UPDATED: In the aftermath of snow, ice and Storm Emma in Nunney, here is the latest information on transport, weather and services.
LAST UPDATED 11.55AM SATURDAY 3 MARCH
- The hourly weather forecast for Nunney is for a cloudy day with a bit of rain around 2pm. Temperatures up to +3*C (but feels like -3*C). .
- The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for wind and snow for Nunney and parts of Somerset for Saturday 3 March. Updates metoffice.gov.uk
“Following earlier spells of rain and snow, icy patches are likely on untreated surfaces during Saturday morning. As a result, driving conditions may become difficult and there is an increased chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces. In addition, further outbreaks of sleet or snow could occur in places, mainly parts of Wales, central and eastern England. A combination of low temperatures and surfaces likely to be wet, from earlier rain and snow or a partial thaw of lying snow, will lead to icy stretches forming on untreated surfaces. A further 1-3 cm of snow occur in places. This warning has been updated to remove the south coastal strip where less cold air is expected to edge in on Friday night. The public is advised to take extra care.”
- Animals – Please ensure that small animals, such as chickens and pet rabbits, are protected from the cold. Take them inside, if possible.
- Bus services – Many roads are still unsuitable for buses, so bus operators are still working out which routes they can use. Frome Minibuses is running a limited service on main roads only. Service 414/424 (Frome-Midsomer Norton) will start from 1015 Main Roads ONLY (Frome stop will be the Market Place – NOT Cork Street). Service 53 (Frome – Warminster) will start from 9.20am on main roads only. Service 669 (Shepton Mallet – Street) starts from Shepton at 10.10am on main roads only, subject to Doulting Hill being clear. Service 47 (Frome – Westbury) will start from 9.55am as follows: 9.55am Frome to Westbury, 12.00 Westbury to Frome, 2.05pm Frome to Westbury, 4.05pm Westbury to Frome, 5.05pm Westbury to Frome. Updates twitter.com/FromeMinibuses
- Rail travel – There are lots of cancellations on the Frome – Bath Spa and Bristol and Frome – Westbury services. Westbury – Weymouth is suspended. Cancellations on the Frome to London Paddington service (except at 3pm on Saturday at the moment, but check before setting off). Services from Warminster to Salisbury and from Salisbury to London Waterloo are experiencing some cancellations. Trains between Salisbury and London Waterloo will run, but will start later than usual and run to a revised timetable. The first train back from London will depart from London Waterloo at 09:50am with an hourly service departing London Waterloo at xx:50. Trains between Exeter St Davids and London Waterloo will not run. Your ticket will be accepted on Great Western Railways services between London Paddington and Exeter St David’s. Updates travelsomerset.co.uk/rail, Great Western Railway and South Western Railway.
- Roads in Nunney – Peter Masters has used his snow plough to clear main roads through Nunney on Friday and Saturday mornings. Volunteers are working to clear Dallimore Mead on Saturday morning. Drivers report problems getting out of Nunney at Nunney Catch and Ridgeway this Saturday morning. Once you’re out onto the main roads conditions are wet and slushy, but okay with extra care.
- Roads outside Nunney – Reports of black ice and thawing snow. Avon & Somerset Police still advise people NOT to travel today unless it’s absolutely necessary. Check live road information on the Travel Somerset journey planner. Highways England is encouraging you not to travel on Friday 2 March. If you’re stuck in gridlock traffic, safest thing to do is stay in your car, wrap up and keep warm. If you’re particularly vulnerable call 101 so emergency services can prioritise their response or 111 for medial advice. Only leave your car if you can park off carriageway and safely get somewhere. Updates travelsomerset.co.uk, highways.gov.uk/traffic-information and theaa.com/traffic-news
- Gritting in Nunney – Nunney Parish Council has provided bright yellow grit bins throughout the village, including Dallimore Mead, Nunney Catch, Castle Hill and Frome Road. Residents are encouraged to use the bins to help prevent slippery road surfaces. The bins are regularly checked and restocked by Somerset Highways. Please note that grit can be toxic to pets; try to avoid walking dogs across gritted surfaces.
