Drivers warned to brace for snowfall in Hampshire and Southampton

Daily Echo: Drivers warned to brace for snowfall Drivers warned to brace for snowfall

LIGHT snow flurries have begun in parts of Hampshire - but severe weather warnings remain in place across the county for tomorrow as residents prepare to bear the brunt of the Siberian blast.

A freezing blizzard is expected to sweep the county tomorrow as temperatures plummet to –5C (23F) with motorists being told only to make journeys where necessary.

Met Office experts say Hampshire will be hit by a barrage of snow, sleet and gale force winds throughout the day, with some parts of the county likely to be blanketed in up to 6in (15cm) of the white stuff.

Although Southampton is expected to avoid the worst of the snowfall, the city could still be coated in around 2in (5cm) of snow by the afternoon.

Forecasters and motoring groups have urged drivers to take extra care on the roads and to make routine checks on their vehicles before making journeys.

The warning comes after the Daily Echo launched its Stay Warm campaign, encouraging people across the county to look out for elderly friends, relatives and neighbours during the winter blast.

As previously reported, Hampshire’s civic chiefs have moved to assure residents that they have “robust procedures” in place to deal with snowfall and keep our roads moving.

But the AA has issued a warning to drivers to take extra care as the cold snap takes an icy grip on the county.

Last night the AA revealed that they attended around 9,000 breakdowns across the UK yesterday morning alone, as thousands of cars failed to get off their driveways.

And they expected the number of call-outs to reach 17,000 by the end of the day – up from around 9,500 on an average Wednesday.

It meant that breakdown teams were dealing with almost 2,000 call-outs every hour during peak times.

Darron Burness, the AA’s head of special operations, said: “Winter’s really starting to bite now with widespread freezing conditions and the prospect of more snow at the end of the week.

“We’re likely to see some pretty horrible driving conditions on Friday with drifting snow and potentially blizzard-like conditions across higher level routes in particular. Check the Met Office weather alerts and traffic reports before departing and allow a bit more time for your journey, as you don’t want to rush on potentially icy roads.”

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9:45am Thu 17 Jan 13

ToastyTea says...

I really hope it snows for the weekend, whenever we get snow it seems to be during the week when I'm at work and can't enjoy it :/
I really hope it snows for the weekend, whenever we get snow it seems to be during the week when I'm at work and can't enjoy it :/ ToastyTea
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10:07am Thu 17 Jan 13

sburman says...

Talk about over dramatic, I'm not preparing to face the brunt of anything.
It’s mid –winter for goodness sake what weather are we expecting
Talk about over dramatic, I'm not preparing to face the brunt of anything. It’s mid –winter for goodness sake what weather are we expecting sburman
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10:09am Thu 17 Jan 13

WECOMING4U says...

Over reaction as normal, its when they don't warn you , it is time to worry!
Over reaction as normal, its when they don't warn you , it is time to worry! WECOMING4U
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10:29am Thu 17 Jan 13

Sovietobserver says...

Tesco and B 'n Q would like to thank the Daily Echo for all the extra sales in salt and shovels that this report is generating.
Tesco and B 'n Q would like to thank the Daily Echo for all the extra sales in salt and shovels that this report is generating. Sovietobserver
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10:59am Thu 17 Jan 13

my love says...

It's started......we have light snow at the moment I'm near fareham.....watch the uk come to a stand still yet again!!
It's started......we have light snow at the moment I'm near fareham.....watch the uk come to a stand still yet again!! my love
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11:19am Thu 17 Jan 13

business-guru says...

its not a "siberian blast". its an occluded front from the west hitting cold air sitting over the East of the UK. Siberia has absolutely nothing to do with it.
its not a "siberian blast". its an occluded front from the west hitting cold air sitting over the East of the UK. Siberia has absolutely nothing to do with it. business-guru
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11:49am Thu 17 Jan 13

Hdg end mo says...

No problem for my range rover
No problem for my range rover Hdg end mo
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12:33pm Thu 17 Jan 13

nedscrumpo says...

