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Winter weather: the orangutan stocking up on snow

It's not just us having fun in the snow, animals are getting into the thick of it too - this video by Twycross Zoo teams in Leicestershire shows Mal the female orangutan making a snowball - the zoo say Mal and lots of their other animals are loving the weather !


Snow woes: bad weather suspends all bin collections

Bin collections in Birmingham have been disrupted by the snow Credit: ITV News Central

All bin collections in Birmingham have been suspended tomorrow because of the heavy snowfall. The City Council said they are taking the step over safety concerns.

"The current conditions mean it is extremely difficult for citizens to handle their bins and put them out for collection. It would also mean asking our crews to operate large collection vehicles in treacherous conditions.

Due to these factors, our decision is clearly one taken in the interests of public and staff safety.

Plans to catch up this missed work are currently being developed and will be communicated via the council’s usual channels as soon as possible.

We appreciate the inconvenience this will cause and would ask for your patience during this challenging time.”

– Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director for Place at Birmingham City Council

Bin workers in Birmingham only agreed at the end of last month to officially end their ongoing strike since June, after accepting a deal from the City Council. Some households still awaiting a full rubbish collection from their backlog may now be waiting a while longer.

Beautiful drone shots show extent of snow storms

Snow continues to fall across England & Wales with much of the East & West Midlands covered in a blankety of snow.

While it has brought travel misery for some with buses, trains and planes all affected, and motorways sluggish in the slush, some people have been out braving the freezing temperatures to capture the beauty of this weather event.

ITV Central's drone cameraman Pat Fenelon was one of them, and took some shots high above a neighbourhood in Sutton Coldfield.


Snowwatch: routes disrupted so far

Traffic in Walsall amid the snow Credit: ITV News

Heavy snow has caused widespread disruption across many roads and runways across the Midlands. Both road and air travel have been affected by the heavy snow.

Across the region the following roads have been affected:

  • M1 northbound between junction 16 and junction 17 in Northamptonshire due to "numerous breakdowns/collisions
  • A5 in Shropshire was closed into both directions due to "severe weather and road conditions in the area"
  • M40 outside Warwick was closed due to a multiple-vehicle collision
  • between junction 15 and Junction 16
  • A458 in Shropshire was closed in both directions between the A5 near Shrewsbury and the Welsh border while police deal with a serious collision
  • Rose Hill, Lickey Hills in Worcestershire is also affected

Snow disruption: latest from East Midlands Airport

The snowfall is affecting roads and runways across the Midlands Credit: ITV News

Teams at East Midlands Airport say the runway has been temporarily closed until at least 4pm today, when they will carry out another inspection.

Some outbound and inbound flights have been delayed and they've confirmed that all Aurigny and Flybe flights have been cancelled. Five flights have left the Castle Donington base today, the last one being the 7:43am to Fuerteventura.

Any passengers are being urged to check with airlines before making their way to the airport.

"We thank passengers for their patience and apologise to all those affected for the inconvenience this is causing. We are working hard to ensure that flights can resume as soon as possible".

– East Midlands Airport

Snow now suspends all West Midlands bus services

Bus operator National Express West Midlands has tweeted it's suspended all of its bus services because of the heavy snowfall.

It says severe road conditions have forced buses to stop running until further notice.

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