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- Sussex is waking to the first snow of winter – with more expected to follow as temperatures drop to minus 2C overnight. Click here to see travel information and school closures. Or send us your pictures and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sussex's first snow of the winter has almost all melted.
Rain is now falling across many parts of the county and the Met Office is no longer predicting weather chaos.
A warning for residents to "be aware" of more snow in the South East tomorrow does remain in place, however forecasters are not predicting any further snow showers in Sussex this week.
Temperatures are expected to drop to around -2c in the next few days, which is not abnormally cold for the time of year.
Public-spirited postmen and milkmen have been asked to help keep an eye on the elderly and vulnerable. Councillor David Rogers, chairman of the Local Government Association's community wellbeing board, said: "Council staff can't be everywhere. They rely on community-spirited residents to look out for each other. "We are calling on neighbours, postmen, milkmen and paperboys to step up and help save lives by knocking on doors and reporting anything out of the ordinary. Councillor Rogers, who represents Newhaven & Ouse Valley West on East Sussex County Council, added that landlords had to "do their bit" by checking their tenants' heating worked and if necessary carry out repair work out as soon as possible. Delays to boiler repairs by landlords were "unacceptable", he said, adding: "Councils will step in and force them to do the job if needs be."
Hastings Borough Council is ready to help its East Sussex County Council colleagues with the snow, by providing additional grit bins at key locations in the town.
Cllr Phil Scott, lead member for the environment at Hastings Borough Council, said: "East Sussex County Council is responsible for keeping the roads and pavements clear, as they are the highway authority.
"However, we know how important it is for our residents to get around, and so we will be doing our bit too, by filling in where the County Council are not.
"The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for icy roads for last weekend, so on Friday we arranged for grit bins to be placed on what we call our 'hostage roads', a single road which provides access to a large numbers of houses, or an employment area.
"Although it is the County's responsibility, these roads are not on the County list to be treated, so we did this to help the local community.
"We will obviously keep a very close eye on the weather , and the road conditions, over the coming days, and if necessary we will take further action. Keeping Hastings on the move is a top priority for us."
Southern travel news is reporting the B2141 Chilgrove Road in South Harting is blocked due to snow and stranded vehicles.
The Highways Agency has advised drivers to use caution in the tircky conditions.
A spokesman said: "When you’re on the road, pay attention to the changing road, traffic and weather conditions.
"Be ready to slow down and take more care if you need to, particularly on bends and exposed roads.
"Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security — even if you drive every day on the same stretch of road."
Some nice pictures from the west of the county, care of Chichester Borough Council
RT @ChichesterDC: Chichester Cathedral with a light dusting of snow this morning. http://t.co/3pgqUXTI— @sallyshalam 14 January 2013
Priory Park, Chichester, in the snow this morning. http://t.co/x3GESfiU— @ChichesterDC 14 January 2013
BRIGHTON AND HOVE
The few flakes in Brighton and Hove are disappearing from pavements as the highways warm up. Brighton and Hove City Council has a few more tips for residents.
"We encourage residents to 'shovel, sweep, salt' to clear pavements and paths when it snows as it is much easier to do before the snow freezes. Government advice states it is legally safe for people to do this.
"We recommend you concentrate on steps and slopes and clear snow early in the day to let any sun melt the underlying ice. Avoid piling snow in the way of roads and footpaths.
"Table salt can be used to treat surfaces. One tablespoon will treat one square metre. Grit and salt should be used, not hot water which can re-freeze."
West Sussex: also hazardous driving conditions A286 Chichester area, A272 Petersfield-Midhurst and A285 all due to the snow— @TravelNewsSouth 14 January 2013
all groups are still going ahead in #sussex despite the #snow - just be careful & leave in plenty of time. Legs in casts can weigh more ;)— @SlimWorldSussex 14 January 2013
Snow has now been cleared on the A284 Arundel By-Pass but traffic is still very slow.
Snow has now been cleared on the A259 Worthing Road and traffic is said to be easing.
RT @jasonkitcat: Council recycling crew out in chilly Hollingbury. There's a light dusting of snow. http://t.co/6NOfUH8Y— @ridgwaytim 14 January 2013
RT @ridgwaytim: #sussexsnow RT @ThePennyDrops A slight dusting of snow in central #hove this morning. http://t.co/cgI9Ev3e— @lancing_network 14 January 2013
West Sussex County Council said its contractor Balfour Beatty had its fleet of 24 gritting vehicles out and about.
The authority’s priority is to keep major routes treated and passable during severe weather.
These are generally all 'A' roads (except the A23 and A27 which are looked after by the Highways Agency), most of the 'B' roads and other roads of local importance, such as major bus routes, roads to schools and hospitals and large industrial establishments.
Pieter Montyn, the council's cabinet member for highways and transport, said, “We are fully prepared for any cold weather and ready to go.
“We constantly monitor the weather conditions and as soon as we see road surface temperatures getting towards zero, we make arrangements.
“If you are out on the roads, please take care and drive carefully.”
About 4,000 tonnes of salt is stockpiled at the four depots located within West Sussex, with more available from suppliers elsewhere in the UK should it be needed.
Hippo bags of salt have been organised for those parishes with arrangements in place to store them.
Here's the racecourse view today @ridgwaytim http://t.co/04gkCzCs— @ChelleMcCann 14 January 2013
Racecourse snow @ridgwaytim http://t.co/O9pkAtqp— @ChelleMcCann 14 January 2013
Snow! Only a sprinkle. #Brighton— @Henryed07 14 January 2013
Traffic alert: A272 Midhurst to Petersfield - snow is causing hazardous driving conditions
MET OFFICE LATEST
An area of sleet and snow will move eastwards across England during the early part of Monday, probably becoming light and patchy during the morning as it slows down over southeast England.
However, another band of rain, sleet and snow is expected to be affecting northern England and southeast Scotland by daybreak, moving southeastwards through the day.
Accumulations of snow from the first band will be variable, but 2 cm is possible in many areas, with locally 5 cm from the Midlands northwards. The second band will be predominantly rain or sleet in the south Midlands and southern England, with snow more likely in northern and eastern England, where a further 2-5 cm of snow is possible in places.
Ice will be additional hazard at first on Monday morning.
With the potential for further snowfall across northeast and eastern England into Monday night, an Amber warning is likely to be issued for those areas.
The public are advised to monitor the forecast and to be aware of the risk of disruption to travel.
Brighton and Hove Bus Company reporting no major disruptions to its services.
Latest from Southern: "There are no reported incidents on Southern lines"
First Capital Connect: Some delays but no disruption to Brighton to London services.
For up-to-date information visit http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/plan-your-journey/live-train-updates/
Brighton and Hove City Council statement:
"Our gritters are covered the full gritting route with salt and grit last night in preparation. We will continue to monitor the situation and do further road treatments when necessary."
East Sussex County Council confirmed last night that Heron Park Academy in Eastbourne is closed today after the school’s heating failed.
Engineers were on site in Dallington Road trying to fix the problems last night.
Sussex is waking to the first snow of winter – with more expected to follow.
Between midnight last night and 7am today, up to 2cm of snow fell on the county as temperatures dropped to minus 1C.
Showers of sleet and rain are forecast for the rest of the day, before another fall of snow this evening.
Forecasters think the snow showers will continue to fall in Sussex tomorrow and Wednesday, with the cold snap continuing until Friday.
The Met Office said strengthening easterly winds will exacerbate the cold temperatures, making it feel as cold as minus 4C.
The continued chilly temperatures have sparked a severe weather alert, increasing health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupting the delivery of services.
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