Snow hits Dorset

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  • Snow has fallen across Dorset
  • A35 closed both ways due to a jack-knifed lorry
  • Five car crash on the A31
  • South West Trains running a revised timetable
  • Bus services severely limited: in Poole to main roads only. Services to Wimborne, Corfe Mullen and Merley cancelled
  • Ulwell Road, Swanage and Wimborne Hill, Wimborne Minster, both closed due to snow

9:16pm

The snow from earlier in the evening in Bournemouth hasn't settled. 

The forecast suggests rain and sleet later but temperatures aren't expected to hit freezing.

We'll resume the blog tomorrow if the weather is worse than expected.  Don't forget tomorrow's paper for seven pages of weather coverage, including some gorgeous snow pictures.

7:44pm

Reporter Alex Winter says the snow in central Bournemouth isn't settling.

7:14pm

It's snowing again in parts of Bournemouth, contrary to the forecasts. 

5:37pm

That's everything for now but we're going to keep the blog open just in case there's anything else weather-related we need to tell you about.

Thanks to everyone who has sent in a picture today or got in touch to let us know what's been happening near you.

We've got 7 pages of snow coverage and pictures inside tomorrow's Echo.

Stay safe as there are warnings for ice for over the weekend.

5:21pm

A quick final look at the weather forecast before we head home:

In Bournemouth and Poole there will be rain from 6pm into the early hours of Saturday. The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be prepared' warning for ice valid from 3am on Saturday until 9am on Sunday.

In Verwood, snow is still set to continue falling until 9pm tonight.

In Ringwood, there will be light snow until 7pm and the chance of a few more light flurries overnight. The Met Office has a yellow warning in place for snow for Sunday from 12noon until 9pm.

In Swanage, sleet will turn to rain with temperatures expected to be above freezing.

In Blandford Forum, there will be heavy snow until 9pm with weekend temperatures not getting above freezing. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice, which is valid from 3am on Saturday.

4:58pm

Southampton Airport is due to open at 5.30pm and check in desks are now open for the following flights: 

•         17.55 Amsterdam
•         18.00 Paris-Orly
•         18.10 Manchester
•         18.30 Dublin
 

4:39pm

Council staff have confirmed Poole Day Centre will be closed on Saturday and Sunday due to the weather conditions. Trade waste collections have also been suspended for Saturday. However, Poole libraries will open on Saturday.

4:34pm

More than 20 trees have been damaged in Poole as a result of the weight of snow on their branches. Workers are currently removing affected branches in a bid to make these trees safe.

4:33pm

Borough of Poole says the main road network accounts for approximately 38 per cent of the roads in Poole. This network has been treated again this afternoon and will be re-gritted again at 9.30pm this evening.
If required Borough of Poole insists it will also grit the main highway network around 7.30am on Saturday.
 

4:31pm

One of our favourite pictures from today; Luella from Branksome with her snow cat! You can find more reader pictures here

Bournemouth Echo: Your pictures of the snow

4:30pm

Mr Legg added: “We will continue to monitor the weather and our staff will be on standby to treat Poole’s priority road network as required.
“We urge people using footpaths and roads across the borough to take extra care.”

 

4:29pm

Seems like there's been quite a few issues relating to trees today.

We've been sent this picture of fallen branches bringing down power cables in West Moors by Sue Lloyd

Bournemouth Echo:

4:28pm

Borough of Poole streetscene manager Simon Legg has told the Daily Echo: “We prepared as much as possible for the wintry weather and are happy that our precautionary measures went according to plan.
“Our main highway network remained open, especially in periods of heavy snowfall.
“We are extremely grateful to our staff for keeping Poole moving.”

 

4:17pm

We've just had a press release through from Dorset County Council, who say around 1,300 tonnes of grit have been put down in the last 24 hours.

Although no more major snowfalls are expected overnight, they will be back out laying more grit and salt in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Farmers have been working alongside highways teams to keep traffic moving today. Agricultural vehicles have been helping to plough roads badly affected by the snow, and ‘snow blowers’ have also been employed.

Gritting lorries are this afternoon tackling trouble spots and community link roads to schools, hospitals and isolated communities, before returning to the most main routes to remove excess slush ahead of the anticipated freeze tonight.

 

4:10pm

We've been sent this picture of Anthony Boni with a 60 foot tree that's fallen over in Broadstone

Bournemouth Echo:

 

3:54pm

An update on gritting from Bournemouth Council:

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2:53pm

We've had another update on Southampton Airport, where it is continuing to snow heavily:

We are monitoring the weather in conjunction with the met office and currently the snow is due to continue until after 15:00. Therefore the runway continues to be closed and the earliest it is likely to be open is 17:00.

Public buses to the airport have been cancelled and there is a reduced train service running.

Passengers planning to travel today should continue to check with their airlines for the latest information prior to coming into the airport. Passengers requiring the latest information on Flybe flights can find this here.

2:34pm

It seems a good time to remind you of the five point advice from NHS Bournemouth and Poole, particularly as there are warnings for ice in place over the weekend:

1. Stay indoors in snow and ice, unless you really have to go outside. This is especially important for the old and frail.
2. Grit and clear the paths near where you live, if you are fit and capable. (Don’t use water to do this.) You are very unlikely to be sued if anyone slips.
3. Report particularly dangerous ice on paths to the council.
4. If you have to go out, wrap up well.
5. Staying indoors, keep the heating on, and keep wrapped up.

2:22pm

A BABY has been born at Swanage Hospital for the first time in three decades, after mum Sinaed Mellor went into labour but discovered the road to Poole Hospital was blocked due to snow.
Sinead, from Swanage, went into labour early this morning. After being forced to turn back at Corfe Castle her father-in-law rushed her to Swanage Hospital's minor injury unit.
Baby Kyran, weighing 6lb 9oz, was delivered at 9.50am.
Both mum and baby are doing well.
 

1:57pm

Things look pretty much back to normal at the George Roundabout in Poole. Snow has stopped falling and traffic is quite light.

1:48pm

Here's that video we promised earlier on Bournemouth council's gritting operation:

1:39pm

South West Trains, who are operating a revised timetable today, have put out a press release to say they are also planning on running a revised timetable tomorrow too:

Plans have now been announced to continue the revised timetable into tomorrow (Saturday 19 January), with some further changes on certain routes.

Jake Kelly, Customer Service Director for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, said: “The snowy weather is causing disruption to road and rail transport in many parts of the country.  We have already seen snow fall on large parts of our network, however the special timetable we have in place is running well and means that trains have more time to cope with the poor weather conditions.  

“With forecasters predicting heavy snowfall throughout the rest of the day and freezing temperatures over the weekend, we’ve taken the sensible decision to continue running our revised timetable on Saturday 19 January.  The revised timetable helps us to ensure we can make the best use of our resources to deliver the most robust service for passengers.

