Met Office extends warning as Bath set to wake up to a blanket of snow
People were today advised to avoid non-essential journeys as a blanket of snow is set to paralyse the region's road and rail network.
This lunchtime the Met Office extended their amber warning for significant snow falls as one rail operator cancelled services.
An amber warning is now in force for in and around Bath with the Met Office warning the area could expect more than 5-10cm of snow with the possibility of 15cm (6ins) in places.
Families living on high ground and in parts of the Cotswolds could see up to 25cm (10ins) of snow.
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People have been warned they should be prepared to change their travel plans as there is potential for severe disruption, with the amber warning valid from 3am tomorrow until 9pm.
Snow is expected in the early hours of tomorrow, just in time for the morning rush hour.
Met Office spokesman Dan Williams said: "It is likely there will be some transport disruption and the advice would be for everyone to keep their eyes on local transport and travel updates and to check the weather forecasts. People must be prepared to change their plans."
South West Trains said the service between Bristol and Salisbury, which stops at Oldfield Park and Bath Spa Station, would not be running.
No South West trains would be running through Bath Spa , Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Warminster and Westbury stations.
A revised services would run on routes in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon.
Avon and Somerset Police advised motorists to think carefully about whether their journeys were necessary and safe if the expected snow falls.
The force said: "If you do have to drive, we suggest you slow down and brake, steer and change gear as smoothly as possible to avoid skidding.
"Make sure your windscreen is clear and your lights clean and working properly. Check your tyre pressure and your radiator antifreeze levels. It’s probably a good idea to carry de-icer, food, a hot flask, a blanket and a shovel as well.
"Think ahead. Tune in to local radio for weather and travel reports, plan your route, leave extra time for your journey and, if you’re in doubt - then don’t set out."
A red warning has been issued for across the Bristol Channel in Wales with snow falls of between 20-30cm expected with blizzards and drifting snow.
Highways Agency's National Traffic Operations Centre head Steve Crosthwaite said: "We advise drivers to check road conditions and the Met Office weather forecast before they set off and during severe weather to consider whether their journey is essential.
"They may want to delay their travel until conditions improve and to allow our winter fleet the chance to treat the roads.
"Our traffic officers are working round the clock to monitor the network, deal with any incidents and keep traffic moving."The Met Office has advised the public to avoid all non-essential journeys in south east Wales.
Any information about school closures can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/schoolclosures, which will be updated directly by schools.
If council services are affected by the weather then people are advised to turn to Twitter first, with information being released by @bathnes.
More details updates will be available on www.bathnes.gov.uk homepage.
If anyone needs to report problems to B&NES Council then they are advised to Tweet them @ccbathnes, go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/reportit, Text 07797806545, email email@example.com or call 01225 39 40 41
For all the latest updates on the weather go to www.thisisbath.co.uk and follow @bathnews on Twitter, while any pictures of the snow can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.