Blizzard red alert
Monday 11th March 2013, 11:28AM GMT.
Blizzard conditions have brought chaos to the island today.
For many pictures and reports of the chaos caused by today’s weather, see tomorrow’s Guernsey Press.
The States Works Department has had vehicles out clearing snow from main roads, and it says an inspection will be carried out early tomorrow morning to assess whether further de-icing is necessary.
Lorry-mounted gritters are expected to be deployed again during the night in an attempt to keep major routes clear tomorrow morning.
3:40pm: The Health and Social Services Department says that all elective surgery and day patient appointments will be cancelled tomorrow due to the weather.
However, Bulstrode Oncology Unit Outpatient clinics will take place, subject to further notice.
There will also be staff in radiology and the breast clinic will take place.
There will be limited community services for palliative care, but for urgent callers a telephone service will be available.
2pm: Police have said workers who have left their cars in Town and walked home today will not be hit with parking tickets as long as they
are parked sensibly.
1.30: Schools update – Education is advising parents and schools to plan on the basis of schools being closed tomorrow.
12:45: Education update – All schools are to close, it has been announced. A decision on tomorrow will be made in the morning.
12:35: Today’s classes in the Speech and Drama Eisteddfod have been cancelled
11:47: Bus updates – CT Plus has announced that all bus services have been cancelled.
The Salvation Army After School Club at Clifton Hall in St Peter Port has announced that it will not be open today. Parents who rely on their children being picked up from schools where the walking bus operate are asked to please make alternative arrangements for the collection of their children.
11:28: Education has just announced that with schools starting to close as conditions deteriorate, parents should make arrangements to collect their children from school as soon as possible.
11:14: The College of Further Education will close at midday.
10:58: The Grammar School will close at 11.20am
10:52: Hautes Capelles School will close at 12.
10:45: Guernsey Airport will not reopen today.
09:55: Le Val des Terres and Colborne Rd are both closed due to fallen trees. The Environment Department says traffic should divert through Les Caches, Frieteaux, Ruettes Brayes, Charroterie and Fountain Street.
09:00: The airport is closed until at least midday due to the snow. Travellers are advised to check with their airline.
0830: High winds have led Condor to cancel its ferry services from the UK.
Forest, Le Rondin and La Houguette schools are closed due to the weather, while Le Murier has also been closed as the special transport is not running.
Parents of children at other schools have been warned they might have to collect their children early if the weather deteriorates.
Guernsey Met Office has warned that the wind is likely to increase up to 60mph (gale force 10) during the day.
It has also issued a flood warning for the east coast for the 6.33pm high water today and the 6.51am high water tomorrow.
Bus operator CT Plus said that the 7 and 7a services will be going down L’Eree Hill, rather than to Pleinmont, due to slippery conditions and a fallen tree.
The company has also been diverting its buses away from Les Banques due to flooding at the Red Lion roundabout.
A fallen tree in La Villiaze also caused buses to be diverted, but this was cleared by 8am.
The Les Beaucamps High 1A, 2A, 4A, 5A, 6A and La Mare de Carteret High 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A school bus services were cancelled this morning. The Guernsey Fire & Rescue Service was called to Les Banques at 5.23am after a flat roof was blown off by the high winds.
CampaignsVoice For Victims
Voice for Victims is a campaign aimed at promoting the rights of those affected by child sexual abuse.