“The timetable we can provide on Saturday 19 January will be slightly different to the service we’ve been able to offer today and services are expected to be busier than normal.  We’d therefore advise passengers to check the timetable before they travel and ensure they allow enough time to travel to and from the station.

“Our staff are working incredibly hard to keep as many trains running as possible as well as keeping depots and stations clear and safe, however we understand the impact this is having on our passengers and would like to thank them for their patience during these difficult conditions.”

You can view the revised timetable here

1:30pm

Snowfall has come to an end in Bournemouth town centre but it is still going in other places across the county:

 

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1:18pm

You can see where the Echo photographers have been busy taking pictures this morning in our gallery here

We'll also have video of the gritting operation we were invited out on earlier today online very shortly

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12:41pm

The weather has kept shoppers away in Poole but sounds as if people were getting ready for the snow yesterday. We've just had this from reporter Di Henderson:

There are more staff than customers in Poole’s Dolphin Centre shops, however yesterday was said to have been “like Christmas” as residents stocked up for the forecast snow.

12:14pm

We've just had an update on the gritting situation in Poole:

Borough of Poole gritters have been out spreading grit along the major road network from 4am.

Herbert Avenue was done in the morning and the gritters will be out again throughout the day, says the council.

Staff have been going around re-filling the 50-plus grit bins stationed around the town.

The bus stop outside Poole Hospital, the link between the train station and the bus station, the crematorium at Gravel Hill and Poole Housing Partnership sheltered schemes have all been gritted.

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Here is the latest statement from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service:

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) has practical plans in place to ensure its emergency response during this period of inclement weather, but it is also urging residents to play their part in keeping safe.

With the current freezing conditions, operational staff and equipment, including vehicles with off-road capability, are ready to respond to fires and other emergencies across the county.

The Service is working in close collaboration with partners such as South Central Ambulance Service, Hampshire Constabulary, local authorities and other agencies.

Members of the public are also being urged to play their part by being good neighbours and particularly looking out for elderly and vulnerable members of the community. Checking on them and seeing if they need any shopping, so they don't have to make any unnecessary journeys. 

Help to ensure they are keeping warm and clear their driveways of ice and snow, so their carers can access them safely, or if older residents do choose to venture out make sure they can do so safely.

Residents planning journeys for later today are advised to reconsider venturing out if their journey is not essential, with further snow expected until around 3pm today and overnight temperatures dipping to below freezing leading to icy roads and pavements.

If you do have to travel make sure you have warm clothes and a blanket, food, water, boots, a torch, spade and a fully charged mobile phone. You should also let someone know your route and when you expect to arrive.

11:57am

How's this for a cool snowman? Lexie Granville with her snow surfer in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo:

11:52am

A lunchtime weather forecast update.

In Bournemouth and Poole the snow is expected to turn to sleet at about 2pm and the overnight temperature is not expected to dip below freezing so the chances are everything will be wet and brown by tomorrow.

In Swanage, Wareham and Corfe Mullen the snow will hang around until about 4pm before turning to sleet and then rain, with temperatures again not expected to drop below freezing.

In Ringwood and Verwood, the snow will continue until about 9pm, and it will be freezing, which could make driving conditions on the A31 tricky.

In Blandford Forum it's expected to keep snowing until tomorrow, and in Wimborne it's forecast to snow off and on until about midnight.

There are still yellow weather warnings for snow in the North and East of the county tomorrow.

11:42am

Police say Poole's Herbert Avenue and Ringwood Road are impassable. They also say many roads in and around Swanage are also impassable due to the weather.

11:37am

The weather appears to be easing in Poole.

11:17am

An update from Southampton Airport:

It is still snowing at Southampton Airport with the airport remaining closed until 15:00 and all Flybe and Aurigny flights before 14:00 cancelled. Our operational team are still working hard to clear the snow.

Flights from Southampton Airport this morning have been cancelled to the following destinations: Amsterdam, Manchester, Limoges, Guernsey, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Dusseldorf, Rennes, Nantes, Hannover and Jersey.

Passengers planning to travel today should continue to check with their airlines for the latest information prior to coming into the airport.

11:16am

The snow is falling much harder in Poole Town Centre now.

11:16am

 
We are trying to find out the grit situation in Poole and will let you know as soon as we can.

11:14am

That accident at Ringwood seems to have cleared, with our traffic feed reporting normal driving conditions again. However eastbound the traffic is still very slow, all the way to Cadnam.

All the traffic latest is at bournemouthecho.co.uk/traffic

11:07am

Refuse and recycling collections have been suspended for Bournemouth today. The council are hoping to carry out collections tomorrow.

11:06am

Some more footage from Boundary Road:

11:05am

Wareham Library will remain closed all day due to the adverse weather

11:05am

A Purbeck District Council spokesman said: “Due to the weather, rubbish and recycling services have been suspended in Purbeck for today.
“Weather permitting, we will be catching up next week with today's collections being carried out on Monday 21 January and subsequent collections later next week."
 

11:04am

Most of Purbeck’s schools have been closed all day, including the district’s four middle schools and The Purbeck School, Wareham.

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11:02am

Bournemouth Echo: Here's a pic from Dave Bursey in Broadtsone that purports to show they've had 9cm there.

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11:00am

Bournemouth Echo: Not all the schools are closed. Here are some Year five pupils at Kinson Primary enjoying the snow on the school field.

11:00am

Ben Fisher, reporting from Boundary Road in Bournemouth, offers this update on the fallen tree:

Pete Allen, tree surgeon with Bournemouth Borough Council’s landscape groups, says the 40-50ft tree will take a few hours to clear, or maybe even the whole day.

They are waiting to hear whether they will need to close the road to carry out the procedure.

He said the tree fell because of the snow weighing down the branches.

The tree is only blocking the footpath. Traffic is currently moving freely.

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Here's some footage of the tree down at Boundary Road from Sally:

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Our gallery of your pictures is building up nicely - thanks everyone!

We're adding to it all the time but you can see what we've had sent in so far here

We like this photo of Max the labrador enjoying the snow

Bournemouth Echo:

10:50am

Here's some video from photographer Sally Adams of Ashley Road in Poole gridlocked earlier this morning:

10:49am

We're just loading some video of the tree down, but in the meantime, here's some people sledging in Corfe Mullen.

10:46am

Bournemouth Echo: Photographer Sally Adams has just sent this picture of the tree that's fallen on Boundary Road.

10:45am

Residents say a number of cars have been skidding out of control along Poole's Alder Road all morning. One Good Samaritan, belived to be a local man, has been running up and down the hill warning drivers. Childminder Natalie O'Brien, who lives opposite, said: "There would have been lots more accidents if it wasn't for this man. He's been doing a fantastic job. Some of the cars have been doing 360 degree spins."

