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Sussex snow: day 5

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8:11pm

King George VI Avenue from the A27 to Hove is also now closed. Ambulance at the scene.

7:38pm

7:36pm

Argus snapper Tony Wood is on the A23 coming up to Hickstead. He says the road is still jammed with slow-moving traffic.

7:33pm

One reader is telling drivers to avoid Coombe Road as it is impassable with cars sliding down. Apparently a gritter is stuck at the top. Treacherous conditions have also been reported in Bear Road.

7:24pm

7:14pm

I am now going to attempt to get home on my road bike.

If I survive I will be back at 7am to give you the latest on the morning commute and any snow problems.

Get home safe.

7:07pm

And some video of Coldean Lane:

7:05pm

Here's a photo of Coldean Lane, which is currently shut.

The Argus:

6:53pm

Bad news for those looking to get home on the A27.

Sussex Police report A27 between Lewes and Brighton is at a standstill due to weather and traffic issues. Please avoid if possible as long delays expected.

6:51pm

Our photographer Tony Wood reports the slip road from Coldean Lane/Carden Avenue onto the A27 eastbound is currently shut by police after cars have been sliding.

Crowhurst Road is also shut to cars going down the hill due to the icy conditions.

Photos and video to come.

6:50pm

Our reporter Ben Parsons tried getting home via Ditchling Road this evening and had to abandon his car.

Here is his photo of the scene.

The Argus:

6:38pm

This is the scene on Carden Hill.

6:29pm

Bexhill Road, Brighton - Due to ice nearly impassable and vehicles sliding off road.

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6:18pm

The A273 Northbound from A23 Clayton Hill will be closed due to heavy ice and vehicles becoming stuck. Please avoid and take care.

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5:59pm

North Brighton, Crawley, Horsham, Haywards Heath all affected so far.

5:58pm

One of my colleagues has popped out to see the latest and it is still snowing hard out there.

5:56pm

5:55pm

Sussex Police report A273 Clayton Hill, Brighton. Heavy ice causing traffic to come to standstill and cars getting stuck. Avoid if possible.

5:52pm

To the skies now and Gatwick Airport has said snow is falling there but they do not expect disruption to flights at the moment.

5:51pm

5:50pm

A couple of reports from Sussex Police.

Firstly at B2146 South Harting there is heavy snowfall and ice causing traffic issues. West Sussex County Council aware and will be gritted but drivers asked to be careful.

There are also reports the A27 slip road towards Lewes at the Coldean Lane/Hollingbury/Ditchling Road stretch is shut after a series of accidents.

We have seen people report car sliding so it comes as little surprise.

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It sounds as though it is really nasty out there and the snow is ruining the commute home for many.

We will keep you updated with the latest traffic, bus and rail problems.

5:39pm

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We are also getting reports that there is slow traffic on A23 London Road southbound at Patcham, because of snow.

5:36pm

Southern Travel News reports of roads in Hassocks area becoming impassable and cars coming off roads.

5:31pm

5:30pm

The A27 accident has been cleared now according to reports.

But Sussex Police has reported the A285 Duncton Road is very icy and vehicles are becoming stuck on the hill.

Highways have been notified for gritting but it is advising drivers to take care.

5:25pm

Just found this site with a live webcam from Shoreham Airport.

Snowy there too.

5:23pm

5:22pm

Here is a full list of Brighton and Hove buses affected so far by the newest snow:

Service 2 & 2A are operating to Old Steine only.

Service 5, 5A and 5B are operating along the A23 and terminating at the Black Lion.

Service 22 are withdrawn as there has been an accident in Warren Road and the road is blocked, in addition roads in Woodingdean are impassable.

Service 24 are not operating.

Service 26 are not operating.

Service 46 towards Hollingbury are terminating at the Open Market.

Service 48 are teminating at the bottom of the Avenue.

Service 49 are terminating at the bottom of the Avenue.

Service 81 cannot go into Goldstone Valley and are terminating at the Upper Drive. They are also operating directly along Queens Park Road.

5:20pm

The snow from the previous few days will impact on rail users tomorrow, regardless of this latest downfall.

Southern has confirmed melted snow has got into some motor systems of trains meaning a small number of services will have fewer carriages than normal.

The services affected are:

05.15 Victoria to Gatwick  5 carriages instead of 10

18.44 Victoria to Brighton  5 carriages instead of 10

20.19 Brighton to Victoria  5 carriages instead of 10

21.36 Victoria to Brighton  5 carriages instead of 10

5:18pm

5:15pm

We have had a traffic alert for the A27:

Reports of A27 Westbound blocked, queueing traffic due to an accident at A2038 King George VI Avenue / Mill Road / Dyke Road Avenue / Devil's Dyke Road.

5:11pm

And here's a photo from our own Tony Wood.

The Argus:

5:09pm

Carden Hill has become like a car park. Here is a video of the traffic situation.

5:02pm

Brighton and Hove Bus Company confirms services 24, 26 and 22 have all been withdrawn

5:00pm

The University of Sussex has confirmed buses are not coming on to campus roads - and there also delays on cars and buses leaving campus in queues getting back onto A27.

4:57pm

Buses in Brighton and Hove already affected by the latest snow.

Service 5, 5A and 5B are operating along the A23 and terminating at the Black Lion. 

Service 2 and 2A are operating to the Old Steine only.

Service 50 is unable to serve Hollingdean Loop, and is instead going up Ditchling Road, along Upper Hollingdean Road and down Lewes Road.

4:55pm

4:55pm

Reports that Ditchling Bostall is blocked both ways due to snow and ice at Ditchling Road - Ditchling beacon has become impassable.

4:53pm

Traffic is almost at a standstill on Carden Hill and there are reports of roads already icy and dangerous.

4:41pm

Southern travel news is reporting hazardous driving conditions on the B2123 Falmer Hill between A27 and A259 due to the ice and snow.

Be careful when driving.

4:39pm

We want to see your photos again now the snow is falling.

Send us your images of the snow by emailing news@theargus.co.uk or texting them with SUPIC to 80360.

4:32pm

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4:18pm

Some video proof of the snow.

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3:59pm

Confirmation from University of Sussex of more snow.
 

3:54pm

It is definitely snowing now. And confirmation it is snowing in Lewes too.

3:43pm

A further inspection and it has become a lot more snow-like out there but is not settling yet.

But the flurries are liekly to create ice as temperatures drop below zero later today.

3:30pm

I have just nipped out of the office after reports of snow and can confirm it is mainly rain with a bit of sleet and snow in hollingbury at the moment.

Tell us what it is like where you are by using the comment feature or tweetingto @brightonargus

3:09pm

Has anybody seen any snow today yet or have the Met Office got it wrong?

2:43pm

Another snow photo, this time of an igloo.

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

1:58pm

1:53pm

No reports of snow falling yet but if we hear anything we will let you know.

And if you spot any white stuff falling tell us by emailing new@theargus.co.uk or phone the newsdesk on 01273 544 525.

In the meantime here' s a photo of a snowball fight taken by our photographer Simon Dack.

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

12:15pm

Major weather alert for you. The Met Office is reporting up to 5cm of snow is expected in Sussex this evening.

All the details are here.

11:52am

We have lots more videos here of the snow if you want them.

11:14am

Our photographer Liz Finlayson took some video of people enjoying a skate among the snow yesterday.

11:01am

Here's a lovely photo but I sadly do not have the name of who sent it.

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

10:27am

In the meantime I will be regularly putting up your snow photos and making sure any breaking news or weather updates are brought to you first.

You can check our photo gallery here.

10:09am

It all seems eerily quiet today which is probably a good thing.

Only five schools were partly closed in East Sussex today, and there were no major problems on the trains.

Brighton and Hove Bus COmpany is running a normal service except for the following:

Service 29 is unable to serve Whitehill or Tunbridge Wells Sainsburys (buses operating direct via the A26 instead).

Service 46 in Hollingbury is unable to serve Rotherfield Crescent/Cuckmere Way so is instead terminating at/re-commencing from Hollingbury Asda.

8:05am

And here's another photo for you by Shane Lower.

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

8:03am

7:54am

Colgate Primary School in Horsham will open at 10.15am today.

7:38am

As well as bringing you all the latest information, we will continue to display your snow photos on this blog.

Thank you to the many who have sent them in. We are still woring at putting them all in our gallery, which can be found here.

If you want to send in a photo email news@theargus.co.uk or you can text SUPIC to 80360 or use #BHsnow on Twitter.

Let's start the morning with this one by Charlie Bones of a cold looking crow.

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

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7:26am

The Met Office has forecast ice today with temperatures currently about minus 4 degrees celsius inland and likely not to rise above one or two degrees celsius.

There is also the possibility of snow this evening although it is currently unclear exactly where this will fall or how much.

It is likely coastal areas will see sleet rather than snow.

You can also see the weather forecast in video format by clicking here.

7:19am

A number of train services are cancelled this morning.

You can find a full list and information from all of Sussex's rail operators by clicking here.

7:12am

A handful of schools have confirmed they will be partly closed today.

We are waiting for confirmation from councils to see if any others will be affected.

You can find all the schools confirmed closed or partly closed in the county by clicking here.

We will update the list as soon as we get any more information.

7:07am

Good morning and welcome to day 5 of our live blog covering the big freeze in Sussex.

7:38pm

We will be back from 7am tomorrow morning with regular updates on travel, schools and much more.

7:37pm

Today's live blog is winding up for the night. 

So far, just a handful of schools in East Sussex have said they will be partly closed tomorrow. They are:

 

Danehill Church of England Primary School will open at 10am.

Ditchling (St Margaret's) Church of England Primary School will be opening at 10am. There will be no breakfast club or after school clubs.

Meeching Valley Primary School, Newhaven will open at 10am and close at 3m. There will be no breakfast club, afterschool clubs or Seagulls club.

 

Hurst Green Church of England Primary School will open at 10am.

Pells Church of England Primary School, Lewes will have registration at 9.15am.

7:30pm

South East Coast Ambulance Service has praised the efforts of its staff, volunteers and the support of the public during the recent snowy weather.

Here's their top tips for getting through the cold snap:

• Wear a few thin layers when you go out so they can easily be removed as you warm up or enter warm shops or buildings.  A few thin layers will also keep you warmer than one or two thick layers
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• If it is icy or wet outside take extra care, especially when walking or driving.  Leave yourself longer to get where you need to be and if you are walking, wear shoes that have a grip rather than smooth soles.

• Check on elderly and vulnerable family, friends and neighbours.

• Consider the full range of NHS services available such as visiting pharmacies, NHS walk-in centres and contacting NHS Direct rather then automatically calling 999 or visiting their GP or local A&E.

• If you take regular or prescription medications make sure that you have a large enough supply to keep you going – and remember to keep taking them

• Make sure that you know in advance the telephone number for your local out-of-hours doctor and dentist. Your local surgery or regular dentist should be able to provide you with this information.

6:18pm

Here is the latest on the trains for tomorrow morning.

The page will be updated with any information on disruptions, delays or cancellations as soon as we get them.

5:04pm

We are beginning to get information on school closures for tomorrow.

You can find the latest school closures here.

4:55pm

The Met Office has said a second frontal system will be coming in on Tuesday which could lead to localised snowfall.

But their "computer models are giving mixed signals" as to where and how much snow may fall.

In the meantime, temperatures will plunge to minus eight tonight and roads and pavements will be icy.

3:17pm

Brighton and Hove City Council said it hopes to start collecting refuse and recycling on Wednesday with the normal collection that day.

Residents are asked to put out their bins as normal on that day.

Any roads that do not receive their refuse or recycling collections will be rescheduled and, conditions permitting, we will aim to collect all outstanding refuse and recycling by Friday January 25. For more information on the council's cold weather services visit http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=b1157184

3:05pm

Southern will once again be running an amended timetable tomorrow due to the icy conditions.

Services today have returned to the amended timetable after this morning's nightmare with over-running engineering works.

Details of the amneded timetable are here.

2:32pm

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for snow the south east for Tuesday.

Details remain unclear but at the moment it looks as though the western part of the county will be most affected.

The Met Office said coastal towns are more likely to see sleet than snow but that was the orinigal forecast for Friday and tehn there was a deluge of white stuff.

We will update you as soon as we get any more information.

2:08pm

In the meantime here is a lovely photo of a dog in the snow by Alex Andrews.

The Argus:

2:08pm

We are getting lots of calls about icy roads and treacherous conditions.

Let us know if you are trapped in your house because of the ice, or if you have helped out a neighbour in these conditions.

Email news@theargus.co.uk or phone 01273 544525

1:16pm

We have an update on public transport delays for you just here.

Commuters on the trains are having a torrid time due to over-running engineering works.

1:04pm

Horsham District Council has given an update on its recycling services today.

A spokesman said: "Household refuse and recycling collections are being collected where possible in the Horsham District but some areas this is not likely to happen owing to the dangerous driving conditions.

"An estimated 80 to 90 per cent of household refuse and recycling collections were completed on Friday, January 18.

"Residents due to have their refuse and recycling collected today onwards, including those who did not have collections on Friday 18 January, are asked to make their bins ready for collection; bins will be emptied as soon as possible after the weather improves."

12:14pm

Our chief reporter Emily Walker is now back in the office having been thwarted in her attempts to get to London.

But here's a photo of one train that did run in the snow, from Ian Wright.

The Argus:

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12:04pm

We are still updating our school closures list. You can see the latest here.

11:40am

11:34am

Looks like this game might be off.
 

11:32am

Old Shoreham Road is closed westbound from Southern Cross due to an accident.

There is still plenty of ice on the roads so take care out there.

10:56am

Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen has had to cancel an appearance at the Book Nook in Hove due to the snow.

The guest director for this year's Brighton Festival was meant to appear at midday to be filmed reading his classic story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Organisers hope to rearrange the appearance in the forthcoming weeks.

10:52am

We are still adding your snow photos to our gallery, which you can find here.

Here is a great photo of a local man from Hove, with his two huskies taking him across Devils Dyke by Robbie Marr.

The Argus:

10:32am

Our chief reporter Emily Walker has been telling us about the problems of trying to get to London this morning.

She has been waiting at Brighton station for an hour only to discover the train she was waiting for has been cancelled.

She said there was a bus replacement to Three Bridges but it was unclear how to progress from there.

First Capital Connect trains are delayed and she said when the train is due to arrive it is suddenly cancelled.

How has your commute to work been? Let us know by emailing news@theargus.co.uk or using the comment feature below.

10:26am

Varndean School is set to open at 9.45am.

For a full list of school closures click here.

10:16am

Brighton and Hove City Council said communal collections would take place as normal.

It will aim to collect outstanding refuse & recycling by Friday 25 January

10:12am

Brighton and Hove City Council has confirmed there will be no recycling & refuse collections today due to the snow and icy conditions on the pavements

The recycling and refuse collection and street cleansing teams will be helping to clear snow and ice from the pavement instead.

10:10am

Here's another great reader photo but no name. If you took this then tell me and I'll give you a credit.

