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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.

  • © 1809 01 2013 Picture By Sean Hernon © Snow in Callington first fall of winter Fore Street Callington Business as usual depite the wather

  • © 1809 01 2013 Picture By Sean Hernon © Snow in Callington first fall of winter The delivery lorry cannot reverse up the slop at Callington Co-op and blocks the road.

  • © 1809 01 2013 Picture By Sean Hernon © Snow in Callington first fall of winter Fore Street Callington Business as usual depite the wather.

  • © 1809 01 2013 Picture By Sean Hernon © Snow in Callington first fall of winter The driver of the lorry puts sand under wheels of the delivery lorry.

  • Treacherous driving conditions in Bere Alston last Friday

  • Treacherous driving conditions in Bere Alston last Friday

  • SNOWY LANE: Treacherous driving conditions just over the border in Bere Alston last Friday.

  • BOLT FROM ABOVE: Church warden Richard Lowther inside the church at Pillaton where rubble from the turret destroyed by lightning came crashing through the roof.

  • 22/01/2013 - Pillaton Church suffered major structural damage in last nights thunderstorm- one of the turrets on the roof exploded and 4 or 5 holes in the roof of the church,

  • Pillaton Church damage

  • WHITE OUT: Snow in Davidstow. by Beth Morgan

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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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