Live snow and ice report

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3:55pm

DORSET's salting teams are out now making sure the counties roads are clear.

Teams went out at 2pm today and will go out at 4am tomorrow to spread salt onto the main routes around the county.

Dorset County Council sends out teams to salt the 680 miles of major routes around the county when conditions are 'damp and road temperatures are forecast near freezing or before snow.'

The Highways Agency is responsible for salting the A31, A35 west of Bere Regis, and A303 trunk roads.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency confirmed they were also out currently spreading salt and would be out again tomorrow morning.

2:53pm

2:22pm

Met Office reports indicate a weather warning for Friday covering the whole of the South West including Weymouth, Portland, Dochester and Bridport.

Valid from: 9am on Fri Jan 18 until 11.55pm on Fri Jan 18

As the weather breaks down, there is the potential for a spell of snow to spread from the southwest. As winds strengthen, blizzard conditions are a possibility, especially over high ground. Accumulations of 2-5 cm are possible quite widely and in some locations, especially higher ground, 15 cm are possible.

The public should be aware of the possibility of travel disruption. This warning is likely to be updated over the next few days.

12:53pm

Weymouth Terras' pitch has passed an inspection for tonight so the game will be on.

However there are icy conditions on some off the terraces and for health and safety concerns certain areas will be closed off.

 

12:22pm

Met Office weather forecast is looking sunny and bright, if cold, for the rest of today and tomorrow.

Friday could see some light snow in Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland.

The Met Office currently has NO weather warnings in place for the South West for the rest of the week.

12:13pm

12:13pm

Traffic has now cleared around Winterbourne Abbas and Lee Lane

11:51am

Slow traffic on A35 between the B3159 junction in Winterbourne Abbas and the Lee Lane junction in Bridport, because of ice earlier.

11:00am

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10:24am

Askerswell - Dorset Police said a sheet of ice on an 'extremely dangerous' stretch of road caused an accident on the A35 this morning.

The female driver of the single vehicle involved in the accident at the Askerswell turning on the A35 eastbound was not injured.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "This incident is believed to have been caused by a sheet of ice along this stretch of road that was deemed extremely dangerous.

"The local authority were contacted and two gritters attended to make the road safe."

10:21am

Lyme Bay Holidays say: "Lyme is fine. Light dusting of snow on residential roads but as far as I'm aware we're all moving fine. Church Street closed for the next two days, so we have much less through traffic than usual."

10:20am

The accident at the junction of Carlton Road North and Dorchester Road has been cleared and traffic is moving.

A car collided with a bus but no one was injured.

10:18am

10:12am

Sydling St Nicholas - A spokesman for Dorset Police said six vehicles were stuck on a stretch of road due to sheet ice at Sydling Hill this morning.

He said: "We received a call at around 8am reporting a vehicle stuck on a sheet of ice causing traffic problems.

"The vehicle itself was a silver Rover 25 registered to a Dorchester woman and was in a dangerous position at the top of a hill.

"The female driver was unable to get out of the vehicle due to the road being too slippery.

"A short time after a total of six vehicles were stuck on this stretch of road.

"The ice was very thick and pedestrians were unable to walk up the hill.

"The local authority was called to attend as a priority to make the road safe.

"At 8.50am Dorset County Council confirmed the road will be closed and a gritter attending.

"The road closure was put on at the top of Sydling Hill.

"At 9.35am the road was cleared, but the road closure signs will remain in place until further notice."


 

10:05am

Ice is causing hazardous driving conditions and slow traffic on the A35 between the B3159 junction in Winterbourne Abbas and the Lee Lane junction in Bridport

9:57am

 B3159 Dorchester Road in Weymouth partially blocked and slow traffic at the Carlton Road North junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

9:55am

Sydling St Nicholas - villagers are reporting improved conditions after severe ice on the roads this morning.

Resident Pam Walden said that by around 9.30am conditions in the village appeared to have improved.
She said: “It’s nice and sunny here now and there doesn’t appear to be much of a frost or ice.
“The road here in the village is dry but on the outskirts of the village it’s been quite wet and maybe the water hasn’t cleared completely.
“Certainly cars are going up and down the road now.”

9:39am

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9:18am

9:18am

Askerswell - The A35 Dorchester Road has been cleared after an accident this morning but traffic is still slow.

8:57am

Send us your snow and ice pictures to newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk and let us know what's going on with the weather in your part of Dorset by calling 01305 830999, posting below or using the Twitter hashtag #dorsetweather

8:48am

8:46am

8:42am

Hazardous driving conditions due to ice are being reported on the A35 near Winterbourne Abbas and the B3157 near Abbotsbury.

8:40am

Askerswell - The A35 Dorchester Road is partially blocked due to an accident involving a single vehicle at Portway.

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3:23pm Tue 15 Jan 13

hellojohn says...

Police signs at the foot of Portesham Hill, Portesham, say Road Closed. I've no idea why this is, and vehicles are continuing to use the hill in both directions.
Police signs at the foot of Portesham Hill, Portesham, say Road Closed. I've no idea why this is, and vehicles are continuing to use the hill in both directions. hellojohn
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