I was at the park today, and I think they made the right decision to close.
We arrived around 10am after being stuck in traffic on a very much snowed-in A52. Arrived to find that the Monorail wasn't operating - no idea why at this stage. Arrived at the entrance, where there was no power so we were given "Emergency Tickets" to get in the park - these had the old Tussaud's logo on them; clearly not been used for a while! We were told that all rides should be open.
First stop, as usual, was Sonic Spinball - closed due to the weather. I appreciate why, as weather does affect this ride greatly! We decided that we would do a lap of the park, riding whatever was open! The pathway from the side of the Hospitality Suite up towards the toilets by X Sector was closed, as a tree/branches had fallen down and blocked the path. So we were diverted round past Battle Galleons and up that side of the lake towards the towers - here we were met by staff informing us that Oblivion was closed, however all indoor rides were open at present.
We decided to go and give Ice Age a try - very impressive! Following a quick ride on Charlie we saw that Rita was operating so joined the (non-existent) queue. Decided to queue front row....when we were at the front we were told that the park was no longer safe and that we would have to evacuate. Another tree had fallen down on the main path between Mutiny Bay and the Towers, so this end of the park was, in terms of guests' footpaths, completely isolated. We were gathered by/inside the GoalScorer attraction to wait for buses - fair play to management within 10 minutes there were 4 buses waiting, and many security staff, ensuring the safety of guests. I did feel sorry for one employee from the games stand who was being mouthed off at by a guest for not knowing exactly what was going on; some people...
I do think that it needs to be noted however, that no matter how quiet the day was, not everyone can fit inside the football attraction!!
From here we were whisked back to the carpark, and then down to the main entrance to collect our letters to return another day.
I think its easy for people to sit at home (or in Blackpool) and criticise management for closing today, but anyone who was there would realise how extreme the weather actually was. The picture on the last page shows the severity. Thinking of how much money would have been lost today, the park would not take the decision to close 'willy nilly'. Considering it's the first time the park has ever been shut during the day, I thought that the whole situation was handled extremely well, testiment to the staff.