Snowy Sunday fun day – unless you were on the roads


The wintery weather provided a little distraction from the pandemic, but brought dangerous driving conditions

Sunday’s snowfall provided an opportunity for some much-needed wintery entertainment for families.   Snowmen of all shapes and sizes sprang up in gardens around the area and sledges accompanied many of those heading out for their exercise.

Gritting teams from the County Council had been out ahead of the snowfall and worked through the day to keep the main routes open.   A lower volume of traffic due to lockdown meant many roads stayed covered in a layer of snow.

Saturday’s freezing conditions led to treacherous driving conditions with ice underneath the snow in places.   Vehicles struggled coming down Highlands in Banbury on the corner by St Francis Church.   Hightown Road from the hospital to Morrisons was also slippery and a number of people reported difficult driving conditions on the Oxford Road into town.

Around Brackley a number of lorries became stranded on the A43 and the Highways Agency reported they were having to deal with a number of ongoing calls for abandoned vehicles.

As the new week gets underway, whilst many children are still at home due to lockdown, vulnerable children and those of key workers are still attending school.  However, icy conditions have resulted in a number of schools having to stay shut.  

Safety concerns in relation to the snow and ice have led to these schools not opening on Monday:

  • Cherry Fields Primary School, Banbury
  • Hardwick Primary School, Banbury
  • Longford Park Primary School, Banbury
  • William Morris Primary School, Banbury
  • Frank Wise School, Banbury
  • St John’s Catholic Primary, Banbury
  • The Grange School, Banbury
  • Orchard Fields Community School, Banbury
  • Bishop Loveday, Bodicote
  • Wroxton Primary School
  • Hornton Primary School
  • Sibford Gower Endowed Primary School
  • Southfield Primary School, Brackley

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Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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