Warning as more snow and ice is on its way for Hampshire

Daily Echo: Extreme weather warning for Hampshire tonight Extreme weather warning for Hampshire tonight

AN extreme weather warning has been issued, with more snow and ice on the way for Hampshire tonight.

The Met Office issued the alert this afternoon and has urged people not to make unnecessary journeys because the roads will become extremely treacherous once again.

Sleet and rain are expected early on, which will turn to ice as the temperatures plummet overnight.

Police say the conditions will be compounded with more snow across the entire county and Isle of Wight first thing.

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The heaviest falls are expected to be in the north and north east of the county, prompting police chiefs to warn people not to travel unless its vital.

A spokesman said: “If you do have to drive, give yourself plenty of extra time, avoid heavy braking, and ensure you have a blanket, warm clothes and it is highly advisable to pack a hot drink.”

Gritters will be out in force through the night but are warning many roads, in particularly B and C category – will not be reached and therefore should be avoided.

Superintendent Phil Winchester said: “The force and its partner agencies are preparing now for the hazardous conditions anticipated this evening, and urge all motorists and road users to do the same.

“With the roads expected to become extremely treacherous, only travel if you really have to, and leave plenty of extra time for your journey.

“Also remember that if you have elderly or vulnerable residents in your neighbourhood, take some time to knock on their door and check that they are safe and warm.”

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4:25pm Thu 5 Feb 09

Commuter8 says...

HCC - please come and grit my hill in Hythe - I need to get to work!
HCC - please come and grit my hill in Hythe - I need to get to work! Commuter8

4:40pm Thu 5 Feb 09

Jebus says...

Ever thought of doing it yourself? MOP's have done most of the residential roads round my way;) Gord bless 'em.
Ever thought of doing it yourself? MOP's have done most of the residential roads round my way;) Gord bless 'em. Jebus

4:52pm Thu 5 Feb 09

Martin Wellbourne says...

Commuter8 wrote:
HCC - please come and grit my hill in Hythe - I need to get to work!
Many didn't make the trip to work at the General Hospital on Monday. However they made a greater effort Tuesday when told that each day they miss is deducted from annual leave.

How about walking, getting a bus, car-pooling or gritting the road yourself?
[quote][p][bold]Commuter8[/bold] wrote: HCC - please come and grit my hill in Hythe - I need to get to work![/p][/quote]Many didn't make the trip to work at the General Hospital on Monday. However they made a greater effort Tuesday when told that each day they miss is deducted from annual leave. How about walking, getting a bus, car-pooling or gritting the road yourself? Martin Wellbourne

4:59pm Thu 5 Feb 09

mummietotwo says...

Getting a Bus?????? haha. I waited an hour for a bus to work the other day.
Getting a Bus?????? haha. I waited an hour for a bus to work the other day. mummietotwo

5:01pm Thu 5 Feb 09

Tobeblunt says...

Well lets hope the council take action in providing sufficiant gritting. Unlike last night when nothing was done in and around Basingstoke and an emergency vehicle was stuck for over 2 hours.
Well lets hope the council take action in providing sufficiant gritting. Unlike last night when nothing was done in and around Basingstoke and an emergency vehicle was stuck for over 2 hours. Tobeblunt

6:05pm Thu 5 Feb 09

localnews says...

sad thing is its a money issue over safety again,on the other hand in the 60's and 70's everyone made more of an effort to get to school/work.....but the health and safety brigade were'nt as stupid then,this years best one is closing a childrens play ground because of snow ????...there'll be a letter in the post soon telling us to use gloves when taking ice cubes from the fridge
sad thing is its a money issue over safety again,on the other hand in the 60's and 70's everyone made more of an effort to get to school/work.....but the health and safety brigade were'nt as stupid then,this years best one is closing a childrens play ground because of snow ????...there'll be a letter in the post soon telling us to use gloves when taking ice cubes from the fridge localnews

6:48pm Thu 5 Feb 09

Bright Spark says...

I do hope that the council do the right thing and close the schools again on Friday. God help us if the kids are allowed out at play time to build a snowman, the children's little hands might get cold, the snowman's carrot could fall on them and they could get injured. And if the poor chaps were to have a snowball fight, well heaven help us, somebody could get injured.

Close the curtains, lock the doors, there's snow out there. :(
I do hope that the council do the right thing and close the schools again on Friday. God help us if the kids are allowed out at play time to build a snowman, the children's little hands might get cold, the snowman's carrot could fall on them and they could get injured. And if the poor chaps were to have a snowball fight, well heaven help us, somebody could get injured. Close the curtains, lock the doors, there's snow out there. :( Bright Spark

6:57pm Thu 5 Feb 09

fuzzyfelt says...

but ikea will still open on time yay
but ikea will still open on time yay fuzzyfelt

7:15pm Thu 5 Feb 09

King Mush says...

