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Solihull shivers in a week of wintry weather

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

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.

Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said more than 3,000 tonnes of grit was still stored at the Moat Lane depot.

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 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. Several schools, mostly in the north, remained shut on Tuesday as well. Fresh flurries came again on Wednesday.

But the wintry weather delighted youngsters, with many families flocking to enjoy the white stuff in parks such as Elmdon and Brueton.

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 weather was forecast to turn milder going into the weekend.

 

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