Big thaw on way - after more snow

By Kevin Unitt Monday 21 January 2013 Updated: 25/01 16:03

MORE snow is expected this afternoon.

But forecasters say the big thaw is set to start at the weekend as temperatures rise.

Roads and pavements remain icy in places, and there has also been disruption to bin collections and postal deliveries across the county.

Since Friday (January 18) - as snow began to fall - ambulance crews have been kept extremely busy, reporting a rise of 14 per cent in 999 calls.

Craig Cooke, West Midlands Ambulance Service chief ambulance officer, said: “The number of patients suffering slips, trips and falls increased."

The ambulance service also reported a spate of sledging accidents in the area on Sunday (January 20).

A man in his 20s suffered an ankle injury near Priors Hardwick, Southam, and was taken to Warwick Hospital.

Among other incidents an eight-year-old boy was treated for a back injury after falling from a sledge near the Midlands Hotel, Malvern.

A spokesperson added: “Every winter we are called to people who have become injured whilst sledging. We would encourage people to just take a second to think about where they are sledging and to have fun safely.”

A full list of closed schools are available at www.warwickshire.gov.uk, along with the latest traffic information.

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