Snow blog - live updates for Hart and Rushmoor
January 18, 2013
HUNDREDS of schools have closed in Hampshire because of the deluge of snow.
In some areas the snowfall did not happen overnight and only started from 8am on Friday, but it began heavily and continued into the morning.
By Friday afternoon, a total of 459 schools, 111 early years providers, 64 children's centres and eight colleges were shut across the county.
There were 42 school closures in Rushmoor and 36 in Hart.
Buryfield Infants in Odiham said it had shut following a risk assessment based on local forecasting at RAF Odiham, which predicted accumulations of up to 8cm to 10cm during the morning.
Mayhill Junior School, also in Odiham, said that it and Buryfields had "reluctantly" taken the decision to close.
South West Trains ran a revised timetable on Friday and was also planning changed services into the weekend.
The Met Office said snow was likely to continue into the afternoon and evening, with ice then becoming the main problem during Saturday and Sunday.
Hampshire County Council assured residents that its salt barns were full with enough supplies for 15 days of continuous, round-the-clock salting.
Hampshire Constabulary has set up an adverse weather office to monitor the situation and manage any problems caused by the snow.
Click here for a list of school closures in the county.