Snow patrol – Friday, March 2

A yellow warning for snow and ice remains in place for the south east, and, while there was no snow overnight there is still disruption caused by falls earlier in the week. Today’s updates on school and travel are reported here.

School news

Beacon Academy, Crowborough: Closed

Bonners C of E Primary: Message at 2pm. Closing, please collect your child as soon as possible.

Harlands Primary School: Closing at 2pm due to potential bad weather later in the day.

Heathfield Community College: Closed

High Hurstwood C of E Primary: “Due to the freezing temperatures and the amber warnings for wind and snow today, school will remain closed. As further snow is predicted today in all outlying areas we have great concerns regarding safe travel home again this afternoon. I apologise for any inconvenience. However the closure is to ensure the safety of staff, children and parents. We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday.”

Manor Primary School: Closing at 2pm due to adverse weather conditions.

Nutley C of E Primary: “We are opening at 9.30an today. We will be closing at 1pm due to the adverse weather forecast. Please continue to check your emails.”

Rocks Park Primary: EMERGENCY CLOSURE!  The boiler has gone down, we have no electricity in some parts of the school and no water in Reception/Y1 toilets.  It is also snowing and therefore we are closing the school.  Parents are asked to come and collect their children between 12.30pm and 1.00pm.  Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

St Peter’s C of E Primary, Chailey: Closed

Uckfield Community Technology College: Closing at 2.40pm. Coaches have been alerted.

Other closures:

Sussex Support Service: “The difficult decision has been made to close today. The combination of the predicted snow later today, risk of slipping for users and or carers and the heating at the Pavilion not coping with low temperatures are all large factors in this decision. We hope normal service will resume on Monday. Thank you for your patience.”

Fun Abounds: Message at 1.30pm: We have made the decision to close for the rest of the day. We must put the safety of staff, parents and gymnasts first and do not want anyone having an accident trying to attend sessions at the centre. Sorry for the inconvenience and we hope you have a good snow day!

Travel

Southern is advising passengers to compete their journeys before 3pm. The company says the weather is expected to deteriorate this afternoon and they may be prevented from running services on some routes.

Southern started the day by operating an hourly service on the Uckfield Line.

Weather forecast

The Met Office still has a yellow warning in place for the South East. It says:

Between 00:05, Friday, March 2, and 23:55, Friday, March 2: Further snow showers or perhaps longer spells of snow are likely at times through Friday.

There is an increasing chance that a further spell of more persistent snow may move north into parts of southern England, Wales and central England during the day.

Icy stretches are likely on untreated surfaces. In addition, strong winds will lead to further drifting or blowing around of existing snow cover.

Delays and cancellations to public transport are possible, as are delays to travel on roads; some stranding of vehicles and passengers could also occur. Some rural communities could become, or remain cut off. Interruptions to power supplies and mobile phone coverage are also possible.

Tip about gas boilers

Plumbers have reported getting a lot of calls about gas boilers not working. They say condense pipes are freezing and blocking and simply pouring warm water over them a few times could clear the problem. Then re-set the boiler.

Levent Yalcin – who is opening a cafe in the former angling shop at the top of Uckfield High Street – says the tip has worked for him. “It might be worth sharing so people can give it a try.”

The tip is shared video from Worcester Bosch.

See also:

Where to go and what to do in the Uckfield area

High Chai and street food now available at Amira’s Kitchen, Uckfield

Location of new Uckfield Hospital bus stop

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

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