It's snowing in the South!

The first snow of the year has hit the south as large areas of Britain experience a taste of winter weather. The AA has warned that 75% of drivers are not prepared for conditions on the roads, and urged drivers to carry an essential winter kit.

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The first snow day of many?

Many parts of the south have been covered in a light dusting of snow today - at the start of a week which could be one of the coldest of the winter so far.

And with temperatures set to drop below freezing tonight there are warnings that ice, rather than snow, could be the major threat tomorrow. Here's Richard Jones.

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South-east Snow

David Johns reports on the day's snowfalls across the south-east and looks ahead to how Kent County Council's gritting team is getting ready for any further falls overnight, with Carol Valentine from KCC.

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AA warns drivers as cold weather continues

Wintry conditions are causing a jump in call-outs across the country, according to the AA.

It's now warning drivers to prepare for a potentially hazardous commute this evening and tomorrow morning.

We’ve had a busy morning across the country with the snow and freezing temperatures causing a range of problems, particularly flat batteries and accidents. We’ve seen a few people get stuck in snow and others stuck on soft verges after pulling over or skidding off.

“Our concern for this evening and tomorrow morning is that, with rain coming in on the back of the snow, it won’t be possible for the gritters to do as many runs, as the salt would just get washed away.

"So when temperatures drop later, it could get pretty icy."

– Darron Burness, the AA’s Head of Special Operations

Cathedral decorated with dusting of snow

A beautiful snowy scene at Chichester Cathedral today Credit: Chichester District Council

Chichester Cathedral looked even more picturesque than usual today when it was coated with a dusting of snow. A light blanket of snow covered the West Sussex city as temperatures dropped in the south. This photo was taken by staff at Chichester District Council.

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