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8:49am Friday 18th January 2013 in News
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- Chipperfield St Paul's VA C of E Primary will be closing at 1pm.
- Colnbrook School in South Oxhey is closed.
- Parkgate Junior and Infants in Watford is closed.
- Arnett Hills Primary School in Rickmansworth is closed.
- Bushey Academy will close at 11.25am.
- Chorleywood Primary School will close at midday.
- Hartsbourne Primary in Bushey Heath is closed.
- Hertsmere Jewish Primary School in Radlett will close at 10.30am.
- Highwood Primary School in Bushey will close at 12pm.
- Kings Langley Primary School will close at 1pm.
- Rickmansworth Secondary School will close at 12.30pm.
- Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School & Nursery in Bushey will close at 1pm.
- St Anthony's Catholic Primary School is closed.
- West Herts College will close at 12.30pm due to snow.
- Bushey Heath Primary closing at 1.30pm
- Divine Saviour RC Primary Abbots Langley closed.
- Fair Field Junior Primary Radlett is closed.
- Francis Combe Academy Watford will close today at 11.40am.
- Garston Manor Garston closing at 1.30pm today.
- Kingswood Nursery Watford closing nursery and pre-school at 11.30.
- Knutsford Primary Watford closing at 1pm.
- Laurance Haines Watford closing at 12 pm.
- Oxhey Early Years Centre Watford closed 1-4 pm.
- Parmiter's Watford closing at 2.15pm.
- Queens' Secondary Bushey closing 12.30pm.
- Shepherd Primary School Rickmansworth closing at 12.30pm.
- St Joan of Arc Catholic Rickmansworth closing at 12.30pm.
- St John's Catholic Primary Mill End closing at 1pm.
- St John's C of E Infant and Nursery Radlett closed.
- Watford Field School infant and nursery Watford closing at 12.45pm.
- Abbots Langley Primary closing today at 12.15pm.
- Alban Wood Primary and Nursery Watford closed from 1pm.
- Bedmond Village Primary School Abbots Langley closing at 12.30pm.
- Berrygrove Academy Watford closing at 1pm today.
- Bromet Primary Watford closing from 1pm.
- Field Junior Primary Watford closing early. Parents can collect from 12.45pm.
- Holywell Primary Watford school is closed.
- Kingsway Infant Watford will close at 1.15pm.
- Kingsway Junior Watford will close at 1.15pm
- Maple Cross JMI collect from 12.45pm.
- Orchard Primary School Watford collect your children from 1.15pm.
- Rickmansworth Park JMI Rickmansworth closing at 1pm.
- St Peter's C of E VA Primary Mill End closing by 12pm.
- Yorke Mead Primary Rickmansworth closing 1.15pm
- Watford Girls Grammar School School will close at 1.30pm.
- Bromet Primary Watford closed.
- Bushey Manor Junior closed.
- Field Junior Primary Watford closed.
- Watford School of Music closed.
- Oxhey Early Years Centre Watford closing at 2pm.
- St Meryl Watford closing at 2pm.
- Warren Dell Primary Watford closing today at 1.15pm.
- No disruption to Arriva bus services in south west Hertfordshire.
- London Overground has no service between Harrow and Wealdstone and Watford High Street.
- London Midland tickets are now valid on any train - no advance or peak restrictions.
- There has been a crash on the M25 anti-clockwise between junction 20 and 21.
@Observer_Owl @emmajakins bricket wood http://t.co/Am3i5Sqc— @antjim1975 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl picture taken from my front door earlier in snowy South Oxhey :) http://t.co/WkwQUN1m— @Michelle_Pettit 18 January 2013
@observer_owl snowy pic I took earlier :-) http://t.co/flEBMVfp— @EmmaJakins 18 January 2013
Take care driving on the snow and ice, it will get worse as the slush freezes. Already been to one RTC, no more please. Drive to arrive.— @WatFireCom 18 January 2013
This is impressive RT @ed_parks: @Observer_Owl @laurenceyates that's pathetic! Check out this one... http://t.co/Z3xpIXYZ— @Observer_Owl 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl where was my snowman rt?????????? Its a watford one..... In NORWICH!!!! here he is http://t.co/uIjROVr4— @LawaLaura 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl we tried at school! http://t.co/9xov2iv3— @thealexofsmith 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl your saviour is here, a snowman ... :D http://t.co/VQIwZYQ6— @LaurenceYates 18 January 2013
#Euston Update 1: we've had to make a few alterations this evening. Apologies. Full info here -> http://t.co/FfCqgQPa— @LondonMidland 18 January 2013
#Euston services update: Delays of up to 50 mins due to knock on delays due to #Northampton signalling issues. Also some set doors freezing.— @LondonMidland 18 January 2013
Re Bushey RT @JadeGralton80: station staff finally acting on this and gritting area! Looks like caution still needed tho.— @Observer_Owl 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl Hatfield to Croxley in a half hour. Absolutely clear and hardly any traffic.— @3qtrsamericano 18 January 2013
Earlier this afternoon West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust said all services were running as normal at Watford General Hospital.
