Severe snow hits Bury: Weather and traffic reports

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A final fall of heavy snow has swept across Bury bringing the borough to a standstill.

Snow fell in parts of Bury through the day as the worst hit northern England and Scotland.

Up to seven inches of snow was predicted over high ground in the borough.

It has caused disruption for schools and travel networks.

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Keep up to date with the state of the roads via our traffic news

But as temperatures rise tomorrow, weather experts have warned of the risk of flooding when there is a rapid thaw of the built-up snow and ice.

Temperatures will steadily rise from Saturday to an average of 4C followed by wet and windy weather next week.

Chris Burton, a forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: " A band of heavy rain will hit the west of the UK and move across eastwards throughout the day, quickly turning to snow. The greatest risk of heavy snow will Scotland, northern England, the Midlands and eastern parts of England which will widely see up to four inches, and up to an inch in the south."

"There is a localised flooding risk, particularly in Wales and the South West as heavy rain falls and warmer temperatures cause a rapid melt of the snow and ice which has built up in the last few weeks."

The Environment Agency has warned of the risk of minor localised flooding in some areas due to the rapid thaw. Flood risk manager Phil Rothwell said: "A combination of rain and snow melt over the weekend will increase the risk of flooding, especially in south west England, Wales, the West Midlands and northern England. We are closely monitoring the situation and have teams ready to respond to any potential flooding."

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11:33pm Fri 25 Jan 13

niki76 says...

Can't believe nothing was done to clear the main route to fairfield hospital and people were having to push ambulances up the hill near the junction of Toppingfold Rd tonight , surely because the snow had been predicted one of the most important things would of been to clear the road for these ambulances. Just hope no-one was put at more risk because of this.
Can't believe nothing was done to clear the main route to fairfield hospital and people were having to push ambulances up the hill near the junction of Toppingfold Rd tonight , surely because the snow had been predicted one of the most important things would of been to clear the road for these ambulances. Just hope no-one was put at more risk because of this. niki76
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11:32am Sat 26 Jan 13

Gaz.88 says...

I was one of them pushers! Absolute disgrace how they could let the most critical road in Bury get this bad. We had to block the road off, to stop idiots from trying to drive up the hill, so the gritters were able to do the job quickly. This happened last year and I'm shocked they allowed this to happen again. Shame on you Bury MBC
I was one of them pushers! Absolute disgrace how they could let the most critical road in Bury get this bad. We had to block the road off, to stop idiots from trying to drive up the hill, so the gritters were able to do the job quickly. This happened last year and I'm shocked they allowed this to happen again. Shame on you Bury MBC Gaz.88
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12:15pm Sat 26 Jan 13

niki76 says...

Would just like to say Thank you to all of you that helped push the ambulances and helped other vehicles so the rd was clear as one of the motorist sat in the traffic behind I was shocked and annoyed with how the taxi's where driving up the wrong side of the road causing even more problems and how they didnt injury anyone I don't know ..... where was Bury Police ?? They should be done for dangerous driving , hope some-one got the taxi plates !!!
Would just like to say Thank you to all of you that helped push the ambulances and helped other vehicles so the rd was clear as one of the motorist sat in the traffic behind I was shocked and annoyed with how the taxi's where driving up the wrong side of the road causing even more problems and how they didnt injury anyone I don't know ..... where was Bury Police ?? They should be done for dangerous driving , hope some-one got the taxi plates !!! niki76
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