New weather warning for widespread ice and travel chaos
The Met Office has issued a new warning for widespread ice and possible sleet across the West on Sunday night as driving conditions remain treacherous this morning.Temperatures could reach as low as minus 8 Celsius in Dorchester, forecasters say.
Most rail and bus services have returned to normal following disruption because of heavy snow but drivers are being urged to take care and travel only if necessary.
The Highways Agency says the M48 Severn Bridge, which has been closed since Friday afternoon, will not open until midday at the earliest after 4in of ice caused vehicles to spin out of control.
Wiltshire Police say Doncombe Hill at Colerne is still shut between the Pinewood Way estate and the bottom of the hill.
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A Met Office yellow alert of ice had already been issued for Sunday morning and a new one will be in force from midnight tonight until 12pm tomorrow.
It says: "Sub-zero overnight temperatures will lead to ice forming where snow has fallen or melted during Sunday or where fresh sleet or snow falls early on Monday.
"The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel during this spell of wintry weather."
First Group says many of its Sunday services in Bath and North East Somerset are being affected by the freezing conditions.
A spokesperson said: "We're really sorry if any of you have faced travel disruption as a result of snow or ice.
"Conditions in some places have been, and continue to be, incredibly difficult, but were pleased to say that most routes will running a full route today.
"Our teams are checking routes constantly and we hope that conditions will continue to improve and that we will be able to get all routes back to normal.
"Our best advice therefore is to leave extra time for important journeys."
As of 8.30am, the affected services were:
Route 1 (Ensleigh to Combe Down) not serving Combe Down village, normal service omitting The Avenue, Combe Down, and operating via North Road in both directions;
Routes 6 / 7 (Bath city centre to Larkhall / Fairfield Park) not serving Fairfield Park or Camden, limited service to Larkhall Square via London Rd in both directions;
Route 13 (Foxhill to Bathford) not serving Elmhurst estate;
Route 14/14A (Weston to Odd Down via RUH and city centre) restricted
service to Odd Down missing out Wansdyke estate;
Route 17 (Kingsway to Upper Weston) restricted service;
Route 173 (Bath to Wells) normal route apart from Binegar;
Route 231 /232 (Bath to Chippenham) restricted service;
Route 264 / 265 (Bath to Warminster) omitting Winsley village Seven Stars;
Route 267 (Bath to Frome) road closed at Glasshouse, Critchill estate not serviceable, omitting Rode.