1st February 2019

Cornish Weather Chaos as Snow Causes Gridlock

Overnight snow coupled with the lowest temperatures Cornwall has seen for seven years brought chaos to the area last night. The sudden and rapid snowfall meant that traffic near Bodmin Moor was forced to a standstill leaving many stranded in their vehicles for hours or forced to find shelter wherever they could.

Local colleges opened their doors to provide safe overnight accommodation, warm food and warm beds for any students unable to get home. The treacherous conditions with ice, snow and freezing temperatures combined to bring total gridlock to some parts and do not look set to improve very quickly today as more snow is forecast.

As always there was plenty of help on hand from the residents in the nearby villages who deployed their tractors and ploughs to help out. The emergency services rescued a group of children stranded on the A39 in their school bus using 4x4 vehicles and managed to transfer them to safety at a local spa resort. Hotels extended their hospitality and accommodation with emergency beds set up in the bar areas to meet the unexpected demand. The job of clearing the abandoned vehicles and congestion has begun but there is still some ongoing disruption to rail and air transport this morning.

Not everyone feels too inconvenienced by the snow however; with some schools closed children could enjoy some wintery fun and for others an unexpected cosy duvet day is on the cards!