Snow latest - A3 closed, events cancelled

Severe warning for heavy rain and thunder issued for Portsmouth

Heavy snow has fallen across the Portsmouth area.

Weathermen predicted that some parts of Hampshire would get as much as eight inches of snow during today.

The bad weather forced the cancellation of Pompey's match against Scunthorpe United at Fratton Park this afternoon.

Southampton Airport is closed until 2pm, while Bournemouth Airport is closed until 2pm.

Passengers are being advised to check with their airline before setting off for the airport.

First bus company is also reporting temporary service suspensions.

In Portsmouth and Waterlooville all services are temporarily suspended while Fareham and Gosport between Portsmouth and Fareham have also been suspended.

For more information visit www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/southwest/hampshire/route_diversions.

Part of the A3 has been closed in both directions due to the weather.

The A3 has been closed by the Hampshire and Surrey border and motorists are being urged to avoid it due to treacherous road conditions.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: 'There are five mile tailbacks on the A3 northbound, which has been caused by heavy goods vehicles being unable to negotiate an incline at Bramshott.

''The emergency services and Hampshire Highways are at the scene and are providing assistance for effected motorists.

'It will be sometime before the road is cleared and traffic moving freely.'

The annual British Heart Foundation Santa Jog in Hayling Island has been cancelled.

The event was due to take place tomorrow (Sunday, December 19) at midday, but has been called off because of the snow.

Each year hundreds of people take part by either walking, jogging or running between the Hayling Island ferry to the Lifeboat Inn, either wearing fancy dress or Santa Claus outfits.

An Easter egg hunt is likely to be organised next year in place of the Santa Jog.

On the ferries The Portsmouth to Fishbourne service at 10.30am and 12.30pm have been cancelled, but this is due to maintenance work. All other ferries are running on time

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Further snow is expected to fall overnight, but will gradually fade away, moving north. But the Met Office has said it will be very cold and icy over night with minimum temperatures reaching -2 degrees.

Another band of snow may affect the south of Hampshire tomorrow morning.

Police warned Christmas shoppers to only drive if necessary and said that partygoers planning to go out tonight for the last Saturday before Christmas should make sure they wore warm clothing.

Do you have pictures of the snow? Send them to us at pictures@thenews.co.uk

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