Dorset snow: Difficult conditions on roads following snowfall

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Media captionEarly morning snow in Dorset was enjoyed by some people

Drivers continue to face difficult conditions on Dorset's roads following heavy snowfall.

People have been urged to avoid non-essential travel and South West Trains is running revised routes.

About 100 properties in West Moors are without electricity due to fallen power lines.

More than 200 schools were shut following the snowfall with police describing road conditions as "quite challenging."

The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" warning for parts of the county with further significant and potentially disruptive accumulations of snow expected.

Dorset police warned drivers to beware of slush and ice on the roads ahead of the evening rush hour.

The A35 has reopened after being shut all morning on Friday after a lorry and its 10m (33ft) trailer jack-knifed near Dorchester.

A motorist suffered a broken leg after his car lost control in difficult conditions near Wareham,

The A31 at St Leonards was blocked by a fallen tree.

Police said gritters and snow ploughs would be deployed 24/7 to cope with any further snow fall.

'Absolute care'

Ch Insp Nicky Searle said: "We've been planning for the snow for the last two to three days, so so far we're coping well.

"We would ask that members of the public that do need to travel do so with absolute care and put shovels, blankets and hot drinks in the car."

Bus operator Damory is not operating services due to the snow.

Bournemouth International Airport said it remained open for business with workers clearing the runway of snow.

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Media captionChildren in Dorchester took to the slopes after a covering of snow

The council said it had brought in 2,000 extra tonnes of salt to cope with the wintry conditions forecast for the next few days.

A Dorset County Council spokesman said: "Gritting teams were out from midnight treating the priority network ready for sub-zero temperatures.

"Community routes connecting schools, hospitals and isolated communities were gritted on Thursday, and snow ploughs have been fitted to vehicles in preparation.

"Motorists should take extreme care when travelling, keeping their speed down and maintaining a sufficient distance from the vehicle in front to be able to brake and stop safely. It can take 10 times longer to stop in icy conditions."

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