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Snow, ice and rain hit parts of Cornwall

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

  • © 1809 01 2013 Picture By Sean Hernon © Snow in Callington first fall of winter. Young lads build a snowman on the side of the A388 Callington to Saltash Elliot & Harry from Dupath.

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ROADS became treacherous, schools were forced to close and storms caused damage to buildings as the first of the winter weather struck the county this week.

Areas in South East Cornwall were blanketed with snow and ice causing disruption to commuters throughout the week. Last Friday several cars became stuck on Kit Hill in Callington during the morning rush hour.

On Tuesday morning severe hailstorms in Plymouth caused a spate of accidents which led to tailbacks into Cornwall.

On the same day more than a dozen schools, mostly in the east of the county, were forced to close due to the weather.

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At St Odulphus Church in Pillaton, near Callington, parishioners were shocked to find a huge hole in the roof in their church, after the building was struck by lightning during a fierce storm on Monday night.

A lightning bolt blasted a gaping hole in the roof and left cracks in parts of the building.

The church's bellringing captain Richard Warwick said residents had been "shaken from their beds" during the storm.

Mr Warwick said: "There's pretty major structural damage to the church.

"One of the four pinnacles on the roof, which weigh several tonnes, has exploded and the main part of it has made a huge gaping hole in the body of the main church."

A spokesperson from the Met Office said the cold spell was due to end this weekend.

"It's going to be wet and windy," she said.

"We'll have a better day on Saturday but another band of wind and rain is set to reach the county on Saturday night, which does raise the possibility of flooding in some areas."

"People should make sure they keep up to date with warnings on the Environment Agency's website," she added.

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