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Snow disruption continues

Heavy snow is continuing to cause major disruption around the Island this morning (Saturday).

Although it very much depends where you are.

Parts of the east and south are clear, others – the west and Kirk Michael in particular – remain badly hit.

Around 500 homes are still without power due to a combination of weather-related faults, including snow, ice on lines, high winds and fallen trees.

And there have been more faults overnight in the areas of Fleshwick, Scard and Earystane.

The other areas affected are:
Patrick, Peel Coast Road, Barregarrow and Cronk v Voddy
Ballaugh, The Cronk, Curraghs, The Lhen and Jurby
Scollag Road, Cronk ny Mona and Littlemill
Dhoon, Glen Mona, Maughold and Lower Foxdale

If you have concerns about those who are vulnerable you’re asked to contact the MEA on 687687.

MEA engineers have been working through the night trying to restore supplies and will continue through the day.

Numerous roads also remain closed – although good news in that Richmond Hill in Braddan has now re-opened.
Motorists advised to take care.

The roads that are closed:
the Mountain Road – Ramsey Hairpin to Hillberry
all routes leading to the Mountain
the Peel Coast Road
Kirk Michael through Cronk-y-Voddy to Ballacraine
the Switchback Road
the Mount Murray Back Road
the Old Castletown Road from the Oatlands Road to the Blackboards
Clannagh Road between St Marks Road and Main Road Santon
The Sloc and the Ballamodha.

Due to heavy overnight snow all bus services have been suspended for the moment.

The Island’s sporting programme is a white-out and the newspapers will be in today but they’ll be three hours late so certainly mid morning at the earliest before they hit the shops.

The Ben-my-Chree’s 8.45am sailing is scheduled to leave Douglas for Heysham but the Manannan’s Liverpool sailings today have been cancelled.

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