What's the betting on our beloved council imposing a hosepipe ban?
What's the betting on our beloved council imposing a hosepipe ban? King Mush

7:23pm Thu 5 Feb 09

The Grey Mystery says...

does our council tax pay for gritting,if they dont do it can we demand a refund
does our council tax pay for gritting,if they dont do it can we demand a refund The Grey Mystery

7:25pm Thu 5 Feb 09

The Grey Mystery says...

Martin Wellbourne wrote:
Commuter8 wrote: HCC - please come and grit my hill in Hythe - I need to get to work!
Many didn't make the trip to work at the General Hospital on Monday. However they made a greater effort Tuesday when told that each day they miss is deducted from annual leave. How about walking, getting a bus, car-pooling or gritting the road yourself?
would like to hear the unions statement on this collective agreenment
[quote][p][bold]Martin Wellbourne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Commuter8[/bold] wrote: HCC - please come and grit my hill in Hythe - I need to get to work![/p][/quote]Many didn't make the trip to work at the General Hospital on Monday. However they made a greater effort Tuesday when told that each day they miss is deducted from annual leave. How about walking, getting a bus, car-pooling or gritting the road yourself?[/p][/quote]would like to hear the unions statement on this collective agreenment The Grey Mystery

9:01pm Thu 5 Feb 09

Commuter8 says...

Commuter8 wrote:
HCC - please come and grit my hill in Hythe - I need to get to work!
Been there - did that unsuccessfully in Lane Hayes Road-what are the council taxes paid for? Won't get a refund for my efforts! No-body else came out to help me, stood at their windows and watched!
[quote][p][bold]Commuter8[/bold] wrote: HCC - please come and grit my hill in Hythe - I need to get to work![/p][/quote]Been there - did that unsuccessfully in Lane Hayes Road-what are the council taxes paid for? Won't get a refund for my efforts! No-body else came out to help me, stood at their windows and watched! Commuter8

9:01pm Thu 5 Feb 09

rjcr says...

i THINK ANYONE WHO ACTUALLY WORKS AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL WILL FIND THAT STAFF MADE HUGE EFFORTS TO TRAVEL IN - SOME JOURNYS TAKING 2-3HRS TO GET IN FROM LYMINGTON/SALISBRY AND PORTSMOUTH- AND I THINK YOU WILL FIND THAT THERE WERE NO TRAINS AND VERY LITTLE BUSES. THESE STAFF THAT HAD TO UNDERTAKE SUCH JOURNEYS THEN STAYED ON SITE OVERNIGHT TO ENSURE THEY COULD BE AT WORK THE NEXT DAY. NO ONE HAS HAD TO TAKE ANNUAL LEAVE OR HOLIDAY- SOME SHIFTS HAD BEEN SWAPPED WHERE POSSIBLE TO ENSURE SAFETY BUT THAT IS ALL. THIS ENSURED THAT THE HOSPITAL COULD BE FUNCTIONING TO LOOK AFTER THE LITERALLY OVER ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE ADMITTED FROM FALLING OVER AND FRACTURING AND SPRAINING LIMBS IN THE SNOW.
BUT AGAIN SOME PEOPLE ARE QUICK TO JUDGE WITHOUT KNOWING THERE FACTS- MARTIN I HOPE THIS HELPED MAKE THINGS CLEARER FOR YOU.
i THINK ANYONE WHO ACTUALLY WORKS AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL WILL FIND THAT STAFF MADE HUGE EFFORTS TO TRAVEL IN - SOME JOURNYS TAKING 2-3HRS TO GET IN FROM LYMINGTON/SALISBRY AND PORTSMOUTH- AND I THINK YOU WILL FIND THAT THERE WERE NO TRAINS AND VERY LITTLE BUSES. THESE STAFF THAT HAD TO UNDERTAKE SUCH JOURNEYS THEN STAYED ON SITE OVERNIGHT TO ENSURE THEY COULD BE AT WORK THE NEXT DAY. NO ONE HAS HAD TO TAKE ANNUAL LEAVE OR HOLIDAY- SOME SHIFTS HAD BEEN SWAPPED WHERE POSSIBLE TO ENSURE SAFETY BUT THAT IS ALL. THIS ENSURED THAT THE HOSPITAL COULD BE FUNCTIONING TO LOOK AFTER THE LITERALLY OVER ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE ADMITTED FROM FALLING OVER AND FRACTURING AND SPRAINING LIMBS IN THE SNOW. BUT AGAIN SOME PEOPLE ARE QUICK TO JUDGE WITHOUT KNOWING THERE FACTS- MARTIN I HOPE THIS HELPED MAKE THINGS CLEARER FOR YOU. rjcr

9:21pm Thu 5 Feb 09

D'Arcy Sarto says...