No patient appointments had been cancelled but the hospital was advising people to give themselves extra travel time if they did have an appointment today.
The trust will be reviewing the situation throughout the day as the snow continues to fall.
@Observer_Owl best use for snow? http://t.co/BQg0csZE— @MrsGrumpazoid 18 January 2013
Arriva bus services:
Some services in the Watford area are experiencing disruption:
1 Running but subject to delays
2 Running but subject to delays
8 terminating at Carpenders Park as it is not possible to pass Northwood Hill due to cars stuck in the snow
10 Not serving Holywell and diverted via Whippendell Road/Hagden Lane
142 Stanmore Hill blocked due to snow- buses are diverted via Uxbridge Road, Brookshill and Common Road
321 Running but subject to delays
322/323 Experiencing difficulties with Scots Hill
@observer_owl Snow 2013 http://t.co/LIiUICec :-) there are nice parts of snow if it is a pain!— @SusanGaszczak 18 January 2013
Decision on whether Watford FC's game with Huddersfield Town at Vicarage Road tomorrow goes ahead will be made at 9am
@Observer_Owl Taz the chihuahua enjoying the snow. http://t.co/9Wgz1W4c— @ClairelovesTate 18 January 2013
All waste and recycling collections were made today before the snow set in. Phew!— @WatfordCouncil 18 January 2013
Service suspended on London Overground between Harrow and Wealdstone and Watford Junction and severe delays on all other routes due to power supply problems caused by snow.
@Observer_Owl http://t.co/NjM4cc8C— @Kellyappleshaw 18 January 2013
BBC London News just showed sledgers enjoying the snow in Abbots Langley @Observer_Owl— @mchlpckrd 18 January 2013
Heavy traffic on Chorleywood rd towards Rickmansworth. Tailbacks to junc 18 of m25 @Observer_Owl— @voiceofwatford 18 January 2013
RT @BGnursery: Ella at our @BGnursery Croxley Green branch enjoying the snow by making a 'snow angel' :-) http://t.co/gc6n3hSk— @Observer_Owl 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl looking very busy on the a4008 owl and the approach roads towards the m1— @AndrewCarberry 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl you aint getting through croxley quick today http://t.co/IUPIzau8— @dazrison 18 January 2013
Slow traffic due to earlier accident on M25 clockwise between J24 A111 / A1005 (Potters Bar) and J25 A10 (Enfield), congestion to J22 A1081 / B556 (St Albans / The Bell Roundabout / London Colney).
St Albans Road, skid alley. Drive carefully. Doesn't seem to have been gritted/salted. @Observer_Owl #watford #herts http://t.co/QDDgID6I— @AKatWatford 18 January 2013
Father & Son #Sahmaran #photography (no poem) ;) #Cassioburypark #snow @Observer_Owl @adam_watfordobs http://t.co/76F5ytxT— @Dantelangles 18 January 2013
Bromet Primary Watford: due to the terrible weather school closing at 1pm. All clubs cancelled today.
Bushey Manor Junior: closed.
Field Junior Primary Watford: school closing, parking restrictions relaxed. Please collect via alley entrance.
Watford School of Music: closed.
Oxhey Early Years Centre Watford: closing at 2 pm to make sure children, families and staff can get home safely. Please collect your child as soon as you can.
St Meryl Watford: closing due to adverse weather conditions school closing at 2pm. Travel safely.
