Rush-hour snow brings travel chaos to Hampshire

Hampshire Chronicle: Winchester High Street, 8.50am today Winchester High Street, 8.50am today

SIBERIA hit Hampshire this morning with increasingly heavy snow through the morning rush hour.

The blizzard brought travel chaos for commuters and forced schools across the region to close.

Met Office experts said that parts of the county would be left under a 6in (15cm) blanket of snow, with up to 10cm predicted for the county.

Gritters were out in force in the early hours of this morning as Hampshire’s civic chiefs fought to battle the Arctic conditions and keep the roads moving.

Around 100 farmers were also on standby to help clear snow from the roads using snow ploughs, with volunteer drivers in 4x4 vehicles also at the ready to get to key workers like doctors and nurses.

County council’s deputy leader Councillor Mel Kendal said: “The forecasts we receive indicate that it will snow in Hampshire from approximately 4am and that it is likely to be persistent, with 5cm to 10cm settling across the county, although to a lesser extent in coastal areas."

Cllr Kendal added: “I would ask people to do their bit to help by using the salt in the community salt bins to treat public roads and pavements near where they live.”

Today Hampshire police urged motorists to avoid travelling on the roads this morning unless absolutely necessary.

The city council has also cancelled park and ride services from Winchester South and Winchester St Catherine’s after buses struggled to get traction on the roads, although services will be reviewed throughout the day.

Winchester Railway Station is still open but South West Trains and Southern Railway networks are running revised routes.

Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Andover War Memorial Hospital are open as usual today.  If any service is affected patients will be contacted directly.

Patients are advised to attend outpatient appointments unless advised otherwise by the hospital.
 

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11:25am Fri 18 Jan 13

bluecougar says...

Siberia - really???? Have you ever been to Siberia - come on, stop being so dramatic, it's going to last a couple of days!!
Siberia - really???? Have you ever been to Siberia - come on, stop being so dramatic, it's going to last a couple of days!! bluecougar
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12:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Yves1977 says...

....er, I dont think it was meant literally!
....er, I dont think it was meant literally! Yves1977
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11:31pm Sat 19 Jan 13

cardinalfang says...

Can I just say that as an owner of a 4x4 vehicle I feel incredibly smug. To add to my obvious superior driving position, I can now feel the warmth of being able to cruise past so-called green cars that can't cope with anything other than balmy conditions. Huzzah! Put another badger on the fire dear!
Can I just say that as an owner of a 4x4 vehicle I feel incredibly smug. To add to my obvious superior driving position, I can now feel the warmth of being able to cruise past so-called green cars that can't cope with anything other than balmy conditions. Huzzah! Put another badger on the fire dear! cardinalfang
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11:31am Mon 21 Jan 13

huckit P says...

A little bit of snow and things grind to a halt. I cannot remember my infants school ever closing because of snow. It had open fires and each classroom was separate with access available across the playground. During our breaks we made a slide which provided much welcome entertainment because we were not allowed to stay in the classrooms during break time.
When the snow was really deep the eldest children - 9 & 10yrs old - were given shovels to clear paths for access to the classrooms and entrance gate.
Now, with the nanny state fully in control of our lives, we are scared of even the most mundane of events. Litigation has provided an atmosphere where those who manage facilities are frightened of being sued by people who, most likely, contributed to their own mishaps, but feel the need to find someone else to blame. Is this really progress?
A little bit of snow and things grind to a halt. I cannot remember my infants school ever closing because of snow. It had open fires and each classroom was separate with access available across the playground. During our breaks we made a slide which provided much welcome entertainment because we were not allowed to stay in the classrooms during break time. When the snow was really deep the eldest children - 9 & 10yrs old - were given shovels to clear paths for access to the classrooms and entrance gate. Now, with the nanny state fully in control of our lives, we are scared of even the most mundane of events. Litigation has provided an atmosphere where those who manage facilities are frightened of being sued by people who, most likely, contributed to their own mishaps, but feel the need to find someone else to blame. Is this really progress? huckit P
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