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Dorset Snow Live

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Published at 3:29pm 31st January 2019. (Updated at 5:59pm 1st February 2019)

Hello from Wessex FM!

As well as on air, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news on school closures, travel, and local information as the snow arrives in Dorset.

If you've got info, you can email us or tweet us.

 

5:59pm

A team we should be very proud of in Dorset!

 

5:20pm

This could affect Dorset bound train services:

 

5:19pm

The latest from Damory Coaches:

 

4:54pm

The yellow ice warning remains in place until lunchtime tomorrow in Dorset, despite the fact there is no more snow forecast - temperatures are not expected to get much above freezing in the next 24 hours.

via GIPHY

 

4:19pm

Well done to everyone who's made it into work today ... especially when you do a job like this:

 

4:14pm

It's all go for the Terras tomorrow!

 

4:13pm

Make sure you go before leaving the house!

 

4:06pm

WEATHER LATEST:  The Met Office now say there will be NO snow in our patch today.

Get their up to date forecast here.

 

3:56pm

TRAVEL:  Not snow related but some proper Dorset travel news here, as a herd of cows are slowing down traffic on the A353 near Ringstead!  Hope they moooove over soon!

via GIPHY

 

3:54pm

TRAVEL:  South Western Trains is reporting a generally good service at present, although there may be some disruption if we get more snow.  Keep listening for updates.

 

3:43pm

An idea for when you're done with the snowmen and sledging!

 

3:32pm

WEATHER:  The Met Office say we're in for light snow this afternoon, and there are reports of snow falling now in the east of the county, in Bournemouth and Christchurch.

 

3:21pm

A big shout out for everyone who's actually at work today!

 

3:17pm

This is gorgeous:

 

3:10pm

EVENT OFF:  Bad news potato fans, the Drimpton Annual Potato Day has been rescheduled for 16th March!

via GIPHY

 

2:02pm

Heading to that 80s disco this evening?

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1:43pm

A snowy day at Monkey World! 

 

1:25pm

We love this!

 

1:17pm

We like this... 

 

1:13pm

The first round proper of The Boat's Got Talent at The Boat That Rocks on Portland takes place this evening, and is still going ahead!

boats got talent feb mar

 

1:07pm

If you were due to see one of the shows at Weymouth Pavilion this evening ... you still can! 

 

1:05pm

Love this view:

 

1:01pm

The latest gritter action:

 

12:55pm

WEATHER UPDATE:  The forecast is changing almost hourly!

Now, we're expecting light snow at 4pm according to the Met Office.

See the forecast here.

 

12:03pm

WEATHER UPDATE:  There's yet another change to the snow forecast for this afternoon from the Met Office.

The heavy snow has gone from the local forecast, and light snow showers are expected in some places from 2pm.

Get the forecast here.

 

11:59am

We can't resist a video of a dog running around in the snow!

 

11:58am

BEEREX:  We're getting more people asking if Beerex is going ahead at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester, and yes it is!

 

11:41am

TRAVEL:   Just checking in with South Western Railways, and services are generally running to time today.

 

11:34am

We second this! 

 

11:32am

The Yellow Warning of ice issued by the Met Office has been extended through until 1pm tomorrow (Saturday).

More details here

via GIPHY

 

11:26am

SCHOOL EARLY CLOSURE:  Puddletown First School is asking parents to pick up children at 12:30pm today, due to the snow being forecast this afternoon.

 

11:15am

There are some benefits to a snow day!

 

11:06am

An update from Dorset Waste Partnership on bin collections today:

 

11:04am

Our friends at Safewise are open for business today!

 

11:01am

If your kids go to Razzamataz in Weymouth, it should be open as normal tomorrow:

 

10:56am

TRAVEL:  There's a broken down lorry on the Ridgeway, causing some delays in the Weymouth direction - traffic is having to go around it.

 

10:29am

We love this picture from Jon Edge in Charlton Down!

jon edge charlton down

 

10:25am

CLOSED:  Chesil Bank Pre-school, who meet in Strangways Hall in Abbotsbury, is closed today.

