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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:09am 28th February 2018. (Updated at 8:58am 3rd March 2018)

Cornwall is in clear-up mode after two days of blizzards.

Some people are still cut off - unable to leave their homes.

Other parts of the Duchy are clear - with slush draining away on the roads.

It's after a major incident was declared on Thursday, as a huge storm swept across the south west.

Drivers were stranded in their cars on the A30 and A38, as Storm Emma dumped heavy flurries.

That, combined with strong easterly winds, forced Cornwall Council to activate its Silver Command Centre at County Hall.

Virtually all of Cornwall's schools are shut today.

You will find the full list of closures here, check the latest Met Office warnings here or scroll down to read our live blog.

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Full update from South West Water:

South West Water staff are working around the clock in extreme weather conditions to maintain essential services to customers.

However, some customers in the west of Cornwall may be experiencing interruptions to their water supplies, caused by a number of burst water mains in the area.

Jo Ecroyd, South West Water’s Customer Services Director, said: “We would like to thank all our customers for their patience and reassure them that we are doing everything we can in this difficult situation.

“We are very aware that some of our customers in the west of Cornwall may be experiencing interruptions to their water supplies. This is being caused by burst mains which we cannot see because the ground is covered by snow. Because of the snow and icy conditions these areas are also difficult to access. Whilst working safely our people have been working around the clock, often on foot, to identify where these burst are. 

“As soon as we are able to locate the bursts we will undertake repairs. When this happens we may need to interrupt water supplies. With this in mind we would suggest customers store some water so they able to use it throughout the evening and overnight.

“We would also ask customers to check that their garden taps are turned off and not using water.

“Again we would like to thank all of our customers for their patience we are working as fast as we can to return to normal service.”

The areas particularly affected by burst water mains include Helston, Truro, Penzance, St Ives, Chacewater and Land’s End.

There is more cold weather advice on the South West Water website here.

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South West Water working hard to address issues down west.

Staff are working 'around the clock' to get things sorted.

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The road is now clear in both directions on the A3071 between New Road, St Just and Newbridge.

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Well, we're not sure small covers it!

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Power cuts.

Western Power Distribution are still battling their way through heavy conditions to reach some places.

Powers cuts continue across Cornwall and the south west region.

You can keep up-to-date with when yours will be back here.

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Watch Rescue 924 land in the snow at Derriford!

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Warnings are still out to avoid the roads if you can.

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A west Cornwall road has been closed in both directions after a crash between two vehicles.

Reports that it happened between St Just and New Bridge on the A3071.

Inrix reports: "A3071 in both directions closed, slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved between New Road (St Just) and B3318 (Newbridge)."

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Abandoned your car somewhere on the road?

Highways England are urging people to get in touch.

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South Western Ambulance Service Trust says it is having trouble reaching patients in parts of the south west.

It's as ice and snow continue to cause travel chaos across the region.

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Ambulance services are urging us to only call 999 in an absolute emergency.

Bosses say they are experiencing a 'critical level' of demand on services.

We're being advised, if possible, to call 111 for advice or visit a local GP or pharmacy, unless there is a 'genuine life threatening emergency'.

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There will be no gritters out on Cornwall's roads tonight as the temperature is set to remain above zero.

Cormac says lorries are loaded and ready to go, just in case though.

Police are urging us to still be careful on the roads as leftover ice remains throughout the day.

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Things are looking pretty messy at Maenporth!

Road closed as Cormac continues the clean up.

Thanks to Joanna for the pictures!

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Warnings from Devon and Cornwall Police's Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer:

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Trains.

Services are suspended on Great Western Railway between Liskeard and Looe.

Inrix has reported it is due to adverse weather conditions.

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Snowdrifts reaching more than 10ft are causing ongoing chaos in Okehampton.

Police are urging drivers to avoid the area and only drive if absolutely necessary.

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Snow is still holding strong in Falmouth!

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Power cuts.

As hundreds of homes across the Duchy remain without power in the wake of Storm Emma, you can find out when yours will be restored here.

Customers in the Plymouth area are being told they can expect power to return by 6pm.

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Drivers are being urged to be careful on Cornwall's roads, despite the snow easing.

Vehicles were abandoned across the region, in the wake of Storm Emma on Thursday night.

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Power Cuts:

Hundreds of homes, from the Lizard to Bude, remain without power in the wake of Storm Emma.

Strong winds brought down trees and power cables on Friday morning.

You can check when your power's set to be restored here.

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'Snowmageddon' - the weather that caused chaos on the south-west's roads!

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It's hard to believe this happened in Cornwall - but snow it did!

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More snowy scenes... (it'll all be forgotten in a week or so eh?!)

 

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Power Cuts:

Hundreds of homes across Cornwall are still without power, including 485 in the Lanner area.

