HEAVY snow showers made life difficult for commuters early this morning (Tuesday). Driving conditions were especially bad in country areas with Ilfracombe, Holsworthy and Bideford being virtually cut off by road at one point. Most schools closed their do

HEAVY snow showers made life difficult for commuters early this morning (Tuesday). Driving conditions were especially bad in country areas with Ilfracombe, Holsworthy and Bideford being virtually cut off by road at one point.Most schools closed their doors and hospitals in Barnstaple, Bideford, South Molton, Torrington, Ilfracombe and Holsworthy abandoned their appointments, although emergency cases were still being seen.Rubbish collections were abandoned throughout the region and carers were unable to reach many vulnerable clients. Bus services were confined to those in Barnstaple and Bideford.Hundreds of people were unable to get to work as they heeded police advice not to travel. Ilfracombe was hit by a thunder storm, but by mid-morning, Barnstaple was bathed in bright sunshine.