The Argus:

9:42am

If you are a student and thought you could have a day in bed with the buses not running to Falmer campus, I'm afraid to say Brighton and Hove Bus Company said the 23 and 25 will now enter Sussex University via the slip-road.

9:40am

Here is the latest roads affected by the cold weather in West Sussex:

A264 Holtye Road, East Grinstead - due to ice

Marringdean Road/ Lower Station Road, Billingshurst - due to ice

A273 Isaac's Lane, Haywards Heath - both directions at A272 Butler's Green Road - due to accident and fuel spillage­

9:27am

Time for a reader's photo, and this one is a cracker.

Nine-year-old Oska headed out with his dad Guy to Upper Beeding to get a bit of snowboarding action going.

The Argus:

9:25am

For a full round-up of public transport you can click here.

9:18am

Brighton and Hove bus company is running an almost full service this morning.

Services 23 and 25 are unable to reach either university campus, so are terminating at Falmer Station.

Service 38 is unable to reach Meadowview and service 27 cannot operate through Westdene.

9:05am

The Met Office is forecasting some light snow in Worthing and Lewes, while Brighton and Hove could see some sleet.

The temperatures will not make nice reading, with the mercury set to drop to as low as minus eight tonight.

There is also a chance of some light snow tomorrow night inland with temperatures dropping to minus six.

A yellow severe weather warning for ice has been issued for both days, with travel disruption likely.

8:50am

We have the latest weather forecast in video for you.

Just click here to see what wintry delights are on the cards for today.

8:41am

Southeastern is also being affected by the ice.

A spokesman said: "We running our regular timetable, however the snow and ice of the last few days is causing delays and disrupted services on some routes.

"Several trains this morning will be cancelled. Where possible we'll run longer trains with more carriages to reduce the chance of them failing.

"Please check before leaving home see if your service is still running and if you're travelling allow additional time for your journey."

8:39am

First Capital Connect have reported the Bedford to Brighton line is "severely disrupted".

Passengers are advised to check their trains here and allow extra time for journeys.

8:36am

On the trains, Southern has reported trains are not running between Lewes and Haywards Heath due to "the late finish of improvement works, which has delayed our lines being treated to remove the build up of ice".

Buses are operating between Haywards Heath and Lewes instead.

Passengers travelling towards London from West Coast stations can travel via the Arun Valley line between Barnham and Three Bridges.

Passengers from East Coast stations can travel via Eastbourne and Hastings and then via South Eastern Trains services via Tonbridge to London Bridge and Charing Cross stations.

There are also problems between Horsham and Dorking with buses operating on the route instead.

London Buses, London Tramlink and London Underground are accepting Southern ticket holders by any reasonable route.

Southern has advised it will be operating an amended timetable but this timetable will be subject to alteration with some cancellations.

We will bring you the latest disruptions as and when we get them.

8:33am

Good morning and welcome to our live snow blog.

We are into day four of the big freeze and with the snow over there is now ice to contend with.

The wintry conditions means a host of schools across Sussex are shut today.

You can find out which ones have succumbed to the weather by clicking here.

8:26pm

A27 has been reopened between Hollingbury and Falmer but remains closed between Hollingbury and Southwick.

Gritters are out trying to make the road safe.

8:24pm

Mile Oak Primary School and St Mark's CE Primary School in Brighton will be closed tomorrow.
For a full list of closures see our dedicated section at http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/10173728.Confirmed_school_closures_for_Monday__January_21/

7:22pm

Friends Centres at Brighton Junction and Ivory Place will be closed tomorrow

6:54pm

A27 closing between Falmer and Southwick because of icy conditions and a string of accidents.

5:16pm

This blog is winding down for today but we will be back at 8am tomorrow to give you the latest in terms of roads, rail, buses and schools.

Plus we'll be giving you plenty of photos and videos and the latest news.

Make sure you swing by but for now stay warm and stay safe.

5:12pm

The results of our online poll are in and by a tiny margin of just 8 votes, you ahve decided you are fed up with snow.

Opinion was clearly split with 51% saying they were over the snow while 49% were still enjoying it.

4:36pm

The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for ice on Tuesday, in addition to Monday's warning.

4:25pm

A snow family! Aw!

 

 

4:20pm

Ditchling (St Margaret's) Church of England Primary School confirmed closed for tomorrow.

4:19pm

Our poll is hotting up (so to speak) with 51% saying they are fed up with snow but 49% loving the white stuff.

What do you think?

4:16pm

Photographer Tony Wood headed to Waterhall in Brighton to find people sledging.

Here's some he caught on video:

4:14pm

Sandown Primary School, Hastings has just been confirmed as closed tomorrow.

4:12pm

We are starting to get confirmations of schools closed tomorrow.

You can find a list of schools confirmed as closed for Monday here.

We will continually update the list as we get information so make sure to keep checking.

4:02pm

East Sussex Fire and Rescue have revealed how they are coping with the snow.

Find out more here.

3:38pm

Time for another snow vid, this time of kids enjoying the snowy slopes in Carden Park.

3:23pm

Here's a cute photo for any animal lovers out there from Drusillas Park.

The Argus:

3:04pm

Another reminder to drive carefully even if you are in a 4x4 after Tim Knight took this photo of a car which got in trouble.

You can send us your photos by emailing news@theargus.co.uk

The Argus:

3:01pm

If you live in East Sussex, your county council has been handing out bags of grit at various places.

Find out more and where your nearest bag is by clicking here.

2:51pm

You can also take part in our poll to see if you are still excited about the snow or it leaves you in a cold sweat.

Currently, 55% of you would like to see the back of the snowy scene.

2:48pm

And of course we have our video gallery too (just here).

I took this one of a snowy Argus office as I nipped out for a cold lunch.

2:45pm

I'm currently putting a host of new readers' photos in our snow gallery like this one of database manager, Nigel Cloutt, making a snow angel in the St Wilfrid's Hospice garden in his lunch break.

You can see the full gallery by clicking here.

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

2:37pm

Here's a great photo of a snowy palm tree from Grenville Nation

The Argus:

2:22pm

Our reporter Anna Roberts has done a round-up of this morning's traffic incidents.

Sussex Police are warning even 4x4 drivers to use caution with conditions being bad on the roads.

You can read the whole story here.

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1:58pm

WRAP UP WARM

Temperatures are expected to be -4C tonight. 

But the majority of the snow is over for the time being.

A Met Office spokesman said: “It looks as though the snow today will have moved north. Sussex will be mostly dry but there will be a risk of sleet and snow in the afternoon.

“Tomorrow  morning will be dry.

“But because of the temperatures being below freezing overnight what you snow you will get now will be freezing.”

“What snow you’ve got will freeze. So be careful on the roads.”

1:38pm

We asked you if you were fed up with the snow in our poll.

And as it stands, the majority of you are with 56% thinking it's snow joke anymore.

You can take part by clicking here.

1:24pm

 

12:55pm

This is a fantastic photo of a sled jump sent to us by Nicola Kadri.

The Argus:

12:43pm

Of course, there are other things happening out there so for anyone who voted "yes" in our poll, here are the latest headlines from our website, which may include at least one non-snow story:

12:34pm

Plenty of you have been sending in your photos of snowmen and sledging, but with many heading back to work tomorrow do you want to see the back of this wintry weather?

Let us know by taking part in our vote which we will be running throughout the live blog today.

We'll give you the results at the end of the day when Sussex will have decided if the cold is snow joke anymore.

12:28pm

12:26pm

We're still adding your photos to our gallery of snow from the past two days.

You can email them to news@theargus.co.uk, text them by texting the image and SUPIC to 80360 or tweet them to @brightonargus or using hashtag #BHsnow

And you can find our gallery of snow photos just here.

12:20pm

Here's a great photo of a snowman sent in by Paul Seaman.

The snowman is nearly 10ft according to Mr Seaman when he spotted it in Harebell Drive, Portslade

The Argus:

12:12pm

12:10pm

The University of Sussex is operating the minimum of services today because of the snow.

The library will open today from 11.30am to 3.30pm.

But in the event of significant worsening of weather conditions they may need to close earlier and aim to give at least an hour's notice.

Bramber House catering is open for breakfast, hot drinks & snacks. It will remain open until 4pm unless the weather gets significantly worse.

But sports services will not be open today  in light of worsening conditions.

Computers will be available in Shawcross and other 24-hour computer rooms on the campus throughout the weekend and are accessible using keycodes.

12:03pm

We have got some video of today's snow courtesy of reporter Anna Roberts.

And in case you missed them before, or you want to refresh your memory, we have a video gallery of the snow in Sussex on our snow page, and you can see them all by clicking here.

12:02pm

11:56am

TRAFFIC

Police are urging people to only take essential journeys and drive safely.

It follows a serious crash in Frant this morning.

The A267 near Bunny Lane is currently closed following a smash at 10.30am.

Firefighters are at the scene – a car has had its roof cut off.

A Sussex Police spokesman said that there were “serious injuries” and urged people to avoid the area.

He added: “It was reported to us as a head-on collision involving two cars.”

11:49am

11:47am

We have a round-up of the latest news from the rail providers in Sussex on our dedicated snow page.

You can find out what is happening on the trains by clicking here.

11:45am

A reader sent in a snow poem. I love it - send in your snow ditty. 

11:44am

The A267 in Frant is currently blocked because of a crash - police and fire are there. 

11:43am

11:06am Sun 20 Jan 13

kmhove says

My Solar powered lights have stopped working!
Looking across at some houses in the distance where solar panels have been fitted on the roof, and thinking about the solar panel array set up by the local groups around Shoreham harbour etc, the following verse came to mind :

"Solar panels in the snow,
Where did all the power go?
Maybe soon we'll get some rain
Then we'll have some power again!!

11:36am

It is free entry today to the Royal Pavillion.

But be advised due to the adverse weather, the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum & Art Gallery will close at 3pm today.

The last admission to the Royal Pavilion will be at 2.15pm.

11:17am

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11:11am

And for all you Twitterati out there, we've still got our Snow on Social Media page, which let's you see what the Twittersphere is saying about the snow.

You can find it by clicking here and you can be a part of it by tweeting using the hashtag #BHsnow

11:07am

Drive only if necessary today. Plenty of problems already out there and conditions likely to stay icy throughout today and tonight.
 

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Have you seen our dedicated snow coverage page? As well as the live blog, there are links to our video and photo galleries.

You will also find a host of really useful links on the right of the page to keep you informed.

Check it out be clicking here.

Of course, we will also bring you all the latest here in the blog.

10:56am

It is the sort of weather to curl up next to the radiator and read a book.

But anyone who was thinking of borrowing one from the libraries in Forest Row, Wadhurst and Mayfield will be disappointed as they are all shut today because of the snow.

The Polgate mobile library is also off the road due to snow.

10:49am

Anyone living in Woodingdean, Hollingbury or Patcham will not be able to use bus services at the moment due to road conditions.

We will let you know as soon as we do when they are back up and running.

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The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for ice in the south east until midday, and then snow for the rest of Sunday.

There is also a yellow severe weather warning for ice on Monday until midday.

The Met Office warned: "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 near or sub-zero temperatures persisting quite widely.

"This is particularly the case over existing snow cover, where some very low night-time temperatures are possible, should skies clear.

"The public should be aware of the risk of localised difficult travel conditions due either to existing snow cover, or to icy surfaces."

10:40am

The latest from Brighton and Hove Bus Company is that services 48 & 49 are terminating at the bottom of The Avenue.

This means they are unable to serve Lower Bevendean or Moulescoomb.

Services 2 & 2A are terminating at The Old Steine.

And services 22,24 & 26 have all been withdrawn due to road conditions.

You can check all the latest bus services in the city by clicking here and using the Brighton and Hove Bus Company link on the right of the page

10:33am

You can also see the latest forecast in video format if that is your style. Just click here.

10:30am

If you haven't seen the latest forecast for today you can see it just here:

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10:25am

Be careful when driving out there. Conditions are pretty bad and we've already had reports of an accident on the A27.

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But main roads are quite clear... have seen buses come up to Hollingbury. 

9:24am

Heavy snow in Brighton today!

3:59pm

FROM CHICHESTER COUNCIL: 

Chichester District Council refuse collections have been disrupted today by snow.

 

Residents are being asked to leave their bins out, so that their refuse can be collected at the first available opportunity, and also check the council's website for updates.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The council is also closing its offices at the earlier time of 3.30pm today, in order to make sure that its staff can get home safely If residents need to contact the council in an emergency they should call 01243 785339.

The council's Chichester Careline service continues to operate 24 hours a day and will be taking the council's emergency calls.

Currently, Westgate Leisure Chichester and Bourne are open as normal, but some of their classes have been cancelled. The situation will be reviewed throughout the day. Please call the leisure centres for more information.

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Reports that Easebourne Street in Easebourne is closed because it is icy. 

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CURRENT COUNCIL STATEMENT: 

All our gritters have been treating the city's roads overnight using a salt/grit mix. The snow isn't deep enough to warrant ploughing so the gritters have done two runs overnight.

Although main roads are clear, some outlying areas are experiencing difficulties with icy roads. Ditchling Beacon and Saddlescoombe Road are currently closed. Please take care if you have to travel.

Our Cityclean staff have carried out pavement gritting on main city thoroughfares and around hospitals. They are out this morning focussing on more hilly areas in Patcham, Woodingdean, Hanover, Coldean and Bevendean to clear those local thoroughfares.

With over 700 miles of pavements in the city its not possible for us to treat them all. You can find the location of your nearest grit bin below.

All refuse and recycling crews were recalled yesterday because of the worsening conditions. Staff were transferred to gritting duties. Any roads that do not receive their refuse or recycling collections will be moved to next week and we will aim to collect all outstanding refuse and recycling by Friday 25 January.

All the city's libraries are open for business as normal today except for Westdene and Coldean. For more information visit the libraries website.

Other council services may be affected by the weather, for more information please visit their web pages:

1:42pm

From the city council: Adverse weather info 19 Jan:  Almost all our city libraries are open for business as normal today, including the mobile. 

Just two closures: Westdene will be closed today:-  10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Coldean will be closed today:- 10am-1pm
All other libraries will open normal times including the mobile library unless the roads are impassable upon arrival.

Welcome to your local library – It’s free and easy to join at any age! We have books and information for everyone including children, young people and families.

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Sussex Uni library: We are pleased say that the Library will open at 12:30 today and plans to stay open until normal closing at 19:30 - weather permitting

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A cheeky sign off Coombe Road! The Argus:

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Reader image of snow in Wild Park this morning. 

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The Argus:

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Roads are alright in brighton today. Drove from Coombe Road to Hollingbury, no problem. Anna

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11:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Poccypoc says

StevieD wrote:
So it's not safe for kids to be in school, but it is ok for them to be racing around at the side of roads chucking snow at traffic and people causing risk to life and property. Use your brains parents, keep them in the garden or take them to play somewhere safe. Can't believe that schools and companies close because of a couple of inches of snow.
Quite right. It's an ABSOLUTE scandal. Schools didn't close when I was there in the 70s. Get some backbone. My sister was a teacher, living in east Brighton. SHE managed to get to Portslade every day, but weak-willed colleagues in Hove couldn't make it. DISGRACEFUL!

