SCHOOLS have announced closures today due to "extreme weather" for the safety of staff and families.

Multiple schools are closed today in mid Essex as a result of the snowy and icy conditions.

It has been advised to contact your school directly if it isn’t listed.

Isolated wintry showers are expected throughout the week.

The following schools in mid Essex are closed today because of the weather:

• Birchanger Church of England School

• Boreham Primary School, Boreham

• Chancellor Park Primary School, Chelmsford

• Gosfield Community Primary School

• Great Waltham School

• Hedingham School and Sixth Form

• Helena Romanes School, Dunmow

• Henham and Ugley Primary and Nursery School

• Highwood Primary School, Chelmsford

• Hylands School, Chelmsford

• Richard de Clare Academy, Halstead

• Ridgewell Primary School

• Rodings Primary School, Dunmow

• St Andrew's Primary School, Great Yeldham

• St Giles' Primary School, Great Maplestead

• St John the Baptist, Halstead

• St Margaret's, Gosfield

• St Peter's, Sible Hedingham

• Tabor Academy, Braintree

• The Belsteads School, Little Waltham

• Westlands Community Primary School, Chelmsford

• Wethersfield Primary

• Woodcroft Nursery School, Chelmsford

In today’s east of England weather forecast from the Met Office it states: “A cold day with areas of freezing fog which will be slow to clear, perhaps lingering all day in some western parts.

“A few wintry showers at first, slowly easing. Some limited brighter spells developing later. Maximum temperature 3 °C.

“Often cloudy this evening, but cloud clearing with lengthy clear spells developing, allowing a widespread frost.

“More limited freezing fog patches perhaps developing. Any isolated wintry showers clearing. Minimum temperature -6 °C.”

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