Western Power was hoping to have most restored by lunchtime.

However, its power cuts map is still showing big problems, from the Lizard to Boscastle and Bude.

It's thanks to Storm Emma's strong winds, downing trees and power cables.

You can check the latest here.

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Roads Latest:

Some places are thawing, others are still seeing the snow and there is a big risk of ice.

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Well, we may as well make the most while it lasts!

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And on the moors...

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A light at the end of the snow tunnel in Wadebridge?

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One of the Cornwall's top events has been cancelled - cheers Storm Emma!

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Flooding:

As if two days of blizzards weren't bad enough - now Storm Emma has flooded homes.

Firefighters handled around 50 calls overnights - mostly to flooding and frozen pipes.

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Flooding at Porthallow: Penzance Community Fire Station.

You can read the latest here.

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Anyone for football?

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TRAVEL: In Bodmin there are reports of accident on Rhind Street at A389 Dennison Road. 

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Michael McIntyre's show at the Plymouth Pavilions tonight has been postponed until Wednesday 16th May. Anyone with a ticket will automatically be transferred to the new date.

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The Eden Project says it will be closed today - but is planning to reopen tomorrow for the World Pasty Championships.

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Still cold out there...

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Cornwall Council: Snowblowers have been sent to Gweek and Praze to deal with snow drifts that have led to abandoned vehicles blocking roads.

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Cornwall Council: Only Truro's Langarth Park and Ride site is open, but this will service both ends of the city. This will lead to some disruption of the normal timetable.

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Cornwall Council: No bin collection in east Cornwall today. All other collections going ahead as usual (apart from the Bring Back service).

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Cornwall Council: "Fire and rescue crews, highways staff and the police are currently dealing with reports of flooding in the Lizard area, caused by a combination of high tide, strong winds and run off from melting snow.

"The worst affected area is in Porthallow where five properties have been flooded. 

"The fire and rescue service received around 50 calls overnight – mostly to do with flooding and frozen pipes."

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Cornwall Council: Every school in Cornwall is closed today.

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Truro College have postponed their open day, due to have taken place tomorrow.

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More reports of flooding - this time in north Cornwall...

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Flooding:

High river levels, strong winds and large seas have sparked flooding at Porthallow.

You can check the latest weather and flood warnings for Cornwall here.

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Still a few flurries of snow due to arrive in parts of Cornwall today - although big parts of the Duchy won't see any more. There is still a yellow weather warning out for more falls - followed by another warning first thing tomorrow morning for ice as temperatures dip.

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TRAVEL: In Redruth there are reports of accident, a motorcycle involved on A393 Sandy Lane around St Day Road. Traffic is coping well.

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Currently in Cornwall, around 100 people are without power around Bude, with a further 1,000 or so in the west, including around Penzance, on the Lizard, Redruth and St Agnes.

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Western Power: "We have been busy overnight and this morning we currently have around 6,800 customers without power, mainly in the South West area. 

"We expect the customers that have been without power overnight to be restored by midday."

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BREAKING: Exeter Airport is CLOSED on Friday.

All flights have been cancelled.

The airport will reopen at 6.30am on Saturday.

Passengers are being urged to contact their airlines for further arrangements.

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Another warning from police - stay tuned to Pirate FM for the latest updates!

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And yet more train problems...

Service suspended on Great Western Railway between Plymouth and Gunnislake, Liskeard and Looe, Par and Newquay and Truro and Falmouth Docks because of the weather.

You can check the latest traffic and travel for Cornwall here.

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Thinking about driving today? This is the advice from police...

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More Train Problems:

Severely reduced service on Great Western Railway between Exeter St Davids and London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington.

The advice is to check with the operator before travelling and you can check the latest at the link below.

7:43am

Train Problems:

Services suspended on Great Western Railway between St Erth and St Ives because of 'adverse weather'.

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Police issue a snow and ice warning to drivers...

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Traffic and Travel:

Summercourt Travel and Travel Cornwall bus services have been suspended in St Austell, Mevagissey, Bodmin, Bude and Launceston.

The following services won't be operating on Friday: 471, 410, 425, 420/480 and 454.

The Penzance to St Just 409 service is being assessed with a view to operating a full service.

Truro services are being assessed with a view to operating a Saturday service from 9.30am on routes 493, 494/495 and 484.

The comapanies are hoping normal services will resume on Saturday.

7:25am

School Closures:

More than 200 schools across Cornwall remain closed on Friday, after two days of blizzards.

You can check the full list here.

7:24am

This is what the weather is looking like for Friday...

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Flooding:

There are reports of flooding on the Lizard as the snow thaws and Storm Emma sparks strong winds.

Flood warnings are in force for the south Cornwall coast and you can check the latest here.