Commuter8 wrote:
HCC - please come and grit my hill in Hythe - I need to get to work!
Is that some sort of euphemism?
[quote][p][bold]Commuter8[/bold] wrote: HCC - please come and grit my hill in Hythe - I need to get to work![/p][/quote]Is that some sort of euphemism? D'Arcy Sarto

9:25pm Thu 5 Feb 09

Bright Spark says...

Well said Martin. People who use a bit of snow to skive off work should have a days leave taken from them. It's the same as the kids not being allowed to walk to school because they might slip up and get bruised, so the councils close the schools to make sure that they don't get sued for making the kids go in the first place. As it's already been pointed out, closing the schools because of a sprinkling of snow teaches the kids that it's okay to give in, in the face of adversity. Those kids will soon grow up to replace those workers who can't be bothered to make an effort when it is needed.
Well said Martin. People who use a bit of snow to skive off work should have a days leave taken from them. It's the same as the kids not being allowed to walk to school because they might slip up and get bruised, so the councils close the schools to make sure that they don't get sued for making the kids go in the first place. As it's already been pointed out, closing the schools because of a sprinkling of snow teaches the kids that it's okay to give in, in the face of adversity. Those kids will soon grow up to replace those workers who can't be bothered to make an effort when it is needed. Bright Spark

9:26pm Thu 5 Feb 09

Bright Spark says...

rjcr, Southampton says...
9:01pm Thu 5 Feb 09

'THERE WERE NO TRAINS AND VERY LITTLE BUSES' ...

Then send bigger buses ????
rjcr, Southampton says... 9:01pm Thu 5 Feb 09 'THERE WERE NO TRAINS AND VERY LITTLE BUSES' ... Then send bigger buses ???? Bright Spark

9:41pm Thu 5 Feb 09

Jodie Copeland says...

let it snow, eh?

security word
walk-busy
let it snow, eh? security word walk-busy Jodie Copeland

9:42pm Thu 5 Feb 09

rjcr says...

Bright Spark wrote:
rjcr, Southampton says... 9:01pm Thu 5 Feb 09 'THERE WERE NO TRAINS AND VERY LITTLE BUSES' ... Then send bigger buses ????
bigger buses would indeed be good.... or any bus at all! at least im only responsible for looking after sick kids not teaching them grammer. At least you have a sense of humour unlike some people commenting on here.
[quote][p][bold]Bright Spark[/bold] wrote: rjcr, Southampton says... 9:01pm Thu 5 Feb 09 'THERE WERE NO TRAINS AND VERY LITTLE BUSES' ... Then send bigger buses ????[/p][/quote]bigger buses would indeed be good.... or any bus at all! at least im only responsible for looking after sick kids not teaching them grammer. At least you have a sense of humour unlike some people commenting on here. rjcr

9:56pm Thu 5 Feb 09

Ozmosis says...

Commuter8 wrote:
Commuter8 wrote:
HCC - please come and grit my hill in Hythe - I need to get to work!
Been there - did that unsuccessfully in Lane Hayes Road-what are the council taxes paid for? Won't get a refund for my efforts! No-body else came out to help me, stood at their windows and watched!

Are you talking to yourself or is your second personality taking charge? :-p
[quote][p][bold]Commuter8[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Commuter8[/bold] wrote: HCC - please come and grit my hill in Hythe - I need to get to work![/p][/quote]Been there - did that unsuccessfully in Lane Hayes Road-what are the council taxes paid for? Won't get a refund for my efforts! No-body else came out to help me, stood at their windows and watched![/p][/quote] Are you talking to yourself or is your second personality taking charge? :-p Ozmosis

10:11pm Thu 5 Feb 09

Reality-man says...

Bring it on...my missus loves waking up to the white stuff!!!
Bring it on...my missus loves waking up to the white stuff!!! Reality-man

11:17pm Thu 5 Feb 09

bullarboy says...

Reality-man wrote:
Bring it on...my missus loves waking up to the white stuff!!!
Ha ha - cracked me up! - needless to say we came assume it's salty in yr house!!
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: Bring it on...my missus loves waking up to the white stuff!!![/p][/quote]Ha ha - cracked me up! - needless to say we came assume it's salty in yr house!! bullarboy

1:49am Fri 6 Feb 09

Fisherman's Friend says...

Reality-man wrote:
Bring it on...my missus loves waking up to the white stuff!!!
You're not wrong there Reaity Man
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: Bring it on...my missus loves waking up to the white stuff!!![/p][/quote]You're not wrong there Reaity Man Fisherman's Friend
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