The 'Beast from the East' has caused chaos in the area.

Schools are shut, the gritters are out in force and some council services are closed.

Temperatures plummeted to minus-nine last night as Storm Emma struck. The amber warning has now been changed to a yellow warning however two-to-four inches of snow is still expected today with minus-three temperatures.

The Met Office is urging the public to be careful on roads as they will be slippery. Strong winds will lead to further drifting or blowing around of existing snow cover, and may cause powercuts in the area.

The following schools are closed today (March 2):


Secondary Schools:

  • Corbet, Baschurch
  • Lakelands, Ellesmere,
  • Marches, Oswestry
  • St Martins, Oswestry

Primary Schools:

  • Baschurch Primary
  • Bryn Offa, Pant
  • Cockshutt
  • Criftins
  • Ellesmere Primary School
  • Gobowen
  • Holy Trinity, Oswestry
  • Kinnerley
  • Meadows, Oswestry
  • Myddle
  • Selattyn
  • St Andrew'ss, Nesscliffe
  • St John the Baptist, Ruyton XI Towns
  • St Martin's, Oswestry
  • Trefonen,
  • Welshampton
  • West Felton
  • Weston Lullingfields
  • Weston Rhyn
  • Whittington
  • Woodside, Oswestry

Mid Wales

Secondary Schools:

  • Llanfyllin

Primary Schools:

  • Bryn Hafren C.P School
  • Carreghofa C.P School
  • Llanelwedd C in W School
  • Llanerfyl C in W. foundation School
  • Llanfechain C in W. School
  • Llanfihangel C. in W. School
  • Llanfyllin C. P School
  • Llangedwyn C. in W. School
  • Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant C.P School
  • Llansantffraid C. in W. School


Primary Schools:

  • Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog CP
  • Pentre Voluntary Controlled, Chirk
  • Pontfadog CP
  • Ysgol Cynddelw CP, Glynceiriog
  • Ysgol y Waun, Chirk

Secondary Schools:

  • Ysgol Dinas Bran

The following council services will be closed because of the current bad weather:

Oswestry -

Avalon Day Services (closed March 2)

Registrars Office at Oswestry Library and The Oswestry Registrars office (closed March 2). Wedding ceremonies are unaffected.

If Shropshire Council is unable to collect any waste because of the weather you should follow this steps:

Leave your household waste bin out. If we can’t get to you on your scheduled collection day we’ll come back and collect it as soon as it is safe to do so.

Take your garden waste bin back in, and put it out on your next scheduled garden waste collection day.

Leave your recycling boxes and blue sacks out (as long as they don’t present a trip hazard). We’ll collect them as soon as it is safe to do so.

Clive Wright, Shropshire Council’s chief executive, said: “Our staff our doing a fantastic job to help keep people moving and care for our most vulnerable residents.

“Most of our buildings will be open and we will have staff in place to continue to provide essential services to Shropshire residents.

“To keep updated on current changes to services follow us on Twitter @shropcouncil and Facebook at Shropshire Council."

Qube on Oswald Road in Oswestry is open today but all courses have been cancelled.

Oswestry Bus Service is as follows:

2 - Not operating via Lodgevale, Chirk Green, Cefn Mawr or Plas Madoc

2A - Not operating via Chirk Bank, Chirk Green, Cefn Mawr or Plas Madoc

2B - No service

2C - Operating as far as Ruabon only

53 - No service

70/70A - Not serving Whittington or Babbinswood currently

400/402/403/404 - No service

576 - No service

We've enjoyed looking at your fantastic snow pictures and here are just a few we've received.

If you would like your snow pictures in the paper or online please send them to or on our Facebook page: Oswestry Advertizer.