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Storm Darcy: Health warning issued and some schools closed as freezing weather strikes Cambridgeshire

A health warning was issued for Cambridgeshire and some schools have been forced to close as Storm Darcy brings snow and freezing weather to the county.

In Cambridge, the city council has temporarily closed the Grafton West car park because the icy surface is unsafe for drivers and pedestrians. Alternative parking spaces can be checked at cambridge.gov.uk/parking.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden posted this image of the light dusting of snow. Picture: CUBG
Cambridge University Botanic Garden posted this image of the light dusting of snow. Picture: CUBG

The county council said the following schools are closed today (February 8):

  • Burrough Green Primary School
  • Cambian Wisbech School
  • Castle Camps Primary School
  • Cheveley Primary School
  • Ditton Lodge Primary School (partial closure)
  • Friday Bridge Primary School, Wisbech
  • Isleham Primary School
  • Kettlefields Primary School, Dullingham
  • Priory Park Infant School, St Neots
  • The Centre School, Cottenham.

Val Thomas, deputy director of public health at Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, said: “It is really important to keep warm during this cold weather – both inside and outdoors to make sure that you keep fit and well.

“Cold weather can be very harmful for health as it increases the risk of chest infections, heart and other problems. It is especially for important for children under the age of five years and older people to keep warm as they have greater risk of becoming unwell.

“Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer when out and about, and when you need to go outside wear shoes with slip-resistant, good-grip soles.

“Wearing suitable clothing inside and outside of the home, along with keeping your heating at least 18°C in winter, reduces the risks to your health.”

Val added: “Older neighbours, relatives, friends and other elderly members of the community are more vulnerable in the winter months and may need a bit of extra help this winter.

“So make sure you keep in touch, check if they are feeling under the weather, help them stock up on food supplies, make sure they have plenty of warm food and drinks.

“Also, it is important that they have their necessary medication during this spell of bad weather. This needs to be done following Covid-19 guidance.”

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the whole of the Eastern region, which is in place until 11.59pm on Wednesday (February 10). It warns anyone travelling to expect longer journey times.

Thanks to its low-lying, inland location and topography, Cambridge rarely gets snow, but the light dusting seen today is the second time it has fallen in recent weeks.

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