Parent - keep your bloody kids off the streets. Stop them throwing snowballs at cars and people. I wonder how many adults will be arrested for giving some kids a clip round the ear, or putting a hose on them?! I have seen that before.

I was in Hove tonight. Tesco open - WELL DONE. But Clinton's closed. Nationwide closed. RBS closed. Pitiful.

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1:47am Sat 19 Jan 13

Worthingwithoutbuses! says

I understand the "Patcham/Hollingbury Moaners" are at it again about a lack of buses going up there? Perhaps if a 10 ton bus (Minimum) slid into thier car or house then they would probably understand why they are not going up there?? SAFTEY! Most new buses now are automatic and in ice & snow they are unpredictable on hills. Give us a break people... we risk travelling to get to work to try and get you home as safely as possible and all you do is give us a hard time for following safety instructions from our control and the police. A hard day/night over. Nuff said. WWB.

10:07am

On Friday at 6.35pm one articulated lorry and one car crashed on teh A27 eastbound at Hollingbury, Brighton.

No one injured. Recorvery called, according to fire. 

10:05am

There was a crash in Horam last night. 

The crash took place outside The May Garland Public House at 7.04pm.

Three private motor vehicles crashed.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue said two people were medically trapped. There were released to the ambulance. 

10:01am

As snow moves across the county, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has a number of proactive measures to ensure that we continue to respond to any type of emergency.

Service contingency plans include snow chains for large fire appliances and snow socks for smaller service vehicles, along with the use of 4 x 4 vehicles, to ensure firefighters and operational officers can attend incidents even in the most remote of situations.

Mark Rist, Head of Operational Planning and Policy, said: “East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service works closely with other partner agencies through the Sussex Resilience Forum.

“We have extremely effective contingency plans for adverse weather conditions and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will use our operational capacity to ensure the safety of our community and support other emergency services as required.”

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind drivers that when driving in snow and ice you will need to change the way you drive. Your vehicle will not start, stop or steer in the same way it usually does. Stopping distances are greatly increased in icy conditions, so slow down and keep a bigger distance between you and the vehicle in front. Brake or accelerate carefully and gradually, and take corners very slowly.

If you’re planning a long journey – or if the snow really starts to settle – make sure that you check the weather forecast before you set out. The Met Office carries regularly updated feeds showing likely weather conditions, as well as any warnings.

It is also advisable to carry an emergency pack in your boot - a first aid kit, torch, blanket, food and drink, a tow rope and shovel could all come in useful if you do find yourself getting stuck. Also make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone and water proof shoes.

Cyclists and pedestrians also need to ensure that they can be seen by other road users – wear something bright, cross the road at designated crossing points and, for cyclists, ride where you can be seen.

As it is unclear how long the cold weather is going to last we would remind people to check on their more vulnerable neighbours to ensure they are safe and warm

7:03pm

The live blog is winding down for today but keep sending in your photos and videos as it will be back up and running tomorrow morning.

If you are still looking to get home, you can click here and use the links on the right to see the latest from the trains and roads.

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6:05pm

As I head home down the A27 and brace myself for a cold night, here's another reminder about what's in tomorrow's Argus.

Ben

IN TOMORROW'S ARGUS

Saturday's paper brings a six-page snow special, featuring stories, pictures and information on today's snow-fest.

If you can't wait until then, visit our "snow news" section of the website by clicking here.

Our snow pictures are available to view at the gallery by here.

Pictures can be purchased online or by calling 01273 544 544

5:50pm

If you didn't see it earlier, here is a rather creative video from Brighton resident Michael Rose, from Clifton Terrace.

He made a time-lapse clip which shows the snow hitting the south coast.

5:48pm

Lily Jenman, 10, her brother and a friend teamed up to build this impressive looking snowman.

The Argus: Snowman and three children

The Argus: Snowman and three children1

5:44pm

Another video for your perusal. Feel sorry for those trying to get up Carden Hill this morning in the snow.

And if you missed reporter Peter Truman's attempts to get to work on his bike you can see his headcam video, and all our snow vids, just here.

5:41pm

RAIL AND GATWICK UPDATE

On the trains, normal Saturday services will resume tomorrow, subject to engineering works already scheduled before the snow hit.

Sunday is expected to be a normal service should conditions stay roughly as they are.

Gatwick airport said there may be minor disruption to flights due to the weather conditions across Europe.

A spokesman said: “Please check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport, and allow extra time for your journey to Gatwick.”

5:19pm

For all you Tweeps out there you can still discover what the Twittersphere is saying about today's snow by clicking here.

And for those who have no idea what that last sentence means (and for those who do too) here's another video for you of a car in a spot of bother in the snow.

5:17pm

THE MET OFFICE said Sussex can expect a mixture of sleet and rain as we head into this evening and tomorrow morning.
 
As temperatures drop through the night there will be a risk of ice.
 
There is a possibility of light snow showers on Saturday but it won't resemble today's 5cm haul.
 
For the remainder of the weekend heading into Sunday evening, sleet and ice is expected.

5:06pm

ACCIDENT UPDATE

Sussex Police has confirmed a lorry hit a road sign on the A23 at Pyecombe. The road sign then hit the car behind.

There are no injuries and the road is open.

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4:47pm

ACCIDENT ALERT

There are reports that a lorry has collided with a car on the A27 going eastbound near Falmer.

Update to follow...

4:44pm

Another video for you, this time of pedestrians in Sydney Street struggling against the snow this morning.

4:37pm

IN TOMORROW'S ARGUS

Saturday's paper brings a six-page snow special featuring stories, pictures and information on today's snow-fest.

If you can't wait until then, visit our "snow news" section of the website by clicking here.

Our snow pictures are available to view at the gallery by here.

Pictures can be purchased online or by calling 01273 544 544.

How has your day been?

Send your snow videos, pictures and comments to ben.leo@theargus.co.uk

4:34pm

TRAFFIC UPDATE

A2010 East Sussex - Queueing traffic earlier on A2010 Dyke Road southbound in Brighton between the A270 Old Shoreham Road junction and Seven Dials

A23 West Sussex - Slow traffic on A23 southbound between Pease Pottage and Handcross.

A21 East Sussex - Heavy traffic on A21 London Road southbound in Hastings at the Bohemia Road traffic lights junction.

For those of you still at work, you shouldn't have too many problems getting home tonight. The Highways Agency has assured drivers there are no major delays.

A spokeswoman said: "Our network in the Sussex area is performing well. But we would still ask drivers to check road conditions and the weather forecast before setting out.

"Listen to the travel bulletins and take a precautionary emergency kit with you, including warm clothes, boots, food and a spade.

"Leave extra time for journey and drive with care according to conditions."

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4:29pm

BRIGHTON ROAD CLOSURES

Ditchling Beacon & Saddlescoombe Road remain closed at present.

4:28pm

A video of a palm in Brighton in the snow.

4:19pm

Elie and Kiera, both 8, have spent the afternoon giving Arnold the snowman some fashion tips.

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

4:09pm

SO FAR:

We've had surfers, sledgers, snowmen and a a few accidents.

It hasn't been snowing in Brighton for a few hours now, but the roads and pavements remain slippery. Drive and walk with caution.

The Met Office say light snow showers may fall between now and 9am Saturday morning. 

They warned that freezing temperatures overnight will create an ice-hazard for the coming weekend.

The Highways Agency say their Sussex network is running without problems, but they do urge motorists to "drive according to the conditions."

If you have any snow videos or pictures, send them to ben.leo@theargus.co.uk

Don't forget to view our online snow gallery here.

Pictures can be purchased easily online or by calling 01273 544 544.


What better way to warm up?

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

 

4:09pm

Here's a video of some young scamps having a snowball fight in Preston Park.

And if you haven't checked out all our snow videos today, they are all in one place and just a click away.

3:57pm

A great video of people having fun in Preston Park this morning

3:44pm

TRAVEL UPDATE FROM THE HIGHWAYS AGENCY:

For those of you still at work, you shouldn't have too many problems getting home tonight. The Highways Agency has assured drivers there are no major delays.

A spokeswoman said: "Our network in the Sussex area is performing well. But we would still ask drivers to check road conditions and the weather forecast before setting out.

"Listen to the travel bulletins and take a precautionary emergency kit with you, including warm clothes, boots, food and a spade.

"Leave extra time for journey and drive with care according to conditions."

3:41pm

Another video for you, this time of snow fall on the A27. Drive carefully as it is nasty out there on the roads.

3:40pm

For those who like their weather in video format you can check out the latest forecast here

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TRAFFIC UPDATES:

East Sussex - Slow traffic on Woodland Drive in Hove at the Shirley Drive junction, because of snow.

A22 London Road East Grinstead, both ways at A264 Moat Road

A22 West Sussex - Heavy traffic on A22 London Road in East Grinstead at the A264 Moat Road junction.

A23 West Sussex - Queueing traffic on A23 southbound between Pease Pottage and Handcross.

A283 West Sussex - Hazardous driving conditions and slow traffic on A283 The Pike between the A24 London Road junction in Washington and the West Chiltington Road junction in Pulborough, because of black ice. Approach with care.

A2010 East Sussex - Queueing traffic on A2010 Dyke Road southbound in Brighton between the A270 Old Shoreham Road junction and Seven Dials.

A27 West Sussex - Queueing traffic on A27 Upper Brighton Road westbound in Lancing between the A2025 Grinstead Lane junction and the Forest Road junction.

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We've set up a dedicated "snow news" section on The Argus website.

For a list of school, travel and transport information, including picturers and videos,  click here.

You can also view and buy any of our pictures in our offical snow gallery by clicking here.

3:22pm

Reporter Peter Truman donned a headcam to film his cycle into work through the snow. Let us know what you think of it.

3:19pm

If you missed the pair of playful pooches from the Dogs Trust in Shoreham having fun in the snow, here it is again.

3:17pm

BRIGHTON AND HOVE BUS UPDATE

Service 29 is now able to operate through to Tunbridge Wells (although not via Whitehill). 

However it will be around 4pm before the first bus will reach Tunbridge Wells and be ready to return to Brighton.  The full list of disruption is as follows:

Services 1 and 1A are operating between Portslade Health Centre and Whitehawk Bus Garage only.

Services 2 and 2A is operating between Shoreham and Old Steine only.  We are not able to operate beyond the Old Steine towards Woodingdean, nor can we reach Steyning.

Services 5, 5A and 5B are unable to reach Hangleton, Patcham or Hollingbury and are operating between Sackville Road (Hove Park Tavern) and London Road, Black Lion (on the A23)

Service 6 is unable to serve the Downs Park and Foredown Drive areas so is operating between Sainsbury's and Brighton Station direct via the Hangleton Link Road.

Service 7 is operating normally.

Coast Road services 12, 12A, 14 and 14C are running normally (except that the 14/14C is not operating between Hangleton and Churchill Square).

Services 21, 22, 24, and 26 are not operating at all as we cannot reach Manor Hill, Elm Grove, Queen's Park, Woodingdean, Coldean, Ditchling Road, Hollingbury or the University campuses.

Service 23 will be shortly be operating between the Marina and Falmer Station (but not going into the campuses, and via Edward Street and Grand Parade instead of Queen's Park Road)

Service 25 will be shortly be operating between Palmeira Square and Falmer Station (but not going into the campuses)

Service 27 is operating between Dyke Road Avenue and Saltdean Lido only.  It is unable to serve West Dene or Saltdean, beyond the Lido.

Service 28 is running normally - although the road between Brighton and Lewes is very congested.

Service 29 is operating its full route, except not via Whitehill.  NOTE: this has just resumed and the first bus from Tunbridge Wells will be around 4pm.

Service 37 is unable to serve Bristol Estate but is continuing to run through Kemp Town.

Service 38 is not able to operate at all.

Service 46 is not able to serve North Southwick or Southwick Square so is operating from the Holmbush Centre, via Old Shoreham Road, then normal route as far as the Open Market.

Services 48 and 49 are terminating at the bottom of The Avenue as they are not able to serve Bevendean or Moulsecoomb.

Service 50 is terminating at Upper Hollingdean Road by Roedale Road as it is unable to reach any further into Hollingdean.

Service 55 will not be running this afternoon.

Service 81 is now not operating at all.

Unfortunately the snow is not thick enough to enable us to safely use snow chains.  We are checking all parts of the city and will get buses back on their normal routes as soon as we can.  There is severe traffic congestion in the city centre too which is causing delays to buses which are running.

3:16pm

How have your vulnerable neighbours been getting on today? If you haven't already, why not pay them a quick visit to ensure they are safe and warm?

3:14pm

Harriet and Ethan Barter from Hove appear in a snap worthy of the family photo album.

The Argus: Kids in snow

3:10pm

Tina and her Shih Tzu dog Paddy have been keeping each other warm this afternoon.

The Argus: Shitzu

3:08pm

These two racehorses are photographed on the Ditchling Road in Brighton by the Woodbourne Garage. They are being ridden to Race Hill by their riders as their horse box became stranded in the snow.

The Argus: Snow horses

3:05pm

Brighton and Hove City Council give an update on their services

They said on Twitter: "Cityclean staff have been out since early this morning carrying out pavement gritting on main city thoroughfares & around hospitals.

"The snow fall is due to get lighter later this afternoon so we'll go out again at 6pm on full routes with ploughs & then re-grit.

"Most gritters completed at least half their routes but do have to contend with traffic so this has impact on how soon they get to locations"

"They are carrying out a 40g salt/grit mix spread. Salt for melting the snow, grit to give traction and break down the layers"

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3:02pm

The end may be nigh for Paul Avery's snowman in Ashdown. The Met Office has confirmed the snow will stop falling as the afternoon and evening progresses. It has stopped completely in Hollingbury.

The Argus: Ashdowns Snow Bear

 

2:54pm

As many of you get home for the day after being sent home, thoughts turn to Brighton and Hove Albion's game this weekend against Birmingham City...
 

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You can see what people are saying about the snow on Twitter by clicking here

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Is the snow a cause for celebration or dismay? Let us know in the comments below, or e-mail news@theargus.co.uk.

Our dedicated "snow news" section can be viewed here.

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

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BRIGHTON AND HOVE - update

Brighton and Hove City Council has just tweeted: "All of our street cleaning teams are now out gritting.

"We're prioritising pavement gritting in the city centre."

A statement on its website added:

"All our gritters are out treating the city's roads. Most have completed at least half their routes but do have to contend with traffic so this will have an impact on how soon they can get to each location.

"They are carrying out a 40g salt/grit mix spread. Salt for melting the snow, grit to give traction and break down the layers.

"The snow is due to get lighter later this afternoon so we will go out again at 6pm on our full routes with the ploughs and then re-grit.

"Cityclean staff have been out since early this morning carrying out pavement gritting on main city thoroughfares and around hospitals. The pavement gritter went to Patcham & Woodingdean.

"With over 700 miles of pavements in the city its not possible for us to treat them all.