Warren Dell Primary Watford: school is closing today at 1.15pm. If parents are unable to collect some staff will be on site until 3.15pm
@weemia Watford snow http://t.co/ODu2HjAe— @Vonny066 18 January 2013
Hempstead Road currently... @Observer_Owl http://t.co/AG2dZoqq— @AntonyDesert 18 January 2013
@Herts_Highways no gritters in south oxhey! Why not?! Roads are hideous now and very dangerous! #poorshow— @GemmaBunting 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl made my own snow gauge lol http://t.co/pbEvaoKz— @jlmilsom88 18 January 2013
#GritterTwitter Gritting teams deployed again from 1300. Further snow showers this afternoon. Please drive with extreme care.— @Herts_Highways 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl I would Say Stephenson way isn't gritted http://t.co/I9eGbsrb— @my_mum_sayz 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl in croxley! http://t.co/EDkCRhuo— @lewis_taylor_99 18 January 2013
No problems parking in Rickmansworth today... Not sure what the fuss is about! http://t.co/PHAmwZ6I— @BigWaspPhil 18 January 2013
It is taking so much self control not to take my skis to Cassiobury Park and build a kicker right now. Revision is a ball ache. #NCTJ— @JackDFranks 18 January 2013
@snowblog Watford general in the snow. http://t.co/LTg8GRpz— @daddyalien 18 January 2013
This is the roundabout outside my house. Not all dangerous. http://t.co/m4UPh6ds— @MoreUtterPiffle 18 January 2013
Still no distruptions to bus services in Hertfordshire, although Arriva is reporting cancellations in Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.
Lindsay Frostick, from Arriva, said: "In all areas, snow has started to settle on some roads and we are reviewing our services. Some more minor roads are not able to be served.
"Delays to all services are to be expected so please bear with us during the extreme weather."
@Observer_Owl check out the snowy seen at the reeds estate! #snowy http://t.co/Kjm75Fry— @Coopy_84 18 January 2013
@Adam_WatfordObs Former Radlett Aerodrome, under development threat by Rail Freight plans, now very pretty under snow! http://t.co/Bv9sZF2E— @partychancer 18 January 2013
I remember when snow used to be an inconvenience rather than a national disaster.— @Jim_Watford 18 January 2013
@TelegraphPics my back garden overlooking Bricket Wood, in North Watford, Herts http://t.co/abbNgU8z— @ray_likethefish 18 January 2013
Ticket Restriction Clarification - London Midland tickets are now valid on any London Midland train. No advance or peak restrictions.— @LondonMidland 18 January 2013
Two booted and suited commuters having a snowball fight on Watford platform. Love snow!— @Elsiebiades 18 January 2013
Watford Girls Grammar School School will close at 1.30pm.
It's snowing in Watford #snow http://t.co/r9mmHIRw— @SueshrimptonSue 18 January 2013
So glad i dnt have have to go through the #snow #watford http://t.co/9LNKt2ev— @DaveCuthbert 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl. Good inch of snow already at TopGolf http://t.co/z5n4mbIM— @inayellowshirt 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl and only now they consider gritting the walkways ! http://t.co/WM6HOT2Y— @b8nnc 18 January 2013
@observer_owl Kings Langley in the snow. Getting quite thick now http://t.co/JjFLwszA— @Meccukltd 18 January 2013
Is your vehicle road worthy? Snow doesn't stop us, but we would rather not see you today http://t.co/MTErU46n— @WatfordFire 18 January 2013
Abbots Langley Primary: closing today at 12.15pm. Children have had an early lunch. Please collect children from classrooms. There are no after school clubs.
Alban Wood Primary and Nursery Watford: Alban Wood will be closed from 1pm today.
Bedmond Village Primary School Abbots Langley: will be closing at 12.30pm due to adverse weather conditions
Berrygrove Academy Watford: closing school closing at 1pm today due to weather.
Bromet Primary Watford: - School closing from 1pm but please pick your children up as soon you can.
Field Junior Primary Watford: Closing early. Parents can collect from 12.45pm. Do not use car park- parking restrictions relaxed.
Holywell Primary Watford: due to snow school is closing immediately 11.30am.
Kingsway Infant Watford: Due to continuing bad weather we will have to close at 1.15pm after the children have had their lunch. We are happy for children to be collected earlier but please don't worry if you are a bit later. Please drive/walk carefully.
Kingsway Junior Watford: the school will close at 1.15pm.
Maple Cross JMI: collect from 12.45pm.
Orchard Primary School Watford: Due to the weather you may collect your children from 1.15pm until the end of the day.
Rickmansworth Park JMI Rickmansworth: Closing school at 1pm. Parents can collect pupils now.
St Peter's C of E VA Primary Mill End: closing by 12pm. No lunches.
Yorke Mead Primary Rickmansworth: closing 1.15pm.
@Observer_Owl the pond as of 5 mins ago #snow http://t.co/gmHvAJjc— @JackHally 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl We have about 2-3 centimetres of snow in South Oxhey!!— @Dannyo98 18 January 2013
Trains from Euston to watford and wolverhampton being cancelled. #snow— @mermayden 18 January 2013
Fabulous cassiobury park in Watford http://t.co/l4IZDSNM— @bandmasta 15 January 2013
@JohnSalomonWFC we're at the gym #dedication http://t.co/GThecRsi— @Addypadss 18 January 2013
What do you think?
