Arctic blast sparks major disruption
Reporter: Helen Korn
Date online: 21 January 2013
SCHOOL closures added to the problems for many Oldhamers as they attempted to get into work this month following overnight snow.
The North-West had largely escaped the extreme weather at the end of last week - but the snow finally arrived late on Sunday evening.
While Oldham Council staff worked through the night to keep main roads clear, many side roads were hazardous and skidding vehicles blocked access for others.
More than 40 schools announced they would be closed today, while others delayed their start time.
Among closures were Oldham Sixth Form College and Crompton House School, Shaw, both of which were still open for students taking examinations.
Oldham Sixth Form College also cancelled year-11 interviews due to take place today.
Many cross-Pennine road including the Snake Pass and Woodhead Pass (A628) were shut.
Denshaw crossroads and the Holmfirth to Greenfield Road (A635) — between the Green Gate Road junction and Chew Valley Road, and the A640 Huddersfield Road were all closed.
Oldham Metrolink carried many passengers who had given up on their car. Trams were running a full service, with extra staff out at the stations to clear snow.
This morning the council had staff clearing and gritting town centre paths.
GRAINS Road in Shaw was shut for two hours last night after three vehicles collided. The accident, between two cars and a van, was blamed on heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures. No one was hurt.
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