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Alton Towers has been forced to keep its gates closed on Friday, March 22, 2013 after heavy snow fell on the Staffordshire theme park.

The park's official Twitter account announced the closure, stating: "Due to weather conditions, Alton Towers will not be opening today (22/03/2013). Pre-booked tickets for today will be valid for another day."

The snow has caused dangerous road conditions, making it very difficult for guests and staff to reach the park. Its rural location makes Alton Towers particularly susceptible to problems when the region suffers from adverse weather conditions.

Forecasters are currently predicting that the snow will persist until Saturday morning (March 23). Alton Towers is yet to announce a decision on whether the park will open tomorrow.

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