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Cross-country skier trains on Durdham Downs in Bristol

A cross-country skier in Bristol has taken advantage of the snow to put in some winter training on Durdham Downs in Bristol.

Dick Martin said: "I've skied on the Downs for the last three years so we're thinking of setting up a small local club for cross-country skiers."

The Highways Agency is urging drivers to be careful on roads in Bristol and Bath because of ice.

Snowfall has ranged from 3cm to about 15cm with temperatures falling to -6C.

Mr Martin, a member of the Bristol and District Triathlon Club, said: "The snow conditions today aren't great but better than nothing, so ski on what you can get."

'Further snow'

The Highways Agency said it had managed to keep main routes like the M4 and M5 open all night despite sub-zero temperatures.

"The roads are now pretty clear of snow in general but we would still advise road users to be cautious," a spokesman said.

"There's always a risk of ice when the temperatures are below zero, but we have treated the roads."

BBC weather forecaster Anna Church said: "An area of snow is expected to move in on Monday morning bringing further accumulations of snow between 5-10cm with a possibility of 15cm on higher ground.

"This will add to the snow we've already had across the city and surrounding area."

In North Somerset, gritting managers said most roads were passable but warned ice would cause "severe problems" on untreated roads.

In Bath and North East Somerset, the council said untreated roads would be "very icy and very slippery".

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