Mini ‘beast from the east’ brings more snow to Salisbury

Robin Reliant car stuck in snow at the Harnham junction in Salisbury

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 7:49am 18th March 2018. (Updated at 1:05pm 18th March 2018)

Salisbury and surrounding areas have been hit again by heavy snow. We hear from the owner of this Robin Reliant who abandoned his beloved motor on the Harnham junction.

The snow has arrived again in and around Salisbury.

It's the second time this month we've had a thick blanket of snow. Many areas have had several inches of snow fall overnight

It began snowing on Saturday afternoon (17th March) but the really heavy stuff came down around 2am Sunday morning, and has continued to fall.

Heavy snow's fallen in many areas, with bitter winds making it feel like it's minus-10 in exposed places. This icy snap's being nicknamed the 'mini beast from the east'.

Driving conditions are treacherous. Roads have been left slippery.

Snow on Fisherton Street in Salisbury on March 18th 2018
Snow on Fisherton Street in Salisbury on March 18th 2018

 

SALISBURY DISTRICT HOSPITAL:

There have been difficulties again for staff trying to get to and from Salisbury District Hospital after The Odstock Road was left under a thick covering of snow.

Andy Hyett, Chief Operating Officer at SDH has told Spire FM News they put their 'contingency plan in place' with a team of 4x4 drivers helping ferry staff in to work.

Ken Bunce is one of the 4x4 volunteer drivers helping out, and is part of the Facebook group called Salisbury Area 4x4 Drivers Offering Help And Lifts In The Snow.

LISTEN: Ken told Spire FM's Martin Starke what it's been like on the roads in the snow on Sunday morning (click play):

Salisbury city centre woke up to snowy scenes like this on Blue Boar Row:

Snow in Blue Boar Row in Salisbury city centre on March 18th 2018
Snow in Blue Boar Row in Salisbury city centre on March 18th 2018

 

SALISBURY REDS BUSES:

Keep an eye on @SalisburyReds on Twitter for updates on bus services.

More Bus, which operates the X3 to service from Salisbury to Bournemouth, says all services are running.

Gritter lorry spreading salt on New Canal in Salisbury opn March 18th 2018

With more snow forecast throughout the weekend, gritting teams in Wiltshire and Hampshire have been working around the clock to treat roads and keep traffic moving on motorways and major A roads.

EVENTS CANCELLED:

  • Due to today's snow, a number of events have already been called off, including Salisbury City Council's Car Boot Sunday.
  • The car boot on Nunton Field near Salisbury has also been called off. Organisers took that decision last night (Saturday 17th).

  • Cholderton Charlie's Farm Park at Cholderton is also closed.

MESSAGE FROM WILTSHIRE'S LONGLEAT SAFARI PARK:

WEATHER FORECAST:

Check to see if any more snow is on the way with the Spire FM Weather forecast.

Snow on Salisbury High Street on March 18th 2018
Snow on Salisbury High Street on March 18th 2018

 

Beautiful. Salisbury city centre...

Snow in the Market Square area of Salisbury on March 18th 2018
Snow in the Market Square area of Salisbury on March 18th 2018

SNOWMOBILE: Winter wonderland surrounds this bicycle in Cathedral close this morning...

Snow in Cathedral Close in Salisbury on March 18th 2018
Snow in Cathedral Close in Salisbury on March 18th 2018

 

MORE PHOTOS: See our 'Top 10' photos of Sunday's snow in the Spire FM Photo Gallery.

4x4's are the best option... or not, in this Salisbury photo!

LISTEN: Spire FM speaks to the driver of this poor little car...

The owner of this Reliant Robin called Spire FM to reassure everyone that he is AOK.

David Spreadbury was trying to get to work at a care home in Harnham, but decided he was better off abandoning his beloved 3 wheeler on the verge rather than get stuck. David explains to Spire FM's Martin Starke exactly what happened (click play):

The 'snow situation' in Redlynch on the edge of the New Forest...

Snow in Redlynch on March 18th 2018
Snow in Redlynch on March 18th 2018

A WINTER THRONE: Front row seat to view the snowfall in the Market Place, Salisbury

Snow covering a bench in the Market Square area of Salisbury on March 18th 2018
Snow covering a bench in the Market Square area of Salisbury on March 18th 2018

 

MORE PHOTOS: See our 'Top 10' photos of Sunday's snow in the Spire FM Photo Gallery.

 

 

Highways England's Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, told Spire FM News:

"Our gritter drivers will be out treating our roads around the clock but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast. Make sure you keep your distance and reduce your speed if you need to travel because, even in conditions that seem normal and when the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh salt has not been worked into the carriageway. Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel."

Nicola Maxey from the Met Office told Spire FM News:

"It's a good idea to keep an eye on the latest Met Office forecast and warnings for your area to ensure you're up to date with the latest situation. You can do this by checking the Met Office website for the daily forecast or our warnings page, or you could download our weather app which will ensure you can keep up to date while you are out and about. With the latest weather information for your area, you will be able to prepare for what is in store and plan your activities accordingly."

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