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LIVE: Snow news and information for Dorset

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(Updated 3:39pm 19th March 2018)


5:30am 18th March 2018

The 'Beast from the East' has returned to Dorset, bringing snow and freezing temperatures to the county for the second time in three weeks.

Gritters and snow ploughs have been out across the weekend.

Weymouth Half Marathon has been postponed until June.

We'll have live updates here on the travel situation, latest weather forecast, and local information - and of course there's more if you tune into 97.2 and 96.0FM.  Listen online here.

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9:44am

FIRST BUS:  Here's the latest update...

 

9:37am

YOUR PICTURES:  We love this from Prince of Wales School in Dorchester!

 

9:03am

YOUR PICTURES:  This shows how hazardous driving conditions are in some parts of the county...

 

8:57am

TRAVEL ALERT:  Andy's just called the Jamline (01305 250300) to warn fellow motorists that they should be clearing the snow off the top of their cars.  With the freezing conditions, it's turning to ice and causing a hazard.  We already know Dorset Police have fined motorists for not clearing snow from their cars this morning.

 

8:46am

TRAVEL ALERT:  The A37 Long Ash Lane remains closed this morning due to an overturned lorry.  The accident, involving a 26 ton vehicle,  happened in the early hours of this morning and the road is likely to remain closed this morning.  Stay tuned for updates on Wessex FM.

 

8:35am

FIRST BUS:  The team at First Bus have been great with updates in the past couple of days, so well done them.  Better than the train operators!  Here's the latest bus update:

 

8:30am

TRAVEL ALERT:  South Western Train services out of Weymouth appear to be operating without disruption, according to the online live departure boards.

Keep up to date with the latest news on train services here.

 

8:23am

TRAVEL ALERT:  Jason's just called us on the Jamline (01305 250300) to say the coast road between Swyre and Abbotsbury is hazardous, so please take care if you are heading that way.

 

8:21am

TRAVEL ALERT:  Driving conditions are hazardous this morning across Dorset, so please take care.  Here's some advice if you're travelling between Weymouth and the Warmwell area.

 

8:19am

SCHOOL OPEN!  Smiley Faces on Portland is OPEN!  Well done to Jen and the team there!

 

8:16am

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SCHOOL CLOSURES:  The flurry of schools getting in touch to let us know they're closed is starting to slow down.  Check the full list here.

 

8:12am

FIRST BUS:  Here's the latest...

 

8:01am

YOUR PICTURES:  We love this snowman that Chloe and Kieran have made!

snowman chloe and kieran

 

7:59am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  First Steps pre-school in Dorchester is closed.

 

7:57am

EVENT OFF:  The Parent Council event at Kingston Maurward has been cancelled (KMC is closed today).

 

7:56am

TRAVEL ALERT:  A reminder that the A37 Long Ash Lane remains closed, following an accident where a lorry overturned in the early hours of this morning.

 

7:53am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  St John's Primary in Weymouth is closed today.

 

7:45am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Broadmayne First School has been added to the list.

 

7:44am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Purbeck School is closed today.

 

7:43am

YOUR PICTURES:  We love this from Lisa McAllister ... I wonder how long he'll be waiting!

snowman lisa mcallister

 

7:37am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  St Mary's & St Joseph's in Wool closed today

 

7:34am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Damers in Dorchester is closed today.

 

7:33am

SCHOOL UPDATES:  Conifers Primary in Weymouth is closed today.

 

7:32am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  St Augustine's in Weymouth is closed today.

 

7:31am

FIRST BUS:  A quick update from the team...

 

7:30am

TRAVEL ALERT:  Heading off on holiday today?

 

7:28am

SCHOOL OPEN!  Prince of Wales School in Dorchester!  Well done team.

 

7:27am

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Piddle Valley First School is closed today.

 

7:27am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  St Mary's in Puddletown is closed today.

 

7:24am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Wool Primary is closed today.

 

7:23am

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Wyke Regis Juniors, Infants, and Nursery are all closed today.

