Drive carefully: fresh weather warning issued for Dorset

12:00pm Friday 3rd December 2010

By Sam Shepherd

DRIVERS are being urged to take extreme care on untreated roads today, after temperatures dropped as low as minus 10 in parts of Dorset last night. More sleet is forecast for this afternoon and evening.

A new Met Office weather warning has been issued. It says: "Outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow are expected to spread from the west during Friday evening and overnight falling onto sub zero surfaces.

"This will lead to widespread icy stretches forming on untreated surfaces."

Road surface temperatures are below freezing and police in Hampshire are warning drivers not to go out unless necessary.

Bournemouth and Southampton airports have reopened but there is still disruption to flights. South West trains is running a revised service. Dozens of schools are closed.

Yellow Buses are running a restricted service, as are Wilts and Dorset. For Wilts and Dorset updates visit their Facebook page and for Yellow Buses go to their daily updates page.

Poole adult learning is closed again today and refuse collections are suspended across Dorset.

Despite the heaviest snowfall for 17 years there were no major problems on main commuter routes yesterday, thanks to an army of gritters aided by binmen drafted in to help.

Gritters have been out salting the network all night - but forecasters at the Met office say compacted snow and slush is likely to have formed dangerous stretches of ice on untreated roads and pavements.

Bournemouth Uni's campuses are both closed.

Let us know how it is where you are in the comments.

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