 

10:19am

LATEST FORECAST:  The Met Office reporting that more snow is due to fall this afternoon.

Get the details here.

 

10:16am

Proper local radio making a difference in the community!

 

10:12am

A snowy Bridport by drone, sent to us by Richard Vincent.  Brilliant!

bridport snow drone

 

9:55am

Awesome!

 

9:53am

TRAVEL:  Bournemouth Airport is operational again, following the runway being cleared of snow.

 

8:51am

TRAVEL:  In case you're heading this way...

 

8:49am

TRAVEL:  A reminder that the 09:03 Weymouth to Waterloo is cancelled.

Bournemouth Airport remains closed as they clear snow from the runway.

 

8:47am

A reminder about the status of appointments at Dorset County Hospital:

 

8:44am

OPEN: Conifers Primary School.

 

8:43am

OFF!  Bingo at the Bob Lucas Stadium is postponed until the 8th February!

via GIPHY

 

8:36am

And the word on Dorchester Beerex today ... it's ON!  To be opened by Mayor David Taylor.

via GIPHY

 

8:34am

TRAVEL:  The X51 is running, but witha  restricted service:

 

8:33am

No golf in Bridport today!

 

8:32am

The view in Bridport:

 

8:30am

So it has been a rather impressive snowfall in some places!

 

8:25am

We have top notch emergency services in this county.

 

8:25am

OPEN: Summertime Nursery in Dorchester.

8:22am

The Dorset County Council team are in today:

 

8:20am

Just in case you were going to the wrestling tonight ;-)

 

8:19am

Just a reminder that that tonight's performance of the Wizard Of Oz at Thomas Hardye School is postponed.  Tickets for last night will be valid for Monday, and tonight for next Tuesday.  Any problems - contact the school office.

 

8:16am

A useful travel update from Daniel:

 

8:15am

TRAVEL:  The 9:03 Weymouth to London train is cancelled

 

8:12am

WEATHER:  The Met Office have amended their forecast for today, with heavier snow expected this afternoon than earlier thought.

See the forecast here.

 

8:07am

CLOSED:  Dorchester Opportunity Group will be shut today.

 

8:05am

Bless Dorset County Council.  They're telling us how to walk safely.

 

8:03am

OPEN:  Prince of Wales School in Dorchester!  (sorry kids)

 

8:00am

CLOSURE:  Rodwell pre-school is closed today.

 

7:58am

SCHOOL CLOSURE: St Catherine's Pre-school in Bridport.

 

7:57am

OPEN!!  Humpty's House pre-school in Southill, and Radipole pre-school!

via GIPHY

 

7:56am

Dorchester Beerex is going ahead today as planned. Beerex is ON!

7:50am

TRAVEL:  The latest from Damory Coaches.

 

7:48am

APPEAL FOR HELP!!  Have you got a 4x4 and available tomorrow?

 

7:47am

Dorset - Grimstone
Hazardous driving conditions due to snow on A37 between Dorchester Road (Grimstone) and A30 Hendford Hill (Quicksilver Roundabout, Yeovil).

 

7:46am

SCHOOL CLOSURE: Wyke Regis Infants and Juniors.

7:45am

CLOSED:  Jelly Babies Day Nursery at Weymouth College will be closed today, and so will Dorchester Community Nursery and Loders Primary.

 

7:42am

OPEN:  Dorchester Timber.  Top banana.

 

7:41am

Cheers Daniel!

 

7:37am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Symondsbury Primary will be closed today.

 

7:36am

Thanks to Tim for this update for Dorchester:

 

7:33am

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

 

7:31am

TRAVEL ALERT:  There's a tree down on the road just outside Warmwell Holiday Park.

 

7:29am

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

 

7:25am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Here's a big one - Holy Trinity Primary in Weymouth will be closed today.

 

7:22am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Bridport Primary

 

7:20am

OPEN!!  Atlantic Academy.  Sorry, Portland kids.

 

7:15am

CLOSED:  Milborne Ladybirds pre-school group will be closed today.

