East Devon covered with inches of snow

PUBLISHED: 17:08 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:08 05 March 2018

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

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The weather forecasts were accurate as inches of snow fell on East Devon.

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Heavy snow fell across much of East Devon, causing disruption to travel and forcing many schools to close for the day.

As Storm Emma rose up from the south, so it met the biting easterly winds blowing across from Siberia to create some of the heaviest snow falls seen in the area for eight years.

Many people stayed away from work, heeding the advice of the authorities to only travel if essential to do so.

Other businesses closed early, with many planning to remain closed until after the weekend.

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Parents were informed early in the day that schools would not be open on Thursday and some have already announced that they will remain closed on Friday.

Although there was a light dusting of snow in the morning, with freezing temperatures still apparent, it was not until the afternoon that the worst of the weather arrived, as had been forecast by the Met Office, which had issued an amber warning for the area.

Snow continued to fall through much of the afternoon but it didn’t deter the most determined of motorists, who were keen to get home in the adverse conditions.

In some cases, this resulted in struggling to get up hills. While some succeeded, others decided to turn back and park their cars until conditions improved.

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Other motorists saw the heavy snow as an opportunity to test their four by four vehicles in the challenging conditions.

One motorcyclist was also seen to test his skills in the slippery conditions.

Forecasters have suggested that more heavy snow is expected, with an amber warning remaining in place until 8am, on Friday morning.

And with temperatures expected to remain below zero, the danger of ice on the roads and pavements could cause further difficulties.

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

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Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

Axminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew ColeyAxminster was covered in snow as a result of Storm Emma moving north and colliding with cold air from the east. March 1, 2018. Picture: Andrew Coley

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