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- The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning and the public are advised to take extra care.
- Accumulations of more than 5-10cm of snow will occur quite widely, with 15cm in some parts of the Amber area, falling within 3-6 hours.
- The public are advised to avoid all non-essential journeys and be prepared for disruption, including altering travel plans.
- Nicolas Breakspear Catholic School closed due to a gas leak discovered last night. The school hopes to open as normal on Monday.
- Reports of an accident on the A414 between London Colney and Park Street.
- Met Office forecasts more light snowfall in St Albans area over the weekend.
Panic buying in Coop St Albans, at the bread aisle #snowpanicbuying http://t.co/skAQyfmv— @bumble_moose 18 January 2013
The Met Office is warning of more snow in the St Albans area over the weekend.
The agency is predicting light snowfall tomorrow and has issued an ice warning for drivers with the temperature to stay at around -1°C.
More light snow is forecast for Sunday afternoon when the temperature is expected to drop slightly until -2°C.
Despite recently tweeted specific issues. Main routes across Herts appear to be coping well given current weather conditions. #uksnow— @Herts_Highways 18 January 2013
http://t.co/SWxF2hz6 - @UKSnowUpdates little robin in the snow - Harpenden, Herts.— @Tim_UK1 18 January 2013
@FirstCC St Albans staff working hard. #snowmen http://t.co/dO5VVZ8z— @caz_howard 18 January 2013
.@Review_Eagle here’s the Beaumont School Music Dept at c 10am http://t.co/iwQyaJrL— @BeaumontMusic 18 January 2013
Driving home from St Albans was heavy! #snow #traffic #skidding Glad I'm home now safe & sound x— @mrsjorowley 18 January 2013
A414 St Albans between London Colney & Park Street - Very heavy traffic due to unconfirmed reports of accident at Shenley Lane Junction— @Herts_Highways 18 January 2013
Ticket restrictions have been lifted on London Midland services for the rest of the day.— @LondonMidland 18 January 2013
@SkyNews poor little Robin in London Colney Herts http://t.co/2C3T7hQJ— @tinkerkitten4 18 January 2013
West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust has said all services are running as normal at St Albans City Hospital.
No patient appointments have been cancelled but the hospital is advising people to give themselves extra travel time if they do have an appointment today.
The trust will be reviewing the situation throughout the day as the snow continues to fall.
Nicolas Breakspear Catholic School was closed today due to a gas leak found last night.
In a statement released today the school, in Colney Heath Lane, said the problem was being worked on today and it hoped to open as normal on Monday.
However Sixth Formers were allowed into the building today to take exams, which were held a safe distance from the leak.
Year 11 and 9 exams scheduled for today have been rescheduled for next week.
Traffic is still moving on the M1 but down to an average speed of around 30mph. Here's what it's looking like at Junction 8.
Thicker snow, nicky line St. Albans http://t.co/wy3riHd7— @damochelseaboy 18 January 2013
#uksnow al2 3/10 steady and persistent. getting quite deep.— @Dave_Piper 18 January 2013
All matches off this weekend, taking over fitness first instead #fitness #weights #blueandgold— @StAlbansRFC 18 January 2013
Verulamium Park this afternoon.
Photographs: Holly Cant
St Albans Gym Club will be closed for the weekend due to the snow, and will let you know about Monday classes as soon as possible.
Main roads are fine in #stalbans at the minute, but I wouldn't bet on it staying that way...— @stalbansguide 18 January 2013
http://t.co/lirhqAdt #uksnow AL10 - 2/10 slow and steady!— @amy_runner 18 January 2013
Our photographer Holly has been on her travels around St Albans and taken some beautiful snowy photos
"Former Radlett Aerodrome, under development threat by Rail Freight plans, now very pretty under snow!" - @partychancer
ST ALBANS SCHOOL CLOSURE LATEST:
Fleetville Infant & Nursery - School closing at 1pm. FACES also closed after school
Windermere - School closing at 1.30 today. Please contact the school if you will not be able to collect your children before 2pm
HARPENDEN SCHOOL & NURSERY CLOSURES:
Batford Nursery - School closing at 12 today. No afternoon nursery. Skylarks closing at 2pm today
The Grove Junior - School is closing at 1.30pm today to allow pupils and staff to travel home safely. Please collect children from their classrooms
Manland Primary - Closing at 1pm
Roundwood Park - The school will close at 1pm today. If you are able to collect your child then they can leave from 12 noon. Please do not collect by driving onto the site, you will block in the buses
Roundwood Primary - School will be closing at 1.30pm. Please pick up your child from 1pm and do not drive onto the school site
St Nicholas C of E VA Primary - School closing at 1pm
Wood End Primary - School Closed due to severe weather
Snow settling in St Albans
Snow topped view of the Abbey.
