By Ian Dipple Friday 18 January 2013 Updated: 21/01 15:02
SEVERAL schools remain closed today (Monday) following more snowfall overnight.
Up to 3cm of the white stuff came down during Sunday and into the early hours of this morning, while sub-zero temperatures have also made for difficult driving conditions.
Crown Meadow First School in Alvechurch is closed because of dangerous road and path conditions to and from the school while Oak Hill First School in Redditch is shut on health and safety grounds as well as there being no hot dinner service available.
Tardebigge First School has decided not to open due to treacherous conditions on High House Lane and Church Lane and reports of cars getting stuck on the car park.
Others closed today include Alvechurch Middle, Roman Way First, St Luke's First, Tenacres First, Webheath First Academy, Woodrow First in Redditch and Woodrush High in Wythall.
Also closed is Astwood Bank First School, Batchley First School, Ipsley RSA Academy, Matchborough First School, Holyoakes First School, St Stephen's First School and Woodfield Middle School.
RSA Arrow Vale, Trinity High, St Augustine's Catholic High and Kingsley College is open only to students sitting exams. Church Middle School is open from 11am due to delays in clearing access to the building and Feckenham First School is open from 10am.
Alcester Academy, Studley High, Studley Infants, St Mary's Junior in Studley, St Benedict's Catholic High in Alcester, St Mary's Catholic Primary in Studley are also shut.
Redditch Borough Council has started bin collections as normal this morning but are expecting to experience some difficulty accessing some roads.
Anyone whose bin was not collected last week should put it out today and leave it in a safe place. Residents due to have their bin picked up this week should leave it out on the day of collection and keep it there until crews can reach them.
A council spokeswoman said they hoped to catch up on missed collections over the course of this week.
The Worcestershire Hub opened at 6.30am this morning to answer any urgent queries and will remain open longer than normal this evening until 8pm. It is available on 01905 765 765.
All day care services have been cancelled for the day.
There is currently no reported disruption to bus services in the Redditch area.
Gritting crews are working around the clock to keep the borough moving but the advice to motorists remains to alter their driving to suit conditions and never assume it is safe to travel at normal speeds just because a road has been gritted.
The immediate problem is ice as temperatures are set to remain below freezing throughout this week dropping as low as minus five in the evenings.
The odd snow flurry could fall this afternoon (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday), while the rest of the week is forecast to remain dry with some sunshine.
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