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Disruption continues in icy spell

Plenty of fun in the snow - Butser Hill, near Petersfield, was packed with sledgers, skiers and snowboarders on Sunday, January 20, 2013, as the second highest hill in the South Downs National Park was transformed into a winter sports venue for the day.

Thousands of people visited the hill during the day to take advantage of the perfect downhill conditions following Friday's heavy snowfall.

Plenty of fun in the snow - Butser Hill, near Petersfield, was packed with sledgers, skiers and snowboarders on Sunday, January 20, 2013, as the second highest hill in the South Downs National Park was transformed into a winter sports venue for the day. Thousands of people visited the hill during the day to take advantage of the perfect downhill conditions following Friday's heavy snowfall.

Commuters continued to face disruption today as the cold spell showed no sign of ending.

Train operators are running amended timetables and roads are likely to be icy as temperatures remain low.

Gritters from Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council were out over the weekend salting important routes around the area.

Meanwhile, the cold weather had its effect upon shops and attractions which were forced to close.

Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard was closed yesterday and on Friday.

Arnold Charlton, 73, flew from Cape Town in South Africa to visit the dockyard this weekend.

He was dismayed to find the base was closed on Friday because of the weather.

So he and his wife Judy, 59, stayed another night just to see HMS Victory.

Arnold said: ‘My wife and I have built a large model of HMS Victory back home in South Africa. We came over because we wanted to see the beautiful ship.

‘It’s so cold over here, compared to how warm it has been back home and unfortunately we couldn’t get in to see the ship.

‘But we were so pleased to hear it would be open on Saturday.’

The freezing weather conditions also hit this weekend’s sport schedule with Portsmouth’s League One game against Scunthorpe postponed.

The First bus company said all of its routes in the Portsmouth, Gosport, and Fareham areas were running normally.

Sally Webb, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: ‘It is going to remain cold for at least the next week.

‘We expect it to remain cold and there to be snow or sleet for the next week in most areas. It will be icy everywhere, especially with the snow melt, and temperatures are going to be no more than 1C, dropping below zero overnight.’

The risk of snow in the area may reduce as the week goes on, but there will still be sharp night frosts and temperatures not rising much above freezing during the day.

 

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