Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The Big Freeze II

Millom School and Waberthwaite school are among more than a hundred schools in the county which are closed today due to very cold weather.

If you have to travel anywhere in Cumbria today, do take care.

There will have to be a review after this cold snap of the arrangements to keep roads and services open in extreme weather. Over the past few decades it has been my impression that the average weather really has been getting warmer, but it also seems that the range of variation in the weather is increasing. Maybe we need another look at issues like the amount of grit which highway authorities keep on hand.

UPDATE

There are now 140 schools closed in the county according to BBC Radio Cumbria, with further school closures including:

Thwaites Primary School near Millom
St Herberts school, Keswick

All the high passes - Honister Pass, Hardknott Pass, and Corney Fell - are closed, and there is a serious jam at Cleator.

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