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Oxfordshire snow: Gritting continues into weekend

  • 18 January 2013
  • From the section Oxford
Snow on M40
Image caption Conditions on the M40 are proving challenging for some drivers

Gritters with snow ploughs are operating into the weekend as snow blankets Oxfordshire.

An Oxfordshire County Council spokesman said they would "continue to roam the streets of Oxfordshire as long as the snow continues".

Drivers have been warned of "treacherous" road conditions as 10cm (4in) of snow hit the county.

Oxford United's League Two home match against Rotherham has been cancelled for "safety reasons".

Ian Crowder from the AA said: "A third of all the claims we're getting at the moment are where people have come to grief in the snow and ice, and that carries its own message.

"A driver was going along a snow covered lane and he thought the road continued but in fact it was a village pond."

Earlier on Friday, Thames Valley Police attended an overturned lorry on the B4030 in Middleton Stoney.

"This lorry driver had a lucky escape," Ch Insp Henry Parsons said.

First Great Western and Chiltern Railways are running usual timetables, but are prepared for disruption.

Waste collection services in Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire have been postponed until 21 January.

Phil Ashworth, from the Oxford Bus Company, said: "We are running a good service on all the main routes but we are starting to experience difficulties where our routes leave the main roads."

Several Stagecoach bus services have been cancelled due to heavy snow.

Bethan Morgan, the council's emergency planning officer, said: "The picture on the county's roads could change very rapidly and we would ask people to drive to the conditions and take extra care."

Conditions are expected to remain cold and icy into the weekend.

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