7:21am

Power Cuts:

Hundreds of homes have been left without power across Cornwall this morning and you can check the latest here.

7:19am

Traffic and Travel:

The snow starts is starting to thaw in places but more flurries are forecast, along with the risk of ice.

The advice from Devon and Cornwall Police and Cormac is only travel if it is absolutely necessary.

7:17am

Freezing Rain:

Ice is a big risk on Cornwall's roads on Friday, after Storm Emma swept blizzards across the south-west.

Freezing rain could be a problem, which is where supercool water falls on already cold ground and freezes almost instantly.

Stay safe!

7:15am

Weather Warnings:

After two days of blizzard-like conditions across Cornwall, it seems Storm Emma is still a threat.

An amber warning for snow and wind is out for north and east Cornwall until 8am.

A yellow warning for snow and ice is out for parts of Cornwall until 23.55pm on Friday.

Flood warnings are out for the south Cornwall coast, amid fears strong winds could whip up huge waves.

You can check the latest here.

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By the end of today almost a tonne of salt will have been spread on each mile of gritted roads in Cornwall.

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So, the plan seems to be to get the stranded motorists on the A30 at Okehampton to the local college, which has been turned into a rescue centre...

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So, when we're through tonight, there's no guarantee it's going to be any better.

The Met Office is warning against unnecessary journeys in the rush/slush hour...

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Devon and Cornwall Police calls demand on its call centres tonight "unprecedented" and warns there may be a delay answering non-emergency calls.

9:02pm

Cornwall Council: "There is a high tide  expected at 0448am and strong easterly winds which will cause an additional surge of up to 400mm. The promenade at Penzance has been closed as a precaution."

9:00pm

Cornwall Council: "All 25 [major] routes are being gritted.

"Gritters are currently out and will return to depots to refill by 10pm.

"They will go out again at midnight and 4am. They are on their fourth run for the day and all have snow ploughs fitted.

"Major roads across Cornwall are passable however road surface temperatures will be low which will increase the risk of icy roads. People are still being urged not to travel if avoidable."

8:59pm

Cornwall Council: "There has been heavy snow this evening which is now becoming lighter and intermittent but with a risk of ice and freezing rain. 

"However, air temperatures are forecast to rise and precipitation is likely to turn to rain."

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TRAVEL UPDATE:

Take care travelling on the roads this evening people - and only make journeys if you absolutely have to.

Both the main roads in and out of Cornwall are currently blocked.

The A30 is affected at Okehampton - the road is impassable due to several accidents and heavy snow in the area.

There are long tail backs and drivers are stuck in their cars.

Elsewhere, the A38 is blocked at the Glynn Valley at Two Water's Foot.

The road is impassable due to a number of stranded vehicles in the snow

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School closures for Friday 2nd March

Nearly all of the schools in Cornwall have announced that they will be closed tomorrow because of the snow.

You can check the full list here.

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TRAVEL:

We understand the A30 at Okehampton is now partially passable - thanks to the help of a man and his tractor helping to clear the road.

Great job!!

OKEHAMPTON - DEVON - A30 - BOTH DIRECTIONS
 
 
A30 in both directions blocked, stationary traffic due to accident between B3260 (Okehampton Services) and A386 (Sourton Cross).

Due to several accidents and heavy snow in the area.
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Schools

268 out of Cornwall’s 279 schools were closed today and it is expected most will remain closed tomorrow given the weather forecast.

More than 200  schools have already confirmed they will not be open tomorrow. Information on schools closures is available from 

Find the full list of school closures here.

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Helping vulnerable people

Cornwall Council is working closely with providers to ensure that essential services continue to be provided throughout this period, particularly to vulnerable people. Staff from Adult Care are liaising with care providers to ensure that support is provided to frail and elderly people, with plans in place to use 4 by 4 vehicles to transport staff if required.

The Council is also continuing to work with Cornwall Housing, St Petroc’s Society and other organisations who work with rough sleepers in Cornwall, to provide emergency accommodation and other services. 

Cornwall Housing is providing an emergency only service this evening for emergency repairs and homelessness  queries.  More information about the out of hours emergency services is available here.  From 9am tomorrow travel issues means that the service will be operating a reduced service and so customers are being asked to consider if their inquiry needs to be dealt with immediately and, if so, to use email and the website for non emergencies.  The service should return to normal on Monday.

The Cold Weather Provision (CWP) plans, which include St Petroc’s Society Truro Resource Centre operating as a temporary night shelter and Cornwall Housing placing rough sleepers into emergency accommodation where appropriate, were put in place earlier this week and will remain in place until at least 5 March.

