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Summary

  1. Widespread disruption to rail services
  2. Hundreds of schools closed across South
  3. South Western Railway apologises after passengers stuck on trains
  4. Hundreds of motorists spend night stranded on A31
  5. Ambulance service appeals for 4x4 owners to help staff get to work
  6. Updates from Friday 2 March

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Good evening

That's all from us today, but BBC South Live will be back again at 08:00 on Monday.

Stay safe and keep warm this weekend.

Pictures of a snowy Oxford at night

Last night Eddie Golding braved Oxford in the snow and took some stunning shots.

St Giles, the Sheldonian Theatre, and the Bodleian, were all captured.

St Giles in the snow
Eddie Golding
St Giles telephone box in the snow
Eddie Golding
Sheldonian in the snow
Eddie Golding
Bodleian in the snow
Eddie Golding

Horse found in snow in Dorset reunited with owner

Horse found in Sherborne
Amy Dick-Read

A horse found “trotting around Sherborne” in the snow has been reunited with its owner.

Amy Dick-Read, who rescued the horse, had earlier said the animal was found on the main road between Sherborne and Longburton.

Operations postponed at John Radcliffe Hospital

Some operations have had to be postponed at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital over the weekend and on Monday because of the weather.

Paul Brennan, director of clinical services at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are very sorry to have to do this but we are experiencing very high levels of patients needing emergency admissions at the moment, and we need to prioritise.

"We would continue to encourage patients who need to come to our hospitals over the coming days for planned appointments and procedures to attend, unless they have heard otherwise from us, provided they can reach us safely."

M40 'still dangerous' as accidents cleared

Saturday's Condor Liberation sailings cancelled

Condor Ferries has cancelled tomorrow's Liberation's sailings between the Channel Islands and Poole.

Students supporting Oxford's homeless

Students
Oxford Homeless Project

Students from Oxford University's Student Union Homelessness Campaign and the Turl Street Action Group have been going out in the snow to support rough sleepers who choose not to use shelters at night.

They have taken items donated for the homeless with them, including emergency blankets, hand warmers, food packs and lots of woolies and coats.

They will be handed out again this evening to anyone in need by the students.

Council message to tenants battling severe weather

Message from Oxford City Council
Oxford City Council
Oxford City Council message to tenants

Road in Banbury closed after lorries get stuck

Saints' game against Stoke tomorrow 'still on'

Weymouth v Slough clash postponed

Weymouth's home league fixture against Slough tomorrow is the latest to be postponed due to bad weather.

A full list of postponed matches can be found here.

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Keeping the runways clear at RAF Brize Norton...

RAF Brize Norton
Paul Crouch, MOD Crown Copyright
RAF Brize Norton
Paul Crouch, MOD Crown Copyright
RAF Brize Norton
Paul Crouch, MOD Crown Copyright

Chiltern Railways services in operation but delayed

Gritters back out in Berkshire

As the snow continues to fall in Berkshire, the gritters are returning to the roads.

You can find out which roads in West Berkshire are being treated below.

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Clinical mentor makes shift thanks to 'wonderful farmer'

Scientists create 'Snodgeball' sport in Reading

Michael Race

BBC South

A new winter sport, invented in Reading, has won its creators a trip to the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.

Snodgeball - a snowball fight combined with dodgeball - was developed by Imogen Kendall and Rebecca Whaling, who are both scientists at the Reading Science Centre.

Scientists create 'Snodgeball' sport in Reading

Ram-raid gang leave Porsche at scene

A gang attempted to ram-raid a cash machine in Wokingham but left the car at the scene.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following the incident at about 03:00 GMT on Wednesday.

The group used a black Porsche Cayenne to try to remove the ATM from a Waitrose in Rectory Road. They fled the scene empty handed.

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Severe disruption: A4260 Oxfordshire both ways

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A4260 Oxfordshire both ways severe disruption, between B4100 Oxford Road and A422 Hennef Way.

A4260 Oxfordshire - A4260 Oxford Road in Banbury closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B4100 Oxford Road junction and Concorde Roundabout, because of snow.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Conditions turning treacherous and 'dangerous' in Caversham

Road conditions are turning treacherous in Reading as snow continues to fall, with Caversham seemingly the worst affected.

Thames Valley Police said the area has become "dangerous to drive around" with the hills in and out becoming very slippery.

Reading Buses has confirmed one of its vehicles is stuck on St Anne's Road, and in Caversham Heights residents say cars are skidding all over the place and into walls.