10:39am

Bournemouth Echo: And here's a pic from Blandford, sent by Kerri Cavendish.

10:38am

Households and businesses in Harman's Cross, near Swanage, were left without power from 6.30am until 10am. Polly Smith, of Blue Bay Events, says the supply remains intermittent.

10:37am

Bournemouth Echo: And another from Poole Park!

10:36am

Bournemouth Echo: Another snowman, this time from Alder Road.

10:32am

Dorset CC are reporting the A35 has reopened in both directions. However, Dorset Police disagree: 

10:26am

 

As you can see from the previous tweet, a tree has crashed into a footbridge at Boundary Road

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10:19am

Poole's Nuffield Household Waste Recycling Cente has been closed. However, council bosses will review this decision later today.

10:17am

Refuse and recycling collections in Poole have been cancelled. A spokesman said: "The decision is based upon the forecast weather and the current conditions of both roads and footpaths in areas due for collection today."

10:16am

Dorset Police have put out the following statement:

Dorset Police and partners are working together to clear the affected roads as quickly as possible and are advising people not to drive unless it is absolutely necessary.

Many roads are closed due to the severe weather conditions.

• A35 Dorchester to Bridport road is closed both ways due to the severe weather conditions
• A35 Dorchester to Bere Regis has long delays due to the weather conditions
• A3066 Beaminster Tunnel remains closed due to a large land slip last year

Superintendent Dave Thorp said: “The roads in Dorset, especially west of the county, have been affected by the severe weather conditions.

“I urge anyone who is planning on travelling on the roads today to please reconsider and only travel if there is no other option.

”In particular, please do not take minor or country roads if it possible to avoid them.”

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10:10am Fri 18 Jan 13

speedy231278 says

A colleague at work reports the journey in was chaos because the council didn't grit Herbert Avenue.

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10:09am

Bournemouth Echo: snow :)And another snowman!

10:09am

Bournemouth Echo: Snow on Saffron Way - BournemouthSnow on Saffron Way, sent in by a reader.

10:07am

Our traffic feed is working again. All incidents now live here 

10:05am

Bournemouth Echo: A reader pic from Christchurch graveyard.

10:03am

The Orchard Cafe at Holme For Gardens garden centre, West Holme Farm, near Wareham, will remain closed all day due to the weather. A spokesman said: "We are sorry for any inconvenience caused and look forward to welcoming you again."

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10:01am Fri 18 Jan 13

bex1984 says

Been trying since 7am to get out of my 'T' road, but cant get any grip from tyres Tried to get bus from Ashley road but traffic at a standstill. Will try again at lunchtime.

First time i've ever not been in work when snowing!

9:56am

Traffic is moving well through Poole Civic Centre, Parkstone Road and Towngate Bridge, Poole.

9:56am

We've just been getting reaction to the snow from people in Bournemouth's Lower Gardens:

Overnight worker Edrien Esgeris, 33, of Bournemouth said: “I like it because I’m Brazilian and where I’m from, in Santos, you don’t get snow like this. I am just out taking photographs now because I wanted to see the snow.”

A 38-year-old man from Bournemouth who didn't want to be named said: “It’s great; I haven’t seen snow for months as I’m from the North-West and we don’t get that much snow. I love it.” 

‘Ronny’, 31, the operator of the Bournemouth Balloon in the Winter Gardens said: “In Latvia, this is normal, but I just have to look after the balloon today and obviously it won’t be operating.

Nationwide employee ‘Sidney’ ,47, of Bournemouth, on his way home from work, said: “It’s not frequently here so it’s good to see. It’s quite different for me to see. I like it.”

9:55am

Borough of Poole reports 21 of the district’s schools have closed due to the adverse weather. Visit www.poole.gov.uk for details.

9:54am

Drivers are still reporting difficulties on numerous Poole side roads. Many are avoiding Durrant Road, Lower Parkstone – usually a popular rat run.

9:45am

A reader picture from Branksome...Bournemouth Echo: Snow in Branksome

9:44am

We're told a road accident at Harmans Cross has brought power cables down.

9:44am

The Angelo Rodrigues murder trial at Winchester Crown Court has been adjourned until Monday due to the weather so there will be no live coverage today.

It is business as normal at Bournemouth Crown Court today.

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If you're off school today, we want to see pictures of your snowmen!

Send them to us at digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk or text them to 80360, starting your message with BE.

You can also upload them from Facebook via our Send Your News form

Don't forget to tell us who you are!

9:40am

More Bus has cancelled all its services to Wimborne, Corfe Mullen and Merley.

9:32am

We've just had the following update on the Sandbanks Ferry:

Due to the weather conditions the Sandbanks Ferry is operating a reduced 30 minute service.

We apologise to all our customers for any inconvenience caused.

 

9:31am

Sports Editor Neil, who lives in Verwood, reckons they've had three inches there. Where I am, Romsey, we've had about the same and it's still snowing.
 

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Wimborne Hill in Wimborne Minster and Ulwell Road, Swanage are both closed because of snow.

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9:22am

Photographer Corin Messer filmed this footage in Christchurch a little earlier on:

9:20am

Bournemouth Echo: Here's what Southbourne looked like about 8am, sent in by Jennie Franklin

9:19am

 

9:15am

Lauren Stubbs and Olivia Stubbs of Poole make the most of the snow.

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9:11am

Dorset for You now up and running.

Update on schools. 85 closed. QE at Wimborne and Sturminster Newton High open for exams. No school transport to them though.

9:10am

Bournemouth Echo:

Lytchett Minster, as taken by Michelle Luther, from our picture desk

9:09am

It is snowing heavily at Southampton Airport this morning and there will be no flights operating until 15:00 today.

So far there have been cancellations to the following flights: Amsterdam, Manchester, Edinburgh and Newcastle.

The operational team at Southampton Airport have been working through the night to prepare for the snow and the snow ploughs are currently clearing the runway. However, snow is expected to continue throughout the day.

Passengers planning to travel today should check with their airlines for the latest information prior to coming into the airport.

9:05am

Here's a pic from Ashley Road, where nothing is really moving.

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We've just heard from reporter Paula Roberts who is on the A31 eastbound near Ringwood and has said traffic is at a standstill.

 

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Snow settles on Balmoral Road in Poole

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All rubbish and recyling collections are also suspended today in Bournemouth.

8:40am

Bournemouth Council have just posted this about pedestrian safety:

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: Our teams are out hand gritting as many priority pedestrian areas as they can - GP surgery accesses, shopping areas etc. Even so, please avoid going out unless essential (it's brrrrr out there!), stay safe and wrap up warm.