 

7:22am

TRAVEL ALERT:  Train services from Weymouth to Castle Cary have been suspended by GWR.

 

7:20am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Holy Trinity in Weymouth closed today.

 

7:19am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Dunbury Academy in Winterbourne Whitechurch.

 

7:18am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Cerne Abbas First School will be closed today.

 

7:16am

SCHOOL BUSES:  An update from Damory...

 

7:15am

TRAVEL ADVICE:  Clear your car of snow!  Otherwise this might happen ... or you could cause an accident!

 

7:14am

TRAVEL ALERT:  An update from Dorset Police on the A37 situation.

 

7:13am

FIRST BUS:  Here's a service update from First.

 

7:12am

SCHOOL OPEN!  Radipole pre-school!  Well done!

 

7:05am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Preston pre-school is closed today.

 

7:04am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Greenford School at Maiden Newton is closed today.

 

7:04am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Cheselbourne Village School is closed today.

 

7:02am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Atlantic Academy have now closed Osprey Quay's campus, as well as Maritime House.

 

7:00am

TRAVEL ALERT:  A reminder the A37 Long Ash Lane is closed following an accident in the early hours of the morning.

And Travel Dorset have this advice.

 

6:59am

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Beaminster St Mary's, Beechcroft St Paul's, Burton Bradstock, Charmouth Primary, St Andrews in Weymouth, St Mary's Catholic First School, St Osmund's, Sticklands Primary, Symondsbury Primary, Westfield in Weymouth, Winterbourne Valley, and Wyvern ... all added to our school closure list.

 

6:51am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Arbour House School in Weymouth is closed today.

 

6:50am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Rodwell pre-school is closed today.

 

6:48am

VIDEO:  Check this out from gritting crew in Dorset!

 

6:43am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Loders Primary is closed today.

 

6:42am

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Bincombe Valley in Littlemoor, Broadwindsor Primary, Salway Ash Primary, St george's on Portland, and Wyvern School have all just been added.

 

6:33am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  St Mary's in Bridport is closed today.

 

6:31am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  St Catherine's in Bridport is closed today.

 

6:30am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Bovington Primary is closed

 

6:26am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Okeford Fitzpaine in Blandford is closed today.

 

6:24am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  The Compass Centre in Weymouth is closed today.

 

6:24am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Portesham Primary is closed today.

 

6:22am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  All Saints in Weymouth closed today.

 

6:21am

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Dorchester Middle School and Dorchester Learning Centre have been added to our list of closures.

 

6:16am

TRAVEL ALERT:  There's an overturned lorry on the A37 Long Ash Lane - BOTH WAYS CLOSED.

Stay tuned to Wessex FM for the very latest.

 

6:15am

FIRST BUS:  Here's an update from First this morning...

 

5:47am

SCHOOL BUSES:  Here's an update from Damory Coaches:

 

5:46am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester will shut today.

 

5:35am

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SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Good morning - more schools have confirmed closures today.

Bridport Primary, Powerstock Primary, Budmouth College and Weymouth College have all been added to our list, which you can follow here.

Tune into Carl Ashwin In The Morning from 6am for the very latest on school closures, travel, and information.

 

9:06pm

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  The Sir John Colfox School and St Michael's in Lyme Regis have been added to the growing list of closed schools in Dorset tomorrow.

 

9:00pm

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Kingston Maurward College and Dorset Studio School will both be closed tomorrow due to the snow.

Follow the list of school closures here

8:54pm

SCHOOL TRANSPORT:  Here's an update on First Bus services for tomorrow:

 

8:30pm

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Beaminster School and Marshwood Primary in Bridport have confirmed they will be closed tomorrow.

 

8:01pm

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  St Nicholas and St Lawrence in Weymouth and Woodroffe in Lyme Regis have confirmed as shut tomorrow.

Follow all the updates here.

 

5:46pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Atlantic Academy's Maritime House campus will be closed tomorrow.  At present, Osprey Quay remains open.

