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Snow brings joy and misery to youngsters and commuters

Heavy snow buried the borough under a blanket of white this week, delighting children but causing widespread misery for businesses and drivers

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Heavy snow buried the borough under a blanket of white this week, delighting children but causing widespread misery for businesses and drivers.

The wintry weather began in earnest on Friday, when six inches smothered Solihull in eight hours - the white stuff falling constantly from around 9am-5pm.

Gritting teams were dispatched, but jams were reported as both schools and shops decided to shut early.

Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said more than 3000 tonnes of grit was still stored at the Moat Lane depo, enough for 100 runs.

Birmingham Airport was forced to close its runway, while bus services were diverted or cancelled altogether - one single-decker was stranded at the junction of Richmond Road and Wagon Lane, Olton.

There was a brief reprieve on Saturday, but snow returned on Sunday, falling for the much of the day and into the early hours.

Solihull Council confirmed a blanket closure of schools for Monday, though some secondary students had to make the journey regardless to sit their exams.

At Solihull Hospital, there was an appeal for 4x4 owners to help transport clinical staff through the difficult conditions.

But the weather delighted youngsters, with many families flocking to enjoy the white enjoy in Elmdon Park.

Among them was mum Fiona Armstrong, who said her two-year-old son Antony had loved sledging, though confessed she was knackered herself.

As the Solihull News went to press, the freezing temperatures were forecast to last into at least next week.

 

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