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School closure - Thu 1st March

Advice from Cardiff Council


The Met Office has updated their warnings for Thursday. The Amber Warning is now the highest risk Amber Warning possible and is in force from 12.00 Thursday 1st March. The snow is likely to be accompanied by strong easterly winds. In the warning the Met Office Forecaster has stated that "long delays and cancellations to public transport is expected, whilst some roads may become blocked by deep snow, stranding vehicles and passengers. Long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities are likely to occur" in places within that Amber Warning area.


Given the accuracy of the forecast to date and the known level of snow and disruption caused in other parts of the country, the safety of our pupils and staff is paramount. Therefore, the local authority is advising all schools to close tomorrow to both pupils and staff. All staff will be paid for their normal hours for enforced closures.


Whilst the amber alert comes into effect from midday tomorrow the advice received is that where there is snow it is likely to fall quickly and intensely. It is unlikely there will be sufficient time to arrange all transportation needs for pupils and for staff to get home safely if a decision is left until lunchtime tomorrow.


In relation to Friday, the current amber warning continues until 8:00am on Friday morning. However there is every probability that schools will also need to close on that day also Friday.


We will issue further advice tomorrow afternoon.