Hazardous weather causes travel woe

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WINTER is showing no sign of let up as strong winds and freezing weather look set to continue its onslaught – causing further travel disruption.

The Met Office has warned the bad weather is set to remain until the end of the week as commuters are likely to face further headaches.

Gales up to 70mph, heavy rain and hailstones swept through the region during the early part of the week as temperatures plummeted to as low as -2°C.

The Met Office’s chief forecaster said the ‘dull and dismal’ weather that had caused traffic problems was set to continue.

‘[Tuesday saw] a gusty wind and a lot of road spray across the south west,’ the forecaster said.

‘There is more rain and winds through Wednesday while the main theme for this week is that it is staying cold, through Thursday and Friday could be a little bit dryer.’

The Met Office forecast stated that while Thursday to Saturday look set to be dryer there will still be blustery conditions with showers. The maximum temperature for the week is set to be a chilly 7°C.

The strong winds on the Solent yesterday morning resulted in cancellations to a number of Wightlink ferries.

The ferry operator was forced to cancel the 10am sailing from Lymington and the 11.05am from Yarmouth due to the adverse conditions.

Wightlink also had to cancel the 7.45am from Lymington and the 8.50am from Yarmouth.

South Western Railway has warned people to allow extra time for journeys when travelling from Portsmouth Harbour to or from the Isle of Wight during the Burnaby Road bridge works, which are expected to last until Friday.