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Roads were busy and some train services delayed today after snow fell across the area overnight.

Traffic managers said the wintry conditions meant that more people than usual were using their cars this morning, leading to slow moving traffic on major routes and particularly on traditional blackspots such as the A32 out of Gosport.

Conditions on the railway track at Havant led to delays of up to 30 minutes on services going through the station and there was a bus service between Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth and Southsea stations because of signalling problems.

Commuters also faced disruption on First Great Western services to and from Portsmouth Harbour and may be delayed by up to 30 minutes.

South West Trains said services were not running between Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth and Southsea and instead a replacement bus service was in place, with passengers able to use Stagecoach buses between Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth and Southsea.

To find out more about train times, call 0871 200 49 50.

Weathermen said that it was expected that more snow would fall during the day.

Gritters were out over the weekend to salt the roads in advance of the cold snap.

In Sussex, police said there had been “a number” of crashes caused by the snowy conditions as they warned motorists to take extra care on the roads.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “There’s not a great deal of snow falling at the moment, but the temperature is hovering at or just below freezing and the roads are slippery in places. Some drivers are just not making allowances for the conditions.”

On the Isle of Wight the bad weather meant no rail services were operating between Shanklin and Ryde Pier Head, with minibuses running instead.

Forecasters warned of snow spreading to nearly every area of Britain, with almost 4in expected in the worst-hit areas.

With more snow showers expected throughout the week, bookmakers slashed the odds for a white Easter.