Residents concerned about someone sleeping rough can contact  Streetlink – a 24/7 website, mobile app and phone line which allows anyone who has a concern, to send out an alert about the location of someone sleeping rough. Streetlink will then pass on the information to St Petroc’s Assertive Outreach Team so that they find, engage with the person and connect them with support within 24 hours.

7:05pm

Cornwall Council: "Heavy snow showers are expected well into the evening. Combined with strong easterly winds, this could create blizzard conditions. The very strong winds are expected to continue into the night with the snow gradually turning into sleet and rain - leading to the potential risk of freezing rain.

"Further snow showers may affect Cornwall tomorrow morning which could turn to ice on extremely cold road surfaces. This will create dangerous driving conditions and both the police and highways agencies are advising people not to drive unless absolutely essential.

"There is a risk of coastal flooding along southern coastal areas of Cornwall at tomorrow morning's high tide which is due around 4.48 am. Severe gale force easterly winds are likely to cause wave heights of up to six metres, creating the risk of flooding to coastal properties. Large waves and spray may affect coastal paths and promenades. The Council is closing Penzance Promenade. The Environment Agency are advising people living in at risk areas to take precautions and to avoid driving through flood water."

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Waste collections

The severe weather has affected a number of waste collections.

For information on the latest situation please check www.cornwall.gov.uk/snow

6:38pm

Bus and rail travel

The weather is also affecting bus and train services, with passengers advised to check with their operator before  travelling. 

While the main rail line is open, branch lines in Cornwall are currently closed.

As this situation could change please check with the GWR Twitter Feed or the GWR website.

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Gritting roads

CORMAC’s gritting crews will continue to work around the clock to carry out precautionary salting on the 25 main routes which include the most heavily trafficked A and B roads.

For information on which roads are treated, as well as information on clearing roads and pavements in local communities, visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/snow

Even where a road has been gritted, motorists are urged to take caution and to only travel if necessary. Black ice, freezing rain and sudden hail storms can lead to hazardous driving conditions which gritting does not reduce. 

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Cornwall’s multi agency Silver Control to remain open overnight to deal with potential snow, ice and flooding issues

Cornwall’s multi-agency emergency centre at County Hall in Truro will remain open overnight to deal with any issues created by the deteriorating weather situation.

Heavy snow showers are expected well into the evening. Combined with strong easterly winds, this could create blizzard conditions. The very strong winds are expected to continue into the night with the snow gradually turning into sleet and rain – leading to the potential risk of freezing rain. 

Further snow showers may affect Cornwall tomorrow morning which could turn to ice on extremely cold road surfaces. This will create dangerous driving conditions and both the police and highways agencies are advising people not to drive unless absolutely essential. 

There is a risk of coastal flooding along southern coastal areas of Cornwall at tomorrow morning’s high tide which is due around 4.48 am. Severe gale force easterly winds are likely to cause wave heights of up to six metres, creating the risk of flooding to coastal properties.  Large waves and spray may affect coastal paths and promenades.  The Council is closing Penzance Promenade. The Environment Agency are advising people living in at risk areas to take precautions and to avoid driving through flood water.  

All agencies, including the Council’s  highways teams and the fire and rescue service, are on standby by to act if required.

6:30pm

TRAVEL:

TAVISTOCK - DEVON - A390 - BOTH DIRECTIONS
 

 

A390 in both directions closed, stationary traffic due to snow and accident between B3362 Ford Street (Tavistock) and Commercial Street (Gunnislake).

Police have closed the road following a number of accidents and stranded vehicles between Gunnislake and Tavistoc
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TRAVEL:

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A30 in both directions blocked, stationary traffic due to accident between B3260 (Okehampton Services) and A386 (Sourton Cross).

 

Due to several accidents and heavy snow in the area, the A30 past Okehampton is impassable
6:23pm

TRAVEL:

TWO WATER'S FOOT - CORNWALL - A38 GLYNN VALLEY - BOTH DIRECTIONS
 
Reports of A38 Glynn Valley in both directions blocked, stationary traffic due to snow between Drift Lane (Two Water's Foot) and A390 / Old Road (Twelvewoods Roundabout, Dobwalls).

 

The road is impassable due to a number of stranded vehicles in the snow
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TRAVEL: Reports of A38 Glynn Valley both ways blocked, stationary traffic due to snow between Drift Lane (Two Water's Foot) and A390 / Old Road (Twelvewoods Roundabout, Dobwalls).

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Update from Great Western Railway:

Red weather warning and further heavy expected to impact rail services

Significant disruption to Great Western Railway services is expected to continue during Thursday 1 March and throughout Friday 2 March, after the Met Office updated weather warnings.

With the Met Office Red weather warning issued for the South West, and anticipated heavy snow fall expected to affect Devon, North Somerset, Somerset, and the Cotswolds, GWR is warning customers that it is expecting to only be able to offer a significantly reduced service, and where trains are able to run they may be delayed or subject to extended journey times.

