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Dorset drivers urged to take care over weekend as snow turns to ice

By DavidBol  |  Posted: January 19, 2013

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Snow will turn to ice in Dorset making driver difficult for motorists

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Drivers in Dorset are being urged to take care on the roads as yesterday's snow turns to ice.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice in north and east Dorset - with hazardous conditions likely to last all weekend.

Frank Saunders, Met Office Chief Forecaster said: "Although some further slight snowfalls are likely, with 1 to 2 cm of fresh snow in a few places, the focus switches to ice, with temperatures staying below zero over snow cover for many areas.

"The public should be aware of the risk of localised disruption to transport during the spell of wintry weather."

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Dorset County Council have been working around the clock to clear roads, with around 1,300 tonnes of grit being used over the last 24 hours.

Motorists are advised to keep their speed down and maintain a larger distance than usual between cars.

Dorset County Council Chief Executive Debbie Ward said: "Dealing with extreme weather is always a challenge but we are doing everything possible to keep the county moving and help maintain essential services that people rely on."

Another band of snow is expected to hit the UK on Sunday, but should only affect south eastern areas.

Drivers in the south west should remain alert all weekend, and into next week as temperatures continue to drop.

Steve Crosthwaite, head of the Highways Agency's National Traffic Operations Centre said: "We advise drivers to check road conditions and the Met Office weather forecast before they set off during severe weather to consider whether their journey is essential.

"They may want to delay their travel until conditions improve and to allow our winter fleet the chance to treat the roads.

"Out traffic officers are working round the clock to monitor the network, deal with any incidents and keep traffic moving."

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