8:39am

Yellow Buses now reporting delays of an hour on all services.

8:38am

Mike Harries, Deputy Director DCC, says it is regrettable that Dorset for You website with all the school closures not working this morning "for reasons we don't fully understand at the moment." Technicians working on it.

8:36am

Here's some video from Ashley Cross Green.

8:35am

We're getting reports of a lot of very slow traffic around Bournemouth and Poole, at County Gates and Ashley Heath especially.

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Some video Steve took this morning of an RTC in Parkstone.

8:26am

Bournemouth Echo: Grace Martin, aged 4, from Christchurch

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Lots of of snow on the roads at Highcliffe and Christchurch. Cars skidding according to motorists.

8:16am

It appears that our travel feed is not working this morning, but there's a five car crash on the A31 at Ringwood. More details as I get them.

8:15am

Blizzard conditions in Wareham. on the way eastwards.

8:15am

We have our first snowman!
 

8:14am

Rushcombe First School closed, Corfe Mullen.

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Reporter Steve Smith is out and about - a branch just broke off over his head. Lesson: don't stand under any trees.

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Bournemouth Echo: Corin Messer has just sent this picture from Christchurch.

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Apparently there are two buses stuck in Lancaster Drive, Broadstone.

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Do let us know what it's like where you are. And obviously we'd love to see your pictures. You can email digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk or click send your news at the top of the page.

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By the way, if you were trying to get the school closed list on the county council's website, they're having technical problems but should be up and running soon.

7:26am

A reminder that Hampshire POlice is asking people to staying off the roads this morning. If you are driving, read our driving advice here and remember: full tank, charged mobile, warm clothes, a sack or rug in case you get stuck and food if you really have to drive.

7:24am

We're trying to get a statement from the bus companies about the general state of things out there, by the way.

7:23am

Bournemouth Uni is closed. They say:

"This decision was made on the basis of the very poor surrounding road conditions and the ability of our staff and students to travel in and out safely to BU."

Rest of the school closures are being added here

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7:19am

Blandford seems to have been hoit hard by snow. More Bus are saying they can't run any service there at all.

7:14am

Bournemouth Echo:

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From More Bus

All Poole services now unable to serve side roads - please walk out to the nearest main road bus stop and clearly signal for you bus to stop - more info as and when we have it.

6:58am

Here's some video our news editor took in Boscombe this morning.

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South West Trains is running a revised service, with only one train an hour between Bournemouth and Weymouth and a two per hour between Bournemouth and London Waterloo.

There will be no trains stopping at Beaulieu Road and a revised service between Lymington and Brockenhurst.

You can see the full revised timetable here

6:41am

A reminder of the forecast for the rest of the day

Bournemouth: Snow forecast from about 6am until 2pm, with heavy snow from 9am. After that it's likely to turn to sleet.

Poole: Heavy snow from 7am ish until 11am, when it should turn to sleet.

Ringwood and Verwood: Heavy snow all day

Blandford and Wimborne: Heavy snow from 6am until about 4pm, when it will lighten

Swanage: Heavy snow from 7am until 1pm, when it will tail off and turn to sleet.

West Dorset will have heavy snow from 6am until 2pm then light snow for the rest of the day.

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Morning. As predicted, snow has fallen across Dorset. We're just getting the latest info on school closures and public transport. In the meantime, let us know what it's like where you are in the comments, or using the send your news button at the top of the page.

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7:17am Fri 18 Jan 13

Jetwasher says...

We have lift off the Bournemouth Echo goes to Defcon 1 and the work shy teachers cant work in these extreme conditions.
We have lift off the Bournemouth Echo goes to Defcon 1 and the work shy teachers cant work in these extreme conditions. Jetwasher

7:48am Fri 18 Jan 13

wilkiemini says...

After watching a man fall backwards in snow and fracture his skull.....I'd say shhhhhhhut up jetwasher Safety comes first
After watching a man fall backwards in snow and fracture his skull.....I'd say shhhhhhhut up jetwasher Safety comes first wilkiemini

7:56am Fri 18 Jan 13

oneshortleg says...

A friend has just arrived at work at the airport from columbia road and says most of the main roads show no signs of being gritted!
A friend has just arrived at work at the airport from columbia road and says most of the main roads show no signs of being gritted! oneshortleg

8:02am Fri 18 Jan 13

Paul mc61 says...

Lets just roll over and and accept defeat, schools closed is laughable, suppose all the parents will be taking them skiing at half term..... In the snow and careering down mountains at high speed ! , good job there are no safety police in the alps, heaven forbid someone might get hurt
Grow a pair GB
Lets just roll over and and accept defeat, schools closed is laughable, suppose all the parents will be taking them skiing at half term..... In the snow and careering down mountains at high speed ! , good job there are no safety police in the alps, heaven forbid someone might get hurt Grow a pair GB Paul mc61

8:07am Fri 18 Jan 13

ben111 says...

HEY its a Friday lets all have a day off , one day wont hurt , i did make it from Muscliff to Ringwood this morning took a while
HEY its a Friday lets all have a day off , one day wont hurt , i did make it from Muscliff to Ringwood this morning took a while ben111

8:09am Fri 18 Jan 13

Lord Spring says...

Polar bear seen in Holdenhurst Road. Lock your doors.
Polar bear seen in Holdenhurst Road. Lock your doors. Lord Spring

8:17am Fri 18 Jan 13

Jetwasher says...

wilkiemini wrote:
After watching a man fall backwards in snow and fracture his skull.....I'd say shhhhhhhut up jetwasher Safety comes first
Dont be so soft, what wrong with you ?
[quote][p][bold]wilkiemini[/bold] wrote: After watching a man fall backwards in snow and fracture his skull.....I'd say shhhhhhhut up jetwasher Safety comes first[/p][/quote]Dont be so soft, what wrong with you ? Jetwasher

8:29am Fri 18 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

Where's this blizzard then? Where's the 'snowpocalypse'? There's been about an inch of snow and everyone's acting like we're in an ice age!

Judging by the pics it would appear that the only issues have been caused by the roads not being gritted properly!
Where's this blizzard then? Where's the 'snowpocalypse'? There's been about an inch of snow and everyone's acting like we're in an ice age! Judging by the pics it would appear that the only issues have been caused by the roads not being gritted properly! speedy231278

8:32am Fri 18 Jan 13

Dorset Mitch says...