 

5:32pm

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We've got our first school closures confirmed for tomorrow:

Wey Valley School in Weymouth, and Thorner's Primary in Litton Cheney.

Keep up to date here

 

12:19pm

TRAVEL ALERT:  First Bus in Weymouth have told Wessex FM that services will now resume to the top of Portland, and also around Littlemoor.

 

12:13pm

YOUR PICTURES:  This is a VERY impressive snowman!  Good work Morgan Sketchley!

snowman morgan sketchley

 

12:05pm

TRAVEL ALERT:  Back Street in Abbotsbury is closed, we understand it's been blocked by an abandoned vehicle.

Also, Bournemouth Airport has re-opened!  Hurrah!

 

12:02pm

YOUR PICTURES:  Did you expect it to be sunny Kerry?  ;-)

 

12:00pm

TRAVEL:  Although the advice is to avoid travelling if possible, the main roads are looking fairly clear if you do need to venture out.  Remember to take extra warm clothing!

 

11:58am

YOUR PICTURES:  Wessex FM listener Kate Seymour is probably not planning an al fresco lunch today...

 

11:55am

SCHOOLS:  Loads of you are looking at the schools list on our website, so that you can prepare for tomorrow.  At this stage, there are no planned school closures in the area.

With more light snow forecast tonight, that may change.  We'll keep you up to date with any alerts, and of course Carl Ashwin will have all the information you need tomorrow morning on Wessex FM.

 

11:32am

YOUR PICTURES:  A wintry start to the day in Weymouth!

 

11:31am

EVENT OFF:  Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook at Weymouth Pavilion has been postponed.  A rescheduled date will be announced shortly.

Someone - Adele

 

11:25am

YOUR PHOTOS:  These ones are certainly among our favourites of the day so far!

 

11:20am

YOUR PICTURES:  This is gorgeous!

 

11:18am

YOUR PICTURES:  Thanks for continuing to share these with us!

 

11:16am

CLOSED:  Nando's at Brewery Square is closed due to the weather.  Sorry!  Also, Belle Modelle is also closed.

 

11:08am

YOUR PICTURES:  

 

11:01am

YOUR PICTURES:  We love this video...

 

11:00am

YOUR PICTURES:  The dogs of Dorset still need a walk!

Which reminds us, don't forget about next Sunday's Wessex FM Big Weymouth Walkies...

 

10:57am

YOUR PICTURES:  We love this!

 

10:54am

APPEAL:  For Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue staff...

 

10:53am

EVENT OFF:  Weymouth Christian Spritualist Church have cancelled their service at 6:15pm today, 'The Light' that was due to be on at St John's Hall on Westwey Road.

 

10:47am

EVENT OFF:  The Precious Memories service at St Mary's in Weymouth at 2pm this afternoon has had to be postponed due to the weather.  A new date will be arranged shortly.

 

10:40am

YOUR PICTURES:  Snowy fun with the team at Brewery Square!

 

10:34am

DRIVING ADVICE:  Good tips here from our friends at Travel Dorset.  Don't just clear a hole in the snow on your windscreen the size of a dinner plate!  We've all seen someone do it...

 

10:21am

MORE OF YOUR PICTURES:

 

10:19am

WEATHER UPDATE:  So, I've been checking out the latest from the Met Office.  The falling snow is starting to thin out and should stop within the next couple of hours.  It's then due to be clear through until later this evening, before light snow showers through until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Should any local schools decide to close their doors tomorrow, we'll let you know here and on Carl Ashwin In The Morning from 6am.

James

 

10:11am

FIRST BUS:  Here's an update on First Bus services...

 

10:09am

YOUR PICTURES: 

 

10:08am

YOUR PICTURES:  It looks like Christmas in Broadwindsor!  This photo from Neal Gibson.

 

snow broadwindsor neal gibson

 

9:59am

OPEN:  Dorset County Museum is open today, and no booking is required.  However, if you have made a booking for today and can't get in, they will still honour your booking at another time of your choice.

