SNOW: How is Salisbury being affected?

Snow 19

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:11am 1st February 2019. (Updated at 5:34pm 1st February 2019)

The blanket of the white stuff is likely to cause disruption today, throughout Wiltshire and Hampshire.

As the Met Office predicted, the snow fell throughout the night into this morning (Friday February 1st).

The forecast suggests that should start to clear away to leave the odd flurry today, but mostly cloudy with temperatures no higher than 3 degrees.

There's an amber weather warning in force for most of the South West for more potential snow - that's in force until this afternoon.

Keep checking here for the latest updates.

5:33pm

That's us done for today... please watch out for icy conditions overnight.

Keep checking on our website for any further problem over the weekend.

Stay safe everyone!

5:22pm

Part of the problems on Odstock Road are also being caused by a broken down bus.

That's stuck on black ice at the minute.

Salisbury Reds have tweeted about the issues: 

5:10pm

The junior version of Salisbury Parkrun on Sunday is also cancelled.

So is Laverstock Ladies FC's game this weekend: 

5:09pm

There's another cancellation due to the wintry weather - Salisbury Parkrun WON'T be going ahead tomorrow in Churchill Gardens. 

On their Facebook page, they've said:

"Due to the unsafe nature of the paths around Churchill Gardens, we have made the decision to cancel tomorrow's event. The majority of the course is covered with slippery slush, which will freeze overnight."

4:51pm

Wiltshire Council say they'll still be monitoring the wintry weather over the next little while, to make sure we're safe: 

4:33pm

Spire FM listener Claire's called to tell us there's been a bit of a shunt involving two cars on the Odstock Road in Salisbury.

Please watch out for that one if you're going that way.

Keep an eye on the travel situation on our page.

4:14pm

Some really heavy snow again for us in the centre of Salisbury, as well as in Mere, towards Andover and on Salisbury Plain.

A reminder once again to take care on the roads, especially those that may not have been treated.

Here's our tips for safe driving in the wintry conditions.

3:49pm

Highways England say the A303 is busying up again this afternoon: 

3:42pm

More snow means more gritting for our local councils.

Hampshire Highways has posted this update: 

3:11pm

So we told you earlier on that Alabare's Big Sleep had fallen victim to the weather today....

But one participant's decided to crack on anyway! 

Read more about Salisbury City Councillor Amanda Foster here.

2:57pm

There's reports of cars getting in snow on the A342 around Everleigh this afternoon.

We're told the road's blocked up to the junction with the A338 at Ludgershall.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area for now.

2:35pm

If you're planning on using the A303 this afternoon, here's the latest - please beware:

1:35pm

Brilliant effort from Salisbury's St John Ambulance volunteers today: 

1:18pm

YES GIRLS!! 

1:11pm

GOT DOGS?

There's advice from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue about making sure we're sensible when it comes to walking our four legged friends.

We're asked to especially watch out if dogs venture onto frozen waterways.

Area Manager Dave Graham said:

“From the bank, ice can look firm enough to take your weight, and it can even feel safe when you first venture out, but it takes just a second for the ice to crack and suddenly you’re submerged in freezing cold water. People have died after going out on frozen lakes, and we don’t want that to happen in Dorset or Wiltshire.”

“Even the weight of a dog can be enough to break the ice, so always keep your pets on a lead, don’t let them roam on ice-covered water and be careful not to throw sticks or balls near ice.”

If you do experience a dog or person falling through the ice, call 999 immediately and ask for the Fire & Rescue Service – firefighters have the necessary equipment and training to make a safe rescue. Do NOT attempt any rescue of your own, as you will be putting yourself in danger.

If you see someone fall through ice:

  • Shout for assistance and call 999 immediately
  • Stay off the ice
  • Shout to the casualty to keep still
  • Try and reach them from the bank using a rope, pole, tree branch, clothing tied together or anything else that extends your reach
  • When reaching from the bank, lie down to avoid being pulled onto the ic
  • If you cannot reach them, slide something that floats – like a rescue buoy – across the ice for them to hold on to stay afloat
  • If the casualty is out of reach, wait for the emergency services while calming and reassuring them
12:59pm

Another local leisure centre will be closing early today: 

12:57pm

Scenes at Salisbury Racecourse today: 

12:47pm

Update from the Cross Keys shopping centre today: 

12:46pm

Wiltshire Police and Highways England say there's a number of abandoned vehicles on the A303 at Chicklade this afternoon.

