WEST Oxfordshire awoke on Friday to a blanket of snow covering the district, causing a host of school closures and transport issues.

Several centimetres of snow fell overnight, giving many adults a much trickier journey into work and schoolchildren an unexpected day off.

The weather severely affected public transport, with bus services plunged into chaos, while drivers were urged to only travel if absolutely necessary.

The weekend's snow is still affecting some areas, with Cotswold Wildlife Park still closed today and West Oxfordshire District Council warning residents that bin collections might not return to normal until the end of the week.

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Most of the district's primary and secondary schools were closed due to the heavy snowfall, while all of Abingdon and Witney College's campuses were shut.

Wood Green School, in Witney, even had to cancel the last night of pupils' production of Beauty and the Beast on Friday.

But staff and students were not to be denied and quickly rescheduled the finale for yesterday evening.

Witney Gazette:

Anita Ward, head of drama and the production's creative director, said: “I rang round the cast on Friday morning when our school was closed and everyone was fully behind making Sunday work.

"The Beast even had to cancel a basketball match to be there.

"This is typical of the great camaraderie the cast and crew have shown all the way through rehearsals and performances.

"I am really proud of the students for rallying round and to parents who are supporting us.”

Freezing temperatures meant much of the snow did not thaw until today, while dangerous ice left footpaths and untreated rural roads dangerously slippery.

Witney Gazette:

This caused issues for drivers, with one reader photographing an overturned car near the Oakfield trading estate, outside Eynsham.

Police were understood to have been on the scene, with further details still unknown.

Treacherous roads meant public transport failed to reach some parts of the district, with Stagecoach cancelling and re-routing services across the weekend.

Buses connecting Oxford and West Oxfordshire were unable to pick up passengers in rural areas, with villages like North Leigh cut off from services.

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Meanwhile, charity bus service West Oxfordshire Community Transport had to cancel its journeys on Friday, despite the brave efforts of drivers Bill Seedhouse and Mike Goodman.

For those travelling by train, Chiltern Railways lifted restrictions on all ticket types to help passengers get home as the snow hampered some routes on Friday.

Even the UK's largest air base was forced to take emergency measures as a result of the snow.

Witney Gazette:

Staff at RAF Brize Norton, near Carterton, launched Operation Blacktop, with an army of trucks flocking to the runways to help clear a path for aircraft and ensure operations continued.

Cotswold Wildlife Park remained closed today due to the freezing temperatures, but keepers were on hand throughout the weekend ensuring all of the park's animals were looked after.

Bin collections were suspended on Friday, as roads and pavements were too icy for West Oxfordshire District Council vehicles to complete all collections safely.

Crews returned to empty the bins today and start scheduled collections.

But the council warned the delay could have a knock on effect for the rest of the week.

Household Waste Recycling Centres across the county were also closed, including Witney's Dix Pitt.