Chippenham: Icy pavements but the thaw in Wiltshire on its way

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By nhavergal | Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 11:17

Since the snow started last Friday Wiltshire will begin to thaw however many areas are still affected by ice and snow. 

Many services from schools, dustbin collections and public transport were on hold while the county saw one of the heaviest snowfalls on record in the last decade. 

Temperatures will slowly creep up towards the end of the week however more snow is expected throughout the day today (Wednesday).

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning that some rural areas of Wiltshire will still be icy despite some areas being gritted.

Area Manager, Jim Mahony said: "Wintry conditions are great for sledding, but newly frozen water will not be thick enough to act as an ice rink. You can never be certain that the ice will be strong enough to carry the weight of an animal, let alone a person, so it is essential that you keep dogs on leads and make sure children are supervised."

Volunteers and Wiltshire Council join forces to grit some of the roads including a group from the Westbury Rangers who shovelled snow last night. 

@LewPorts tweeted: "@AshleySTFC @Baggsy1963 We're good folk up here, me and the Westbury Rangers lads are one the shovels. @Westburypeople."

Other parts of the country are still being affected by snow in the higher regions and neighbouring county Somerset was hit by heavy snow which settled over night. 

For more information about the weather conditions over the next few days for Wiltshire visit the Met Office website. 



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