Who has summer tyres on their car and who has winter tyres? Don't moan at the schools being shut or the buses not running if you haven't done things yourself!!!
Who has summer tyres on their car and who has winter tyres? Don't moan at the schools being shut or the buses not running if you haven't done things yourself!!! Dorset Mitch

8:37am Fri 18 Jan 13

Derf says...

oneshortleg wrote:
A friend has just arrived at work at the airport from columbia road and says most of the main roads show no signs of being gritted!
...what's good for school teachers must surely be good for gritter drivers.
[quote][p][bold]oneshortleg[/bold] wrote: A friend has just arrived at work at the airport from columbia road and says most of the main roads show no signs of being gritted![/p][/quote]...what's good for school teachers must surely be good for gritter drivers. Derf

8:38am Fri 18 Jan 13

lemonhead says...

And someone said they attempted to drive from highcliffe to christchurch but turned back,unreal,its not that bad at there,just get on with it,drive a bit slower and it is easy,dam southern softies the lot of ya,take a trip to scotland or anywhere up north,do you know something they get on with.like someone said here grow a pair you lot.
And someone said they attempted to drive from highcliffe to christchurch but turned back,unreal,its not that bad at there,just get on with it,drive a bit slower and it is easy,dam southern softies the lot of ya,take a trip to scotland or anywhere up north,do you know something they get on with.like someone said here grow a pair you lot. lemonhead

8:40am Fri 18 Jan 13

Carolyn43 says...

Jetwasher wrote:
We have lift off the Bournemouth Echo goes to Defcon 1 and the work shy teachers cant work in these extreme conditions.
Not only workshy teachers, but pilots and drivers of buses on non-main roads as well I suppose.
.....
Don't be stupid. When at school teachers are responsible for the safety of pupils, and in these days of litigation would you want to be responsible for the safety of 30 or so children? I wouldn't.
[quote][p][bold]Jetwasher[/bold] wrote: We have lift off the Bournemouth Echo goes to Defcon 1 and the work shy teachers cant work in these extreme conditions.[/p][/quote]Not only workshy teachers, but pilots and drivers of buses on non-main roads as well I suppose. ..... Don't be stupid. When at school teachers are responsible for the safety of pupils, and in these days of litigation would you want to be responsible for the safety of 30 or so children? I wouldn't. Carolyn43

8:43am Fri 18 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

If I can manage to be out in -11C on my bike with ice on the inside of the visor (this time last year in Sussex), I'm sure the cage drivers can manage an inch of show for heaven's sake! When it was like this two years ago and my missus was learning to drive, her instructor actually took her out in it to show her that it wasn't as scary as it looked, and teach her how to handle the car if it started to slide on ice and snow (which is normally caused by poor driving and/or worn/improperly inflated tyres).
If I can manage to be out in -11C on my bike with ice on the inside of the visor (this time last year in Sussex), I'm sure the cage drivers can manage an inch of show for heaven's sake! When it was like this two years ago and my missus was learning to drive, her instructor actually took her out in it to show her that it wasn't as scary as it looked, and teach her how to handle the car if it started to slide on ice and snow (which is normally caused by poor driving and/or worn/improperly inflated tyres). speedy231278

8:45am Fri 18 Jan 13

apm1954 says...

i note southampton airport shut bournemouth open well done bournemouth
i note southampton airport shut bournemouth open well done bournemouth apm1954

8:49am Fri 18 Jan 13

Lord Spring says...

Some in this country of today would never have survived 1947 or 1962/3.
Some in this country of today would never have survived 1947 or 1962/3. Lord Spring

9:13am Fri 18 Jan 13

jeebuscripes says...

Jetwasher wrote:
We have lift off the Bournemouth Echo goes to Defcon 1 and the work shy teachers cant work in these extreme conditions.
Teachers don't close schools.
[quote][p][bold]Jetwasher[/bold] wrote: We have lift off the Bournemouth Echo goes to Defcon 1 and the work shy teachers cant work in these extreme conditions.[/p][/quote]Teachers don't close schools. jeebuscripes

9:13am Fri 18 Jan 13

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

so many negative comments. look at the snowmen and snowballs kids have made, they don't look negative, they look happy. maybe learn how to smile yourselves!!

p.s. love the snowman with the pipe!
so many negative comments. look at the snowmen and snowballs kids have made, they don't look negative, they look happy. maybe learn how to smile yourselves!! p.s. love the snowman with the pipe! Bournesouthmouth Downpokes

9:27am Fri 18 Jan 13

Derf says...

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes wrote:
so many negative comments. look at the snowmen and snowballs kids have made, they don't look negative, they look happy. maybe learn how to smile yourselves!!

p.s. love the snowman with the pipe!
Yes, they are very nice, but watching your kids build them doesn't exactly pay the bills!

If teachers were all self employed, I bet a few cm's of snow wouldn't stop them working.

I trust they'll be making the lost time up by cancelling one of their 'inset' days
[quote][p][bold]Bournesouthmouth Downpokes[/bold] wrote: so many negative comments. look at the snowmen and snowballs kids have made, they don't look negative, they look happy. maybe learn how to smile yourselves!! p.s. love the snowman with the pipe![/p][/quote]Yes, they are very nice, but watching your kids build them doesn't exactly pay the bills! If teachers were all self employed, I bet a few cm's of snow wouldn't stop them working. I trust they'll be making the lost time up by cancelling one of their 'inset' days Derf

9:32am Fri 18 Jan 13

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

Your first 5 words should have been all.

But...
Your first 5 words should have been all. But... Bournesouthmouth Downpokes

9:34am Fri 18 Jan 13

suzigirl says...

I walked - usually takes me 22 minutes but this morning 30 minutes - I looked like a snow woman when I got to work though LOL!
I walked - usually takes me 22 minutes but this morning 30 minutes - I looked like a snow woman when I got to work though LOL! suzigirl

9:45am Fri 18 Jan 13

BIGTONE says...

Well it's not very often I have good thing to say about Bournemouth Council,but,this morning at 07:30 well done to the organisers and gritting teams for getting the bus routes sorted. Unlike muppet Poole Council.
From Alder road,past the gasworks down to the traffic lights ( Bournemouth Poole boundary) it was un gritted.On a bus route and a known route to carry hundreds of vehicles per hour and Poole council did not even grit it? You could tell you had passed the boundary into Bournemouth. Branksome Wood Road into Bournemouth town centre was nice and clear and a joy to drive in. Well done Bournemouth Council. Shame on you Poole Council.Ask Bournemouth how to do it!!
Well it's not very often I have good thing to say about Bournemouth Council,but,this morning at 07:30 well done to the organisers and gritting teams for getting the bus routes sorted. Unlike muppet Poole Council. From Alder road,past the gasworks down to the traffic lights ( Bournemouth Poole boundary) it was un gritted.On a bus route and a known route to carry hundreds of vehicles per hour and Poole council did not even grit it? You could tell you had passed the boundary into Bournemouth. Branksome Wood Road into Bournemouth town centre was nice and clear and a joy to drive in. Well done Bournemouth Council. Shame on you Poole Council.Ask Bournemouth how to do it!! BIGTONE

9:59am Fri 18 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

"We've just been getting reaction to the snow from people in Bournemouth's Lower Gardens"

Which is ironic seeing as they don't even have a complete covering! lol
"We've just been getting reaction to the snow from people in Bournemouth's Lower Gardens" Which is ironic seeing as they don't even have a complete covering! lol speedy231278

10:01am Fri 18 Jan 13

bex1984 says...

