburgh.
Airport officials said it was the first time this winter flights had been cancelled because of the weather.
Some bus services were also affected: Nottingham City Transport's Blue Line 42 between the city and St Ann's was missing out Brewsters Road, diverting along Ransom Road and The Wells Road; Local Link L9 was not stopping at Winchester Court.
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Several schools were closed yesterday including Foxwood Foundation School and Technology College in Bramcote, Redgate Special School in Mansfield and Carlton Central Infant and Nursery School.
And Lady Bay Primary School was closed to years one, two and three because there was no heating in a building.
A city council budget consultation meeting has been cancelled. It was due to be held today in Sherwood, outside the Co-op in Mansfield Road, from 10.30am until noon.
And the Scouts have postponed their Notts Emergency Scout Support Team Challenge Events that were due to start this morning, near Ollerton.
Hyson Green Market will also be closed.
Rufford, Sherwood and Bestwood country parks were closed at 3.30pm yesterday. A decision on opening them will be made this morning and announced on Notts County Council's website.
The Met Office said up to 10cm fell in some parts of the county yesterday and flurries continued through the night.
A spokesman said: "Because there is a lot of cloud cover and snow over Notts things are not looking to heat up over the weekend. Temperatures won't rise much above freezing and won't vary much from -2 to 0 over the weekend."
He added that light snow was forecast for today, tomorrow afternoon and Monday.
The county council's gritting teams were out overnight. Since last Saturday they have been out 14 times, salting both main and snow routes.
Notts County Football Club's Meadow Lane pitch passed a pitch inspection at 1pm yesterday. The club have been clearing snow to get the pitch ready for their game against Sheffield United today.
Notts Police and the Highways Agency warned motorists to avoid unnecessary journeys.
East Midlands Trains are asking people to ring the station or check online that their train is still running.