We were warned it was coming, but snow still brought the South to a standstill today as the big freeze tightened its grip. Schools were closed, planes were grounded and drivers stranded.
The snow arrived in parts of Dorset and Wiltshire at 4 o'clock this morning.
By rush-hour it had reached Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire. By lunchtime the snow had continued moving east, affecting Sussex.
Despite gritters spreading salt on major routes throughout the night - the snow still meant misery for motorists during this morning's rush-hour.
All flights at Southampton Airport were cancelled for a time and planes were also delayed at Heathrow. Andrew Pate reports now on how the wintry weather affected the south.
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