"As the snow is still continuing, it will mean that much of our efforts will be covered over.

"We will carry out targeted hand-gritting in response to specific requirements (eg to help a fire tender that is stuck) rather than continuing with pavement treatment that isn’t very useful at the moment."

2:35pm

The Argus Snow Hub

Keep up to date with a list of school closures, traffic information, tweets and pictures from the snow situation in Sussex by visiting our new "snow news" section. Click here.

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2:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13

StevieD says

So it's not safe for kids to be in school, but it is ok for them to be racing around at the side of roads chucking snow at traffic and people causing risk to life and property. Use your brains parents, keep them in the garden or take them to play somewhere safe. Can't believe that schools and companies close because of a couple of inches of snow.

2:34pm

Here's the first of our videos of the snow today:

2:32pm

UPDATE FROM THE MET OFFICE - AROUND 3-5cm HAS FALLEN IN SUSSEX

A spokesman told The Argus: "The snow should clear from around 6pm, with a couple more flakes possibly falling as we head into the night and early part of Saturday morning.

"The persistence of snow will ease as we go through the course of today. By dinner time tonight it will mostly have cleared through, with light rain expected.

"There will be a couple centimetres of snow lying around tomorrow morning and temperatures will dip below freezing overnight.

"Be weary of potentially hazardous ice over the next few days."

2:30pm

For Argus chief photographer Simon Dack, it's his favourite time of the year. Check this out...

2:29pm

SNOW GALLERY

Take a look at our special snow gallery by clicking here.

Pictures are available to purchase online or by calling 01273 544 544.

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

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SNOW RADAR

Stuck indoors thanks to the snow? Thinking of things to do? Keep track of the snow with this handy weather radar. Click here.

Brighton and Hove City Council say they are "monitoring the situation across the city carefully" and will be using snowploughs "where appropriate."

If you are affected by the weather you can send your comments and pictures to the Argus at news@theargus.co.uk or by texting 80360 and beginning your message with SUPIC.

2:09pm

It looks as if the snow isn't falling as heavy as it was this morning. The Met Office though has advised it is scheduled to continue until around 9am tomorrow morning.

Argus reader Nick W sent in this picture from the warmth of his car

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

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Why not?

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

1:52pm

BUS UPDATE:

Services 1 and 1A are operating between Portslade Health Centre and Whitehawk Bus Garage only.

Services 2 and 2A is operating between Shoreham and Old Steine only.  We are not able to operate beyond the Old Steine towards Woodingdean, nor can we reach Steyning.

Services 5, 5A and 5B are unable to reach Hangleton, Patcham or Hollingbury and are operating between Sackville Road (Hove Park Tavern) and London Road, Black Lion (on the A23)

Service 6 is unable to serve the Downs Park and Foredown Drive areas so is operating between Sainsbury's and Brighton Station direct via the Hangleton Link Road.

Service 7 is operating normally.

Coast Road services 12, 12A, 14 and 14C are running normally (except that the 14 cannot get past Woodruff Avenue)

Services 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 are not operating at all as we cannot reach Manor Hill, Elm Grove, Queen's Park, Woodingdean, Coldean, Ditchling Road, Hollingbury or the University campuses.

Service 27 is unable to serve Withdean and is terminating at the top of Dyke Road Avenue.

Service 29 is unable to reach beyond Uckfield, so is operating between Brighton and Uckfield only.

Service 37 is unable to serve Bristol Estate but is continuing to run through Kemp Town.

Service 38 is not able to operate at all.

Service 46 is not able to serve North Southwick or Southwick Square so is operating from the Holmbush Centre, via Old Shoreham Road, then normail route as far as the Open Market.

Services 48 and 49 are terminating at the bottom of The Avenue as they are not able to serve Bevendean or Moulsecoomb.

Service 50 is terminating at Upper Hollingdean Road by Roedale Road as it is unable to reach any further into Hollingdean.

Service 55 will not be running this afternoon.

Service 81 is now not operating at all.

Unfortunately the snow is not thick enough to enable us to safely use snow chains.  We are checking all parts of the city and will get buses back on their normal routes as soon as we can.  There is severe traffic congestion in the city centre too which is causing delays to buses which are running.

1:50pm

For those in Woodingdean, Brighton, there has been a call for a bit of community spirit from local councillor Dee Simson...
 

1:49pm

TRAINS:

Southern is operating an amended timetable today. Passengers are urged to check before they travel.

For more details visit www.southernrailway.com or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.

1:46pm

So [most of] the kids are off school. How are you going to keep them entertained?

A trip to the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink may be on the cards.

A spokeswoman said: "There’s nothing better than ice skating in falling snow.

"What better way to enjoy this afternoon? Local people are encouraged to wrap up warm and come down to the rink, where Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts will also be serving delicious mulled wine."

We want to know how you and your children are making the most of the snow.

Send your pictures to ben.leo@theargus.co.uk

1:43pm

Our posties have been battling the elements this morning. This picture is from the Queens Park area.

The Argus: Snow has been falling across Sussex today. Send us your snow photos by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or text them by texting SUPIC to 80360

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COPSE HILL ACCIDENT UPDATE

Thankfully there were no injuries when this car went off the road at around 10.40am. 

An eyewitness said:

"There was a screeching noise and then the car left the road over the hill, onto the pavement and it's now in someone's front garden.

"Apparently the driver is new to the area and didn't realise how bad the roads are around here. Thankfully nobody is hurt."

The Argus: Copse Hill accident

1:34pm

TRAIN UPDATES:

An update from Southeastern rail:

"Southeastern has run a good service this morning with a full timetable and around 90 percent of trains arriving on time*. Network Rail and Southeastern have been working together to clear the tracks of ice and snow however with more bad weather setting in, services this afternoon are experiencing disruption.

"Southeastern is advising passengers to consider planning their journey home early and allow additional time for travelling.

"Network Rail de-icer trains have been running on the network throughout the day and additional Southeastern staff have been helping to clear snow from platforms and stairs.

For live travel information, visit the Southeastern website (southeasternrailway.co.uk/liverunning) follow us on Twitter and sign up for email alerts."

1:32pm

A couple of playful pooches from the Dogs Trust in Shoreham have been making the most of the snow.

1:29pm

BRIGHTON - CREATIVE AS EVER

Brighton resident Michael Rose, from Clifton Terrace, made this impressive video using time-lapse technology which shows the snow hitting the south coast.

 

 

1:27pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATES

We have now set up a separate page containing a full list of all school closures across Sussex.

Click here to access the page.

1:24pm

1:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13

jyan says

Why is it that cinemas will refund me if I can't get there in snow but the Theatre Royal Brighton refuses - it's only a theatre tour as well!?!

1:24pm

1:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Postman_Pat says

Cars still trying to get up Coldean Lane, it is not passable. All getting stuck and having to turn around.

A number of cars abandoned.

1:12pm

The Met Office five-day forecast reveals it should be snowing until 9am tomorrow morning.

1:07pm

Sussex Police has released advice on how to handle the snow.

Superintendent Grenville Wilson of Sussex Police’s Operations Department said:

“As snow starts to affect the county Sussex Police is working closely with its partner agencies to ensure there is as little disruption as possible.

“Drivers are reminded to check the weather forecast for the entire length of your journey before setting out and only make a journey if absolutely necessary.

“Completely clear your windscreen of ice and snow before driving and check that your vehicle’s lights are working.

“Carry an emergency pack in your boot - a first aid kit, torch, blanket, food and drink, a tow rope and shovel could all come in useful if you do find yourself getting stuck. Also make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone and water proof shoes.

“When driving in snow and ice you will need to change the way you drive. Your vehicle will not start, stop or steer in the same way it usually does. Stopping distances are greatly increased in icy conditions, so slow down and keep a bigger distance between you and the vehicle in front. Brake or accelerate carefully and gradually, and take corners very slowly.

“Pedestrians and cyclists should also ensure they have high visibility clothing to ensure they are seen by drivers.

“As it is unclear how long the cold weather is going to last we would remind people to check on their more vulnerable neighbours to ensure they are safe and warm.”

1:05pm

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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13

bluemonday says

so going surfing in the sea with these temperatures and snowing is described as brave,not a word i would of chosen,and not something to be encouraged

12:53pm

 

 

12:48pm

MINOR ACCIDENT

An eyewitness said a car left the road and skidded into somebody's front garden on Copse Hill in West Dean at around 10.40am.

The lady said: "There was a screeching noise and then the car left the road over the hill, onto the pavement and it's now in someone's front garden.

"Apparently the driver is new to the area and didn't realise how bad the roads are around here. Thankfully nobody is hurt."

Picture to come.

12:43pm

12:42pm

The University of Sussex is closing at 2pm.

12:39pm

TRAFFIC UPDATE:

Reports suggest drivers in Woodingdean are trying to drive uphill on Falmer Road and are helplessly skidding back down.

On the A27, traffic is moving slowly east and westbound, as seen below.

The Argus: A27 snow

12:29pm

SCHOOL CLOSURES - updated full list

Brighton and Hove

Schools closing early:

    Aldrington CE Primary School closing at 1pm
    Carlton Hill closing at 1.30pm
    Elm Grove Primary School 1.30pm
    Fairlight Primary closing at 12.30pm
    Royal Spa closing at 1pm
    Stanford Juniors closing at 12.45pm
    St. Bartholomew's CE Primary School closing at 1pm
    St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School closing at 12.30pm
    St. Margaret's CE Primary School closing at 12.30pm
    St. Mark's CE Primary closing at 1.30pm today
    St. Bernadette's Catholic Primary School closing at 12.30pm

Schools now closed:

    Bevendean
    Blatchington Mill
    Carden Primary
    Cardinal Newman
    Cedar Centre
    Coldean Primary
    Dorothy Stringer
    Downs Park, Portslade
    Downs View
    Hangleton Infants and Juniors
    Hertford Juniors
    Hove Park
    Longhill High
    Our Lady of Lourdes Primary
    Patcham house
    Portslade Infant
    Rudyard Kipling Primary
    St Mary Magdalen's
    The Bilingual Primary
    The Connected Hub
    West Blatchington Primary
    Woodingdean Primary
    Varndean

12:24pm

12:22pm

A snow leopard has been spotted in Littlehampton

The Argus: Snow lepoard

12:18pm

12:17pm

TRAFFIC UPDATE:

Reports are coming in that the A27 east and westbound has come to a complete standstill. We will update as we get more information.

In Woodingdean, some residents are angry that the snow plough hasn't been deployed.
 

12:14pm

If it's safe, why not check if a vulnerable neighbour has enough food and heat to last the day?

12:11pm

Horsham District Council has said some areas will not have a rubbish collection today due to dangerous driving conditions.

They said: "Household refuse and recycling collections are being collected where possible in the Horsham District today (Friday 18 January) but some areas this is not likely to happen owing to the dangerous driving conditions.

"Residents due to have their refuse and recycling collected today onwards are asked to make their bins ready for collection; bins will be emptied as soon as possible after the weather improves.

Further information is available by calling 01403 733144 or visiting www.horsham.gov.uk

 

12:05pm

@EddieYeah is a brave man who went surfing this morning in the snow. Check out his photo from Brighton beach

The Argus:

12:04pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE

City College Brighton closed at 12pm and Stanford Junior School is closing at 12.45pm.

 

12:00pm

Argus photographer Sam Stephenson has advised motorists to avoid the Woodingdean area at all costs.


He said: "I'm stuck in traffic on Falmer Road and there's a big, green logistics lorry that can't get out. It's causing all manner of chaos. Avoid the Amex stadium and Woodingdean area at all costs. One guy has told me it looks like a potential death trap."


One of our readers has also snapped a diverted Brighton and Hove bus apparently becoming stuck in Hangleton.

The Argus: Bus stuck in snow

11:45am

You can see our photo gallery of your snow photos by clicking here

Keep sending us your images by emailing them to news@theargus.co.uk or texting them along with SUPIC to 80360.

11:45am

11:44am

Crowborough Children's Centre is closing at 1pm this afternoon due to the snow.

Meanwhile, one of our readers has some sound snow advice:

11:37am Fri 18 Jan 13

sunnysea says

Be extra careful around heavy vehicles making turns. Just saw a truck nearly sweep the pavement with its load!

 

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11:36am

Lovely story from Blatchington Mill school in Hove:

Having dismissed the students and staff due to the worsening weather conditions, Blatchington Mill School was faced with a canteen full of baguettes, fruit salads and pasta salads set to be served out to the students at breaktime.

Rather than see this fresh food thrown away, the school contacted First Base, which is a Day Centre for homeless people.

The food was delivered to their door by Blatch and is to be served tonight to the thirty people who First Base are providing emergency night shelter for during these freezing conditions.

Headteacher Janet Felkin thanked the catering staff for their quick action and the staff who transported it down to the centre.

Ms Felkin said: “It is important for us to help those in our local community and we did not want to see this food go to waste. Our hope is that this small token will be of some help to those who find themselves vulnerable during these Winter months.”

Ms Felkin sent out a message to all other schools in the area who might also be able to make such a contribution and hoped that this policy will be implemented in the future should similar circumstances arise.

11:27am

11:25am

TRANSPORT - Gatwick latest

"There is light snow at Gatwick and more snow is expected during the course of today, however, there is currently no disruption to flights.

"We do advise you to check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport and to allow extra time for your journey to Gatwick as road and rail networks may be impacted."

11:24am

SCHOOL CLOSURE -update

Stanford Junior school in Brighton is closed. However Stanford Infants is still open...

11:20am

Argus reporter Peter Truamn cycled into work today - mad man.
 
How has your commute into work been? Or have you even ventured outside?
 
Leave your comments below, email news@theargus.co.uk or tweet @brightonargus.
 
And remember to send us your pictures and videos to news@theargus.co.uk.

11:18am

11:17am

SCHOOL CLOSURES - updated full list

East Sussex

All Saints C of E Primary School, Bexhill,

Barcombe Church of England Primary School, Barcombe Cross

Blackboys Church of England Primary School partly closed,

Chailey School, South Chailey partly closed,

Fletching Church of England Primary School, Uckfield

Harlands Primary School, Uckfield partly closed

Holy Cross Church Of England Primary School, Uckfield

Manor Primary School, Uckfield partly closed,

Newick Church of England Primary School partly closed,

Nutley Church of England Primary School partly closed,

St Philip's Catholic Primary School, Uckfield

Wivelsfield Primary School, Wivelsfield Green

Alfriston School closed,

Annecy Catholic Primary School, Seaford closed

Broad Oak Community Primary School closed

Chiddingly Primary School closed

Dallington Church of England Primary School closed,

Danehill Church of England Primary School closed,

Ditchling (St Margaret's) Church of England Primary School closed,

Firle Church of England Primary School, Lewes closed,

Framfield Church of England Primary School closed

Grove Park School, Crowborough closed

Herstmonceux Church of England Primary School closed,

High Hurstwood Church of England Primary School closed,

Little Horsted Church of England Primary School, Uckfield closed

Mayfield Church of England Primary School closed

Maynards Green Community Primary School, Heathfield

Meeching Valley Primary School, Newhaven closed

Peacehaven Community School closed

Peacehaven Heights Primary School closed

Pells Church of England Primary School, Lewes

Punnetts Town Community Primary School, Heathfield

Ringmer Community College closed

Rodmell Church of England Primary School, Lewes closed,

Rotherfield Primary School closed, Emergency closure

Sir Henry Fermor Church of England Primary School, Crowborough closed

St Mary's School Horam, Maynards Green closed

St Michael's Primary School, Withyham

St Peter's Church of England Primary School, North Chailey closed

Telscombe Cliffs Community Primary School closed,

The Lindfield School, Eastbourne closed,

The South Downs Community Special School, Eastbourne closed, Both sites closing at 12pm today due to increasingly bad weather.

