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Snow shuts thousands of schools

Thousands of schools across the country were closed today as heavy snow and freezing temperatures brought the UK to a halt.


Almost every region was affected after another big dump of snow fell overnight making some roads impassable.


Some schools did brave the Arctic weather and opened their doors slightly later than normal while others were closed for the second day in a row.


In Cornwall, 29 schools were closed, with another nine opening late because of the weather.


Across Devon, 19 schools were closed and there was disruption to some local bus services.


In Dorset nearly 100 schools were closed but major roads were passable, despite overnight snow, Dorset County Council said. In Wiltshire, 33 schools were shut.


All of the schools on the Isle of Wight, including 44 primary schools, 15 middle schools, six high schools and four special schools, were closed, and 42 primary, infant, junior and secondary schools were closed in Portsmouth.


Some 500 schools in the whole of Sussex were shut after East Sussex County Council said around 30cm (12ins) of snow fell overnight, and more than 300 schools were closed in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.


Almost all of Hampshire's 536 schools were closed this morning because of the weather and 80 of the 82 schools in Southampton did not open.


Around 1,000 schools across Yorkshire told children to stay at home with South Yorkshire, York, the East Riding and North Yorkshire the worst affected.


Surrey County Council said 250 schools were closed while neighbouring Berkshire had three schools opening late.

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