Reducing the number of trains on the network in a planned way allows the services that do run to operate more smoothly, reducing congestion and delays during difficult conditions.

Where trains are cancelled and branch line routes suspended, GWR will not be able to provide road replacement transport due to road conditions.

5:50pm

Travel update:

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Service suspended on Great Western Railway between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple due to adverse weather conditions.

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Can anyone help?

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TRAVEL: In Tavistock, the A390 is closed both ways. There is stationary traffic due to snow and accident between B3362 Ford Street (Tavistock) and Commercial Street (Gunnislake).

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TRAVEL: GWR says it is "expecting to only be able to offer a significantly reduced service."

The train company says, where services are able to run they may be delayed or subject to extended journey times.

A spokesperson said: "Reducing the number of trains on the network in a planned way allows the services that do run to operate more smoothly, reducing congestion and delays during difficult conditions.

"Where trains are cancelled and branch line routes suspended, GWR will not be able to provide road replacement transport due to road conditions."

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The number of schools that have announced they will shut tomorrow in Cornwall has passed 200. You can find the full list, updated in real time here.

5:03pm

Tragic news from Looe this evening, as a seven year old girl dies in a car crash. More here.

What a horrible thing to happen on a day that so many children have been enjoying the snow.

4:36pm

TRAVEL: In Truro there are reports of slow traffic due to an accident with three vehicles involved on A39 Newquay Road between Bodmin Road (Truro) and Trispen Hill (Trispen).

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TRAVEL: At Fraddon one lane is closed and there's slow traffic due to an accident on A30 Eastbound between B3275 (Fraddon Services) and A39 / B3279 (Indian Queens).

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It's coming down fairly heavily now in Redruth - some businesses sending staff home...

3:56pm

TRAVEL: Road from Chiverton Cross to Goonhavern A3075 reported to be treacherous

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The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Mounts Bay and from Land's End to Lizard Point. A spokesperson said: "Flooding is expected for seafront properties in Mounts Bay over the high tide on Friday Morning (2nd March).  High water at Newlyn is at 4.48am.

"Severe Gale force 9, easterly winds, and offshore wave heights of up to 6m are forecast to cause flooding to properties in the Mounts Bay area up to 3 hours either side of high tide. Expect tides to be around 400mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions.

"Flooding is expected for: Lands End to Lizard Point including Mousehole, Praa Sands, Porthleven and Mullion Harbour.   

"Large waves and spray are likely so take care near coastal paths and promenades. This may cause localised standing water. Do not drive through flood water or waves. The current cold weather conditions are also likely to increase hazardous conditions along the coast.

"Further flood warnings are possible over the weekend.  We are continuing to monitor the situation and will issue updates if the situation changes."

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Cornwall College is the latest to announce all its sites will be shut tomorrow. They join more than 70 others - find the full list here.

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The amber weather warning for most of Cornwall has kicked in. Here's a reminder of what it says...

"A spell of heavy snow is expected. The snow will be accompanied by very strong easterly winds leading to blizzards and considerable drifting.

"From Thursday evening some places could also see ice build up due to freezing rain. Long delays and cancellations of public transport seem very likely.

"Some roads may become blocked by deep snow, stranding vehicles and passengers.

"Long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities are likely to occur, along with possible damage to trees and other structures due to heavy snow or ice."

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Highways England urges people in the southwest not to travel from 8pm tonight...

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Dozens of schools across Cornwall have now announced they will be closed tomorrow. Check the latest list for today and tomorrow here.

After 4pm we'll switch to only showing those schools that will be closed on Friday.

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TRAVEL: No flights will operate to or from Newquay airport for the rest of the day because of the severe weather.

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TRAVEL: All Flybe flights to and from Exeter airport have been cancelled because of the bad weather. Anyone expecting to fly today should contact the airline.

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It's coming down in Fowey...

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The Environment Agency put teams on standby to respond to possible flooding on Friday morning.

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The Hall for Cornwall announces it is cancelling shows this weekend...

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A caller to Pirate FM reports heavy snow starting in Falmouth. She has abandoned her car and walked home. Falmouth, Helston and the Lizard were expected to be the first to get the fresh snow, with it spreading up across the Duchy.

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From First Kernow: All customers are advised to make return journeys where still possible as soon as possible.

Updated weather forecasts show severe snow expected across Cornwall in the near future.

Our operations teams are putting in place plans to safely return buses to base in the interests of safety.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Stay safe and we look forward to serving you once again when it is safe to do so.

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Update from Devon and Cornwall Police:

Due to the current severe weather conditions in Devon and Cornwall, demand on our non-emergency 101 telephone line is expected to rise.