Dippy

 

9:43am

MATCH OFF:  Dorset & Wiltshire U20's match with Cornwall at Weymouth & Portland RFC at 1pm has been postponed.

 

9:42am

CLOSED:  The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre has closed today due to the snow, say Dorset Wildlife Trust.

 

9:40am

We LOVE this!  Nice one Andy!

 

9:32am

EVENT CANCELLATION:  Just a reminder that Kingston Maurward's Open Day this morning has been cancelled. 

If you're involved in an event, or know of one cancelled (or still on!), let us know.

 

9:30am

LIVE TRAVEL MAP:  The advice is not to travel unless you absolutely have to.  If you are venturing out, take it carefully and slowly!  Stay tuned to Wessex FM for updates, take a flask of something hot, and extra warm clothing.

Here's how it's currently looking - there are some hotspots.

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9:21am

YOUR PICTURES:

 

 

9:17am

YOUR PICTURES:

 

 

9:14am

YOUR PICTURES:  Keep them coming!

 

 

 

9:05am

YOUR PICTURES:  We'd love to see your snow photos! Share them on our Facebook page or tweet them to us, like Kerry's done...

 

 

8:55am

An update from Dorset Police...

 

8:35am

FIRST DORSET:  An update on the Number 2 service...

8:24am

TRAVEL ALERT:  Police have now re-opened the A354 Relief Road at the Jurassic roundabut following the earlier accident.

 

8:17am

FIRST BUS SERVICES:  Here's an update...

8:14am

TRAVEL ALERT:  Another incident to report...

 

8:13am

TRAVEL ALERT:  The Dorchester bound A354 has been closed off at the Jurassic roundabout in Weymouth.

 

8:02am

TRAVEL ALERT:  Another accident reported here...

 

7:51am

Thanks for sharing your snowy pictures on the Wessex FM Facebook page!

Ebonie has sent us one of her pony, wrapped up against the cold!

7:39am

TRAVEL ALERT:  Mick's called Wessex FM on the Jamline to report an accident on the A354 Weymouth Relief Road heading southbound.  Emergency services are on the scene.

 

7:36am

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:  Lots of people are contacting us about bus services.  As things stand, First Bus in Dorset say they are still operating services this morning.  The 07:48 train service from Weymouth to London Waterloo has been cancelled, but all other services are due to run later.

 

7:31am

WEYMOUTH HALF MARATHON:

Here's a further statement from the organisers...

weymouth half marathon statement

 

7:01am

Here's how it looks where we are in Dorchester...

wessex fm van in snow

 

6:56am

TRAVEL:  Sorry if you were due to fly off to somewhere warmer today, but Bournemouth Airport is closed until further notice because of the snow.

 

6:53am

EVENT CANCELLATION:  The Open Morning at Kingston Maurward Animal Park and Gardens is off today due to the snow.

 

6:39am

FIRST BUS SERVICES: First Bus tweet that there are currently no disruption to services.

 

6:16am

WEYMOUTH HALF MARATHON: We're sure you're aware that this event has now been postponed, but just in case...

Here's the full statement from organisers.

 

5:51am

TRAIN CANCELLATION:  The 07:48 service from Weymouth to London Waterloo has been cancelled.

At this point, all other services are running to time.

 

5:50am

The Dorset Highways team have been out gritting all weekend, including in the last couple of hours, and are standing by for further gritting and ploughing if needed!

 

You can follow the live progress of gritters here

 

5:39am

Morning - James here. The snow is starting to come down and settle in Dorset, and I'll be on air from 6am with the very latest information for you, and will keep you up to date here too.

The Met Office has the Dorchester and Bridport areas on Amber Warning status, with some heavy snow forecast this morning.

Weymouth and Portland are on a Yellow Warning for snow, with lighter snowfall expected.

Temperatures will struggle to get above freezing today, and will actually feel like -6 or -7 Celsius in the freezing wind.

Here's the scene first thing this morning here at Wessex FM's studios:

wessex fm van snow

 

 



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