They've been moved out of the way as much as possible but drivers are asked to watch out.

12:43pm

Early close for Tidworth Leisure Centre today as well: 

12:41pm

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Is this the best snow picture of the day so far - thanks to the guys at GoSkydive at Old Sarum
12:37pm

Sammi's raised a fair point this afternoon: 

12:33pm

Still pretty heavy snow falling right across our area, but it looks like there's no more settling for the moment.

The forecast suggests it could last through until this evening.

Salisbury Police are loving it though....

12:25pm

Salisbury City Council say all commercial waste collections have now been cancelled today.

Businesses should contact their provider for more information.

And there's a strong chance tomorrow's match for Salisbury FC will be called off too - more as we get it.

12:22pm

Salisbury Cathedral Choristers on their way to practice this morning
Salisbury Cathedral Choristers on their way to practice this morning
12:14pm

Amesbury Leisure Centre's posted an update this afternoon: 

11:45am

There's a few more schools in Salisbury that have decided to go for an early close today, including Wyndham Park and St Mark's.

All the details on what your school's doing can be found here.

11:26am

Amesbury's Household Recycling Centre is CLOSED for the time being. 

Wiltshire Council tell us they're working to clear snow from the site at the moment.

They've said it won't open until 12.00 midday at the earliest.

11:20am

Salisbury Cathedral have got in touch to say the Chapter House, where the Magna Carta's housed is closed to the public today. 

But the rest of the building is still open.

11:17am

Wiltshire Council have been updating us on how they're doing with treating the roads across the county: 

10:51am

We've got a fair amount more snow falling at the moment - here's what we can expect for the next little while: 

10:22am

Salisbury's postmen are still cracking on with the job today - nice one guys!

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A postie on Minster Street this morning

10:09am

Little bit of advice from the RAC, as road conditions aren't getting any better locally.

Their chief operations director James Knight said:

“Our teams continue to work flat out to reach drivers in some challenging conditions and today we expect our patrols to attend seven breakdowns a minute on average – totalling around 10,000 by the end of today, with this being a significant increase on yesterday.

"Any driver setting out today should ensure their vehicle is fully clear of snow, and be ready to adjust their driving style. Driving in snow calls for a calm driving manner, so be light on the accelerator and brakes and try and change up gears early to reduce the chances of skidding. If driving is not absolutely essential – or if you are not confident driving in the conditions – we recommend you consider delaying or postponing your journey until the situation improves.

“And a top tip from our roadside patrols for anyone using a car today – once your windscreen is demisted, adjust your car settings so that the heat is instead directed towards your feet. Road salt and muck tend to stick to an overly-warm windscreen much more easily than a cool one, meaning you have to use your windscreen wipers a lot more.”

9:45am

If your bin is supposed to be collected in Wiltshire today - you can put it back: 

9:43am

We've had a few schools that initially said they'd be open today that have now decided to close.

The school closures page is being updated as and when we get updates.

Keep checking back for the latest.

9:41am

The latest update from Salisbury District Hospital this morning: 

9:27am

We've been sent some brilliant photos throughout this morning of the blanket of snow we all woke up to.

Check out our gallery to see those.

9:15am

Quick update from Bournemouth Airport this morning.

They've told us that (as of 9.05am) the runway is open.

Some snow clearance work's been carried out to make sure flights can operate.

9:07am

We've been given a few extra tips from Wiltshire Police this morning: 

  • Only travel if absolutely (!) necessary, and allow extra time for your journey
  • Thoroughly defrost your vehicle before setting off, this includes clearing snow from your car roof
  • Ensure you have plenty of fuel and check your engines oil and water levels
  • Check your wipers and screen wash levels. Make sure your auto wiper control is switched off before turning the ignition on as this could blow the wiper control fuse if they are frozen to your windscreen
  • Check the tread, pressure and condition of your tyres
  • Ensure you have a fully charged mobile phone on you and ensure someone knows where you are going and when you are expected to arrive.
  • Ensure you have suitable winter clothing, warm blankets, a torch and food and water in your car just in case you become stranded.
  • Consider checking in on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, make sure they are okay and know they can come to you if they need help.
8:46am

Under-heli-pad-heating... clever!  