Been trying since 7am to get out of my 'T' road, but cant get any grip from tyres Tried to get bus from Ashley road but traffic at a standstill. Will try again at lunchtime.

First time i've ever not been in work when snowing!
Been trying since 7am to get out of my 'T' road, but cant get any grip from tyres Tried to get bus from Ashley road but traffic at a standstill. Will try again at lunchtime. First time i've ever not been in work when snowing! bex1984

10:05am Fri 18 Jan 13

beanie70 says...

I was just about to comment and BIGTONE took the words right out of my mouth!
Come on you muppets at Poole, sort it out... have you been asleep for the last couple of days!!!
I was just about to comment and BIGTONE took the words right out of my mouth! Come on you muppets at Poole, sort it out... have you been asleep for the last couple of days!!! beanie70

10:10am Fri 18 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

A colleague at work reports the journey in was chaos because the council didn't grit Herbert Avenue.
A colleague at work reports the journey in was chaos because the council didn't grit Herbert Avenue. speedy231278

10:18am Fri 18 Jan 13

robsmith123 says...

bex1984 wrote:
Been trying since 7am to get out of my 'T' road, but cant get any grip from tyres Tried to get bus from Ashley road but traffic at a standstill. Will try again at lunchtime.

First time i've ever not been in work when snowing!
strange that as mos of the people at my work got bus from Ashley Road this morning. Okay it took a bit longer but got here easily enough.

Sounds like you looking for an excuse
[quote][p][bold]bex1984[/bold] wrote: Been trying since 7am to get out of my 'T' road, but cant get any grip from tyres Tried to get bus from Ashley road but traffic at a standstill. Will try again at lunchtime. First time i've ever not been in work when snowing![/p][/quote]strange that as mos of the people at my work got bus from Ashley Road this morning. Okay it took a bit longer but got here easily enough. Sounds like you looking for an excuse robsmith123

10:31am Fri 18 Jan 13

Piston_Broke says...

I'd just like to say "well done" to the motorcyclist I followed south down the Spur Road from Ashley Heath this morning. He must have balls of steel!
I'd just like to say "well done" to the motorcyclist I followed south down the Spur Road from Ashley Heath this morning. He must have balls of steel! Piston_Broke

10:33am Fri 18 Jan 13

apm1954 says...

oh dear how am i going to get to bingo
oh dear how am i going to get to bingo apm1954

10:39am Fri 18 Jan 13

apm1954 says...

dont insult the muppets
dont insult the muppets apm1954

10:48am Fri 18 Jan 13

ben111 says...

apm1954 wrote:
oh dear how am i going to get to bingo
via your bingo wings
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: oh dear how am i going to get to bingo[/p][/quote]via your bingo wings ben111

10:50am Fri 18 Jan 13

paulthefish says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
Jetwasher wrote:
We have lift off the Bournemouth Echo goes to Defcon 1 and the work shy teachers cant work in these extreme conditions.
Not only workshy teachers, but pilots and drivers of buses on non-main roads as well I suppose.
.....
Don't be stupid. When at school teachers are responsible for the safety of pupils, and in these days of litigation would you want to be responsible for the safety of 30 or so children? I wouldn't.
do not have a dig at bus drivers. you obviously do not know what you are talking about! the drivers do not make the decision on what roads they drive on in ths snow. the peole sat in the office or sometimes the police make the ruling. get your facts right before you moan in future!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jetwasher[/bold] wrote: We have lift off the Bournemouth Echo goes to Defcon 1 and the work shy teachers cant work in these extreme conditions.[/p][/quote]Not only workshy teachers, but pilots and drivers of buses on non-main roads as well I suppose. ..... Don't be stupid. When at school teachers are responsible for the safety of pupils, and in these days of litigation would you want to be responsible for the safety of 30 or so children? I wouldn't.[/p][/quote]do not have a dig at bus drivers. you obviously do not know what you are talking about! the drivers do not make the decision on what roads they drive on in ths snow. the peole sat in the office or sometimes the police make the ruling. get your facts right before you moan in future!!!! paulthefish

10:51am Fri 18 Jan 13

lelbel says...

my children have gone to school 2day like every time it snows,our roads havent been gritted,so whys all these other schools closed,is it an excuse for teachers to have a day off
my children have gone to school 2day like every time it snows,our roads havent been gritted,so whys all these other schools closed,is it an excuse for teachers to have a day off lelbel

10:52am Fri 18 Jan 13

newtopoole says...

Don't really see the problem, walked a mile to the station this morning, then got the train to work in London, which arrived on time.

Nice to see the railway showing it's superiority to the roads this morning :)
Don't really see the problem, walked a mile to the station this morning, then got the train to work in London, which arrived on time. Nice to see the railway showing it's superiority to the roads this morning :) newtopoole

10:52am Fri 18 Jan 13

ds corfemullen says...

oneshortleg wrote:
A friend has just arrived at work at the airport from columbia road and says most of the main roads show no signs of being gritted!
We cant get to work as the 3 roads are closed due to not being gritted.Does this mean we get a discount on our council tax, after all that,s what we are paying them for isn,t it. A VERY POOR SHOW FROM ALL LOCAL COUNCILS WHATS YOUR EXCUSE THIS TIME THEY HAVE BEEN FORECASTING THIS FOR DAYS
[quote][p][bold]oneshortleg[/bold] wrote: A friend has just arrived at work at the airport from columbia road and says most of the main roads show no signs of being gritted![/p][/quote]We cant get to work as the 3 roads are closed due to not being gritted.Does this mean we get a discount on our council tax, after all that,s what we are paying them for isn,t it. A VERY POOR SHOW FROM ALL LOCAL COUNCILS WHATS YOUR EXCUSE THIS TIME THEY HAVE BEEN FORECASTING THIS FOR DAYS ds corfemullen

10:56am Fri 18 Jan 13

lelbel says...

my children have gone to school and our roads havent been gritted,if they can go then all the others can,apart from rural areas,
my children have gone to school and our roads havent been gritted,if they can go then all the others can,apart from rural areas, lelbel

11:25am Fri 18 Jan 13

paulthefish says...

