Snow on the way in Derbyshire and school closure news

Snow: A38 near Ripley
Snow: A38 near Ripley

Derbyshire was bracing itself for snow later today and more at the weekend.

It comes as a rare red Met Office warning for snow is in place for parts of Wales, meaning severe disruption is likely, And there is an amber warning for Northern Ireland and most of England, with snow also due in parts of Scotland.

There have been widespread school closures in England with so far around 10 in Derbyshire. There are more than 400 closed in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and 300 in Norfolk, while 130 schools were closed across the West Midlands. Hundreds have been closed in Wales.

Roads across Derbsyhire are running well so far with no delays or closures as yet. Some side roads are icy and should be treated with caution though.

Roads across many parts of Wales were described as hazardous and London was braced for disruption during the morning rush hour, with contingency Tube service plans in place.

British Airways has offered those travelling on Friday and over the weekend the chance to change their flights free of charge to a later date.

First Capital Connect ran empty “ghost trains” through the night to keep the tracks as clear of snow as possible on the Great Northern route out of Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn and in south London.

Greater Anglia Trains expected some early morning cancellations to its London Liverpool Street services, and Southern Railways said it planned to operate a “less frequent service” on routes between London and the south coast

National Rail Enquiries reported four Eurostar journeys had been cancelled between London and Brussels.

The East Coast train company has lifted ticket restrictions for all journeys on its trains which arrive in, or depart from, King’s Cross station in London after 10:00 GMT on Friday

South West Trains is among the travel companies to put contingency plans in place. It has announced changes to its services on Friday, including a revised timetable on a number of routes

A number of A-roads acorss the country are already closed in both directions due to ice and snow and blizzards and strong winds are set to make driving conditions difficult. Motorists were being warned that heavy snow will arrive in many areas before the morning rush-hour.

The Met Office’s red warning, which is unusual and means all non-essential travel should be avoided, applies to the southeastern side of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. Red warning areas could see up to 30cm of snow and blizzards.

Amber severe weather warnings mean be prepared for disruption and only travel if necessary and are in place across large parts of central, western and southern England and Wales, as well as Northern Ireland.

Weather forecasters said much of England and Wales would experience between 5cm and 15cm of snow on Friday, whereas Northern Ireland could see up to 20cm by Saturday morning.The snow is expected to ease off later on Friday, although is set to remain in eastern areas.

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Latest school closures in Derbyshire:

*Wirksworth Junior School

*Wirksworth Federation of Infant Schools

*Darley Churchtown C of E Primary School

*Parwich Primary - closed today

*New Bolsover Primary - will be closing at 2pm

*Biggin CE Primary School - closed today

*Matlock All Saints’ CE Infant School - closed today

*Brampton Primary - will close at 1pm

*Stanton-in-the-Peak Primary - will be closed today

*Castle View Primary School and nursery - will be closed today

*North Wingfield Primary School - will close at noon today

*All Saints CE Junior School in Matlock - closed today