No doubt the usual idiots will be out in force driving carelessly causing more delays then there need to be.
No doubt the usual idiots will be out in force driving carelessly causing more delays then there need to be. nedscrumpo
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1:30pm Thu 17 Jan 13

boobooj says...

Hdg end mo wrote:
No problem for my range rover
Now you just need an excuse for using a gas guzzling 4x4 on the other 364 days of the year!
[quote][p][bold]Hdg end mo[/bold] wrote: No problem for my range rover[/p][/quote]Now you just need an excuse for using a gas guzzling 4x4 on the other 364 days of the year! boobooj
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1:51pm Thu 17 Jan 13

pushamara says...

Hdg end mo wrote:
No problem for my range rover
You better get the manual out quick and work out how to put it into four wheel drive. You know what i mean, the reason it was built! Oh that's right, you don't need it on the school run
[quote][p][bold]Hdg end mo[/bold] wrote: No problem for my range rover[/p][/quote]You better get the manual out quick and work out how to put it into four wheel drive. You know what i mean, the reason it was built! Oh that's right, you don't need it on the school run pushamara
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2:38pm Thu 17 Jan 13

business-guru says...

pushamara wrote:
Hdg end mo wrote:
No problem for my range rover
You better get the manual out quick and work out how to put it into four wheel drive. You know what i mean, the reason it was built! Oh that's right, you don't need it on the school run
modern range rovers were build for the school run in posh areas.... no serious off-roader would buy one, toyota landcruiser or hi-lux, now thats another story...
[quote][p][bold]pushamara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hdg end mo[/bold] wrote: No problem for my range rover[/p][/quote]You better get the manual out quick and work out how to put it into four wheel drive. You know what i mean, the reason it was built! Oh that's right, you don't need it on the school run[/p][/quote]modern range rovers were build for the school run in posh areas.... no serious off-roader would buy one, toyota landcruiser or hi-lux, now thats another story... business-guru
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2:57pm Thu 17 Jan 13

westender15 says...

pushamara wrote:
Hdg end mo wrote: No problem for my range rover
You better get the manual out quick and work out how to put it into four wheel drive. You know what i mean, the reason it was built! Oh that's right, you don't need it on the school run
pushamara, all Range Rovers and Land Rovers are in permanent 4 wheel drive. Not like the cheap Toyota's mentioned by buisiness-guru!!
[quote][p][bold]pushamara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hdg end mo[/bold] wrote: No problem for my range rover[/p][/quote]You better get the manual out quick and work out how to put it into four wheel drive. You know what i mean, the reason it was built! Oh that's right, you don't need it on the school run[/p][/quote]pushamara, all Range Rovers and Land Rovers are in permanent 4 wheel drive. Not like the cheap Toyota's mentioned by buisiness-guru!! westender15
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3:24pm Thu 17 Jan 13

bernard7 says...

Jesus christ here comes the 4x4 police. I find that on the other 364 days of the year mine comes in quite handy as down narrow roads it makes people in smaller cars get out of my way.
Jesus christ here comes the 4x4 police. I find that on the other 364 days of the year mine comes in quite handy as down narrow roads it makes people in smaller cars get out of my way. bernard7
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3:44pm Thu 17 Jan 13

thesotonsaint says...

bernard7 wrote:
Jesus christ here comes the 4x4 police. I find that on the other 364 days of the year mine comes in quite handy as down narrow roads it makes people in smaller cars get out of my way.
Here here, and since I pay such a great amount in road tax and fule duty on mine, I will enjoy it for the other 364 days a year!
[quote][p][bold]bernard7[/bold] wrote: Jesus christ here comes the 4x4 police. I find that on the other 364 days of the year mine comes in quite handy as down narrow roads it makes people in smaller cars get out of my way.[/p][/quote]Here here, and since I pay such a great amount in road tax and fule duty on mine, I will enjoy it for the other 364 days a year! thesotonsaint
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3:48pm Thu 17 Jan 13

miltonarcher says...