 

7:13am

OPEN!  Sunnydays Nurseries in Dorchester and Bridport! 

via GIPHY

 

7:13am

Dorchester main Post Office in Trinity Street will be closed today due to staffing problems. Thanks to Dorchester Postmaster David for the update.

 

7:10am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Salway Ash, St Mary's in Bridport, St Mary's Catholic First School in Dorchester

 

7:07am

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Preston Pre-school, Buckland Newton Primary, Parrett & Axe ... all closed today.

 

7:05am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Broadmayne Primary will be closed today.

 

7:01am

NURSERY OPEN!  Chipmunks Day Nursery in Dorchester say they are OPEN today for any parents who need them, but don't take any risks in getting there.

via GIPHY

 

6:58am

WEATHER:  According to the Met Office, we're expecting a cold and mostly cloudy day today, with some possible light snow showers this afternoon.

Get the latest forecast here.

 

6:55am

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Burton Bradstock Primary, Damers in Dorchester, Frome Valley, Greenford Primary, St Mary's in Charminster, and Wyke Regis Infants and Juniors ... all closed!

 

6:51am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Bincombe Valley is closed today.  The full list is here.

 

6:49am

If you're tweeting, tag @wessexfm and we'll share your pics and stories!

 

6:46am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Portesham Primary, St Andrew's in Weymouth, and St Nicholas & St Lawrence  Primary ... all closed today!

 

6:43am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Bere Regis School, Broadwindsor Primary, Manor Park in Dorchester, the latest confirmed closures.

 

6:39am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  All Saints in Weymouth have confirmed they are closed today.

 

6:37am

SNOW PHOTOS:  Carl is asking you to share your snow pics on our Facebook page!

 

6:35am

TRAVEL:  Here's what First buses are saying:

 

6:34am

TRAVEL:  Driving conditions are certainly hazardous this morning, so if you do have to travel anyway, make sure you take good care and stay tuned to Wessex FM for the latest travel.

 

6:28am

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Wey Valley School, Piddle Valley, St Mary's & St Joseph's, Woodroffe, and Wool Primary are the latest to confirm closures today.

We're expecting more as head teachers wake up and assess the situation, so stick with for real time updates!

 

6:23am

TRAVEL:  Heading somewhere sunny on holiday?  Lucky you.  But Bournemouth Airport is closed until further notice, with a further update at 7am.

 

6:17am

TRAVEL:  Although the first services were cancelled this morning, South Western Trains are reporting services running as normal:

See their live departure board here

 

6:11am

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Budmouth College, Marshwood Primary, Milborne St Andrew, St Michael's in Lyme Regis, the Sir John Colfox School, Winterbourne Valley Primary ... all have confirmed since our last update last night that they will be closed today.

See the full list here.

 

10:56pm

This is what members of the Wessex FM news team like to do in the snow!

 

10:52pm

More great snow pics:

 

10:45pm

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Even at this late stage, more schools are confirming they are closing tomorrow.  

We've just updated our school closure list with all the closures that we know are confirmed.

We expect more to confirm in the morning!

 

10:38pm

More of your snow pictures:

 

10:28pm

Love this!

 

9:41pm

WEATHER FORECAST:  There's more snow forecast overnight, and further sleet tomorrow on what will be a really chilly day.

Get the forecast here.

 

9:36pm

More of your Jamline calls this evening - thanks so much for the updates!

 

9:31pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Cerne Abbas Primary, Corfe Castle Primary, and Sticklands Primary are the latest schools added to the list of closed schools for tomorrow.

 

9:17pm

TRAVEL ALERT:  South Western Trains say that the 5:55 Weymouth to Waterloo service will start at Bournemouth, and so will not be calling at Weymouth or stations up to Bournemouth.  The 0611 Bournemouth to Weymouth is cancelled.

Get more on their website here.

 

9:08pm

Thanks Jen!

 

9:07pm

COLLEGE CLOSURE:  Weymouth College have confirmed they will not be open tomorrow.