If you can, and it’s not an emergency, please use one of our online contact methods if it is safe to do so. They are all received in our contact centre just like a 101 phone call. This will help to free up the 101 phone lines for people who are not online.

All are available from the contact page of our website.

In an emergency always call 999.

Tell us about a crime: Email 101@dc.police.uk or use our secure online reporting form.

Ask us a question: use our LiveChat service – on our website home page or contact page you’ll see a box with an orange cartoon character on it and “Click here” when it’s available. Or use 101@dc.police.uk

Not sure if it’s the police that can help? Then AskNED, our non-emergency directory that points you towards agencies that can help you better than the police for many matters.

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BREAKING: Devon and Cornwall Police declare a major incident. Cornwall Council activates silver control at County Hall.

A spokesperson said: "While there are currently no significant issues in Cornwall, the latest forecast from the MET office is predicting heavy snow showers from 3pm this afternoon and this evening which could see between 10 and 20 cm of snow falling in some areas. 

"Combined with strong easterly winds, this could create blizzard conditions.

"The very strong winds are expected to continue into the night with the snow gradually turning into sleet and rain – leading to the potential risk of freezing rain. 

"This could create dangerous driving conditions and the police and highways authorities are advising people not to drive unless absolutely essential."

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TRAVEL: Reports of Chapel Street in Penzance Eastbound blocked due to stuck car between The Greenmarket and Abbey Street.

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TRAVEL: Reports of accident in Truro, two vehicles involved on A390 Green Lane at A39 Arch Hill / Falmouth Road.

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Flood alert update: It's now being extended from the Lizard up to Gribbin Head.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Flooding is possible for: Lizard Point to Gribbin Head including the tidal rivers Helford and Fal, Penryn, Flushing, St Mawes, Portscatho, Portloe, Portholland, Mevagissey and Par.

"Flooding is possible over the high tide on Friday morning (2nd March).

"High water at Falmouth is at 5.34am, times of high water will vary along the coast.

"Severe Gale force 9 easterly winds and offshore wave heights of 6m are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal areas. Locations particular at risk include Commercial Road Penryn, Trefusis Road Flushing, the A39 at Perranarworthal and the A390 at Tresillian.  Expect tides to be around 400 mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions.

"People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast."

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BREAKING: Flood alert issued for the south coast of Cornwall.

The Environment Agency said: "Flooding is possible over the high tide on Friday morning (2nd March). High water at Newlyn is at 4.48am, times of high water will vary along the coast.

"Severe Gale force 9 easterly winds and offshore wave heights of 6m are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations in Mounts Bay.  Expect tides to be around 400mm higher than predicted due to weather conditions.

"People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast."

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Just been taking a look at the weather radar - there is a big band of nastiness sitting off the south coast and gradually making its way towards us.

It means that the first places to see fairly heavy snow in Cornwall are likely to be the Lizard (deja vu...), Falmouth and Helston - before it spreads up across the Duchy.

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Duchy hospital in Truro is cancelling all out patient appointments and admissions for the rest of today and all day tomorrow.

The hospital is attempting to contact patients - but doesn't want anyone to travel in.

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Scroll down to see the man sunbathing on a snowy Cornish beach.

But, in the meantime, one Pirate FM listener decided to have a barbecue breakfast this morning...

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Bude canal looking distinctly icy today...

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Wondering whether you ought to ask the boss to go home before the snow starts?

Here's what you need to know.

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Newquay Zoo's lake was frozen over this morning. 

Here are keepers Emma and Laura breaking the ice to get across and feed the lemurs.

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First Kernow is advising people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

The company says that, with the possibility the weather could worsen very quickly, it can't guarantee that passengers will be able to make their return journey.

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Strong wind + snow = weird shapes...

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This looks like a picture postcard!

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School Closures Update:

Truro, Penwith and Callywith Colleges will remain closed on Friday 2nd March.

More than 200 schools are shut across Cornwall on Thursday and you can check the full list here.

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The snow in real time!

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It's hard to believe this is Cornwall!

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No meals on wheels in the Camborne area today.

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Just a reminder that a red weather warning, meaning there is a risk to life, has been issued for Devon - including a stretch of the A30 for this afternoon. Full details here.

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Almost doesn't look like Cornwall at all...

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Cornwall Fire and Rescue tells drivers to only travel if necessary...

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After Cornwall's first snow day yesterday, take a look at what fire crews wound up having to deal with on the downs. Read more here.

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TRAVEL: All Summercourt Travel and Travel Cornwall buses are suspended for the day.

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Update from Cornwall Council on bins: Waste collection services have been suspended in Truro and surrounding areas and Hayle and surrounding areas because of the severe weather conditions. Anyone whose collections have been cancelled will need to store their residual and clinical waste until next week. We are planning to carry out the dry recycling and garden waste collections scheduled from today on Saturday this week (03/03/18) weather permitting.

