Snow blankets Hampshire

Traffic queues coming off the M27 this morning as snow covered Hampshire.

Traffic queues coming off the M27 this morning as snow covered Hampshire.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

SNOW HAS again caused chaos in Hampshire.

Police have warned motorists to take extra care amid predictions of further downfalls today.

Depths of up to 12 cm have been forecast in parts of Hampshire while icy winds are expected to add to the treacherous driving conditions later this afternoon.

Temperatures are set to drop this evening to minus 10 C in rural locations and officers are warning of wide spread black ice across the region.

Hampshire Constabulary's 4x4 vehicles, along with vehicles from their partner agencies, are being mobilised for emergencies during the Siberian blast.

Christmas shoppers are being told to stick to main roads, which will be on the priority gritting routes along with trunk roads, motorways and town and city centre areas.

All major roads and most minor roads are currently passable with care but there is the threat that snow and slush will freeze later today making road surfaces more hazardous.

Hampshire Highways are ploughing and gritting continuously across the road network using 37 trucks.

Police driving advice for motorists: If you must travel: 1. Prepare yourself for your journey - first ask if your journey is really necessary. If it is, pack warm clothes, food, hot drinks, a fully charged mobile phone and a shovel. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to arrive.

2. Prepare your vehicle for your journey - make sure your vehicle is well maintained, clear of snow and ice and that your tyres are at the correct pressure.

3. Drive safely - keep your distance, avoid hard braking or acceleration and steer gently. If you skid, ease off the accelerator, and try and avoid braking hard.

4. Winter sun is also extremely bright and dazzling, so always keep a pair of sunglasses in the car and on long journeys ensure you take regular breaks as tiredness can kill.

5. Be prepared for the unexpected, especially black ice.

You can check which roads are on which priority salting routes using a map or postcode at: www.hants.gov.uk/roads/winter-maintenance

Southampton Airport has been closed, football matches across the county have been cancelled and roads are proving dangerous for drivers due to the overnight coating of the white stuff.

No planes will be flying in or out of Southampton until midday today and passengers are advised to contact their airlines for the latest information.

A broken down lorry on the A34 near Sutton Scotney is causing congestion for motorists who have braved the icy roads.

Staff at Fort Nelson in Fareham have decided to close this morning due to safety fears and a decision will be made later this afternoon to see if they will reopen tomorrow.

While officials have cancelled the Salisbury versus Tiverton game this afternoon.

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10:15am Sat 18 Dec 10

SpittingFire says...

I knew those comments would go! Can't I even say that I'm going to make a snow-based model of Nick Hancock's Spitfire? And observe it melting away? That is the nature of snow!
I knew those comments would go! Can't I even say that I'm going to make a snow-based model of Nick Hancock's Spitfire? And observe it melting away? That is the nature of snow! SpittingFire
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11:03am Sat 18 Dec 10

southy says...

I posted a twitter link up yesterday SF that,s gone to, it was on about EDL and what they where posting on that site, (about burning down a muslim temple with people in side it), got ask by loads of people to get it removed, but it stayed there for a number of days, don,t know if it still there now. but it just go's to show what the world coming to. what with the echo taking on jim davidson has a political writer. and if i was the jorno's of the echo i would be asking my masters what there political agenda is.
lets face it a person like davidson would make the echo on level with the beano comic book.
I posted a twitter link up yesterday SF that,s gone to, it was on about EDL and what they where posting on that site, (about burning down a muslim temple with people in side it), got ask by loads of people to get it removed, but it stayed there for a number of days, don,t know if it still there now. but it just go's to show what the world coming to. what with the echo taking on jim davidson has a political writer. and if i was the jorno's of the echo i would be asking my masters what there political agenda is. lets face it a person like davidson would make the echo on level with the beano comic book. southy
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2:37pm Sat 18 Dec 10

Redfield says...

It's not a Siberian blast - it's coming from the North Pole which I think is different. It's picking up moisture of the Atlantic before hitting kandfall
It's not a Siberian blast - it's coming from the North Pole which I think is different. It's picking up moisture of the Atlantic before hitting kandfall Redfield
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2:38pm Sat 18 Dec 10

Redfield says...

I meant ... hitting landfall
I meant ... hitting landfall Redfield
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4:00pm Sat 18 Dec 10

Nearly an OAP says...

The UK's a dangerous place to be when there is moderate to heavy snowfall as I noticed today that ambulances were almost travelling in convoy to A & E at Southampton General. Take care.
The UK's a dangerous place to be when there is moderate to heavy snowfall as I noticed today that ambulances were almost travelling in convoy to A & E at Southampton General. Take care. Nearly an OAP
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8:22am Mon 20 Dec 10

Norwegian Saint says...

I think the UK will have to start putting on winter tyres like us. Lots more snow on the way over if here is anything to go by.... enjoy the white Christmas!
sw body-warm.... does someone make these up?!
I think the UK will have to start putting on winter tyres like us. Lots more snow on the way over if here is anything to go by.... enjoy the white Christmas! sw body-warm.... does someone make these up?! Norwegian Saint
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8:58am Mon 20 Dec 10

Norwegian Saint says...

I think the UK will have to start putting on winter tyres like us. Lots more snow on the way over if here is anything to go by.... enjoy the white Christmas!
sw body-warm.... does someone make these up?!
I think the UK will have to start putting on winter tyres like us. Lots more snow on the way over if here is anything to go by.... enjoy the white Christmas! sw body-warm.... does someone make these up?! Norwegian Saint
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