ds corfemullen wrote:
oneshortleg wrote:
A friend has just arrived at work at the airport from columbia road and says most of the main roads show no signs of being gritted!
We cant get to work as the 3 roads are closed due to not being gritted.Does this mean we get a discount on our council tax, after all that,s what we are paying them for isn,t it. A VERY POOR SHOW FROM ALL LOCAL COUNCILS WHATS YOUR EXCUSE THIS TIME THEY HAVE BEEN FORECASTING THIS FOR DAYS
they have just spent the entire remainder of this years budget on road works on every other road in the area! therefore justifing not giving us all a cuncil tax reduction this year!!!!
[quote][p][bold]ds corfemullen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oneshortleg[/bold] wrote: A friend has just arrived at work at the airport from columbia road and says most of the main roads show no signs of being gritted![/p][/quote]We cant get to work as the 3 roads are closed due to not being gritted.Does this mean we get a discount on our council tax, after all that,s what we are paying them for isn,t it. A VERY POOR SHOW FROM ALL LOCAL COUNCILS WHATS YOUR EXCUSE THIS TIME THEY HAVE BEEN FORECASTING THIS FOR DAYS[/p][/quote]they have just spent the entire remainder of this years budget on road works on every other road in the area! therefore justifing not giving us all a cuncil tax reduction this year!!!! paulthefish

11:32am Fri 18 Jan 13

FNS-man says...

Piston_Broke wrote:
I'd just like to say "well done" to the motorcyclist I followed south down the Spur Road from Ashley Heath this morning. He must have balls of steel!
Rocks in his head more like.
[quote][p][bold]Piston_Broke[/bold] wrote: I'd just like to say "well done" to the motorcyclist I followed south down the Spur Road from Ashley Heath this morning. He must have balls of steel![/p][/quote]Rocks in his head more like. FNS-man

11:47am Fri 18 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

Is there going to be an official investigation as to how a couple of inches of snow has brought chaos to the area due to what appears to be a chronic lack of gritting even the more major roads? Yesterday it was claimed that everyone was making big plans to be prepared for what they reckoned was the threat of the next ice age, yet there's been a minor snowfall and little preventative measures seem to have been taken!
Is there going to be an official investigation as to how a couple of inches of snow has brought chaos to the area due to what appears to be a chronic lack of gritting even the more major roads? Yesterday it was claimed that everyone was making big plans to be prepared for what they reckoned was the threat of the next ice age, yet there's been a minor snowfall and little preventative measures seem to have been taken! speedy231278

12:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13

mmmmmmm says...

FNS-man says...
11:32am Fri 18 Jan 13

Piston_Broke wrote:
I'd just like to say "well done" to the motorcyclist I followed south down the Spur Road from Ashley Heath this morning. He must have balls of steel!
Rocks in his head more like.

Why insult someone who obviously is in control of their vehicle?
FNS-man says... 11:32am Fri 18 Jan 13 Piston_Broke wrote: I'd just like to say "well done" to the motorcyclist I followed south down the Spur Road from Ashley Heath this morning. He must have balls of steel! Rocks in his head more like. Why insult someone who obviously is in control of their vehicle? mmmmmmm

12:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13

isaacworthington says...

lelbel wrote:
my children have gone to school 2day like every time it snows,our roads havent been gritted,so whys all these other schools closed,is it an excuse for teachers to have a day off
I see you didn't go to school on snow days... Your punctuation is abhorrent.
[quote][p][bold]lelbel[/bold] wrote: my children have gone to school 2day like every time it snows,our roads havent been gritted,so whys all these other schools closed,is it an excuse for teachers to have a day off[/p][/quote]I see you didn't go to school on snow days... Your punctuation is abhorrent. isaacworthington

12:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13

casual_observer says...

"Borough of Poole gritters have been out spreading grit along the major road network from 4am. "

Really? It was clearly evident from my journey through and out of Poole at 05:30am that NO gritting had taken place ANYWHERE.
"Borough of Poole gritters have been out spreading grit along the major road network from 4am. " Really? It was clearly evident from my journey through and out of Poole at 05:30am that NO gritting had taken place ANYWHERE. casual_observer

1:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13

jeebuscripes says...

lelbel wrote:
my children have gone to school and our roads havent been gritted,if they can go then all the others can,apart from rural areas,
So, if the teachers live in rural areas and can't get to work?
[quote][p][bold]lelbel[/bold] wrote: my children have gone to school and our roads havent been gritted,if they can go then all the others can,apart from rural areas,[/p][/quote]So, if the teachers live in rural areas and can't get to work? jeebuscripes

1:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

It's stopped snowing and is now drizzling slightly. Can we have normality back now please?
It's stopped snowing and is now drizzling slightly. Can we have normality back now please? speedy231278

2:43pm Fri 18 Jan 13

asj says...

just walked home from work. and i have noticed some property's with solar panel's on the roof's,the snow has slid off onto the guttering and 1 or 2 have snapped the gutter's off. hope the money they have saved on electric covers the cost of repairs!!
just walked home from work. and i have noticed some property's with solar panel's on the roof's,the snow has slid off onto the guttering and 1 or 2 have snapped the gutter's off. hope the money they have saved on electric covers the cost of repairs!! asj

3:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13

EGHH says...

I was stuck on the A37 on the way to Yeovil at 7.00 this morning. It was impossible to go up the hills and many HGVs were jack-knifing. In the end I turned around and headed back to Poole. The Police closed the A35 at the Monkey's Jump roundabout earlier so why not the A37 at the same time??

I did notice the Police now have a tractor in police colours and blue flashing lights for pulling stuck cars out being used on the Dorchester By-pass. A very good addition to their fleet.
I was stuck on the A37 on the way to Yeovil at 7.00 this morning. It was impossible to go up the hills and many HGVs were jack-knifing. In the end I turned around and headed back to Poole. The Police closed the A35 at the Monkey's Jump roundabout earlier so why not the A37 at the same time?? I did notice the Police now have a tractor in police colours and blue flashing lights for pulling stuck cars out being used on the Dorchester By-pass. A very good addition to their fleet. EGHH

3:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Hessenford says...

apm1954 wrote:
i note southampton airport shut bournemouth open well done bournemouth
Cant miss out on their car parking charges can they.
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: i note southampton airport shut bournemouth open well done bournemouth[/p][/quote]Cant miss out on their car parking charges can they. Hessenford

3:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

beachcomber1 says...

this page takes so long to load i can't be bothered to fini
this page takes so long to load i can't be bothered to fini beachcomber1

5:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13

bournenbred says...

Wrong type of snow ?
Wrong type of grit ?
The temperature changed at the wrong time ?

Yet more gross incompetence from the local authorities !

They had at least 3 days notice to cause maximum chaos and they did it again !!

Next time dont bother we'll know what to expect and sort it ourselves.

