Military Called-In to Help Motorists Battling Snow in Dorset
7:22am 18th January 2013
(Updated 9:08am 19th January 2013)
The Army is helping Dorset Police rescue and guide vehicles through the most hazardous areas around the County.
The Force is advising the public NOT to travel unless absolutely necessary.
Heavy snow has been falling since the early hours and is expected to last until at least mid-afternoon, according to MET Office Forecasters.
Over 75% of local schools in Dorchester, Bridport, Weymouth and Portland have been forced to close as a precaution - there's a full closure list here.
Parts of the A35 were closed for most of the morning due to treacherous conditions and a jack-knifed lorry blocking the carriageway.
A number of bus services also had to cancel their trips today. South West Trains are running, but on a revised service.
Dorset County Council is gritting around the clock to prevent roads from getting worse.
The Chief Executive of Dorset County Hospital has thanked her staff for going to great lengths to get into work today.
Jean O'Callaghan told Wessex FM their efforts are much appreciated and the hospital has been able to run the vast majority of services as usual.