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- Motorists warned to take care in icy conditions
- Met Office predicting more snow will fall
- Major disruption to sporting and entertainment events
Didn't she d'oh well? (Does that work? I'm not entirely sure.) Either way, Sharon Toms has sent in this impressively "life-like" picture of her snow creation, which she has named "Snowmer Simpson" (which definitely does work, well done Sharon).
Continuing a theme that I'm blaming Southy for starting in the comments, I for one am just glad no one has thought to try to colour him yellow...
For anyone thinking of venturing out into the cold, it is worth remembering that the Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice. To be honest, it sounds plain wrong, but there is a serious message behind it all that things are pretty slippery out there, so do be careful.
Here's what the forecasters have to say: "Although some further slight snowfalls are likely, with 1 to 2 cm of fresh snow in a few places, the focus switches to ice, with near or sub-zero temperatures persisting quite widely.
"This is particularly the case over existing snow cover, where some very low night-time temperatures are possible, should skies clear.
"The public should be aware of the risk of localised difficult travel conditions due either to existing snow cover, or to icy surfaces."
3:19pm Sat 19 Jan 13
On the plus point - love the photos on here. I've been tweeting my own for the past 2 days.
Don't just tweet them, send them to us! Email them to email@example.com and we'll try to add them here. Either that, or let us know your Twitter handle so we can import them straight from there.
But if, like downfader, you're enjoying the snowy photos, don't forget there are literally hundreds more in our gallery, which is just a simple click away.
Here's a devilishly good bit of improvisation with the snow (do you see what I did there?). The Daily Echo's health reporter Melanie Adams has sent in a picture of a snow demon that has put in an appearance on Newcombe Road in the Polygon.
Here's some "Champagne" that doesn't need to be put on ice. There's a fizz of excitement in the office about Pete Smith and Aunty Angie's rather unusual snow sculpture.
There's always one, isn't there? After having pictures of snowgirls/women lounging around in their underwear and swimwear, it was only a matter of time before a bloke felt the need to put on a mankini. And here he is. The picture was sent to us by Richard Bennett, but it's not entirely clear if that's him in the photo or not (what could he possibly have to hide?).
Keeping with the theme of balancing things up in the gender stakes, here's another snowgirl (or should that be snowwoman?). This one, sent to us by Angi Pidgley, certainly looks as though she's enjoying herself, even if she's dressed for different weather altogether.
Back to the fun stuff. This picture is from yesterday, but was sent to us by Peter Wyatt (I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying he's better known as Southy, for those of you who read the comments sections on this site) of people enjoying the snow in Redbridge.
SERIOUS UPDATE ALERT! We've had some information on the state of play regarding libraries in Southampton today, which is as follows:
- Central library is open as usual but the RSPB Bird Feeder workshop is cancelled.
- Bitterne library is open as usual.
- Cobbett Road library is open as usual.
- Shirley library is open 9.30am-3pm.
- Woolston library is open 10am-4pm.
- All other libraries are closed.
The council has said there will be no charges for items due back yesterday or today, and all items due back on those days will now be due back a week later, so enjoy your extra week's reading.
Back to the snowmen, and Eshy Chowdhury has sent in this shot of a seven-footer in Southampton. It's good, but doesn't beat the ones we had yesterday claiming to be eight feet tall.
Either way, we've had nothing yet that claims to be as tall as Robert Wadlow as yet. The world's tallest ever man measured an incredible 8ft 11in when he died aged just 22. The challenge has been set...
Health bosses at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust have praised their staff for their "hard work and determination", which ensured health and social care services across Hampshire ran smoothly yesterday with minimal disruption to patients.
The trust said resilience plans were put in place across the trust as soon as the bad weather was predicted, and they were "successfully implemented throughout the day".
All staff called for extra support where needed and any small disruptions to services were mainly due to hazardous travel conditions and restricted access to some community sites.
Although some outpatient appointments had to be cancelled, they have been rescheduled and anyone who went to a hospital or clinic was seen.
Nurses were asked to work from their local GP surgery or a local site if they could not get to work, but only if it was safe to travel. Many staff pooled together and shared lifts to ensure that services could remain running, while some nurses even walked to their appointments if they couldn’t travel by car.
Head of Nursing & Quality, Paula Hull, said: "All staff really went that extra mile to make sure that patients received the care they needed."
Another picture that is definitely NOT of a snowman. I'm not sure it necessarily represents equal opportunities in all their glory (although with only her underwear on, she's not far off), but keeping a balance of some sorts, Rebecca Way has provided us with this photo of a snowgirl.
She's definitely no snow man, but Jimmy Ward has sent us this picture of his daughter creating a snow angel.
Unsurprisingly, the local football scene has been virtually completely decimated by the snow.
All Southampton Football League games due to take place this afternoon have been cancelled, with the possible exception of matches scheduled for Wide Lane.
Serious stuff now. We've had an update from Southampton City Council, who advise that with temperatures even lower than expected overnight, all the "Priority One" routes were gritted at 3am, before the salting army moved on to cover category two roads at 7am.
Where the Priority Two routes proved too difficult for the gritters, especially in the east of the city, the council sent in manual gritting crews to get the job done.
A council spokesman said all main routes in the city have been flowing freely all morning. CCTV cameras are showing that the city centre is very quiet with the authority's car parks more than 50 per cent below normal usage
But far from resting on their laurels, the gritting crews are still on 12-hour back-to-back shifts, and that situation will be reviewed again at lunchtime.
Olé! Spain isn't exactly known for its harsh winters, but this matador is clearly enjoying himself in the cold. "Miguel the snow matador" has been sent in to us by Molly, Andy and Mandy Mcintosh from Woolston.
Whatever next, a snow camel?
Runners are a hardy lot, aren't they? The organisers of tomorrow's Stubbington 10k run have vowed the event will go ahead as planned.
They are, however, warning competitors and supporters to allow extra time for their journeys, but they are checking the route and are doing all they can to clear any affected roads of snow and ice.
Parking is available at Crofton School, which would appear to be the best bet for a first port of call.
If there are any changes to this, we will of course let you know.
Impressive it may be, but I'm not sure how many takers they'll get for this rather temporary des res. Sarah Parsons has sent in this picture of a rather homely-looking igloo created from the snow.
Not content with making just one snowman, Adam Natt and Cathy Gardner have gone a bit further and created a whole snow family in the - complete with pet dogs.
Can you do better than that?
The forecast is for more snow to fall this afternoon, although it will probably only be only be a light dusting.
There's more on the weather situation here.
Here's your first picture of a snowman for today, except it's actually a snowbear.
Steph Warne sent in this snap of her handiwork, created with boyfriend Alex.
Winchester City's home game against Cinderford Town at the Denplan City Ground that was due to happen at 3pm today has been postponed because of the weather.
Good morning! Unless you're under the age of 14 (or that age at heart), the good news is there's been no more significant snow overnight in Hampshire.
But, the county has woken up still under a white blanket today, and police are warning motorists to take extra care on the roads because of fresh problems with ice.
We'll be here throughout the day to keep you informed of all the latest developments as and when they happen.
But more importantly than that, we'll also bring you all the lovely snowy pictures you've been sending us of how you're making the most of the wintry weather.
If you've got a picture of a beautiful snowy scene where you are, a snowman or any more creative sculptures you've made or seen, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post them here for all to see.