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Snow hits the south

By Luke Tugby

4:00am Friday 18th January 2013

Snow hits the south

Snow hits the south

Snow hits the south

Snow hits the south

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Batten down the hatches and grab those winter woollies – the Siberian blast is here.

A freezing blizzard was due to take an icy grip on the county today, causing travel chaos for motorists during the morning rush-hour and forcing schools across the region to close.

Two Southampton schools, Vermont and Springwell, announced as early as yesterday afternoon that they would be closed today, with dozens more expected to follow suit as a barrage of snow, sleet and gale-force winds sweep across Hampshire.

Cancelled Cantell Maths and Computing College, in Bassett, said if it is forced to close because of snow, it would remain open for Year 11 students taking their GCSE philosophy exams this morning.

Southampton’s school transport unit also confirmed last night that it had cancelled its special needs transport for all schools today.

Met Office experts said that parts of the county would be left under a 6in (15cm) blanket of the white stuff, with up to 2in (5cm) predicted for Southampton.

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 our 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.

The 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.

Do their bit “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.”

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

Southampton Airport bosses had staff working through the night and were confident of avoiding disruption to flights today.

Comments(15)

Comments(15)

Brusher Mills says...
4:58am Fri 18 Jan 13

What time does it start? Not falling yet.

freemantlegirl2 says...
5:26am Fri 18 Jan 13

This is a total overreaction and as per usual the special schools were first to react BEFORE there's even any snow - I can't see any.......

If it doesn't snow (heavily) this morning I'm lodging a formal complaint with the council...

Schools are vital to keep the economy going, nearly all my colleagues are having to work at home today because of school closures, and we're lucky that we have that luxury, many don't get paid or are self-employed..... for schools not to even 'try' to open is outrageous. A few sensible ones have said that they're opening at 10am to give them time to assess the situation, which sounds sensible, but even so.....

We STILL can't get this right in this country.... we still overreact.... if we have a foot of snow fair enough thingswill slow down perhaps but as I said 2 years ago, we should each take a responsibility for it, including schools who decided to close today before 3pm. Many because transport was cancelled...

a big HMMMMMM from me....

RC of CFord says...
5:32am Fri 18 Jan 13

Love the fact that everybody panicked bought all of the bread and milk from my local Asda yesterday because of this countries inability to deal with adverse weather. Now go to work you idiots

freemantlegirl2 says...
5:49am Fri 18 Jan 13

about half a millimetre in the city centre now.... lorries still whizzing past delivering things for the rest of us wimps!

freemantlegirl2 says...
5:56am Fri 18 Jan 13

correction, sleety rain now

WHATNOW! says...
7:10am Fri 18 Jan 13

Why have schools in southampton closed? Just looked out the window and the snow didn't even lay !?!? coz its rained as usual first! Which is a real shame.

Rockhopper says...
8:04am Fri 18 Jan 13

RC of CFord wrote:
Love the fact that everybody panicked bought all of the bread and milk from my local Asda yesterday because of this countries inability to deal with adverse weather. Now go to work you idiots
Yes same in local Co-Op and Iceland.
Like to send these people to Alaska or Eastern Europe for a reality check!

Dasal says...
9:13am Fri 18 Jan 13

WHATNOW! wrote:
Why have schools in southampton closed? Just looked out the window and the snow didn't even lay !?!? coz its rained as usual first! Which is a real shame.
9.00 am now.................
.
Take another look !!!!
Seems they were right,then..........
.........

Swissowned says...
9:38am Fri 18 Jan 13

Any of you eating your hats at the moment. Bet you wish you hadn't posted your comments so early.

For those stupid enough to want to venture out in these conditions, just remember, someone else may have to risk their safety or life to try and rescue you!

Swissowned says...
9:39am Fri 18 Jan 13

freemantlegirl2 wrote:
This is a total overreaction and as per usual the special schools were first to react BEFORE there's even any snow - I can't see any.......

If it doesn't snow (heavily) this morning I'm lodging a formal complaint with the council...

Schools are vital to keep the economy going, nearly all my colleagues are having to work at home today because of school closures, and we're lucky that we have that luxury, many don't get paid or are self-employed..... for schools not to even 'try' to open is outrageous. A few sensible ones have said that they're opening at 10am to give them time to assess the situation, which sounds sensible, but even so.....

We STILL can't get this right in this country.... we still overreact.... if we have a foot of snow fair enough thingswill slow down perhaps but as I said 2 years ago, we should each take a responsibility for it, including schools who decided to close today before 3pm. Many because transport was cancelled...

a big HMMMMMM from me....
Hmmm... Because the works revolves around you, doesn't it!?

Nutstrangler says...
10:31am Fri 18 Jan 13

Proper little Drama Queen, this reporter."Siberian Blast"...yeah, right ! In certain areas of Sberia, the lowest recorded temperature has reached minus 71.2 C, that's mius 96.2 F in old money. Perhaps the Echo should stick to facts instead of concentrating on melodrama and trying to scare people._

SFC4EVA says...
11:06am Fri 18 Jan 13

Fail to prepare - prepare to fail.....SCC council's moto even under new leadership!

100%HANTSBOY says...
11:35am Fri 18 Jan 13

freemantlegirl2 wrote:
This is a total overreaction and as per usual the special schools were first to react BEFORE there's even any snow - I can't see any.......

If it doesn't snow (heavily) this morning I'm lodging a formal complaint with the council...

Schools are vital to keep the economy going, nearly all my colleagues are having to work at home today because of school closures, and we're lucky that we have that luxury, many don't get paid or are self-employed..... for schools not to even 'try' to open is outrageous. A few sensible ones have said that they're opening at 10am to give them time to assess the situation, which sounds sensible, but even so.....

We STILL can't get this right in this country.... we still overreact.... if we have a foot of snow fair enough thingswill slow down perhaps but as I said 2 years ago, we should each take a responsibility for it, including schools who decided to close today before 3pm. Many because transport was cancelled...

a big HMMMMMM from me....
I bet you feel silly now with that rant!!

meltdown says...
7:41pm Fri 18 Jan 13

While trying to access the Itchen bridge from town toward woolston mid morning, it was obvious that many vehicles were having problems with the upward gradient on the bridge thus bringing following traffic trying to get out of town to a standstill........wo
uld it have not been appropriate for staff to have been on hand to have griited the bridge and give motorists a push during heavy snowfall?.......I mean, that toll money must be going toward something surely?.

forest hump says...
8:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

meltdown wrote:
While trying to access the Itchen bridge from town toward woolston mid morning, it was obvious that many vehicles were having problems with the upward gradient on the bridge thus bringing following traffic trying to get out of town to a standstill........wo

uld it have not been appropriate for staff to have been on hand to have griited the bridge and give motorists a push during heavy snowfall?.......I mean, that toll money must be going toward something surely?.
Of course it is going somewhere. The same place as all the outrageous parking charges:in their greedy, stinking pockets. Eliminate parking and toll charges and the high street will revive. Shame on local and Government politicians! They are all primadonnas wanting nothing more than media exposure

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