@Observer_Owl The view from our office @kda666 #mustbehometime http://t.co/6gQ6SXen— @b8nnc 18 January 2013
Getting increasingly grim up my way... http://t.co/8VbOo8yY— @Ant_WatfordObs 18 January 2013
Lindsay Frostick, from Arriva, said there is currently no disruption to bus services across south west Hertfordshire.
Please take care out there, not good driving conditions! http://t.co/CeLQ7t0A— @AmboOfficer 18 January 2013
Am I the only one in Rickmansworth who's desperate to be out in the snow?!— @zakkylalani 18 January 2013
#Snow #Watford #Hertfordshire #2013 http://t.co/TZHhoM02— @Seyedii 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl snow garden http://t.co/QslYlBDP— @melsi100 18 January 2013
Bushey Heath Primary: closing at 1.30pm
Divine Saviour RC Primary Abbots Langley: the school is closing due to heavy snow. Please collect the children.
Fair Field Junior Primary Radlett: closed.
Francis Combe Academy Watford: the academy will close today at 11.40.
Garston Manor Garston: school closing at 1.30pm today due to bad weather, updates every hour with any changes.
Kingswood Nursery Watford: closing nursery and pre-school at 11.30. No lunch club or hot meals. No afternoon nursery or pre-school sessions due to worsening weather conditions.
Knutsford Primary Watford: will close at 1pm due to the weather. Please travel safely.
Laurance Haines Watford: closed due to snow at 12 pm, please come now to pick up children as soon as possible. School car park closed.
Oxhey Early Years Centre Watford: closed 1-4 pm. Sessions this afternoon are cancelled due likely risky travel conditions later this afternoon. Car park may be closed.
Parmiter's Watford: closing early due to potential transport problems in the snow, closing at 2.15pm today.
Queens' Secondary Bushey: closing 12.30pm
Shepherd Primary School Rickmansworth: closing at 12.30pm due to snow.
St Joan of Arc Catholic Rickmansworth: closed due to severe weather. School will close at 12.30pm today to allow pupils and staff safe journey home.
St John's Catholic Primary Mill End: Due to weather conditions the school will be closing at closed at 1pm. Collect from usual place.
St John's C of E Infant and Nursery Radlett: Closed due to the snow.
Watford Field School infant and nursery Watford: school closing at 12.45pm today due to the weather
10:59am Fri 18 Jan 13
Shorty Watford FC says
Knutsford School shutting at 1pm - Snow building up now
Watford Observer Holly Cant has been in Rickmansworth Aquadrome this morning.
West Herts College will close at 12.30pm due to snow.
Two cars and a lorry have crashed on the M25 near Kings Langley.
The incident happened at 10.20am, when a silver Ford Fiesta, a blue Vauxhall Van and a lorry crashed between junction 20 and 21.
Police and the Highways Agency are still on the clockwise carrigeway. Two people have minor injuries, and the road not closed.
It may be snowing outside but the mutt must walk! @observer_owl http://t.co/rwevQn28— @Balders1965 18 January 2013
At cars etc wont be tolerated. Pls bare in mind we're busy and encourage children to play in suitable locations. Thanks for your support.— @SthOxheyPolice 18 January 2013
Spoken to most local school and they are closing around mid day. Pls ask your children to have fun in the snow in parks. Throwing snow ...— @SthOxheyPolice 18 January 2013
London Overground has no service between Harrow and Wealdstone and Watford High Street. There is a power supply problem caused by snow.
There has been a crash on the M25 clockwise between junction 20 and 21.
@metoffice @Observer_Owl current conditions in watford. Snow flakes are still very thin http://t.co/lYhy2SZv— @cevdetpars 18 January 2013
That's all the school closures for now.
Parkgate Junior and Infants in Watford: due to the severe weather and lack of available staff the school is closed today, please collect your child.
Arnett Hills Primary School in Rickmansworth: due to the severe weather conditions the school is closed today.
Bushey Academy: will close at 11.25am today.
Chorleywood Primary School: due to the earlier than expected arrival of snow and the forecast for later, the school will close at 12 today.
Hartsbourne Primary in Bushey Heath: due to severe weather school will close at 1.30pm today.
Hertsmere Jewish Primary School in Radlett: Due to the current snowfall and the prediction of heavy snow and treacherous conditions, the will close school at 10.30am. The coach will be leaving at this time, please ensure you are at the stops to collect your children.
Highwood Primary School in Bushey: due to snow, Highwood will be closing today at 12pm. Please pick children up as soon as possible. School drive is closed for safety reasons.