I just hope we never have a real crisis !!!
Wrong type of snow ? Wrong type of grit ? The temperature changed at the wrong time ? Yet more gross incompetence from the local authorities ! They had at least 3 days notice to cause maximum chaos and they did it again !! Next time dont bother we'll know what to expect and sort it ourselves. I just hope we never have a real crisis !!! bournenbred

6:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Carolyn43 says...

paulthefish wrote:
Carolyn43 wrote:
Jetwasher wrote:
We have lift off the Bournemouth Echo goes to Defcon 1 and the work shy teachers cant work in these extreme conditions.
Not only workshy teachers, but pilots and drivers of buses on non-main roads as well I suppose.
.....
Don't be stupid. When at school teachers are responsible for the safety of pupils, and in these days of litigation would you want to be responsible for the safety of 30 or so children? I wouldn't.
do not have a dig at bus drivers. you obviously do not know what you are talking about! the drivers do not make the decision on what roads they drive on in ths snow. the peole sat in the office or sometimes the police make the ruling. get your facts right before you moan in future!!!!
I'm not having a dig at bus drivers, just defending teachers who aren't the ones who decide to close schools - the head teacher consults the governors and they're the ones who make the decision to close the school. Just as bus drivers arenlt the ones who decide not to drive. I was being sarcastic to the previous poster who called teachers workshy. But you obviously missed the point.
.......
At the school I taught at, teachers who could get in on a snowy day stayed and occupied children who lived close and had just been dropped off by parents who hadn't checked if the school was open, or those who struggled in on foot.
......
The main reason for closing schools is that teachers are responsible for the safety of pupils as soon as they enter the school gates. They risk getting sued by some parents if a child slips and breaks a limb or gets injured in some other way. Would you want to be responsible for the safety of around 30 children?
........
And as for the person who hopes teachers make up the time on their next inset day, it's only the children who get the day off then - teachers work on those days.
.......
I retired from teaching 15 years ago and it isn't a job I'd like to do now. Pity some parents don't try it before they start criticising.
[quote][p][bold]paulthefish[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jetwasher[/bold] wrote: We have lift off the Bournemouth Echo goes to Defcon 1 and the work shy teachers cant work in these extreme conditions.[/p][/quote]Not only workshy teachers, but pilots and drivers of buses on non-main roads as well I suppose. ..... Don't be stupid. When at school teachers are responsible for the safety of pupils, and in these days of litigation would you want to be responsible for the safety of 30 or so children? I wouldn't.[/p][/quote]do not have a dig at bus drivers. you obviously do not know what you are talking about! the drivers do not make the decision on what roads they drive on in ths snow. the peole sat in the office or sometimes the police make the ruling. get your facts right before you moan in future!!!![/p][/quote]I'm not having a dig at bus drivers, just defending teachers who aren't the ones who decide to close schools - the head teacher consults the governors and they're the ones who make the decision to close the school. Just as bus drivers arenlt the ones who decide not to drive. I was being sarcastic to the previous poster who called teachers workshy. But you obviously missed the point. ....... At the school I taught at, teachers who could get in on a snowy day stayed and occupied children who lived close and had just been dropped off by parents who hadn't checked if the school was open, or those who struggled in on foot. ...... The main reason for closing schools is that teachers are responsible for the safety of pupils as soon as they enter the school gates. They risk getting sued by some parents if a child slips and breaks a limb or gets injured in some other way. Would you want to be responsible for the safety of around 30 children? ........ And as for the person who hopes teachers make up the time on their next inset day, it's only the children who get the day off then - teachers work on those days. ....... I retired from teaching 15 years ago and it isn't a job I'd like to do now. Pity some parents don't try it before they start criticising. Carolyn43

7:09pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Commonsense2012 says...

May I offer my congratulations to Dorset County Council for the cracking job they did in not organising gritting the road. It was always going to be a monumental effort in doing so given that they had five days notice that it was going to snow today but they successfully managed to leave places like Wimborne and Corfe Mullen barely accessible by just an inch of snow. Now that takes some doing!

I can only assume that if they did actually send any gritters out, they thought using crushed ice as the grit would be a good idea.
May I offer my congratulations to Dorset County Council for the cracking job they did in not organising gritting the road. It was always going to be a monumental effort in doing so given that they had five days notice that it was going to snow today but they successfully managed to leave places like Wimborne and Corfe Mullen barely accessible by just an inch of snow. Now that takes some doing! I can only assume that if they did actually send any gritters out, they thought using crushed ice as the grit would be a good idea. Commonsense2012

9:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

sad muppets! not one of you commented on lovely Luella's snowcat was/is. that child, with her talented work of art, probably was/IS so excited to be in the newspaper today yet all you lot seem to do is bicker amongst yourselves!
sad muppets! not one of you commented on lovely Luella's snowcat was/is. that child, with her talented work of art, probably was/IS so excited to be in the newspaper today yet all you lot seem to do is bicker amongst yourselves! Bournesouthmouth Downpokes

9:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

bournenbred says...

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes wrote:
sad muppets! not one of you commented on lovely Luella's snowcat was/is. that child, with her talented work of art, probably was/IS so excited to be in the newspaper today yet all you lot seem to do is bicker amongst yourselves!
was/is ?

bicker/bicker ??

:-)
[quote][p][bold]Bournesouthmouth Downpokes[/bold] wrote: sad muppets! not one of you commented on lovely Luella's snowcat was/is. that child, with her talented work of art, probably was/IS so excited to be in the newspaper today yet all you lot seem to do is bicker amongst yourselves![/p][/quote]was/is ? bicker/bicker ?? :-) bournenbred

4:10am Sat 19 Jan 13

Old Boscombe Lad says...

Don't you guys have any snow tires over there??? Or like us in Vancouver Canada wait until it snows and then put them on.
Don't you guys have any snow tires over there??? Or like us in Vancouver Canada wait until it snows and then put them on. Old Boscombe Lad

8:39am Sat 19 Jan 13

EGHH says...

Old Boscombe Lad wrote:
Don't you guys have any snow tires over there??? Or like us in Vancouver Canada wait until it snows and then put them on.
Simple answer is "no", not even snow chains.
[quote][p][bold]Old Boscombe Lad[/bold] wrote: Don't you guys have any snow tires over there??? Or like us in Vancouver Canada wait until it snows and then put them on.[/p][/quote]Simple answer is "no", not even snow chains. EGHH

8:30am Tue 22 Jan 13

justdreaming says...

Its all so beautiful and i just love it. However i am so happy that i live on an island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Its all so beautiful and i just love it. However i am so happy that i live on an island in the Gulf of Thailand. justdreaming

8:36am Tue 22 Jan 13

justdreaming says...

As for Canada !
Who in their right mind, would deliberately go to live in such a "snow sodden country as Canada.
As for Canada ! Who in their right mind, would deliberately go to live in such a "snow sodden country as Canada. justdreaming

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