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Schools to open as normal on Friday 17 January 2013

Department officials have taken the decision after detailed discussions with the Met Office, the Isle of Man Constabulary and the Department of Infrastructure, among others.

Advice from the Met Office at Isle of Man Airport was taken as recently as 3.45pm today, the local meteorologists having spoken with Met Office headquarters in Exeter about the very latest forecasts.

‘While the pattern of tomorrow’s snowfall remains hard to predict, it is thought that the worst of the snowfall will occur after the normal school closing time,’ said John Gill, Head of Legal and Administrative Services.

‘It is always very difficult weighing up whether or not we should close schools, as we appreciate the considerable inconvenience to children, their parents and employers of doing so. However, safety is always paramount,’ Mr Gill continued.

‘Although weather forecasting is very sophisticated, there can always be an unexpected turn of events.

‘We will continue to review the situation through this evening and tonight and will advise parents, via the media and via our own website and Twitter feed, should there be any need to close schools.’

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