City Youth Weather Update - Facilities Closed: http://t.co/WHQdIIQP via @CityYouthFC— @CityYouthFC 18 January 2013
Beech Hyde Primary, St Albans - The school will be closing at 1.30pm today. Pick-up at 1.15 from usual school entrances
Margaret Wix Primary, St Albans - School closing at 12.30. Please collect children at 12.30 due to snow
St Albans Girls' - Closing early at 1.00pm. Further information on website
St Michael's C of E, St Albans - School closing at 1pm. Please collect children from their respective school
St Peter's, St Albans - Closing at 1pm. You may collect your children earlier if you are concerned.
Windermere, St Albans - Please be prepared to collect your children early this afternoon if snow continues. We will text any updates.
St Albans School will be closed from 2pm. For more information visit
Sir John Lawes school, Harpenden is now closing for the day. Parents should wait for a call from their child seeking permission to go home. Students taking public exams should remain in school. The exams will go ahead as planned, as they cannot be rescheduled. Students who are unable to go home will be supervised until 3.30. All extra curricular activities have been cancelled.
The Met Office have released the latest snow depths this morning:
All services operating as normal.Lots of info on services in the snow at http://t.co/fKJCApop #stalbans #harpenden #londoncolney #redbourn— @StAlbansCouncil 18 January 2013
Sauncey Wood Primary, Harpenden - Closing at 11am this morning. The school would be extremely grateful if all children could be picked up by 12 o'clock.
Killigrew Primary and Nursery School - All after school clubs have been cancelled. The school will make a decision regarding early closure after 1.00pm
Margaret Wix Primary, St Albans - School closing at 12.30. Please collect children at 12.30 due to snow
Sandridge, St Albans - Due to the snow the School will close at 12.30pm
Watling View, St Albans - The school will close at 11am today
Snow is falling and flakes getting bigger and bigger:) looking forward to my walk into work later.— @bbcexpat 18 January 2013
Lea Primary & Nursery, Harpenden - Parents welcome to collect children
Marlborough School, St Albans - Closing from 10.30am
Marlborough to close at 10:30am this morning. Due to the worsening weather and reports from neighbouring towns... http://t.co/h3NqvKyX— @marlboroughsch 18 January 2013
Batchwood, picture: @DZine_
#uksnow al2 3/10 snowing steadily in St Albans. Settling.— @Dave_Piper 18 January 2013
Loreto College, St Albans
School will close early today. The pupils be told to phone their parents from 10.00am. As soon as they have made contact with parents, regarding the necessary arrangements, they will be allowed to leave.
The coach companies have been contacted and we expect them at 10.30am. Pupils must wait in school until the coaches arrive.
Camp Primary and Nursery, St Albans - Be prepared to collect your children early this afternoon should the snow continue. The school will confirm later & text any updates so please keep your phones on
Harwood Hill JMI & Nursery, Welwyn Garden city - currently open but due to predicted poor weather, parents are able to pick children up from 12.45pm if they are concerned
Welwyn Garden City to Moorgate, due 11:11, has been cancelled due to a train fault.
Sutton Surrey to St Albans, due 10:57
This train has been delayed at Sutton Surrey and is now 13 minutes late due to poor weather conditions.
The University of Hertfordshire is open as normal but staff advise students to keep checking http://www.uhemergency.co.uk/ for updates throughout the day
All routes are currently running as normal however delays & disruptions are likely throughout the course of the day!— @unobus 18 January 2013
@FirstCC @jameslewisland @virgintrains Trains ARE running at the moment. :)— @LondonMidland 18 January 2013
http://t.co/GwBvrEEg - St Albans folk are a pretty honest bunch #snow— @SokoCoffee 18 January 2013
#GritterTwitter Snow imminent ,Gritters being deployed 0930. Isolated snow showers already being reported across County.— @Herts_Highways 18 January 2013
#StAlbansSnowReport Oh my God there's a blizzard out there!— @JL_Button 18 January 2013
Welwyn St Mary's C of E VA Primary, Welwyn - School will be closing today at 1.30pm. Please send children in with suitable footware and coats. The school will update you of any changes.
A light dusting so far this morning in AL3 St Albans.
@Review_Eagle @havefun61 Snowing in Wheathampstead— @maherfamily486 18 January 2013
@Review_Eagle gentle snow started in Al1 #uksnow 😃 here we go!— @HaveFun61 18 January 2013
@Review_Eagle None here in Harpenden yet, but had several Year 8s doing a snow dance in here this morning so it won't be long.— @RPS_Library 18 January 2013
Garden Fields, St Albans - Open today as normal BUT keep checking their website and twitter for updates as the day unfolds http://www.gardenfields.herts.sch.uk/
Lakeside, Welwyn Garden City - Early close - closing at 1.30pm
Nicholas Breakspear, St Albans - School closed today due to a gas leak
St Albans Girls' - Open and will keep parents updated of any changes. Wear school uniform with warm layers and sensible footwear - bring shoes to wear in school
Tenterfield Nursery School, Welwyn - Tenterfield is open today you will be notified if the situation changes later in the day
Thought I'd join in with all the snow pictures. This is the snow in St. Albans http://t.co/kqeUGM10— @mr_c_86 18 January 2013
Just started to snow in St Albans #AL3 #uksnow 1/10— @JulesSunbeam 18 January 2013