Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire and IoW: Road warnings for icy conditions

Snowy road on the Isle of Wight
Police are warning of difficult driving conditions

Travel conditions remain difficult around Hampshire as temperatures fall following heavy snowfall.

Hampshire police said minor roads in particular could be icy into the weekend.

South West Trains and the Southern network are continuing to run revised services throughout Saturday.

Southampton Airport runway reopened at 17:30 GMT on Friday after being closed all day. Passengers are being advised to contact airlines before travelling.

A number of bus companies renewed limited services on Friday afternoon, with passengers advised to check their websites.

'Continuously gritting'

Hampshire County Council said 2,000 tonnes of grit had been spread on the county's road over 36 hours.

Spokesman Stewart Jarvis said: "We have coped well and have been continuously gritting to get the roads back under control.

"The advice is be careful and drive cautiously."

Forecasters say the snow is likely to ease over the weekend but it will continue to feel cold in a raw easterly wind.

More than 600 schools closed on Friday, with the Met Office recording snowfall of up to 8cm (3in) in places.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 people were without electricity after a power cable came down in Ower on Friday afternoon. There were also power cuts in West Wellow on the Isle of Wight.

Gritters were deployed around Southampton General Hospital to help traffic get in and out.

More than 100 volunteer 4x4 drivers trained by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were also drafted in to help people most in need.

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