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Snow causes further chaos to roads across the country

By: Laura Nineham
20 December 2010

People have been urged to remain indoors unless absolutely necessary in Berkshire, after up to 8in of snow fell at the weekend.

As reported by BBC News, Thames Valley Police warned those who must take to the roads, such as those carrying out vital logistics work, to be careful because the freezing roads are "still unsafe."

A similar amount of snow fall is expected to hit parts of Dorset today, which has closed the A37 between Dorchester and Yeovil. The entire county has been issued a weather warning by the Met Office, who predicted "heavy snow! for coastal areas.

Drivers are being warned that gritters aren't treating many minor routes, so they will be much more hazardous than major routes which are being gritted.

With further snowfall expected in Hampshire, priority routes were treated this morning ahead of rush hour, which carry 85 per cent of the county's traffic, BBC News reports.

"If people do have to drive, they are advised to allow plenty of extra time for their journeys, avoid heavy braking and be well prepared for winter conditions before setting out, ensuring they have a blanket, warm clothes, warm refreshments, and a fully charged and working mobile phone," warned a Hampshire County Council spokesman.

Oxfordshire was particularly badly hit over the weekend, with drivers stuck in queues of up to eight hours and stuck in their vehicles overnight.

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