 

11:12am

SCHOOL CLOSURES - updated full list

West Sussex

Academy (The), Selsey  
Albourne CofE Primary School, Hassocks This school will be completely closed from 12 noon.  Parents to collect children as soon as possible.
Amberley CofE First School, Arundel This school will be completely closed  
Angmering School (The), Littlehampton School will be closed from 11.35am except for students doing 'A' Levels
Arundel CofE Primary School, Arundel This school will be completely closed.
Arunside School, Horsham This school will be completely closed
Barnham Primary School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed from 12 noon.
Bartons Infant School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Billingshurst Primary School, Billingshurst This school will be completely closed
Birchwood Grove Community Primary School, Burgess Hill This school will be completely closed at 12 noon.  Parents are welcome to collect children from 10.30am.  
Birdham CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Bury CofE Primary School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed  
Camelsdale Primary School, Haslemere This school will be completely closed
Central CofE Junior School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Chichester High School for Boys, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Chidham Parochial Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Compton and Up Marden CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed.
Cornfield School, Littlehampton This school will be completely closed.
Downsbrook Middle School, Worthing This school will be completely closed from 1.00pm and children to be collected from the playground.
Duncton CofE Junior School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Durrington High School, Worthing This school will be completely closed from 10.30am due to weather conditions.
Easebourne CofE Primary School, Midhurst This school will be completely closed
East Preston Infant School, Littlehampton This school will be completely closed
East Preston Junior School, Littlehampton This school will be completely closed
East Wittering Community  Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed from 12.00 noon
Eastergate CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed by 12 noon.  Parents are welcome to collect their children earlier if they wish.
Fairway Infant School, Copthorne Whole School Closed due to weather. Text sent to parents. Radio station is going to be contacted.
Fernhurst Primary School, Haslemere This school will be completely closed. 
Fishbourne CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed.
Fittleworth Church of England Village School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Fordwater School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Funtington Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed.
Globe Primary (The), Lancing This school will be completely closed from 11.00am.
Graffham Infant School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Harting CofE Primary School, Petersfield This school will be completely closed
Heron Way Primary School, Horsham This school is now completley closed
Herons Dale Primary School, Shoreham By Sea This school will be completely closed
Hollycombe Primary School, Liphook This school will be completely closed
Holy Trinity CofE Primary School, Horsham This school will be completely closed at 12 noon.
Itchingfield Primary School, Horsham This school will be completely closed
Kingsham Primary School, Chichester The school is currently open but will close completely from 1:00pm
Kingslea Primary School, Horsham This school will be completely closed from 11.00am. Parents can collect as soon as they are able, however children will be kept safe until parents are able to collect.
Laburnum Grove Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Lancastrian Infants' School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Langley Green Primary School, Crawley This school will be completely closed at 12 noon.
Laurels First School (The), Worthing This school will be completely closed from 1.00pm but will hold children until parents are able to collect
Links College (The), Chichester This school will be completely closed
Littlegreen School, Compton, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Lyminster Primary School, Littlehampton This school is completely closed from 10.30am 
March CofE Primary School (The), Chichester This school will be completely closed
Meads Primary School (The), East Grinstead This school will be closed from 12.00 noon due to the snow.
Midhurst CofE Primary School, Midhurst This school will be completely closed
Midhurst Rother College, Midhurst This school will be completely closed except for external exams.
Northchapel Community Primary School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Northgate Primary School, Crawley This school will be completely closed from 12.30pm
Nyewood CofE Infant School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Nyewood CofE Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed.
Oak Grove College, Worthing This school will be completely closed  
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School, Crawley School will completely close at 12.30 parents have been informed by text system and web site. 
Palatine School, Worthing This school will be completely closed
Parklands Community Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Petworth CofE Primary School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Rake CofE Primary School, Liss This school will be completely closed
Regis School (The), Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Rogate CofE Primary School, Petersfield This school will be completely closed
Rose Green Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed. 
Rudgwick Primary School, Horsham This school will be completely closed at 12.15pm
Rumboldswhyke CofE Infants' School, Chichester This school will be completely closed from 12.30pm
Rusper Primary School, Horsham This school will be completely closed from 12 noon
Rustington Community Primary School, Littlehampton This school will be completely closed from 12.30pm.
Rydon Community College, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Seal Primary Academy, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Seymour Primary School, Crawley This school will be completely closed including the nursery.
Sheddingdean Community Primary School, Burgess Hill This school will be completely closed at 1pm.  Parents are able to collect their children earlier if they wish.  
Sidlesham Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Singleton CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed.
Sir Robert Woodard Academy, Lancing School will be closed from 11am apart from year 13 public exams.
South Bersted CofE Primary School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed.
Southbourne Infant School, Emsworth This school will be completely closed
Southbourne Junior School, Emsworth This school will be completely closed
Southgate Primary School, Crawley This school will be completely closed
Southway Primary Academy, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
St Andrew's C of E High School for Boys, Worthing This school is completely closed due to the snow.
St Anthony's School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
St Augustine's CofE Primary School, Haywards Heath This school will be completely closed 
St James' CofE Primary School, Coldwaltham
St John's Catholic Primary School, Horsham This school will be completely closed
St Mark's CofE Primary School, Staplefield This school will be completely closed due to the snow.
St Mary's CofE First School, Washington This school will be completely closed at 12 noon.  
St Peter's CofE (Aided) Primary School, Cowfold This school will be completely closed.
St Philip's Catholic Primary School, Arundel This school will be completely closed
St Richard's Catholic Primary School, Chichester This school will close completely at 12 noon
Stedham Primary School, Midhurst This school will be completely closed
Steyning Grammar School, Steyning Examinations will continue for those students who can travel to and from the school safely
Swiss Gardens Primary School, Shoreham By Sea This school will be completely closed from 12 noon
Thakeham First School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Thorney Island Community Primary School, Emsworth This school will be completely closed
Three Bridges Infant School, Crawley This school will be completely closed
Twineham CofE Primary School, Haywards Heath This school will be completely closed
Walberton and Binsted CofE Primary School, Arundel This school will be completely closed  
Waterfield Primary School, Crawley This school will be completely closed from 12 noon, could parents collect their children before this time 
West Chiltington Community School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
West Green Primary School, Crawley This school will be completely closed
West Wittering Parochial Church of England School, Chichester This school will be completely closed  
Westergate Community School, Chichester This school will be closed completely from 10.00am
Whytemead First School, Worthing Closed from 1.00pm
William Penn School, Horsham This school will be completely closed. Children will be kept safe until parents are able to collect.
Wisborough Green Primary School, Billingshurst This school will be completely closed at 10.00am. Children to be collected by 12 noon.
 

Chuckleberries Pre-school, Pulborough This nursery will be completely closed
Little Acorns, Bognor Regis This nursery will be completely closed

11:11am

SCHOOL CLOSURES - updated full list

Brighton and Hove

Schools closing early:

•Bevendean closing at 12 noon
•Cherry Tree Nursery closing at 12 noon
•Dorothy Stringer closing at 12 noon
•Hove Park School closing at 12 noon
•Patcham house closing at 11.30am
•St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School closing at 12.30pm
•St. Margaret's CE Primary School closing at 12.30pm
•St Mark's CE Primary closing at 1.30pm today
•St. Bernadette's Catholic Primary School closing at 12.30pm
•West Blatchington Primary School closing at 12 noon
Schools now closed:

•Blatchington Mill
•Cardinal Newman
•Cedar Centre
•Downs Park School, Portslade
•Downs View
•Hangleton Infants and Juniors
•Hertford Juniors
•Longhill High School
•Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School
•Rudyard Kipling Primary School & Nursery
•St Mary Magdalen's School
•The Bilingual Primary School
•The Connected Hub
•Woodingdean Primary
•Varndean

11:09am

SCHOOL CLOSURE - update

Stanford Infants school in Brighton is closing. Parents being informed.

11:09am

TRANSPORT

Brighton and Hove Bus Company just gave the following update:

Service 22 is unable to serve Langley Crescent.

Services 24 and 26 are not operating at all as we cannot reach Coldean, Ditchling Road or Hollingbury.

Service 27 is unable to serve Withdean and is terminating at the top of Dyke Road Avenue.

Service 46 is not able to serve North Southwick (it will operate direct via Old Shoreham Road) and is terminating at the Open Market.

Services 48 and 49 are terminating at the bottom of The Avenue as they are not able to serve bevendean or Moulsecoomb.

11:07am

11:06am

It may be chilly out but spare a thought for our MPs who this morning debated the Antartic bill in the House of Commons. Very topical...

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10:54am Fri 18 Jan 13

jyan says

Stay at home if you can - not worth having an accident. Most things can wait.

11:01am

COUNCIL UPDATE

Brighton and Hove City Council is encouraging people to "shovel, sweep, salt" to clear the roads and pavements in the area.

"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."

10:59am

COUNCIL UPDATE

Arun District Council has confirmed it has suspended all recycling and refuse collections due to the worsening weather and dangerous road conditions.

10:58am

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10:46am

A jacknifedoil tanker has blocked the A24 London Road in Washington.

Both ways are blocked and traffic is queuing.

10:44am

The A29 both ways closed, queueing traffic due to accident, a oil tanker and van involved at B2132 Shellbridge Road.

10:44am

10:43am

SUSSEX POLICE - statement

As snow moves across the county, Sussex Police is offering advice on how to stay safe.

Superintendent Grenville Wilson of Sussex Police's Operations Department said: "As snow starts to affect the county Sussex Police is working closely with its partner agencies to ensure there is as little disruption as possible.

"Drivers are reminded to check the weather forecast for the entire length of your journey before setting out and only make a journey if absolutely necessary.

"Completely clear your windscreen of ice and snow before driving and check that your vehicle's lights are working.

"Carry an emergency pack in your boot - a first aid kit, torch, blanket, food and drink, a tow rope and shovel could all come in useful if you do find yourself getting stuck. Also make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone and water proof shoes.

"When driving in snow and ice you will need to change the way you drive. Your vehicle will not start, stop or steer in the same way it usually does. Stopping distances are greatly increased in icy conditions, so slow down and keep a bigger distance between you and the vehicle in front. Brake or accelerate carefully and gradually, and take corners very slowly.

"Pedestrians and cyclists should also ensure they have high visibility clothing to ensure they are seen by drivers.

"As it is unclear how long the cold weather is going to last we would remind people to check on their more vulnerable neighbours to ensure they are safe and warm."

For more tips on driving on snow and ice visit www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/winter-driving/driving-on-snow-and-ice.html

10:40am

SCHOOL CLOSURE - update

Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing is also shut

10:40am

SCHOOL CLOSURES - update

Brighton and Hove

Schools closing early:

Longhill High School closing at 11am
St Mark's CE Primary closing at 1.30pm today
Hove Park School closing at 12 noon

Varndean

St. Bernadette's Catholic Primary School closing at 12.30pm
Woodingdean Primary closing at 10:30am
Patcham house closing at 11.30am
St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School closing at 12.30pm
West Blatchington Primary School closing at 12 noon
Dorothy Stringer closing at 12 noon

Patcham
 

Schools now closed:

•The Bilingual Primary School
•Hangleton Infants and Juniors
•Cardinal Newman
•Downs Park School, Portslade
•Blatchington Mill
•Cedar Centre
•The Connected Hub
•Bevendean
•Downs View
•Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School

West Sussex

 Amberley CofE First School, Arundel This school will be completely closed
Angmering School, The, Littlehampton School will be closed from 11.35am except for students doing 'A' Levels
Arundel CofE Primary School, Arundel This school will be completely closed.
Barnham Primary School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed from 12 noon.
Bartons Infant School, Bognor Regis, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Billingshurst Primary School, Billingshurst This school will be completely closed
Birdham CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Bury CofE Primary School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Camelsdale Primary School, Haslemere This school will be completely closed
Central CofE Junior School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Compton and Up Marden CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed.
Cornfield School, Littlehampton, Littlehampton This school will be completely closed.
Duncton CofE Junior School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Easebourne CofE Primary School, Midhurst This school will be completely closed
East Preston Infant School, Littlehampton School completely closed
East Preston Junior School, Littlehampton Closed due to the snow
Eastergate CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed by 12 noon. Parents are welcome to collect their children earlier if they wish.
Fernhurst Primary School, Haslemere This school will be completely closed.
Fishbourne CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed.
Fittleworth Church of England Village School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Fordwater School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Funtington Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed.
Globe Primary, The, Lancing This school will be completely closed due to weather conditions, closed 11.00am.
Graffham Infant School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Harting CofE Primary School, Petersfield This school will be completely closed
Herons Dale Primary School, Shoreham By Sea This school will be completely closed
Hollycombe Primary School, Liphook This school will be completely closed
Holy Trinity CofE Primary School, Horsham This school will be completely closed at 12 noon.
Itchingfield Primary School, Horsham This school will be completely closed
Kingsham Primary School, Chichester The school is currently open but will close completely from 1:00pm
Laburnum Grove Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Lancastrian Infants School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Laurels First School, The, Worthing This school will be completely closed from 1.00pm but will hold children until parents are able to collect
Links College, The, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Littlegreen School, Compton, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Lyminster Primary School, Littlehampton This school is completely closed from 10.30am
March CofE Primary School, The, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Midhurst CofE Primary School, Midhurst This school will be completely closed
Midhurst Rother College, Midhurst This school will be completely closed except for external exams.
Northchapel Community Primary School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Nyewood CofE Infant School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Nyewood CofE Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed.
Oak Grove College, Worthing This school will be completely closed
Palatine School, Worthing This school will be completely closed
Parklands Community Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Petworth CofE Primary School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Rake C.E. Primary School, Liss This school will be completely closed
Rogate CofE Primary School, Petersfield This school will be completely closed
Rose Green Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed.
Rudgwick Primary School, Horsham This school will be completely closed at 12:15pm.
Rumboldswhyke CofE Infants School, Chichester This school will be completely closed as of 12.30 due to the snow
Rydon Community College, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Seal Primary Academy, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Sheddingdean Community Primary School, Burgess Hill This school will be completely closed at 1.00pm. Parents are able to collect their children earlier if they wish.
Sidlesham Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Singleton CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed.
South Bersted CofE Primary School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed.
Southbourne Infant School, Emsworth This school will be completely closed
Southbourne Junior School, Emsworth This school is completely closed.
Southway Primary Academy, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
St Anthony's School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
St Peter's CofE (Aided) Primary School, Cowfold, Horsham

St Philip's Catholic Primary School, Arundel

St Richard's Catholic Primary School, Chichester

Stedham Primary School, Midhurst

Steyning Grammar School, Steyning

Thakeham First School, Pulborough

Thorney Island Community Primary School, Emsworth

Three Bridges Infant School, Crawley

Twineham CofE Primary School, Haywards Heath

Walberton and Binsted CofE Primary School, Arundel

Waterfield Primary School, Crawley

West Chiltington Community School, Pulborough

Wisborough Green Primary School, Billingshurst

Chuckleberries Pre-school, Pulborough

Little Acorns, Bognor Regis

East Sussex

Barcombe Church of England Primary School, Barcombe Cross

Blackboys Church of England Primary School partly closed,

Chailey School, South Chailey

Manor Primary School, Uckfield partly closed,

Wivelsfield Primary School, Wivelsfield Green

Alfriston School closed

Danehill Church of England Primary School closed,

Firle Church of England Primary School, Lewes closed,

Grove Park School, Crowborough closed

Hamsey Community Primary School, Lewes closed

Herstmonceux Church of England Primary School closed,

High Hurstwood Church of England Primary School closed

Mayfield Church of England Primary School closed

Maynards Green Community Primary School, Heathfield closed,

Rodmell Church of England Primary School, Lewes

Rotherfield Primary School closed,

St Michael's Primary School, Withyham closed,

10:30am

The A29 is reportedly blocked due to an accident.
A lorry and a car is involved between B2233 Nyton Road at Eastergate) and the A27 Arundel Road near Fontwell.
Traffic news said the lorry involved in the accident has become stuck in the ice and snow and is unable to move.