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BREAKING: The Met Office has issued a rare red weather warning for part of Devon - including a stretch of the A30. It's from 3pm through until 2am.

Here's what a red warning means: "Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life are likely.

"You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities."

So, although this doesn't stretch into Cornwall it could mean the A30 into and out of Cornwall becomes impassable this afternoon.

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It's official - you can now going skiing in Cornwall!

Thank you @wintersportsco

8:14am

So, it's not just snow today - it's also Storm Emma. Take a look at when it is expected to hit you where you live here...

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TRAVEL: No St Mawes passenger ferry running today.

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Police say they are being called to reports of cars leaving the roads...

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Here's what the Met Office is expecting to happen today...

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We've had a flurry of fresh school closures in the last ten minutes. If you haven't checked the school closure page recently it might be worth a quick look here.

7:49am

When the snow doesn't stop you doing what you love...

Thank you @lifeunexpected2

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From Cornwall Council:

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Here we snow again... just a reminder of how it looked in St Ives yesterday...

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TRAVEL: Service suspended on Great Western Railway between Gunnislake and Plymouth, between Liskeard and Looe, between Par and Newquay and between St Erth and St Ives (Cornwall) due to adverse weather conditions.

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BTW - life hack for tomorrow morning - Neil and Lucy will have Cornwall's most accurate travel every 15 minutes through the breakfast show. We've got the latest from traffic cameras, council and police systems - as well as the latest eyewitness reports from our listeners.

7:32pm

Although, we're still updating the school closures as they roll in tonight. You can check them here.

7:21pm

That's it for tonight folks - we'll bring you more first thing in the morning!

7:20pm

So after a day of snow chaos in west Cornwall, what is still to come?

This is the latest from the Met Office:

This Evening and Tonight:

Snow showers will fade this evening, leaving another very cold night with clear spells. Cloud will thicken later in the night with further snow arriving in the south by dawn. Strengthening winds with gales around coasts and hills. Minimum temperature -7 °C.

Thursday:

Bitterly cold with gales or severe gales for many combined with persistent snow, leading to blizzard conditions during the afternoon. By the evening, there is an increased risk of ice. Maximum temperature 0 °C.

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Hayle harbour

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Towards St Ives

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Will your school be shut tomorrow because of the snow?

Find out here.

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Traffic update:

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Reports of slow traffic due to stranded vehicles on B3315 Chywoone Hill between New Road and Gurnick Road. Approach with care.

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Only in Cornwall!

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What a day! Bleddy freezing mind but worth a wild and windy walk. #snow #Cornwall

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A message from Flybe because of the snow

Due to the adverse weather that is being experienced and forecasted over the next few days with the potential to impact travel across large parts of the UK, airports may either close temporarily or restrict the number of arriving and departing flights.

Flybe, like every airline, has minimum acceptable weather conditions in which we can safely operate. Please be assured that we will be doing our best to ensure that flights operate as normal, taking into consideration any adverse weather conditions.

The safety of our passengers and crew remains our number one priority at all times

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Snow on Trencrom Hill

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Spotted in Cornwall... man on skis...

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More than 100 schools and colleges across Cornwall have said they will be closed tomorrow. See the latest list here.

5:15pm

Cornwall Council: Residents concerned about someone sleeping rough can contact  Streetlink – a 24/7 website, mobile app and phone line which allows anyone who has a concern, to send out an alert about the location of someone sleeping rough. Streetlink will then pass on the information to St Petroc’s Assertive Outreach Team so that they find, engage with the person and connect them with support within 24 hours.

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Cornwall Council: While more than half of waste collections were carried out as scheduled today, the deteriorating weather at lunchtime meant it was not possible to complete all the routes. Anyone whose black bag waste has not been collected today as scheduled is asked to hold onto it until next week. 

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Of Cornwall’s 279 schools, 185 were either closed all day or closed early as a result of the weather.

4:36pm

Here we snow again!

It looks like more heavy snow showers are about to hit the far west of Cornwall.

The Met Office is forecasting an 80% - 90% chance in Falmouth and on the Lizard.

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Ow so pritty #snow #snowing #truro #cornwall #kernow

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#snowday#cornwall#falmouth#thedarkempress#cleopatra#friesianmare#friesianhorses

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This is brave!

