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The big freeze continues to bite
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- Snow and ice continue to cause havoc across Hampshire this morning as the south tries to get back to work after snow brought chaos to the county.
To confirm, despite the poor weather in many parts of the UK, Southampton v Everton at 2000 GMT today in the #BPL is DEFINITELY ON. #SOUEVE— @premierleague 21 January 2013
Portswood Primary School will remain closed to infants tomorrow, as heating repairs will not be done in time. Open to juniors as normal.— @LearningInSoton 21 January 2013
Newlands Primary School will remain closed tomorrow, but hopes to reopen on Wednesday. Further details will be on http://t.co/3Y0kiYWa soon.— @LearningInSoton 21 January 2013
Hampshire police have just revealed that a bus driver who was stuck in snow was pelted with snow balls before being attacked and punched during an attemped robbery.
For the full story click here
Despite the forecasts from the Met Office, the predicted snow in Southampton hasn't really materialised, but the freezing conditions remain, with many pavements hazardous due to ice.
As for as snowmen go, this one is going to take some beating.
The White Knight Rises:
The men behind the Batman Snowman are Mike Jones, Ashton Church, Michael John Wilson, Iain Molyneux-Dicks and Ben Wilson, from Sholing.
The temperature has risen slightly, although it's not exactly tropical, it has to be said.
For those heading to the Saints game tonight, there doesn't seem to be any reason to worry about the game being called off, so you should be able to plan ahead as normal.
Matt McGlead, a 19 year old from Totton, Southampton sent us in this picture of his igloo.
He said: "This weekend, I got creative. Rolling large balls of snow around to initially build a snow man, I realised I could make something even better; an igloo. With some help from my 14 year old brother, Owen McGlead, we completed this igloo after 7 hours of hard and cold work. What do you think of it?"
Waste collections for black household waste bins, green recycling bins, food waste and glass/batteries in Eastleigh have resumed where possible today.
Advice to residents is to put their wheeled bins, glass boxes and food waste bins out as normal and leave them out until they have been emptied.
However some roads and parts of roads are proving to be more accessible than others so residents should leave their bins and containers out even if other bins in their area have been emptied. These bins and containers will be emptied as soon as it is safe to do so.
Garden waste collection scheduled for Friday today and tomorrow have been suspended, however we will collect an additional bag of garden waste for those customers on their next scheduled collection.
Delays possible to flights to and from Southampton Airport due to adverse weather.
Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline. The airport is open, however snow is affecting flights across the UK and to/from continental Europe.
Those hoping to escape the chill and fly off to warmer climes have been issued a warning.
At Heathrow, some 10% of flights were expected to be cancelled, particularly after 4pm when visibility is expected to be low. Passengers were advised to check the status of their flights before travelling to the airport.
A3024 Bitterne Road West; Car Transporter currently blocking 1 lane inbound approaching its jct with Rampart Road. Expect delays.— @scchighways 21 January 2013
MOTORISTS are facing rush hour chaos this morning with delays of up to 40 minutes along a major Hampshire motorway.
Traffic has been crawling along at an average speed of just 10 mph in both directions on the M27.
Heavy congestion has been reported at junction five and 11 eastbound and between junctions ten and nine west.
Those tailbacks have caused major delays for commuters travelling through Eastleigh this morning, with Leigh Road badly affected.
One driver said it had taken them 30 minutes to drive from the Peter Cooper roundabout on Charles Watts Way in Hedge End to the M27 turning.
In Winchester, traffic was reported to be “incredibly slow” inbound aloing Badger Farm Road and Romsey Road from the M3 Hockley Link.
Traffic monitoring service ROMANSE has not reported any accidents but urged drivers to delay their journeys until the queues have cleared.
For a list of all the schools that are remaining shut today, take a look at our round-up.
Hampshire drivers have been praised by police for listening to advice and taking it easy on the roads this morning.
So far there have been no major incidents and all seems to be running smoothly.
Slow Fair Oak to #Eastleigh. Slow A32 #Gosport to #Fareham. Slow A326 northbound past Didden. Slow A27 Park Gate to Sarisbury.— @ROMANSE 21 January 2013
For the full list of which schools are closed or opening later today in Hampshire and Southampton click here
Hampshire's Harold Hillier Gardens were turned into a winter wonderland as these pictures from Tracy Nicholl show.
UPDATE AT 08:00 Southampton Service 5 (Bassett Green, Swaythling, Portswood, City Centre, Woolston, Sholing) and... http://t.co/3Phzkf7P— @FirstHampshire 21 January 2013
Hampshire's Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden braved the elements in a backless dress during auditions for the show.
The judge, from Bishop's Waltham, was among the judges who moved outside to watch a spectacular audition for a group of divers including Southampton's Olympic medallist Peter Waterfield.
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Melting snow caused a power failure at Hampshire fire HQ yesterday forcing emergency control centre staff to relocate elsewhere. For the full story click here.
According to the Met Office the temperature in Southampton is not expected to get above freezing all day with some light snow predected by about midday.
For a selection of your snow videos from the weekend click here
A spokesman for the University of Southampton says it will resume services as normal on today. All exams will continue as scheduled.
Hampshire County Council plan to replenish salt stocks in community salt bins from today.
Main routes in #Hampshire are currently passable & delay/incident free. High risk of ice on minor roads. Allow extra time for your journey.— @ROMANSE 21 January 2013
All flights at Southampton Airport are currently on schedule but passengers are still being urged to check with their airline before leaving as there is still the potential for disruption due to the weather.
The list of school closures and start times has been undated. A lot of schools have binned the uniform today in favour of winter woollies! For the full list click here
According to Hamsphire County Council all main roads in the county that carry 85% of the county’s traffic will have been treated 11 times since Thursday evening including runs in the early hours of Sunday and Monday morning (2am).
More snow is forecast for the south today as temperatures last night expected to plummet to -4C in Southampton and -8C in parts of the countryside.
For the full weather story click here
South West Trains is continuing with a bad weather timetable this morning and coomuters are urged to check the times of trains.
Some schools are still shut this morning while others have re arranged start times.
For the list - to be updated soon - click here
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