Roads jammed as city rush hour comes to a halt
2.55pm UPDATE: Reports of snow falling in the Bath area on Twitter. No problems for treated roads at this stage.
2.40pm UPDATE; BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson tweets: "Temperature profile increasingly conducive to snow in Bristol area & especially by rush-hour/eve as heavier rates likely."
9.17am UPDATE: Roads in and out of Bath were paralysed today as more drivers ventured out after the snow of the last few days.
While the snow itself caused few new problems, the return to normal levels of traffic led to long delays on the A4 at Keynsham and the A367 through Peasedown St John and Odd Down.
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There was also a minor crash on the Batheaston Bypass, which led to queues coming into Bath, while on the A37 at Clutton, faulty traffic lights caused ten-mile tailbacks.
A light dusting of new snow coated cars and pavements in Bath this morning.
But long-standing ice on pavements and side streets around the city, especially in Odd Down, Fairfield Park, Snow Hill, Larkhall and Bathampton, was still causing problems.
All the city’s schools were also expected to open today.
First bus services were largely running normally, with the 4 to Bathampton diverted via Down Lane.
B&NES Council gritters went out on a salting run at 3am, and have now spread 500 tonnes of salt since Friday over 2,500 miles of highway.
The authority said the new snow had not stuck to road surfaces, but warned that patches of black ice remained.
B&NES is due to receive a delivery of 1,000 tonnes of salt today to replenish its stocks.
Yesterday it filled empty roadside grit bins with a total of ten tonnes of salt.
The council’s refuse crews were out yesterday but were unable to safely reach many side streets, leaving rubbish to be picked up on their next visit in a week’s time.
The quickest and most direct way of alerting B&NES to problems - including empty grit bins - is via Twitter: @ccbathnes, the website www.bathnes.gov.uk/reportit, texting 07797806545, emailing email@example.com or ringing 01225 39 40 41.