Parts of Britain woke to a blanketing of snow on Friday morning as forecasters warned up to 20cm (8in) could fall in some places. 12cm is expected in Coventry by the end of the weekend. The Midlands seems to be hardest hit with up to 14cm of snow forecast in places, with around 12cm for this region. Mr Jackson, of Bablake Weather Centre, said: "Can it be believed? We will see." Pleasingly, schools in Coventry seem to be unaffected today.
While bringing joy to pupils, school closures can be a real problem for working parents. So why do schools close when it snows? The answer is down to health and safety – and in particular the safety of the children. The ultimate decision to shut a school is made by the headteacher, who has to assess a number of factors before closing the doors for the day. Staffordshire County Council states that it 'does not make a blanket decision to close all schools due to inclement weather'.
Snow is falling across the Midlands this morning. Parts of the city were blanketed by a thin covering of the white stuff, with further flurries expected. Snow will be seen in Birmingham, the Black County, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and beyond today. The Met Office is warning temperatures will plummet to freezing - but, alarmingly, it could feel as low as MINUS 5C.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".