 

8:51pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Westfield Arts have confirmed they will be closed tomorrow.

 

8:46pm

We're not jealous...

 

8:40pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Powerstock Primary School will be closed tomorrow.

Remember you can get the full list of closures here.

8:36pm

More of your snow photos and comments:

 

8:30pm

SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Cheselbourne Village School, and Thorner's in Litton Cheney are the latest to announce closures tomorrow.

 

8:28pm

TRAVEL UPDATE:   We're getting reports on the Jamline that New Road on Portland is blocked due to an accident.

 

8:25pm

Thanks for sharing your photos!

8:23pm

Thanks for your Jamline calls this evening.  It's getting to the stage where it's advisable not to travel.

8:09pm

7:25pm

Whilst there's not a lot of traffic on the roads, the snow is starting to fall and driving conditions are starting to get tricky.

7:23pm

Share your snow pictures and videos!

6:58pm

Reports of actual snow!

 

6:54pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  The Purbeck School has just announced they are closing tomorrow.

6:41pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  A reminder here from THS, and you can find the full list, updated real time, here

6:34pm

From Dorchester:

6:28pm

Is anyone else slightly disappointed there isn't more snow already?

via GIPHY

6:08pm

Dorset County Council have cancelled all school transport tomorrow:

6:08pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  St Osmund's in Dorchester have announced they'll be closed tomorrow.

6:07pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Mountjoy School in Beaminster won't be open tomorrow.

5:55pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE:  Bovington Primary School has been added to the lst.

5:52pm
5:50pm

So what do you say?  Is snow pitching?  Settling?  Or something else?

5:44pm

From the Met Office:

5:37pm

Martin Hill from Dorset Highways department has told Wessex FM, "We've got 22 vehicles across the county covering our 22 salting routes. These will be double manned overnight as we have ploughs fitted. We are looking at 44 operatives and a handful of supervisory staff working over the next 12 hours to deal with what we have got coming. We have contractors on standby should we get some deeper snow on the higher ground."

 

5:35pm

Here's a statement from Dorset County Hospital:

5:31pm

Share your snow pictures with us this evening:

5:29pm

IT'S SNOWING!  The snow has started to fall in Dorset.

Jules has called on the Jamline (01305 250300) to say driving conditions are hazardous on the A35 Puddletown Bypass.

Take care while you're out and about and stay listening to Wessex FM for the very latest travel and alerts.

5:22pm

Drivers are advised to take extra care as conditions on the roads worsen.

Martin Hill is from Dorset's Highways department and has been speaking to Wessex FM:

4:59pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE: Dunbury Academy at Winterbourne Whitechurch will be closed tomorrow.  Just a reminder that our real time list of closures is here.

4:55pm

Here's what South Western are saying about train services:

4:47pm

Dorset Studio School have said they will be closed tomorrow.

4:40pm

The team who will keep Dorset's highways gritted over the next couple of days...

4:26pm

An interesting graphic from the BBC:

4:20pm

Ha ha - it's coming guys!

4:20pm

Looking at the latest Met Office forecast, we're looking t heavy snow by 7pm in Dorchester.

See it here

4:14pm

Beaminster School will be closed tomorrow.

4:09pm

The latest from Travel Dorset:

 

 

4:06pm

Dorchester Learning Centre at Winterbourne Monkton will be closed tomorrow.

3:59pm

St Mary's Middle School in Puddletown will be closed tomorrow, as will Kingston Maurward College.

3:58pm

Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester will be closed tomorrow.

3:53pm

The gritters are next expected out across the area at 8pm!

3:52pm

The Wizard of Oz at Thomas Hardye School has been postponed.  Tickets for tonight and tomorrow will be valid for new performances on Monday and Tuesday respectively.  Any queries should be directed to the school office.

3:46pm

Dorchester Middle School will be closed tomorrow.  Se the list updated real time here.

3:31pm

Wyvern School in Weymouth and St Mary's Academy Beaminster will be closed on Friday.

Westfield Arts College will have no school transport running but open for any pupils and staff who can get in.

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