10:30am

 

10:24am

10:22am

10:22am

10:21am

Reporter Ben James, who has just made it in, said: "It's getting noticeably heavier and starting to settle.

"Perhaps not as cold as earlier this week but driving conditions are treacherous.”

10:19am

10:18am

10:17am

10:16am

SCHOOL CLOSURES - update

Brighton and Hove

Schools closing early:

Longhill High School closing at 11am
St Mark's CE Primary closing at 1.30pm today
Hove Park School closing at 12 noon
St. Bernadette's Catholic Primary School closing at 12.30pm
Woodingdean Primary closing at 10:30am

Schools currently closed:

The Bilingual Primary School
Hangleton Infants and Juniors
Cardinal Newman
Downs Park School, Portslade
Blatchington Mill
Cedar Centre

Correction: Varndean is currently open as usual.

West Sussex

 Amberley CofE First School, Arundel This school will be completely closed
Angmering School, The, Littlehampton School will be closed from 11.35am except for students doing 'A' Levels
Arundel CofE Primary School, Arundel This school will be completely closed.
Barnham Primary School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed at 12 noon.
Bartons Infant School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Billingshurst Primary School, Billingshurst This school will be completely closed
Birdham CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Bury C.E. Primary School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Camelsdale Primary School, Haslemere This school will be completely closed
Central CofE Junior School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Compton and Up Marden CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed.
Cornfield School, Littlehampton This school will be completely closed.
Duncton CofE Junior School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Fernhurst Primary School, Haslemere This school will be completely closed due to the weather
Fishbourne CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed.
Fittleworth Church of England Village School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Fordwater School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Funtington Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Graffham Infant School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Harting C.E. Primary School, Petersfield This school will be completely closed
Herons Dale Primary School, Shoreham By Sea This school will be completely closed
Hollycombe Primary School, Liphook This school will be completely closed
Itchingfield Primary School, Horsham This school will be completely closed
Kingsham Primary School, Chichester This School is currently open but will be completelt closed from 1.00pm
Laburnum Grove Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Lancastrian Infants' School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Links College, The, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Littlegreen School, Compton, Chichester This school will be completely closed
March CofE Primary School, The, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Midhurst CofE Primary School, Midhurst This school will be completely closed
Midhurst Rother College, Midhurst This school will be completely closed except for external exams
Northchapel Community Primary School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Nyewood CofE Infant School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Nyewood CofE Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Palatine School, Worthing This school will be completely closed
Petworth CofE Primary School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Rake C.E. Primary School, Liss This school will be completely closed
Rogate CofE Primary School, Petersfield This school will be completely closed
Rose Green Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Rydon Community College, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Singleton CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
South Bersted CofE Primary School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Southbourne Infant School, Emsworth This school will be completely closed
Southway Primary Academy, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
St Anthony's School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
St Peter's CofE (Aided) Primary School, Cowfold, Horsham This school will be completely closed
St Philip's Catholic Primary School, Arundel This school will be completely closed
St Richard's Catholic Primary School, Chichester Will close at 12 noon due to heavy snow
Stedham Primary School, Midhurst This school will be completely closed
Steyning Grammar School, Steyning Examinations will continue for those students who can travel to and from the school safely
Thakeham First School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Thorney Island Community Primary School, Emsworth This school will be completely closed
Three Bridges Infant School, Crawley This school will be completely closed
Twineham CofE Primary School, Haywards Heath This school will be completely closed
West Chiltington Community School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed

Chuckleberries Pre-school, Pulborough This nursery will be completely closed
Little Acorns, Bognor Regis

East Sussex

Chailey School, South Chailey partly closed

Manor Primary School, Uckfield partly closed

Wivelsfield Primary School, Wivelsfield Green

Danehill Church of England Primary School closed

Grove Park School, Crowborough closed

High Hurstwood Church of England Primary School closed,

Mayfield Church of England Primary School closed

Maynards Green Community Primary School,

Heathfield closed, Rotherfield Primary School closed

St Michael's Primary School, Withyham closed

Mayfield Church of England Primary School closed, from 12pm

Maynards Green Community Primary School, Heathfield

Manor Primary, Uckfield, from 11.45am
 

10:10am

TRANSPORT - roads

East Sussex County Council has confirmed Ditchling Beacon has now been shut. A plough will be sent shortly. Please use alternative routes.

10:08am

TRANSPORT

Buses - Brighton and Hove Bus Company said all its routes currently remain open. However there are delays on most of its services, according to its website.

Trains - Southern: Train services between Havant and Southampton Central are being disrupted due to poor weather conditions.

10:05am

SCHOOL CLOSURE - update

Blatchington Mill school in Hove is closed for the day. Parents are being told as I type.

10:04am

Argus reporter Neil Vowles

"The snow is coming down a lot in Brighton and Hove now. It's settling on te pavements but the main roads are still ok. In a couple of hours it will be a different story."

10:03am

9:57am

9:57am

The snow affects everone. Even England and Sussex cricketers...

Matt Prior just tweeted: "Just seen a recent forecast map...getting TO London may not be an issue...getting home however?? Could be a long night sleeping on a train!

"Delays everywhere!!!! I think I'm crazy it's only going to get worse..."

9:54am

TRAVEL - airport

Latest from Gatwick: "There's light snow at Gatwick, but everything is still running smoothly. Keep in touch with your airline for the latest update on flights."

9:52am

9:51am

9:30am Fri 18 Jan 13

Ballroom Blitz says

I was ready to go to work in Brighton, and the boss called to say not to bother.
There's about a millimeter of snow. It beggars belief that people give up so easily.
Now I have lost a days pay.

9:50am

9:49am

9:49am

SCHOOL CLOSURE -update

Bosses at Varndean in Brighton say they are still open - despite information on Brighton and Hove City Council's website.

9:40am

SCHOOL CLOSURES - updated

Brighton and Hove

The Bilingual Primary School
Hangleton Infants and Juniors
Varndean
Cardinal Newman
Downs Park School, Portslade

St Mark's CE Primary will be closing at 1.30pm today

West Sussex

Bartons Infant School, Bognor Regis, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Birdham CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Bury CofE Primary School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Camelsdale Primary School, Haslemere This school will be completely closed
Central CofE Junior School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Compton and Up Marden CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Cornfield School, Littlehampton, Littlehampton This school will be completely closed
Duncton CofE Junior School, Petworth this school will be completely closed
Fernhurst Primary School, Haslemere This school will be completely closed due to the weather
Fishbourne CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Fittleworth Church of England Village School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Fordwater School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Graffham Infant School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Harting CofE Primary School, Petersfield This school will be completely closed
Herons Dale Primary School, Shoreham By Sea This school will be completely closed
Hollycombe Primary School, Liphook This school will be completely closed
Itchingfield Primary School, Horsham This school will be completely closed
Laburnum Grove Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Lancastrian Infants School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Littlegreen School, Compton, Chichester This school will be completely closed
March CofE Primary School, The, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Midhurst CofE Primary School, Midhurst This school will be completely closed
Midhurst Rother College, Midhurst This school will be completely closed except for external exams
Northchapel Community Primary School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Nyewood CofE Infant School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Nyewood CofE Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Palatine School, Worthing This school will be completely closed
Petworth CofE Primary School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Rake CofE Primary School, Liss This school will be completely closed
Rogate CofE Primary School, Petersfield This school will be completely closed
Rose Green Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Rydon Community College, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Singleton CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
South Bersted CofE Primary School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Southway Primary Academy, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
St Anthony's School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
St Philip's Catholic Primary School, Arundel, Arundel This school will be completely closed
Stedham Primary School, Midhurst This school will be completely closed
Steyning Grammar School, Steyning Examinations will continue for those students who can travel to and from the school safely
Thakeham First School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
The Angmering School, Littlehampton School will be closed from 11:35 except for students doing 'A' Levels
The Links College, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Thorney Island Community Primary School, Emsworth This school will be completely closed
Three Bridges Infant School, Crawley This school will be completely closed
West Chiltington Community School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed

Chuckleberries Pre-school, Pulborough This school will be completely closed

East Sussex

Mayfield Church of England Primary School closed, from 12pm

Maynards Green Community Primary School, Heathfield

Manor Primary, Uckfield, from 11.45am

9:30am

BRIGHTON AND HOVE CITY COUNCIL - Call for 4 x 4 drivers
 

During severe weather in the past, owners of 4 x 4 vehicles have come forward to help the council deliver essential services such as meals or medicine, home care staff and district nurses, to residents who were out of reach with normal vehicles.

We are always looking to have a list of people we can call on if needed. If you are able to volunteer or would like more information, please email Icanhelp@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Volunteers will only be used when the bad weather conditions are likely to run for several days, and the demand for 4 x 4 vehicles exceeds the number of vehicles currently available to the council, police, fire and ambulance services.

9:26am

9:25am

9:24am

BINS

Brighton and Hove City Council confirm its recycling and refuse teams have been out since 6am. Hope they have gloves...

9:19am

Argus columnist Katy Rice has just got into the office

"The snow’s starting to come down really hard now and it’s settling, although the roads are still clear because the traffic is stopping it from settling.

"But there’s also a fierce wind that blows the snow painfully into your face if you have to look into it. I could barely see as the snow actually hits your eyeballs with force."

How has your commute into work been? Or have you even ventured outside? Leave your comments below, email news@theargus.co.uk or tweet @brightonargus.

9:15am

SCHOOL CLOSURES - updated

Brighton and Hove

None

West Sussex

Birdham CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Camelsdale Primary School, Haslemere This school will be completely closed
Compton and Up Marden CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Cornfield School, Littlehampton, Littlehampton This school will be completely closed
Fernhurst Primary School, Haslemere This school will be completely closed due to the weather
Fittleworth CofE Village School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Fordwater School, Chichester, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Harting CofE Primary School, Petersfield  
Hollycombe Primary School, Liphook This school will be completely closed due to the weather conditions
Laburnum Grove Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Littlegreen School, Compton, Chichester This school will be completely closed
March CofE Primary School, The, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Midhurst Rother College, Midhurst This school will be completely closed except for external exams.
Northchapel Community Primary School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Nyewood CofE Infant School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Nyewood CofE Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Palatine School, Worthing This school will be completely closed
Petworth CofE Primary School, Petworth This school will be completely closed
Rake CofE Primary School, Liss This school will be completely closed
Rogate CofE Primary School, Petersfield This school will be completely closed
Rose Green Junior School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Rydon Community College, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Singleton CofE Primary School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
South Bersted CofE Primary School, Bognor Regis This school will be completely closed
Southway Primary Academy, Bognor Regis  
St Anthony's School, Chichester This school will be completely closed
Stedham Primary School, Midhurst This school will be completely closed
Steyning Grammar School, Steyning Examinations will continue for those students who can travel to and from the school safely
Thakeham First School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed
Thorney Island Community Primary School, Emsworth Closed due to weather conditions
West Chiltington Community School, Pulborough This school will be completely closed

Chuckleberries Pre-school, Pulborough This school will be completely closed

East Sussex

Mayfield CE Primary school - closing at midday to allow children and staff to travel home in safety.

9:10am

TRAINS

Southern Rail service update at 9am - Most trains operating a good service

9:04am

BRIGHTON AND HOVE

No reported school closures. However Birghton and Hove City Council has the following information:

"We understand that school closures pose an inconvenience to parents, but the safety of pupils, staff and visitors is of paramount importance. 

"Closing a school is never an easy option. They should remain open wherever possible, with closure always considered as the last resort and every effort made to give adequate notice of closures to parents and guardians.

"Before making the decision to close, head teachers undertake a rigorous risk assessment and decide if there is significant risk of severe injury, ill health or inability to comply with relevant legislation.

"A decision is taken on the basis of weather forecasts and on-the-spot observations and this is why closures are often decided on the morning itself."

9:03am

9:02am

TRAINS

Southeastern, which operates trains between London and East Sussex, has issued the following press statement:

The first early morning train services are running normally – as the snow forecast for today hasn’t yet arrived in this part of the UK.

Network Rail de-icer trains have been running on the network through the night – and additional staff will be at larger stations this morning helping to clear snow from platforms and stairs.

Passengers are advised to check for live travel information before travelling today and allow additional time when making a journey.

A Southeastern spokesman said: “We’re reliant on Network Rail clearing the tracks and ensuring points and signals don’t freeze up so we can run a train service.

"Given the weather forecast, there may be disruption on some routes through the day.

"Our staff will be out working to clear platforms and treat icy surfaces and Network Rail will be running snow and ice clearance trains day and night to help keep the network open.

“We’re advising all passengers to check before travelling to see if train times have been altered, allow plenty of extra time and take extra care on the slippery roads and footpaths.”

For live travel information, visit the www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/liverunning.

