Brynmawr school shuts due to snow disruption
9:39am Friday 14th February 2014 in News
A BRYNMAWR school was shut because of snow yesterday after poor weather brought disruption to Gwent yet again.
A message on Brynmawr Foundation School’s website said it was shut because “a number of staff” were unable to make their way to work, on Intermediate Road, because of the poor weather.
Pupils who had arrived at the school were taken back home by buses at 10.30am.
The school’s chair of governors, Lyn Elias, said a senior member of staff had taken the decision because of heavy traffic in the Brynmawr area and “nasty” snow.
He said the snow had “petered out” by yesterday afternoon.
Meanwhile the headteacher at another Brynmawr school, Blaenycwm Primary School, said staff and pupils there shrugged off difficulties and yesterday was a normal day.
Susan Ware said: “There was some snow, but we didn’t worry about it and it cleared [by yesterday afternoon].
“We had a lot of phone calls about snow from parents asking whether we were shutting early but we assured them we wouldn’t be,” she added.
The Met Office said the wet weather will continue across Gwent as it issued more yellow weather warnings yesterday.
Another yellow weather warning for rain was issued for all of Gwent from 4am this morning until 6am tomorrow.
It said 40mm of rain could fall on South Wales between these times.
A yellow warning for snow was issued for Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly.
This warning is from 6am this morning until 12pm.
A Met Office spokesman said the wet weather is forming as part of a storm which has been developing to the west of the Azores.
Although he said “uncertainty” remains about the severity of the weather, it is likely the worst of this will be felt today and tomorrow.
Flood water from the River Wye is still a problem in Monmouth.
Although there is only little water in a lift shaft at Monmouth Leisure Centre and that should be pumped out today, classes and clubs scheduled for yesterday were cancelled because one of their three car parks is underwater and half of another is flooded.
Gwent Music has cancelled its practices scheduled for today because of the flooding.
But Rob Stanyer, the leisure centre’s duty manager, said yesterday afternoon that he hopes it would be open as normal at 7.15am today.