Kings Langley Primary School: due to the weather, school will close at 1pm today, after the children have enjoyed their lunch. Please collect from outside your child's classroom. Have a lovely weekend.
Rickmansworth Secondary School: due to severe weather warnings we intend to close the school at 12.30pm.
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School & Nursery in Bushey: school closed at 1pm today. Please ring school if delayed in picking up.
St Anthony's Catholic Primary School: the school is closing now. Please collect your child immediately.
Not too much snow in Bushey station. http://t.co/FgtDlLo2— @sazap10 18 January 2013
Oh great, Watford is starting to resemble The Day After Tomorrow... No, stop snow. I need to fly on Monday :-(— @laur_irwinkle 18 January 2013
In the last 72hrs 2 cars have been stolen in Abbots when drivers left them running while de-icing PLEASE DON’T LEAVE CARS RUNNING UNATTENDED— @AbbotsPolice 18 January 2013
Arriva confirm its buses have not been affected by the snow.
We are planning to run a full timetable today. Please allow extra time for your journey where necessary. http://t.co/zClrlpgX— @LondonMidland 18 January 2013
Getting heavier around Watford. #snow— @retrotimelord 18 January 2013
A Baker St bound S Stock pulls into snow covered Croxley http://t.co/aw6kNBgm— @RailwaysToday 18 January 2013
@MelloBirds has sent in this poem about the snow.
@Observer_Owl It's white It's alright at night Its pretty when it lays But it ruins my days Snow.— @MelloBirds 18 January 2013
Snowing and settling in Watford #snow #watford #cold— @__BollyBusrin__ 18 January 2013
M&S #rickmansworth out of all medium sliced loaves, brown & white. #PanicBuying!— @YforZoo 18 January 2013
RT @themediatweets: Tip of the Day: If working from home today due to weather, remember not to tweet pics of your snowman until tomorrow.— @Observer_Owl 18 January 2013
Snow is starting to come down, RTC are coming in. Please only travel if absolute necessary.— @SthOxheyPolice 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl snow coming down a bit more heavily now in bushey heath— @BENcTrup 18 January 2013
Snowmageddon Update for Rickmansworth: Reasonable amount of snow, no mageddon yet.— @D_Hollingsworth 18 January 2013
Full-on #snow in #Rickmansworth.— @RickyVicar 18 January 2013
Everyone saying one bit of snow and Britain is in meltdown and closed and that? Everywhere north of Watford's getting along fine.— @SeanMurricane 18 January 2013
A band of snow will spread from Wales and the southwest today.
In the worst affected places there will be 20-30 centimetres of snow, and strong winds will lead to drifts.
The East of England is likely to receive five to ten centimetres of snow.
@lozzalou_xx Snow forecasted during day. Latest warnings at http://t.co/2IGq7nzg & snow map at http://t.co/p39mYia7^Tim— @metoffice 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl Just dropped kids at Laurence Haines. Teachers looking at snow like Gazelle looks at Lion who has just taken out best cutlery— @Hornet7127 18 January 2013
#GritterTwitter Snow imminent ,Gritters being deployed 0930. Isolated snow showers already being reported across County.— @Herts_Highways 18 January 2013
@Observer_Owl frankly I'm worried about hypothermia this weekend. Will be at both games at the Vic #frozen— @NLFG 18 January 2013
In all seriousness, our snow is quite impressive. This is St Albans Road in Watford... http://t.co/dz9LfnSe— @SoulActionUK 18 January 2013
Reports of an accident on the M25 causing long tailbacks, to junction 19 to Watford.
RT @bbcsurrey: On the scene of the M25 accident between junc 14 -13 long delays traffic reported back to j19 at Watford http://t.co/gKeVxXXk— @GuildfordBC 17 January 2013
@Observer_Owl got to this stage in cassiobury in about 15 minutes http://t.co/q3dJICkv— @BennHolmes 18 January 2013
#snowwatch Wowhooo, we have snow in sunny Watford. I predicted 9am and its 8.50am...I'm going into weather for my next job! Xx— @katchat100 18 January 2013
The following schools have confirmed they are currently open all day:
Laurance Haines in Watford Watford, Oxhey Early Years Centre in Watford, Parmiter's in Watford, Harvey Road Primary in Croxley Green, Highwood Primary School in Bushey, Rickmansworth Secondary School in Croxley Green.
Two schools are reporting snow closures so far today:
Chipperfield St Paul's VA C of E Primary will be closing at 1pm.
Colnbrook School in South Oxhey is closed.
Another day of snow will take hold of south west Herts, with flurries expected to increase in intensity throughout the afternoon.
It's started #snow #Croxley— @SE16Orn 18 January 2013