8:45am

Latest update from Wiltshire Police this morning - please take care: 

8:43am

Salisbury parkrun have given us an update about whether tomorrow's event will go ahead: 

8:36am

We've got another victim to the weather sadly.

Alabare's Big Sleep event tonight now WON'T be going ahead due to the weather conditions.

They've decided to postpone and will announce a new date as soon as possible.

8:21am

Some good news... 

7:49am

Look at all that untouched snow at St Joseph's in Laverstock! 

7:41am

Stagecoach have posted on their social media to say their services in the Andover area are severely disrupted today.

But at Salisbury train station, it's all good:

Snow 2019 Salisbury Train Station
The departure boards aren't showing any delays at the moment
Snow 2019 Salisbury Train Station
7:36am

There's more from the buses: 

7:36am

We've had a few updates from Salisbury Reds about which services are running this morning: 

7:33am

Snow 2019 Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral does look lovely in the snow though doesn't it?!
Snow 2019 Salisbury Cathedral Close
7:14am

Big effort at Salisbury District Hospital to make sure the site is cleared this morning: 

They've said any patients will be contacted if there's any issues with appointments.

7:08am

If you're on an enforced snow day today - there are some legal things your employer has to abide by.

Here's everything you need to know.

7:04am

Wiltshire Police tell us the A360 is now partially re-opened, following that jackknifed lorry.

The road is passable going from Salisbury towards Longbarrow roundabout.

It's still closed coming south from Longbarrow while the recovery is sorted for the truck.

6:40am

RUBBISH COLLECTIONS

New Forest District Council have been on - they are going out to pick up waste.

Their message says: 

"Fordingbridge: crews are out but may be delayed. If we miss you today, please put out on your next scheduled day.

"Glass & garden waste - if we miss your collection today please leave out and we will collect in the next few days."

6:32am

Salisbury Reds say after assessing their routes, they WILL be running many of their school services this morning.

There's an update from Hampshire Police: 

6:28am

South Western Railway services are running to time so far this morning: 

Train Timetable February 2019
6:20am

6:16am

There's been no reports so far of disruption on Salisbury Reds bus services.

Some routes were unable to be served late last night.

We'll update this as we get more information.

6:03am

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A decent covering of the white stuff on the table tennis area in the Maltings this morning
6:01am

5:51am

A couple more school closures now coming in - the Wellington Academy and Primary in Tidworth are shut today.

5:38am

RAILWAY UPDATE

South Western Railway have so far said they plan to run 'as normal a service as possible' today.

But they have advised us to check before we travel.

David Dickson, chief operating officer for Network Rail’s Wessex route, said:

“We have been working hard with South Western Railway, and our other train operators, to prepare for cold weather on this route so we can keep our passengers moving through winter.

“With snow and freezing conditions expected, we are asking passenger to please check before they travel tomorrow morning.”

5:34am

5:29am

Snow 2019 Old Sarum
There's a couple of inches of snow that's fallen in Old Sarum overnight
5:26am

HIGHWAYS ENGLAND UPDATE

They've got responsibility for major roads like the A303 and the A36. 

Gritting teams have been out overnight, but they're asking us is to be sensible and prepared.

Highways England's Head of Service Delivery in the South West, Chris Regan said:

"We advise drivers to please think carefully about if you really need to travel on Friday morning. If you do, make sure you keep your distance and reduce your speed because, even in conditions that seem normal, it can be slippery if snow is compacted or 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. If you do get caught in an area with heavy snow, please stay with your car. Abandoned cars block gritters and emergency vehicles from getting through."

We've put together a load of tips of driving safely here.

5:23am

We've only got one school so far that's confirmed they'll be CLOSED today - that's Exeter House in Salisbury.

Our school closures page will be updated as and when there are any issues reported this morning.

5:20am

Looks like the worst of the weather might not have passed for parts of Hampshire this morning: 

5:16am

There are reports of a jackknifed lorry on the A360, close to the Longbarrow roundabout and the junction with the A303.

The road there is impassable whilst recovery is arranged.

5:12am

HOW ARE THE ROADS LOOKING?

The main roads have been treated by Wiltshire Council and Hampshire County Council's gritting teams overnight.

At 4.00am this morning, Wiltshire Council said they had just finished gritting the secondary routes once again, before refilling with salt and going back out onto the primary routes before the rush hour.

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