Cornwall prepares for second freezing night

Gritters have been out around Cornwall as the county prepares for another night of near freezing temperatures after snow fell on Thursday morning.

Snow fell just after 0500 GMT in parts of Cornwall, including Penwithick, Bugle and Roche.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning and said snow showers were expected in some inland areas.

Cornwall Council said grit depots would be manned overnight to monitor weather and co-ordinate action.

Snow webpage

On Thursday morning, two Roselyon Coaches became stranded on Penpillick Hill between St Austell and Lostwithiel during the morning rush hour.

Some cars pulled over to wait in a lay-by in the area for conditions to improve.

The Priory Day Centre and Blantyre Centre, both in Bodmin, for adults with learning disabilities had to reduce their services. Robartes Junior School was closed for the day.

Most other schools were open, but some had reduced pupil and staff numbers.

At Beacon Infant and Nursery School in Bodmin, only 26 children out of 160 were able to get in on Thursday, along with only a skeleton teaching staff.

Head teacher Sally Attle said her journey in from nearby moorland had been a struggle.

She said: "Coming down the A30, it was a bit nasty and slushy.

"But once we hit Bodmin - coming down Launceston Road, Launceston Hill - it was solid ice, really nasty ice. Lorries were sliding, cars were sliding."

Cornwall Council has set up a dedicated snow webpage with information for residents on it.

Temperatures are due to reach 1C in parts of the county overnight, with snow expected away from immediate coastal areas, the Met Office said.

County highways bosses have also warned drivers about the perils of overnight rain and frozen roads, which could have colder surface and subsurface temperatures, leading to ice in the morning.

Jeremy Edwards from the council's Highways Department said: "We're going to experience road temperatures down as low as -4C and -5C.

"If you couple that with wet roads, it could give very difficult driving conditions."

The Met Office said widespread icy patches were expected on untreated surfaces.

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