Dorset snow: Motorists urged not to drive unless absolutely necessary
People in Dorset are being urged not to travel unless absolutely necessary after heavy snow hit the county this morning.
Plans have been put in place by the Dorset Local Resilience Forum - an emergency planning group including Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, the NHS, And the Highways Agency.
Between 10 and 20cm is expected to fall across Dorset today, with the bad weather easing off this afternoon.
Chief Inspector Nicky Searle of Dorset Police said: "Multi-agency partners are making preparations for the severe weather and have put in place contingency plans to maximise the level of service that can be provided across the county.
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"Local authorities are invoking emergency planning arrangements and the emergency services are sharing resources and enlisting voluntary assistance to ensure vehicles and personnel stand the best chance of reaching those in need.
"We would encourage members of the public to stay safe by following our advice."
Motorist should only drive if absolutely necessary, and should ensure their vehicle is roadworthy for the conditions.
Drivers should check their windscreen washers, tyres, wipers, lights, petrol and oil levels and ensure the heater works.
Make sure any snow or ice is cleared from the windscreen and other windows before driving and carry warm clothing.
Why not upload a galleryof snow pictures on This Is Dorset.