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Snowy in Fowey #fowey #cornwall #lovefowey #snowday #polruan

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#palmtrees and #snow #cornwall #kernowstyle #winter #sun #beautifulday

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The Ashton Snowman ⛄ #snowman #snow #cornwall #icecold #freezing

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Beautiful snowy day. #cornwall #boatlife #dutchbarge #snow #cornishlife #winter

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#landsend #signpost in the #snow 😍 . . . . . #cornwall #kernow #weather #freakweather

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Warm up. #pasty #cornwall #yarp #youcantbeatit

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Pretty snowy here #cornwall #cornwalluk #thebeastfromtheeast

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Sunny skies again. #stives #beaches #cornwall #beaches #snow

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Officially snowed in! #snow #cornwall #beastfromtheeast #sledging #sledgingonbodyboards

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TRAVEL: Penhallick Road from Four Lanes down to Pool is blocked by an accident.

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#cornwallsnow #whitsandbay #southeastcornwall #snowbeach #cornwall

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TRAVEL: Reports of Vogue Hill in St Day both ways blocked due to accident between Tolcarne Road and West End.

12:56pm

#snow in Cornwall!!!! #cornwall #winter #weather #truro

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Things are worse in Scotland!

 

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#snowageddon #porthminsterbeach

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TRAVEL: Very slow traffic and hazardous driving conditions on A39 both ways between A390 Green Lane / Falmouth Road (Arch Hill, Truro) and A394 / Treliever Road (Treliever Roundabout, Penryn).

12:43pm

TRAVEL: In Penzance there's very slow traffic, hazardous driving conditions and long delays on A30 both ways between A394 (Newtown roundabout, Penzance) and B3047 (Camborne West, Camborne).

12:42pm

TRAVEL: In Par, reports of A3082 Polmear Hill both ways blocked, slow traffic due to accident between Tywardreath Hill (Par) and B3269 (Fowey).

12:36pm

TRAVEL: Reports of Old Carnon Hill at Carnon Downs both ways blocked, very slow traffic due to multi-vehicle accident near Mount Agar Road.

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TRAVEL: At Chywoone Hill in Newlyn people are abandoning their cars all the way up it.

12:34pm

TRAVEL: Reports of Belmont Road in Helston both ways blocked, slow traffic due to broken down vehicle between Osborne Parc and Lowertown Lane.

12:32pm

TRAVEL: Reports of New Mills Lane in Truro blocked both way, slow traffic due to accident between Treliske Lane and B3284 Kenwyn Hill / Knights Hill.

12:32pm

TRAVEL: Reports of slow traffic due to overturned vehicle on A30 Eastbound at Indian Queens between A39 / B3279 (Indian Queens) and B3274 Victoria Road (Victoria / Roche).

12:31pm

Here's the A30 right now...A30 in the snow

12:28pm

Just starting to snow in St Ives...

12:21pm

The sun has just come out in Redruth - but grey, threatening clouds right now.

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See the latest across Cornwall on our real time travel map here.

12:18pm

TRAVEL: Reports of slow traffic due to multi-vehicle accident in Truro on Penventinnie Lane near A390 Tresawls Road (Treliske Roundabout).

12:18pm

Some people saying they've abandoned their cars in their bid to get their children home safely...

12:16pm

TRAVEL: Reports of accident on Meneth Road in Camborne near Stray Park Way / Pengegon Way / Stray Park Road.

12:15pm

TRAVEL: Reports of slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved on Roseworthy Hill between Old Mill Lane (Roseworthy) and Horsepool Road (Connor Downs).

12:14pm

TRAVEL: Reports of Old Hill in Falmouth blocked both ways, slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved between North Parade and Glasney Road / Langton Road.

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TRAVEL: Reports of accident on A392 near Tregunnel Hill  in Newquay.

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TRAVEL: Reports of slow traffic due to accident on A3071 near Lesingey Lane.

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Snow reported to have started falling around Bodmin.

12:07pm

TRAVEL: Traffic is gridlocked though Pool and there are issues on Merritts Hill in Illogan (which is the hill between North Country and Illogan) as traffic is at a standstill and people are turning around causing a potential hazard.

12:07pm

Cornwall's Breast Screening Programme have closed all of their vans.

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Duchy Hospital has cancelled all out patient appointments for the rest of the day. Decision to follow later regarding tomorrow

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Hard as it is to believe if you're in the middle of the snow right now - some parts of Cornwall are clear. Hello Newquay :)

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Some roads around Truro are gridlocked as people try to leave work. We've got the latest travel here.

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Police in Falmouth are advising people only to travel if their journey is essential...

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We've just had dozens of school closures reported to us. Here's the latest list we've got.

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Hundreds of people across Camborne, Redruth and Truro are among those being sent home as blizzard conditions set in.

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School closures across Cornwall

Dozens of schools across Cornwall have closed, and will be closing later, because of the snow.

You can check to see if your school is affected here.

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The 'Beast from the East' blankets parts of Cornwall in snow.

Vicky Taylor took these amazing photos on the Lizard this morning!

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