An accident has closed the A4155 by the Flowing Spring pub and Oakley Road in Sonning Common has become particularly difficult to drive on.

Police are warning people not to drive unless absolutely essential.

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Dedicated nurses take to the streets

BreakingTrain operator ends services early

Dorset Police help stuck drivers

Severe disruption: A350 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A350 Dorset both ways severe disruption, between Hawkcombe Lane and A30 Christy's Lane.

A350 Dorset - A350 in Compton Abbas closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Hawkcombe Lane junction and the A30 Christy's Lane junction, because of a broken down lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

No trains leaving Waterloo Station

Waterloo Station departure boards
Mark Snow

There are no departures currently going from London Waterloo, the busiest train station in the the UK.

Departure boards are blank, and no information on scheduled or delayed services has been given to passengers at the station.

South Western Railway said it was ending all services at 20:00 earlier in the day, but had already advised passengers not to travel.

Southeastern, which operates from Waterloo East, has also advised passengers not to travel.

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Olympian snowboards through streets

Olympic bronze medalist Billy Morgan, from Southampton, and skier Paddy Graham took advantage of the snowy conditions as they showed off some moves in Essex.

Gritters back out in Oxfordshire

Tractor clears snow from road in Bampton

'Multiple accidents' reported on A361 in Chipping Norton

Train line between Oxford and Hereford suspended

Do you recognise this horse?

Sue Paz

BBC South

A horse has been found “trotting around Sherborne” in the snow and without an owner.

Amy Dick-Read, who rescued the horse, said he was found on the main road between Sherborne and Longburton where it is now being stabled.

“If you know who he belongs to, get in touch,” she said.

Missing horse
Amy Dick-Read

Saints 'monitoring conditions'

Southampton FC say club staff are keeping an eye on weather conditions and are liaising with emergency services and the city council before making a decision on tomorrow's match against Stoke City.

A statement on the club website says they will issue an update at 17:00 GMT on Friday.

The match is due to kick-off at 15:00 on Saturday.

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Stranded, but saved by 'social media hero'

Sue Paz

BBC South

A round of applause for a very helpful hero who offered his 4x4 truck to anyone who needed help in the snow.

Oliver Blatch came to the rescue of Shane Clothier, who was stranded overnight on his way home from Dorchester.

Mr Clothier said: “I left Dorchester at 15:30 yesterday and arrived at the George Albert Hotel at Clay Pigeon, 10 miles away, at 23:30, after several tows by tractors and 4x4s.

“I abandoned my car at the entrance to the hotel.”

He then turned to social media for help.

“Sherborne News and Views [a Facebook page] offered me a hero in a chap called Oliver Blatch who drove out from Sherborne, pulled me off the entrance and got me back on the road.”

Oliver Blatch
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Accident between Reading and Henley

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The white stuff returns to Southampton

Is this the coolest head teacher in the UK?

'Snow day' has inspired some schools to get creative with their snow closure messages. Our favourite is this one from Uplands Primary School in Sandhurst. Could Mr Sherwood be the coolest head teacher in the country? You decide!

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Stranded at Southampton station: 'We're hungry and cold'

Passengers wanting to get to Dorset are stuck at Southampton station

Train passengers trying to get to Dorset but who are stuck at Southampton station have described their 15-hours-and-counting ordeal as "awful".

They are on a train in the station and able to get on and off, but the trains which broke down overnight have blocked the line to Bournemouth and Weymouth. Passengers say they are "hungry and cold". Some have managed to get taxis in the last hour but others are looking for lifts.

4x4 vehicles transport hospital staff

South Central Ambulance Service appealed for volunteers this morning to transport its staff to work and there's been a steady stream of vehicles turning up at it's headquarters in Otterbourne near Winchester.

Volunteers have been taking hospital and control room staff, along with frontline paramedics, to and from work.

Managers at the trust say they've been overwhelmed by the response and we spoke to some of those 4x4 drivers giving a helping hand.

Special delivery! By sledge

Jasper and Jed Gibson
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Customers of Meonstoke Post Office and Village Stores are able to order supplies by phone or email

A village shop in Hampshire launched a special snow service for customers - delivery by sledge.

Customers of Meonstoke Post Office and Village Stores are able to order supplies by phone or email, before they were delivered to their door by Jasper, 11, and Jed Gibson, 9, sons of shop owner Nell Ravenscroft.

Nell said sledge delivery seemed like a "good idea".

We live in a rural area and have a lot of older customers so we wanted to make sure they were able to get bread and milk and other essentials without the need to go out on slippery roads.The boys were off school because of the snow so they were happy to help.