Snow falls again on Hampshire & Wiltshire

Snow falling in Salisbury March 17 2018

6:49pm 16th March 2018
(Updated 11:04am 17th March 2018)

  • Snow forecast again this weekend
  • Met Office have issued 'Amber Warning' of snow
  • Cold snap already nicknamed 'mini beast from the east'
  • Gritters treated Hampshire & Wiltshire roads Friday night (16 March)
  • Worst of the snow expected Saturday night

Hampshire's Highways teams are getting ready for a cold weekend, with snow forecast across the county.

WINTER FLURRY:

The snow has already started falling across Salisbury and surrounding areas.

This is the view from Spire FM's office window!

It’s snowing again in #Salisbury

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With snow forecast from Saturday afternoon and into the night, highways teams set out on Friday night (16 March) on the first of a number of salt runs. They want to ensure Hampshire's main roads are treated and ready for traffic.

#SNOWMAGEDDON 2018:

It's only been a couple of weeks since a heavy blanket of snow brought Hampshire and Wiltshire to a virtual standstill. The forecast from the Met Office then was pretty accurate.

Here's the Met Office alert seen on Saturday morning..

Amber warning of snow from Met Office on Friday 17th March 2018
Amber warning of snow from Met Office on Friday 17th March 2018

 

WILL IT REALLY SNOW?

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, told Spire FM News:

"Our farmers, who certainly did a fantastic job at the beginning of the month, have been alerted to the forecast and are to put the snow ploughs on their tractors again, to be ready to clear roads as necessary."

Thousands of community salt bins are ready for people to help keep public footpaths free of ice and snow. Only a small amount of salt is needed to treat reasonably large areas.

Councillor Humby added:

"At the moment, it looks like the worst of the weather will be with us on Saturday night, so please heed travel advice and local weather forecasts before deciding whether to travel, be properly prepared and leaving more times for journeys, leaving more time if necessary."

OUT FRIDAY NIGHT: Gritters in the Hampshire fleet
OUT FRIDAY NIGHT: Gritters in the Hampshire fleet

 

EXTRA CREWS ON STANDBY IN HAMPSHIRE:

Hampshire Highways teams will have extra crews on standby throughout the weekend. The winter fleet will set out at 7pm tonight (Friday 16 March), return to the depots, fit ploughs, and set out on more runs on Saturday. Highways crews will always salt Hampshire's main roads first. These 'Priority one' routes cover approximately one third of the county road network, and carry the majority of Hampshire's traffic; covering A roads, some B roads, major bus routes, roads to hospitals and other key emergency hubs, large schools and colleges, areas of high traffic concentration and public transport interchanges.

WHAT ABOUT WILTSHIRE?

There's been no official word yet from Wiltshire Council..

Spire FM News has not had any 'official' instruction about whether the local authority was gritting or treating any roads on Friday night (16 March) or over this weekend. But it was evident on the roads into Salisbury on Saturday morning that some gritters had been out.

Even so, there have been no updates or messages about the approaching snow posted on the @WiltshireWinter  @WiltshireRoads or @wiltscouncil Twitter feeds.

Gritters in the Wiltshire fleet
Gritters in the Wiltshire fleet

 

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Further information on Hampshire roads during severe weather.

For the latest information on when the winter fleet is set to salt Hampshire roads, and information on roads affected by bad weather, follow @hantshighways on Twitter.

Further information about salt bins.

ROSPA has some good advice on safe winter driving.

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