8:56am

8:51am

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Brighton and Hove

None

West Sussex

Camelsdale Primary School, Haslemere - This school will be completely closed
Compton and Up Marden CofE Primary School, Chichester - This school will be completely closed
Cornfield School, Littlehampton, Littlehampton - This school will be completely closed
Fernhurst Primary School, Haslemere - This school will be completely closed due to the weather
Fittleworth CofE Village School, Pulborough - This school will be completely closed
Fordwater School, Chichester, Chichester - This school will be completely closed
Harting CofE Primary School, Petersfield  
Hollycombe Primary School, Liphook - This school will be completely closed due to the weather conditions
Littlegreen School, Compton, Chichester - This school will be completely closed
March CofE Primary School, The, Chichester  -No clubs
Midhurst Rother College, Midhurst - This school will be completely closed except for external exams.
Northchapel Community Primary School, Petworth - This school will be completely closed
Nyewood CofE Infant School, Bognor Regis - This school will be completely closed
Nyewood CofE Junior School, Bognor Regis - This school will be completely closed
Palatine School, Worthing - This school will be completely closed
Petworth CofE Primary School, Petworth - This school will be completely closed
Rake CofE Primary School, Liss - This school will be completely closed
Rogate CofE Primary School, Petersfield - This school will be completely closed
Rydon Community College, Pulborough - This school will be completely closed
St Anthony's School, Chichester - This school will be completely closed
Stedham Primary School, Midhurst - This school will be completely closed
Steyning Grammar School, Steyning - Examinations will continue for those students who can travel to and from the school safely
Thakeham First School, Pulborough - This school will be completely closed
Thorney Island Community Primary School, Emsworth  -Closed due to weather conditions
West Chiltington Community School, Pulborough - This school will be completely closed

East Sussex

None

8:42am

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8:34am Fri 18 Jan 13

Tom V says

Snowing in Peacehaven. Meant to be going to the Royal Sussex Hospital later but am expecting appointments to be cancelled.

Why can't we cope with snow these days? It never used to be a problem. I remember the days we would see snow ploughs!

8:36am

TRANSPORT

Buses - no disruption to Brighton and Hove Bus Compnay services.

Trains - seem to be running ok on the Brighton to London mainline.

Southern will be operating an amended timetable for today.

Trains will not split or join at Haywards Heath or Horsham stations, and will mean passengers who travel on the East and West Coastways into and out of London may be affected.

For train times visit the National Rail website or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.

8:31am

East Sussex County Council: We treated our snow routes at 5am this morning and the gritters are heading out again at 9am to treat the primary routes again.

During snow and very severe icy conditions the local authority treats an additional 130 miles of secondary roads

8:27am

8:26am

8:25am

8:24am

First flakes are falling in BN1 and BN2. Not everyone is excited though - one Argus photographer: "I wouldn't call that snow - more like icing sugar."

8:22am

8:18am

Reports of snow falling in the west of the county. Arundel, Worthing, Chichester and Billingshurst all seen some of the white stuff dropping.

If you are affected by the weather you can send your comments, pictures and videos to the Argus at news@theargus.co.uk. Or by texting 80360 and beginning your message with SUPIC.

8:17am

8:17am

8:16am

8:16am

SCHOOL COSURES - update

West Sussex

Camelsdale Primary School, Haslemere - This school will be completely closed
Compton and Up Marden CofE Primary School, Chichester - This school will be completely closed
Cornfield School, Littlehampton, Littlehampton - This school will be completely closed.
Fernhurst Primary School, Haslemere - This school will be completely closed due to the weather
Fordwater School, Chichester, Chichester - This school will be completely closed
Littlegreen School, Compton, Chichester - This school will be completely closed
March CofE Primary School, The, Chichester - No clubs
Midhurst Rother College, Midhurst - This school will be completely closed except for external exams.
Rogate CofE Primary School, Petersfield - This school will be completely closed
Rydon Community College, Pulborough - This school will be completely closed
St Anthony's School, Chichester - This school will be completely closed
Stedham Primary School, Midhurst - This school will be completely closed
Steyning Grammar School, Steyning - Examinations will continue for those students who can travel to and from the school safely
West Chiltington Community School, Pulborough - This school will be completely closed

Brighton and Hove

None

East Sussex

None

8:07am

8:00am

7:59am

MET OFFICE - latest

Remaining very cold with icy conditions across all but the far southwest of England throughout the period. Temperatures will be close to average across Cornwall and west Devon for much of the period. A band of snow is expected to move across the whole country on Friday, bringing widespread snow accumulations and leaving icy conditions to all areas excluding western Cornwall. Further snow showers are expected on Saturday away from the southwest, particularly along east coast areas, retaining the risk of ice. Lighter snow showers on Sunday midlands northwards. Strong winds at times across the country will make it feel bitterly cold.

Advice: Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit www.nhs.uk. If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, please contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647, www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or your local pharmacist.

7:57am

7:53am Fri 18 Jan 13

loftylad says

Minus 13 in Tallinn Estonia this morning. Everything's moving as normal. Gatwick airport sent me an email warning of travel disruption and it hasn't snowed yet.

7:53am

SCHOOL CLOSURES - UPDATED

West Sussex

Camelsdale Primary School, Haslemere - This school will be completely closed
Compton and Up Marden CofE Primary School, Chichester - This school will be completely closed
Littlegreen School, Compton, Chichester - This school will be completely closed
Midhurst Rother College, Midhurst - This school will be completely closed except for external exams.
Rogate CofE Primary School, Petersfield - This school will be completely closed
St Anthony's School, Chichester - This school will be completely closed
Steyning Grammar School, Steyning - Examinations will continue for those students who can travel to and from the school safe.

Brighton and Hove

None

East Sussex

None

 

7:49am

7:49am

7:49am

7:45am

Get Involved

If you are affected by the weather you can send your comments and pictures to the Argus at news@theargus.co.uk or by texting 80360 and beginning your message with SUPIC.

7:44am

7:44am

 

7:40am

TRAINS

Southern is operating an amended timetable today. Passengers are urged to check before they travel.

For more details visit www.southernrailway.com or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.

7:39am

7:38am

7:34am

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Brighton and Hove

None

West Sussex

Littlegreen School, Compton, Chichester  - This school will be completely closed
St Anthony's School, Chichester  - This school will be completely closed
Steyning Grammar School, Steyning - Examinations will continue for those students who can travel to and from the school safely

East Sussex

None

7:30am

7:30am

Brighton and Hove CIty Council statement 

We're currently experiencing a cold snap and there is a risk of snow and ice today, Friday 18 January. The cold temperatures are forecast to continue over the weekend so the roads are likely to be icy over the next few days.

Our gritters have been out spreading salt overnight and we are ready to grit and salt during any severe weather over the weekend. As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and do further road treatments when necessary.

Due to the cold weather, our rough sleepers team is providing extra help to homeless people in the city. You can let them know about rough sleepers by calling 0808 1680414 (free phone number) or by emailing brighton.rsssrt@cri.org.uk. Help is also available to residents through the warm homes, healthy people scheme.

Seafront vehicles are now being made available to staff in adult social care. These will be used, if needed, to gain access to any hard to reach areas.

7:26am

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7:25am

7:25am

A blanket of snow up to 10cm deep has been forecast to settle on Sussex today.

Drivers are being warned to only make essential journeys as heavy snow is forecast this evening across the county.

The Met Office has put Sussex on an orange severe weather warning for snow, meaning it is likely to fall heavily across the county, causing a number of roads to be closed and others to be passable only with care.

A further yellow alert for snow has been issued from Saturday to midday Sunday, with residents asked to “be aware” of the conditions.

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7:49am Fri 18 Jan 13

bluemonday says...

it might be abit of snow,not the apocalypse,calm down
it might be abit of snow,not the apocalypse,calm down bluemonday
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7:53am Fri 18 Jan 13

loftylad says...

Minus 13 in Tallinn Estonia this morning. Everything's moving as normal. Gatwick airport sent me an email warning of travel disruption and it hasn't snowed yet.
Minus 13 in Tallinn Estonia this morning. Everything's moving as normal. Gatwick airport sent me an email warning of travel disruption and it hasn't snowed yet. loftylad
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8:34am Fri 18 Jan 13

Tom V says...

Snowing in Peacehaven. Meant to be going to the Royal Sussex Hospital later but am expecting appointments to be cancelled.

Why can't we cope with snow these days? It never used to be a problem. I remember the days we would see snow ploughs!
Snowing in Peacehaven. Meant to be going to the Royal Sussex Hospital later but am expecting appointments to be cancelled. Why can't we cope with snow these days? It never used to be a problem. I remember the days we would see snow ploughs! Tom V
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9:01am Fri 18 Jan 13

Sezbee says...

Semi severe weather has changed the 'warning' for Worthing from pretty awful to pretty.
Semi severe weather has changed the 'warning' for Worthing from pretty awful to pretty. Sezbee
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9:08am Fri 18 Jan 13

Fairfax Sakes says...

Well I managed to get to work!
Its terrible over here in Worthing. Not the weather mind, just the town generally.
Well I managed to get to work! Its terrible over here in Worthing. Not the weather mind, just the town generally. Fairfax Sakes
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9:10am Fri 18 Jan 13

bluemonday says...

Fairfax Sakes wrote:
Well I managed to get to work! Its terrible over here in Worthing. Not the weather mind, just the town generally.
funny
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Sakes[/bold] wrote: Well I managed to get to work! Its terrible over here in Worthing. Not the weather mind, just the town generally.[/p][/quote]funny bluemonday
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9:18am Fri 18 Jan 13

Crystal Ball says...

We're all doomed!
We're all doomed! Crystal Ball
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9:26am Fri 18 Jan 13

Notters_Seagull says...

Fairfax Sakes wrote:
Well I managed to get to work!
Its terrible over here in Worthing. Not the weather mind, just the town generally.
Like.
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Sakes[/bold] wrote: Well I managed to get to work! Its terrible over here in Worthing. Not the weather mind, just the town generally.[/p][/quote]Like. Notters_Seagull
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9:29am Fri 18 Jan 13

worthingite says...

Has that poster eaten that bowl of snow yet ?


10cm........If only !
Has that poster eaten that bowl of snow yet ? 10cm........If only ! worthingite
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9:30am Fri 18 Jan 13

Ballroom Blitz says...

I was ready to go to work in Brighton, and the boss called to say not to bother.
There's about a millimeter of snow. It beggars belief that people give up so easily.
Now I have lost a days pay.
I was ready to go to work in Brighton, and the boss called to say not to bother. There's about a millimeter of snow. It beggars belief that people give up so easily. Now I have lost a days pay. Ballroom Blitz
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9:32am Fri 18 Jan 13

Ballroom Blitz says...

Please. Most of you have no idea how to drive in even a bit of snow. So if you aren't sure if you have the ability, please stay at home, and leave the roads free for those that can.
Please. Most of you have no idea how to drive in even a bit of snow. So if you aren't sure if you have the ability, please stay at home, and leave the roads free for those that can. Ballroom Blitz
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9:35am Fri 18 Jan 13

Discombobulated says...

What I've learnt most from this article is the Argus staff all disappear off home at twenty past five.
What I've learnt most from this article is the Argus staff all disappear off home at twenty past five. Discombobulated
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9:51am Fri 18 Jan 13

Andy R says...

Ballroom Blitz wrote:
I was ready to go to work in Brighton, and the boss called to say not to bother. There's about a millimeter of snow. It beggars belief that people give up so easily. Now I have lost a days pay.
Go to your workplace, get yourself photographed there, then put in a claim against your boss for breach of contract!
[quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: I was ready to go to work in Brighton, and the boss called to say not to bother. There's about a millimeter of snow. It beggars belief that people give up so easily. Now I have lost a days pay.[/p][/quote]Go to your workplace, get yourself photographed there, then put in a claim against your boss for breach of contract! Andy R
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10:06am Fri 18 Jan 13

Number Six says...

Andy R wrote:
Ballroom Blitz wrote:
I was ready to go to work in Brighton, and the boss called to say not to bother. There's about a millimeter of snow. It beggars belief that people give up so easily. Now I have lost a days pay.
Go to your workplace, get yourself photographed there, then put in a claim against your boss for breach of contract!
Oh hell. I actually agree with Andy R for once. I must have a lie down
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: I was ready to go to work in Brighton, and the boss called to say not to bother. There's about a millimeter of snow. It beggars belief that people give up so easily. Now I have lost a days pay.[/p][/quote]Go to your workplace, get yourself photographed there, then put in a claim against your boss for breach of contract![/p][/quote]Oh hell. I actually agree with Andy R for once. I must have a lie down Number Six
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10:37am Fri 18 Jan 13

Ballroom Blitz says...

Number Six wrote:
Andy R wrote:
Ballroom Blitz wrote:
I was ready to go to work in Brighton, and the boss called to say not to bother. There's about a millimeter of snow. It beggars belief that people give up so easily. Now I have lost a days pay.
Go to your workplace, get yourself photographed there, then put in a claim against your boss for breach of contract!
Oh hell. I actually agree with Andy R for once. I must have a lie down
Actually, I take it back. My road is now impassable, and it won't be long before the buses are unable to run, so I reluctantly think it was the right decision.
Could have got there, but getting home would have been a nightmare.
[quote][p][bold]Number Six[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: I was ready to go to work in Brighton, and the boss called to say not to bother. There's about a millimeter of snow. It beggars belief that people give up so easily. Now I have lost a days pay.[/p][/quote]Go to your workplace, get yourself photographed there, then put in a claim against your boss for breach of contract![/p][/quote]Oh hell. I actually agree with Andy R for once. I must have a lie down[/p][/quote]Actually, I take it back. My road is now impassable, and it won't be long before the buses are unable to run, so I reluctantly think it was the right decision. Could have got there, but getting home would have been a nightmare. Ballroom Blitz
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10:54am Fri 18 Jan 13

jyan says...

Stay at home if you can - not worth having an accident. Most things can wait.
Stay at home if you can - not worth having an accident. Most things can wait. jyan
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11:23am Fri 18 Jan 13

Flangedreamer says...

White Hell.
White Hell. Flangedreamer
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11:37am Fri 18 Jan 13

sunnysea says...

Be extra careful around heavy vehicles making turns. Just saw a truck nearly sweep the pavement with its load!
Be extra careful around heavy vehicles making turns. Just saw a truck nearly sweep the pavement with its load! sunnysea
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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13

bluemonday says...

so going surfing in the sea with these temperatures and snowing is described as brave,not a word i would of chosen,and not something to be encouraged
so going surfing in the sea with these temperatures and snowing is described as brave,not a word i would of chosen,and not something to be encouraged bluemonday
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1:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Postman_Pat says...

Cars still trying to get up Coldean Lane, it is not passable. All getting stuck and having to turn around.

A number of cars abandoned.
Cars still trying to get up Coldean Lane, it is not passable. All getting stuck and having to turn around. A number of cars abandoned. Postman_Pat
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1:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13

jyan says...

Why is it that cinemas will refund me if I can't get there in snow but the Theatre Royal Brighton refuses - it's only a theatre tour as well!?!
Why is it that cinemas will refund me if I can't get there in snow but the Theatre Royal Brighton refuses - it's only a theatre tour as well!?! jyan
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1:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Poccypoc says...

bluemonday wrote:
so going surfing in the sea with these temperatures and snowing is described as brave,not a word i would of chosen,and not something to be encouraged
Totally agree. What an idiot?! Risking HIS life, but also those in the emergency services if he was to get into trouble. THESE are the "brave" people, not some joker on a board!
[quote][p][bold]bluemonday[/bold] wrote: so going surfing in the sea with these temperatures and snowing is described as brave,not a word i would of chosen,and not something to be encouraged[/p][/quote]Totally agree. What an idiot?! Risking HIS life, but also those in the emergency services if he was to get into trouble. THESE are the "brave" people, not some joker on a board! Poccypoc
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2:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13

pleasantlydisturbed says...

perfect location for the new bus depot... at Hollingbury.
perfect location for the new bus depot... at Hollingbury. pleasantlydisturbed
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2:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13

MzEden1 says...