- Gritting of roads – Somerset Gritters report some very challenging conditions overnight for its gritter drivers: “It’s an improving picture, but please do not travel this morning unless absolutely necessary.” Please remember that not all roads are gritted. Check which roads are gritted at travelsomerset.co.uk/gritting
- Air travel – Bristol Airport is operating normally today, but please check with your airline before setting off. Updates bristolairport.co.uk/arrivals-and-departures/
Utilities and services
- Health services – A major incident has just been declared for health services in Somerset after severe weather and treacherous driving conditions meant some essential staff have been unable to report to their place of work or make home visits to patients in the most rural parts of the county. The public is being advised only to call 999 for life-threatening incidents.
- Carers / District nurses – Does someone living near you in the village rely on carers or family that may not be able to get to them? Please be vigilant to any changes in their routine.
- Electricity – If you or someone you know is vulnerable and without electricity, please check the Western Power Distribution website for details westernpower.co.uk.
- Plumbing, boilers and heating – Brûlér has 4x4s available, so engineers are available for all of your plumbing and heating needs over this extreme weather period. Telephone 01373 836 705 bruler.co.uk
- Northover Fuels will next deliver coals to Nunney on Friday 9 March. Telephone 01258 472 619
- Waste collection – Snow and ice has forced Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) to postpone all waste collections – recycling, rubbish etc – due on Friday, and to keep all recycling sites closed. Subject to improved weather next week, Friday’s delayed collections will be made on Monday. Updates somersetwaste.gov.uk
- Frome Recycling Centre and other recycling sites will be closed on Saturday. Updates somersetwaste.gov.uk.
- Frome Library is open on Saturday 3 March until 2pm with limited services due to staff shortages. Updates somersetnewsroom.com/2018/02/28/ready-for-the-big-freeze
- Nunney First School and Nunney Pre School are closed on Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March.
- Nunney First School has postponed its jumble sale that was due to take place on Saturday 3 March.
- S. Bird & Sons SPAR village shop is open as normal, but with limited supplies of fresh food items due to no deliveries. Telephone 01373 836 301
- The SPAR Euro Garage Nunney Catch is open as normal, but with limited supplies of fresh food items due to no deliveries. Telephone 01373 836 361
- Sainsburys had plenty of fruit and vegetables, but limited bread and milk at 10am on Saturday.
Telephone 01373 453 554
- Asda is open, but has also has limited fresh food items. Telephone 01373 475 200
- South West Marquees is open as normal.
- Moat & Turret ‘Cafe by the Castle’ is open on Saturday from 11am.
- The George at Nunney is doing free lunch for the elderly on Saturday 3 March. “If you know of any elderly folk in the village who haven’t been able to get out or receive a food delivery in this cold weather, please bring them down to The George. We’ll have hot soup, warm ciabatta and toasties as well as a lovely roaring fire to warm them up free of charge. We’ll start serving from 12.00!” Telephone 01373 836 458
- Ola Barbequeue is open during regular hours.
- This Saturday’s performance The Searchers at the Frome Memorial Theatre has been cancelled. The show has be re-scheduled for Friday 9 March.
- Saturday’s Legend – A tribute to Bob Marley and The Wailers a the Cheese & Grain in Frome has been postponed to Friday 12 October.
- Frome, Shepton Mallet and Wells markets for Saturday have been cancelled. Updates: mendip.gov.uk/markets
- Frome Independent Market for Sunday has also been cancelled for Sunday 4 March. Updates twitter.com/morethanamarket.
- Bath Half Marathon scheduled for Sunday 4 March has been cancelled.
Nunney is snowed in this evening. pic.twitter.com/DpMt0GnHr2
— Dave Smith (@get_dave) March 1, 2018
Nunney castle is looking great in the snow pic.twitter.com/d7SJ3UR7Ep
— Dave Smith (@get_dave) March 1, 2018
It’s hard to work with all of the distractions! pic.twitter.com/Drd6cgUXDv
— NVB Architects (@nvbarchitects) March 2, 2018
— Ellie Swinhoe (@Ellie_Christine) March 1, 2018
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