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Hundreds of schools still open for keyworkers forced to close as snow ‘cuts off towns’

HUNDREDS of schools that are still open for keyworkers have been forced to shut as Storm Darcy has “cut off towns”.

Thousands of key workers faced a second day of chaos as schools stayed shut and they were warned it could last all week.

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Thousands of key workers faced a second day of chaos as schools stayed shut

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Thousands of key workers faced a second day of chaos as schools stayed shutCredit: PA:Press Association
A car snowed in Harwood, County Durham, as Brits were urged not to travel across swathes of the country

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A car snowed in Harwood, County Durham, as Brits were urged not to travel across swathes of the countryCredit: PA:Press Association
One pedestrian using a snow pole in Saddleworth, Lancashire

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One pedestrian using a snow pole in Saddleworth, LancashireCredit: AP:Associated Press
Blizzard conditions in Kirkliston, West Lothian

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Blizzard conditions in Kirkliston, West LothianCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
A yellow weather warning is in place across most of the UK today
A yellow weather warning is in place across most of the UK today

Britain is set for another 10 inches of snow today as temperatures drop to -18C.

Keyworker parents will be left to stay home as their kids cannot get to school as towns could become “cut off” as Storm Darcy wreaks havoc across the UK.

And under current lockdown rules, keyworker parents cannot have grandparents or friends watch their children while they go to work.

In Norfolk, one of the worst areas hit by Darcy, 373 of the county’s 422 schools were closed as of 7.55am today, with the numbers still rising.

The county council is urging key worker families to make”alternative arrangements”, saying the snow-covered roads are too dangerous to expect children and teachers to turn up.

The crisis also hits children classed as vulnerable, who would have gone in for lessons as they have been told to stay at home too.

It will be the same situation in Lincolnshire, Suffolk, Essex and Kent which have also been badly hit by Storm Darcy.

In Suffolk, 200 schools have closed today and in Essex at least 40 have shut.

Several Covid-19 vaccination centres were forced to close, including Clacton Hospital, Colchester United’s stadium, Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich and Chevington Close in Bury St Edmunds.

Storm Darcy – dubbed the ‘Beast from the East II’ – has brought howling blizzards from Russia to the UK, with swathes of the country experiencing heavy snowfall yesterday.

A yellow weather warning for snow remains in place across Britain until midnight on Wednesday, with the Met Office warning “frequent snow showers may lead to travel disruption in places”. 

The alert covers most of the south east of England, as well as the Midlands, the North East and most of Scotland.

Meanwhile, a separate amber warning covers central parts of Scotland today, with up to 10 inches of snow forecast.

And temperatures are expected to plummet below 0C for most of the UK overnight.

Parts of Scotland reached as low as nearly -18C on Monday night as the country caught the brunt of the storm.

Bus and rail travel has been disrupted with an amber weather warning in place for much of the central belt until 9pm.

A man pulls children on a sledge over a snow-covered road in Sheffield

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A man pulls children on a sledge over a snow-covered road in SheffieldCredit: AFP or licensors
A woman jogging in early morning snowfall on Primrose Hill in Camden, North London

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A woman jogging in early morning snowfall on Primrose Hill in Camden, North LondonCredit: London News Pictures
The farming hamlet of Mowden in Essex stops work due to the snow from Storm Darcy

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The farming hamlet of Mowden in Essex stops work due to the snow from Storm DarcyCredit: JOHN McLELLAN
The Yorkshire town of Ilkley covered in snow

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The Yorkshire town of Ilkley covered in snowCredit: London News Pictures
People battle the extreme conditions on Wimbledon Common in London

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People battle the extreme conditions on Wimbledon Common in LondonCredit: Cover Images
Glasgow residents applaud driver after double decker bus struggles up snowy street in treacherous conditions

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