A winter wonderland - 1230PM UPDATE SCHOOL CLOSURES AND GALLERY

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The first snowfall of the winter in north Northamptonshire kept the emergency services busy this weekend but also meant a lot of fun for families.

Following the closure of the A14 near Rothwell on Saturday evening because of two lorries jackknifing due to the weather, Northamptonshire Police has said it was inundated with incidents on Saturday night but has had a calmer Sunday.

Two schools in the north of the county have been closed today because of water supply over the weekend.

Oundle Church Primary School and Prince William School announced their closures this morning.

Both schools have no heating, lighting or water because of the issue.

There is no more snowfall predicted for the north of the county, but temperatures are set to be as low as 1C this morning and will not be any higher than 3C all week.

This did not stop families grabbing their scarves and gloves.

For Julie Deadman, of Gapstile Close, Desborough, she got a shock when she opened her curtains.

She said: “When I woke up this morning I found that my daughter Bethany and her friend Abbie had made an 8 ft snowman. My eyes nearly fell out my head, it’s certainly the biggest snowman I’ve seen.

“My daughter loves playing in the snow.

“I work in A&E and it was certainly busy with people having accidents on Saturday night.”

James McEwing, 36, of Fontwell Crescent, Corby, said: “I’m going to take a walk in the snow later on.

“It always puts a smile on my face watching people making snowmen or sledding as it seems to bring people closer together.”

The snow meant football matches fell foul of the temperatures, with Kettering FC’s game at Southport called off, and Corby FC’s match away at Harrogate cancelled.

Wicksteed Park in Kettering was closed on Sunday.

The gritters were out from 7pm last night.

Inspector Dennis Murray, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “We were very busy last night with lots of reports of abandoned vehicles, accidents, and the A14 was closed for a short period of time.

“We’ve been playing catch up but now we’re back up and running.

“We’ve also had a lot of calls about snowball throwing, but we would ask people to call only if there is no other way to resolve it.

“We’d like to ask drivers to take extreme care on the roads for the next few days, with ice likely to bring traffic disruptions.”

The pictures in our gallery were sent in by:

Linda Morgan, of Wellingborough

Baz Richardson, of Isham

Margaret Kurek, of Corby

Faye Wills of Oundle

Mick Scrimshaw, of Kettering