LiveSnow as it happened on Friday

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  • Schools in Great Sankey were among the first to close
  • Thirteen schools closed their doors early
  • Some black bin collections ended early
  • Ice to be the big problem for motorists this weekend
  • Live Wire confirms sports pitches not operating today


Right, well that is all for our live updates.

Thanks for sending your pictures and following the news today.

If you have any pictures, you can still send them via twitter or through the website.

Enjoy the snow and stay safe!



The predicted heavy snow this afternoon did not materialise in Warrington and just an odd shower is now predicted for tonight.

The Met Office is forecasting another cold night and is warning ice will be a problem for motorists over the weekend.

A thaw could be a few days away...




Livewire, which runs the council's leisure centres, says some sessions will be off tonight.

Film night at Culcheth campus is off as is aerobiking and zumba at the Orford Jubilee hub.

Outdoor sport pitches have been closed all day.


Don't forget, you can email your pictures to us at or tweet us using #warringtonsnow or text 80360, start your message Warrington news 


And this duo at Brook Acre School in Padgate wrapped up warm for the weather.

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Photographer Dave Gillespie has been out and about taking pictures today.

Here are children at Sacred Heart Primary School enjoying the snow.

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Fire crews have been to Jubilee Grove in Lymm where a log burner caused a chimney fire.

They were called at 3.30pm- there are no reports of casualties.


If you are getting ready for the rush hour drive or train ride home, make sure to visit the travel section on our website for the latest informtion.




Struggling to drive in the snow?

A press release just sent to the Warrington Guardian by shows searches for 4x4s has gone up 24 per cent in the past week!


Staff at the Smile Centre on Froghall Lane in Warrington with a new addition to their team!

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More on the power supply problems in south Warrington.

Around 50 homes are thought to have lost power on Runcorn Road, Moore after a HGV lorry crashed into a power line earlier today. 


A spokesman from Scottish Power said engineers were currently working to switch customers to a different electricity supply. 


Police have been at the scene moving the vehicle and Scottish Power have confirmed the damaged electricity pole will have to be removed and replaced which could take a few hours. 


Getting reports of a lorry hitting a lamppost in Moore/Daresbury earlier today.

Power lines have been down since.


Crosfields in Great Sankey is the latest to confirm the cancellation of all sport matches this weekend.

The pitches are covered in snow.

It probably won't be the last postponment either!



You wouldn't expect anything less really but staff at the Pyramid in Warrington town centre have posted this arty shot.

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It may be below feezing here in Warrington so it has been a good week to get away for the Warrington Wolves squad.

The players are Tenerife training this week ahead of the 2013 season.

You can read the latest here


So how is the snow for you?

You can have your say in our ballot.


More on the bins. Council bosses say they will make an announcement next week about what happens with missed blue bin collections.

They decided to end some routes early today, largely because of difficult driving concessions on side roads.


Finlay Smith, aged four, from Chapelford enjoying a play in the snow.

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The weather has forced council bosses to close the gates to Fox Covert Cemetery for the weekend.

Vehicles are not allowed on site but there is pedestrian access although visitors are asked to take 'great care'.

Council bosses will review the situation on Monday.


Why not let us know what you are up to this afternoon in the snow?

You can send pictures of snowmen or landscapes or anything you like.

Or just send us a comment.

E-mail text 80360, starting the message Warrington News or tweet us using #warringtonsnow to @warringtonnews.


You can keep up-to-date with the weather forecast for Warrington below.



There will be no football at Warrington Town this weekend.

Shaun Reid's team were due to take on Salford City at the Abacus Solicitor's Community Stadium on Saturday but the snow has forced the game to be cancelled.

The pitch is under four inches of snow and ice and will be replayed later in the season.

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While the some snow may fall again this afternoon, it is ice that is likely to be the biggest problem on the roads over the weekend.

Snow is not forecast for Saturday or Sunday according to the Met Office.

But the temperature will remain close to zero meaning the snow will be slow to thaw.



Some 60 tonnes of grit has been delivered to Warrington Borough Council today as workers try to keep the roads clear.

The council says there is plenty in stock



Council announces black bin collections may be ending early today in west Warrington. There would be no replacement collection until next week.


Myles Winstone @bruthamyles sent us this snowy picture from Woolston ParkWarrington Guardian:


    A TOTAL of 13 schools are now closing their doors due to the snow.

New schools announced are Penketh High from 2pm , Sir Thomas Boteler, University Academy (Lysander), Bewsey Lodge Primary, Bridgewater High from 1.30pm, Cardinal Newman, Grappenhall Heyes Primary and a partial closure at St Gregory's.


12:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Saysitasitis says



HEALTH chiefs are bracing themselves for high numbers of patients who have suffered injuries after slips, trips or falls in the snow.

Mike Cheshire, NHS north west medical director, said: “We need older people and those who have long-term conditions to make sure they keep taking their medication and have sufficient supplies so that they don’t need to go out for more during the cold spell. 

“We also need everyone to help our A&E and 999 teams by only using them for life-threatening and urgent conditions, such as heart attacks, strokes, breathing problems and serious accidents.”

Anyone with a common complaint or non-life-threatening condition are advised to contact their GP, dial NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 / NHS111 or go and see their local pharmacy for advice and help.


The town's bus company, Network Warrington, says all buses are running as normal despite the snow.

You can check the latest on the roads and rails across the town and further afield on our traffic section






The North West Ambulance Service says it has cancelled a lot of today's transport to and from Warrington Hospital.

The appointments will be rearranged where possible.


Sycamore Lane Primary School in Great Sankey has told parents they can pick children up early at 1.30pm onwards.




So what do you make of the snow?

Are you enjoying making snow men or is it affecting your travel plans?

Or is it a fuss about nothing?

Add your comments below or tweet us #warringtonsnow




Michelle Robinson sent us this picture of Warrington motorists abandoning their cars!Warrington Guardian:




Hayley Percival sent us this picture of a robin at Moore Nature Reserve keeping the bird watchers companyWarrington Guardian:




Sue Clough sent this picture from Gemini Business Park

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St Phillip's CE Primary School in Westbrook and Park Road Community Primary School are both asking for parents to come and pick up their children.


Here is the latest at The Halliwell Jones Stadium. Good job there is no game on tonight!

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There is a full round-up of what is going on around town and on the roads here

We will also keep you updated in our special live blog


We are bringing you all the latest as the show falls more heavily in Warrington. You can get involved by tweeting us @warringtonnews - use the #warringtonsnow.

Or send us a picture to or text 80360 - start your message with Warrington News


Bin rounds are being carried out as normal so keep your bin out, the council says.


Barrowhall Primary school is the latest to close in Warrington.

Pupils at Great Sankey High School have already been sent home.

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12:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Saysitasitis says...

ITS SNOW....GET OVER IT...!! Saysitasitis
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12:54pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Nick Tessla says...

As Helen Jones has the time to tweet about the weather, perhaps she would care to post a comment on here about the shabby way her Labour council reponded to the Peel Hall Park petition.

Geoff Settle, Billy Lines-Rowland et al appear to be too embarassed to do so. Or is it that they are just too afraid of uosetting her and the Crown Prince (aka Chris Vobe) ?
As Helen Jones has the time to tweet about the weather, perhaps she would care to post a comment on here about the shabby way her Labour council reponded to the Peel Hall Park petition. Geoff Settle, Billy Lines-Rowland et al appear to be too embarassed to do so. Or is it that they are just too afraid of uosetting her and the Crown Prince (aka Chris Vobe) ? Nick Tessla
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