HEAVY snow closed most of Huntingdonshire schools today (Thursday) and led to disruption during rush hour on the county s roads. Gritters were out in force across the county overnight but with up to 7cm (3in) of snow already fallen in parts of England a

On the snow covered roads

HEAVY snow closed most of Huntingdonshire schools today (Thursday) and led to disruption during rush hour on the county's roads.

Gritters were out in force across the county overnight but with up to 7cm (3in) of snow already fallen in parts of England and expected to continue into the afternoon schools had to close and people have been unable to get to work.

Schools closed in Cambridgeshire include Abbots Ripton C of E Primary School, Barnabas Oley C of E Primary School, Crosshall Infant School, Eynesbury C of E Primary School, Holme C of E Primary School, Longsands College, Priory Junior School, Priory Park Infant School, Sawtry Community College, St Neots Community College, Stukeley Meadows Primary School, Thongsley Fields Primary and Nursery School, The Vine Inter-Church School, Wheatfields Junior School and Wheatfields Primary School.

A number of damage only road accidents took place during rush hour this morning because of the snowy conditions. At 9am it was reported that traffic was moving slowly on the A428 between the St Neots Road junction and the A14 junction in Hardwick because of ice. At 8.40am on the A1 southbound at the Southoe junction a car left the road and hit a road sign. In Godmanchester a car collided with a tree on Sweetings Lane and there was a two vehicle collision on St Ives Road in Houghton.

Sweeping the snow off a car

Cars were reported in ditches in Abbots Ripton, Perry, Willlingham and Caxton.

Cambridgeshire Police are warning drivers to take care on the roads and to make only necessary journeys. A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police said: "We have had a number of incidents of cars leaving the road but thankfully we haven't had any serious accidents and no one seems to have suffered any serious injuries.

"We would advise motorists to drive to the weather and road conditions, take precautions and drive sensibly."

The Highways Agency is advising drivers to check weather forecasts and road conditions by listening to local radio stations or checking the Highways Agency website before venturing out. People who must travel are being advised to take with them warm clothing, food, water, a torch and a spade.

Tomorrow's driving conditions are expected to be just as bad with black ice and freezing fog becoming a hazard on the roads as temperatures are predicted to fall as low as -3oc overnight.

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