My workplace is closed. What then?

In these circumstances, you are entitled to pay.

In addition, your employer cannot require you to take the time as annual leave.

Lifted from ACAS website.
If your employer shuts your place or work before or during your shift you are entitled to be paid.
My workplace is closed. What then? In these circumstances, you are entitled to pay. In addition, your employer cannot require you to take the time as annual leave. Lifted from ACAS website. If your employer shuts your place or work before or during your shift you are entitled to be paid. MzEden1
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2:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13

StevieD says...

So it's not safe for kids to be in school, but it is ok for them to be racing around at the side of roads chucking snow at traffic and people causing risk to life and property. Use your brains parents, keep them in the garden or take them to play somewhere safe. Can't believe that schools and companies close because of a couple of inches of snow.
So it's not safe for kids to be in school, but it is ok for them to be racing around at the side of roads chucking snow at traffic and people causing risk to life and property. Use your brains parents, keep them in the garden or take them to play somewhere safe. Can't believe that schools and companies close because of a couple of inches of snow. StevieD
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8:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13

imnotpc says...

yes and when i slipped over in the snow earlier some king sole tried to stick their fingers up my jacksy...absolutely disgusting
yes and when i slipped over in the snow earlier some king sole tried to stick their fingers up my jacksy...absolutely disgusting imnotpc
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11:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Poccypoc says...

StevieD wrote:
So it's not safe for kids to be in school, but it is ok for them to be racing around at the side of roads chucking snow at traffic and people causing risk to life and property. Use your brains parents, keep them in the garden or take them to play somewhere safe. Can't believe that schools and companies close because of a couple of inches of snow.
Quite right. It's an ABSOLUTE scandal. Schools didn't close when I was there in the 70s. Get some backbone. My sister was a teacher, living in east Brighton. SHE managed to get to Portslade every day, but weak-willed colleagues in Hove couldn't make it. DISGRACEFUL!

Parent - keep your bloody kids off the streets. Stop them throwing snowballs at cars and people. I wonder how many adults will be arrested for giving some kids a clip round the ear, or putting a hose on them?! I have seen that before.

I was in Hove tonight. Tesco open - WELL DONE. But Clinton's closed. Nationwide closed. RBS closed. Pitiful.
[quote][p][bold]StevieD[/bold] wrote: So it's not safe for kids to be in school, but it is ok for them to be racing around at the side of roads chucking snow at traffic and people causing risk to life and property. Use your brains parents, keep them in the garden or take them to play somewhere safe. Can't believe that schools and companies close because of a couple of inches of snow.[/p][/quote]Quite right. It's an ABSOLUTE scandal. Schools didn't close when I was there in the 70s. Get some backbone. My sister was a teacher, living in east Brighton. SHE managed to get to Portslade every day, but weak-willed colleagues in Hove couldn't make it. DISGRACEFUL! Parent - keep your bloody kids off the streets. Stop them throwing snowballs at cars and people. I wonder how many adults will be arrested for giving some kids a clip round the ear, or putting a hose on them?! I have seen that before. I was in Hove tonight. Tesco open - WELL DONE. But Clinton's closed. Nationwide closed. RBS closed. Pitiful. Poccypoc
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1:47am Sat 19 Jan 13

Worthingwithoutbuses! says...

I understand the "Patcham/Hollingbury Moaners" are at it again about a lack of buses going up there? Perhaps if a 10 ton bus (Minimum) slid into thier car or house then they would probably understand why they are not going up there?? SAFTEY! Most new buses now are automatic and in ice & snow they are unpredictable on hills. Give us a break people... we risk travelling to get to work to try and get you home as safely as possible and all you do is give us a hard time for following safety instructions from our control and the police. A hard day/night over. Nuff said. WWB.
I understand the "Patcham/Hollingbury Moaners" are at it again about a lack of buses going up there? Perhaps if a 10 ton bus (Minimum) slid into thier car or house then they would probably understand why they are not going up there?? SAFTEY! Most new buses now are automatic and in ice & snow they are unpredictable on hills. Give us a break people... we risk travelling to get to work to try and get you home as safely as possible and all you do is give us a hard time for following safety instructions from our control and the police. A hard day/night over. Nuff said. WWB. Worthingwithoutbuses!
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11:06am Sun 20 Jan 13

kmhove says...

My Solar powered lights have stopped working!
Looking across at some houses in the distance where solar panels have been fitted on the roof, and thinking about the solar panel array set up by the local groups around Shoreham harbour etc, the following verse came to mind :

"Solar panels in the snow,
Where did all the power go?
Maybe soon we'll get some rain
Then we'll have some power again!!
My Solar powered lights have stopped working! Looking across at some houses in the distance where solar panels have been fitted on the roof, and thinking about the solar panel array set up by the local groups around Shoreham harbour etc, the following verse came to mind : "Solar panels in the snow, Where did all the power go? Maybe soon we'll get some rain Then we'll have some power again!! kmhove
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2:49pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Cass says...

Well, Worthingwithoutbuses
, message clear and understood but it IS every time there is a bit of snow that Patcham and Hollingbury not forgetting Coldean, that they get cut off.Isn't it about time that the council got the outline districts roads sorted. or should that be "salted" to keep it clear.No matter what they may say, they don't until too late. Have to wonder what they will do if they move the bus depot, as proposed, to Hollingbury. May only be a few days a year but there will be mayhem, not that there won't be anyway,if it does go there, not the ideal place by any stretch of imagination.
Well, Worthingwithoutbuses , message clear and understood but it IS every time there is a bit of snow that Patcham and Hollingbury not forgetting Coldean, that they get cut off.Isn't it about time that the council got the outline districts roads sorted. or should that be "salted" to keep it clear.No matter what they may say, they don't until too late. Have to wonder what they will do if they move the bus depot, as proposed, to Hollingbury. May only be a few days a year but there will be mayhem, not that there won't be anyway,if it does go there, not the ideal place by any stretch of imagination. Cass
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10:24pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Biker123 says...

I have given up with the council! Why can you not send the gritter's out when the temperature has dropped drastically and there is ice on the road's everywhere? Hence why the A27 got closed off, and i was on the A259 and i managed to come off my motorbike doing less than 10MPH due to the ice. The council is just a joke in general!
I have given up with the council! Why can you not send the gritter's out when the temperature has dropped drastically and there is ice on the road's everywhere? Hence why the A27 got closed off, and i was on the A259 and i managed to come off my motorbike doing less than 10MPH due to the ice. The council is just a joke in general! Biker123
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10:31pm Sun 20 Jan 13

PorkBoat says...

In November/early December, when the temp was above freezing, there was a man at Preston Park gritting and salting the pathways leading to the station. Now that it's needed, he's nowhere to be seen. Ridiculous.
In November/early December, when the temp was above freezing, there was a man at Preston Park gritting and salting the pathways leading to the station. Now that it's needed, he's nowhere to be seen. Ridiculous. PorkBoat
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9:08am Mon 21 Jan 13

StevieD says...

What's the excuse today? Wrong sort of ice? These companies are using this as a money saving operation because less people are venturing out thus penalising "the workers" who want to travel. Schools the same, any excuse to skive. Health and safety has gone too far. By all means warn people to be careful and treat icy areas but also fine transport and service providers for failing thier customers.
What's the excuse today? Wrong sort of ice? These companies are using this as a money saving operation because less people are venturing out thus penalising "the workers" who want to travel. Schools the same, any excuse to skive. Health and safety has gone too far. By all means warn people to be careful and treat icy areas but also fine transport and service providers for failing thier customers. StevieD
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2:23pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Sussex jim says...

Lewes. The main Crown Post Office in the county town is closed. Apparently, staff cannot get in from Shoreham or Hastings. You coudn't make it up!
Lewes. The main Crown Post Office in the county town is closed. Apparently, staff cannot get in from Shoreham or Hastings. You coudn't make it up! Sussex jim
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7:47pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Withdean-er says...

Sussex jim wrote:
Lewes. The main Crown Post Office in the county town is closed. Apparently, staff cannot get in from Shoreham or Hastings. You coudn't make it up!
Strange isn't it.

Staff made it from Worthing to Brighton easily by car and train today, on time.

Perhaps there's a mystery avalanche on the A27 and train line near the old Newmarket pub.

Old public sector attitudes never die.
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: Lewes. The main Crown Post Office in the county town is closed. Apparently, staff cannot get in from Shoreham or Hastings. You coudn't make it up![/p][/quote]Strange isn't it. Staff made it from Worthing to Brighton easily by car and train today, on time. Perhaps there's a mystery avalanche on the A27 and train line near the old Newmarket pub. Old public sector attitudes never die. Withdean-er
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12:13am Wed 23 Jan 13

SimonS says...

Just got back from several hours stuck on the A23/27. I know a lot of people will blame the council/highways for the chaos, but there was a herculean effort by them going on tonight with gritter after gritter coming through, tractors with ploughs etc. Everything just happened at the wrong time; it's slow there at the best of times, with the snow it was even slower, and then the snow starts to lay.

The road was perfectly drivable with care, but the weather was atrocious, everything snarled up and it was more congestion and then idiots abandoning their cars in the most moronic of places that caused the delays.

I couldn't see any way that things could have been done differently. It's a big hill and seems to have its own weather system there. The police, council or highways were doing a good job in horrible circumstances and unfortunately these things happen.
Just got back from several hours stuck on the A23/27. I know a lot of people will blame the council/highways for the chaos, but there was a herculean effort by them going on tonight with gritter after gritter coming through, tractors with ploughs etc. Everything just happened at the wrong time; it's slow there at the best of times, with the snow it was even slower, and then the snow starts to lay. The road was perfectly drivable with care, but the weather was atrocious, everything snarled up and it was more congestion and then idiots abandoning their cars in the most moronic of places that caused the delays. I couldn't see any way that things could have been done differently. It's a big hill and seems to have its own weather system there. The police, council or highways were doing a good job in horrible circumstances and unfortunately these things happen. SimonS
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9:42am Wed 23 Jan 13

Euly says...

bluemonday wrote:
Fairfax Sakes wrote: Well I managed to get to work! Its terrible over here in Worthing. Not the weather mind, just the town generally.
funny
Very funny
[quote][p][bold]bluemonday[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fairfax Sakes[/bold] wrote: Well I managed to get to work! Its terrible over here in Worthing. Not the weather mind, just the town generally.[/p][/quote]funny[/p][/quote]Very funny Euly
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9:52am Wed 23 Jan 13

Euly says...

Poccypoc wrote:
StevieD wrote: So it's not safe for kids to be in school, but it is ok for them to be racing around at the side of roads chucking snow at traffic and people causing risk to life and property. Use your brains parents, keep them in the garden or take them to play somewhere safe. Can't believe that schools and companies close because of a couple of inches of snow.
Quite right. It's an ABSOLUTE scandal. Schools didn't close when I was there in the 70s. Get some backbone. My sister was a teacher, living in east Brighton. SHE managed to get to Portslade every day, but weak-willed colleagues in Hove couldn't make it. DISGRACEFUL! Parent - keep your bloody kids off the streets. Stop them throwing snowballs at cars and people. I wonder how many adults will be arrested for giving some kids a clip round the ear, or putting a hose on them?! I have seen that before. I was in Hove tonight. Tesco open - WELL DONE. But Clinton's closed. Nationwide closed. RBS closed. Pitiful.
Clinton’s and RBS closed pitiful? , did it even occur to you that the people who work in these places HAD to leave early or they may not have got home ?. I don’t like it anymore than most as it took me two and a half hours to get home on Friday at midday, just 12 miles but had I left it any later I may not have got home for hours as a colleague of mine found. Really the fact that you couldn’t go to Clintons or RBS is it worth getting upset about?.
[quote][p][bold]Poccypoc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StevieD[/bold] wrote: So it's not safe for kids to be in school, but it is ok for them to be racing around at the side of roads chucking snow at traffic and people causing risk to life and property. Use your brains parents, keep them in the garden or take them to play somewhere safe. Can't believe that schools and companies close because of a couple of inches of snow.[/p][/quote]Quite right. It's an ABSOLUTE scandal. Schools didn't close when I was there in the 70s. Get some backbone. My sister was a teacher, living in east Brighton. SHE managed to get to Portslade every day, but weak-willed colleagues in Hove couldn't make it. DISGRACEFUL! Parent - keep your bloody kids off the streets. Stop them throwing snowballs at cars and people. I wonder how many adults will be arrested for giving some kids a clip round the ear, or putting a hose on them?! I have seen that before. I was in Hove tonight. Tesco open - WELL DONE. But Clinton's closed. Nationwide closed. RBS closed. Pitiful.[/p][/quote]Clinton’s and RBS closed pitiful? , did it even occur to you that the people who work in these places HAD to leave early or they may not have got home ?. I don’t like it anymore than most as it took me two and a half hours to get home on Friday at midday, just 12 miles but had I left it any later I may not have got home for hours as a colleague of mine found. Really the fact that you couldn’t go to Clintons or RBS is it worth getting upset about?. Euly
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9:55am Wed 23 Jan 13

Euly says...

SimonS wrote:
Just got back from several hours stuck on the A23/27. I know a lot of people will blame the council/highways for the chaos, but there was a herculean effort by them going on tonight with gritter after gritter coming through, tractors with ploughs etc. Everything just happened at the wrong time; it's slow there at the best of times, with the snow it was even slower, and then the snow starts to lay. The road was perfectly drivable with care, but the weather was atrocious, everything snarled up and it was more congestion and then idiots abandoning their cars in the most moronic of places that caused the delays. I couldn't see any way that things could have been done differently. It's a big hill and seems to have its own weather system there. The police, council or highways were doing a good job in horrible circumstances and unfortunately these things happen.
Nice to hear someone saying somthing possitive on here !. I agree totally
[quote][p][bold]SimonS[/bold] wrote: Just got back from several hours stuck on the A23/27. I know a lot of people will blame the council/highways for the chaos, but there was a herculean effort by them going on tonight with gritter after gritter coming through, tractors with ploughs etc. Everything just happened at the wrong time; it's slow there at the best of times, with the snow it was even slower, and then the snow starts to lay. The road was perfectly drivable with care, but the weather was atrocious, everything snarled up and it was more congestion and then idiots abandoning their cars in the most moronic of places that caused the delays. I couldn't see any way that things could have been done differently. It's a big hill and seems to have its own weather system there. The police, council or highways were doing a good job in horrible circumstances and unfortunately these things happen.[/p][/quote]Nice to hear someone saying somthing possitive on here !. I agree totally Euly
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