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After heavy snow comes more flooding for Dorset and the Blackmore Vale

By DavidBol  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

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Snowploughing on Bulbarrow Hill this morning

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After heavy snow across Dorset and The Blackmore Vale - the region is today suffering from flooding.

Shaftesbury and Gillingham were hit with heavy snow yesterday, with local authorities trying to clear roads this morning.

With snow melting amid heavy rain last night, the A35 is partially closed between Lytchett and Bere Regis, with two flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency.

The Lower Frome between East Stoke and Wareham and the River Wey between Weymouth and Upwey is at risk of flooding.

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Snow is continuing to fall across North Dorset and West Dorset, with flooding affecting all parts of the county.

A weather warning for snow and ice remains in place across Dorset for today, with drivers urged to take care.

Darron Burness, the AA's Head of Special Operations said: "With freezing conditions set to continue till the weekend, ice is going to be the biggest ongoing hazard over the next few days.

"Even if your car's thermometer shows the air temperature above freezing, bear in mind that the ground takes longer to thaw out, so ice is still a risk.

"Wherever you're travelling this week, stick to the gritted main roads where possible and check the met Office weather alerts and traffic reports before departing."

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