You should see the parade of huge 4x4 here in Winchester delivering kids to the private school. They are all driven by women who dont have a clue how to drive or park them. If only they realised how stupid they look in these fashion statements. Get something more appropriate for pities sake.
You should see the parade of huge 4x4 here in Winchester delivering kids to the private school. They are all driven by women who dont have a clue how to drive or park them. If only they realised how stupid they look in these fashion statements. Get something more appropriate for pities sake. miltonarcher
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3:50pm Thu 17 Jan 13

bernard7 says...

Exactly, i always used to have much smaller cars but since getting my mighty 4x4 i shall never go back. It's far safer and if i do ever have to cross a ford or climb a mountain i know i can.

For example i bet most of you wear a watch that is waterproof to 100 metres, now are you ever going to swim that deep? probably not! but its nice to know that you can if you want to. I like to know that i could drive across the sahara desert if i wanted to but i probably never will.
Exactly, i always used to have much smaller cars but since getting my mighty 4x4 i shall never go back. It's far safer and if i do ever have to cross a ford or climb a mountain i know i can. For example i bet most of you wear a watch that is waterproof to 100 metres, now are you ever going to swim that deep? probably not! but its nice to know that you can if you want to. I like to know that i could drive across the sahara desert if i wanted to but i probably never will. bernard7
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3:54pm Thu 17 Jan 13

bernard7 says...

@miltonmarcher

Well if those ladies' can afford to why the chuff not and also if it does snow i bet their children will be the only ones attending school that day! Even though their teachers probably wont be there because they drive much smaller inferior automobiles.
@miltonmarcher Well if those ladies' can afford to why the chuff not and also if it does snow i bet their children will be the only ones attending school that day! Even though their teachers probably wont be there because they drive much smaller inferior automobiles. bernard7
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5:34pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Hdg end mo says...

westender15 wrote:
pushamara wrote:
Hdg end mo wrote: No problem for my range rover
You better get the manual out quick and work out how to put it into four wheel drive. You know what i mean, the reason it was built! Oh that's right, you don't need it on the school run
pushamara, all Range Rovers and Land Rovers are in permanent 4 wheel drive. Not like the cheap Toyota's mentioned by buisiness-guru!!
Its actually the wifes range brand spanker 2013 model cost me a bleedin fortune
Living in hedge end surely thats rural and yes must compete with the neighbours cayanne
[quote][p][bold]westender15[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pushamara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hdg end mo[/bold] wrote: No problem for my range rover[/p][/quote]You better get the manual out quick and work out how to put it into four wheel drive. You know what i mean, the reason it was built! Oh that's right, you don't need it on the school run[/p][/quote]pushamara, all Range Rovers and Land Rovers are in permanent 4 wheel drive. Not like the cheap Toyota's mentioned by buisiness-guru!![/p][/quote]Its actually the wifes range brand spanker 2013 model cost me a bleedin fortune Living in hedge end surely thats rural and yes must compete with the neighbours cayanne Hdg end mo
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5:38pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Hdg end mo says...

And yes only used for school runs and m&s trips
And yes only used for school runs and m&s trips Hdg end mo
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6:07pm Thu 17 Jan 13

lorra1 says...

pulling horse boxes ,trailors a caravan all for my pleasure is what i use my landcruiser for not a statement and a bmw for school run and m&s trips
pulling horse boxes ,trailors a caravan all for my pleasure is what i use my landcruiser for not a statement and a bmw for school run and m&s trips lorra1
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6:11pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Hdg end mo says...

lorra1 wrote:
pulling horse boxes ,trailors a caravan all for my pleasure is what i use my landcruiser for not a statement and a bmw for school run and m&s trips
Typical women fleecing the fella again
:-)
[quote][p][bold]lorra1[/bold] wrote: pulling horse boxes ,trailors a caravan all for my pleasure is what i use my landcruiser for not a statement and a bmw for school run and m&s trips[/p][/quote]Typical women fleecing the fella again :-) Hdg end mo
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9:40am Fri 18 Jan 13

dango says...

Range Rover!! Bet you have summer tyres on it, don't you? I'll take my front wheel drive Fabia with winters on it over your Range Rover with summers any day.
Range Rover!! Bet you have summer tyres on it, don't you? I'll take my front wheel drive Fabia with winters on it over your Range Rover with summers any day. dango
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