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    Basingstoke is a town in southern England. The Milestones Museum is a living history museum featuring antique cars and a 1940s candy store. Exhibits at the Willis Museum trace the town's history from the Iron Age to the present, and its Sainsbury Gallery hosts local and touring art exhibitions. To the east, Basing House is a ruined Tudor manor. North of town, The Vyne is a Tudor mansion with a 16th-century chapel.

  • 2513846 UK weather: Travel disruption continues with more snow expected

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    Travel by Road , rail and air has been disrupted by snow and ice, with weather warnings issued for Friday and OvernightContent ='JJ Lin'> .

    for snow and ice cover several areas of the UK, while a separate warning for ice is in place for southern England.

    "Treacherous driving conditions" are hampering some southern areas, it said.

    Highways EnglandContent ='JJ Lin'> said delays had hit the M3, A303 and A34 in Hampshire and Wiltshire.

    It later added work was continuing through The NightContent ='JJ Lin'> to clear the M3 westbound.

    Snow at a depth of 19cm (7. 5in) was recorded at Raf OdihamContent ='JJ Lin'> in Hampshire, the Met OfficeContent ='JJ Lin'> said.

    Hundreds of schools across Wales and southern parts of England were closed for The Day due to the conditions.


    The AirportContent ='JJ Lin'> advised passengers to check flight information with their airline but said they expected a normal service on SaturdayContent ='JJ Lin'> .

    on Friday EveningContent ='JJ Lin'> because of heavy snowfall.

    The AirportContent ='JJ Lin'> added it expected to The RunwayContent ='JJ Lin'> to be "open as normal" on Saturday MorningContent ='JJ Lin'> but any concerned passengers should "check their flight status in advance" with their airline.

    from junction 6 to junction 7 on the M3 westbound near BasingstokeContent ='JJ Lin'> , due to three stranded HGVs.

    It said work was under way to recover those vehicles and clear The SnowContent ='JJ Lin'> , with Hampshire Police co-ordinating traffic in single file through The ClearanceContent ='JJ Lin'> work. It warned that surrounding roads were also "treacherous".

    Ian Crowder was stuck on the A339 for several hours as he travelled home from his last day working for the AA in BasingstokeContent ='JJ Lin'> .

    "It's very picturesque, I'm sure, but being here in the traffic, stationary for nearly five hours now, is not a huge amount of fun," he said.

    "The traffic is beginning to move again. The SnowContent ='JJ Lin'> seems to be gathering pace but it looks As If we might be on our way very Soon . "

    This was The SceneContent ='JJ Lin'> for drivers on Ringway West in BasingstokeContent ='JJ Lin'> on Friday EveningContent ='JJ Lin'> Traffic was at a standstill along the A339 near BasingstokeContent ='JJ Lin'>

    within walking distance to help, as it faced staffing issues due to the gridlock.

    Drivers in Surrey and Kent also face delays, with the A31, A3 and A21 among The MajorContent ='JJ Lin'> roads affected.

    Salt-spreaders covered 80,000 miles of England's motorways and major A roads through Thursday night to keep traffic moving, Highways EnglandContent ='JJ Lin'> said.

    Flight disruption at airports in Cardiff and Bristol affected rugby fans heading to Paris ahead of Friday's France v Wales Six Nations opener, with ex-Wales captain Sam WarburtonContent ='JJ Lin'> among those Caught UpContent ='JJ Lin'> in the chaos.

    On the trains, Transport for Wales said services were now running as normal after some disruption in The MorningContent ='JJ Lin'> , while Great Western Railway - which earlier warned of disruption until 12:00 - said a near-normal service had resumed.

    Some Eurostar services.

    The MatchContent ='JJ Lin'> between Port Vale and Tranmere Rovers was The FirstContent ='JJ Lin'> of the weekend's English League fixtures to be postponed because of a frozen pitch, while five Scottish League One and Two matches were also postponed.

    Several of SaturdayContent ='JJ Lin'> 's matches will be subject to pitch inspections in The MorningContent ='JJ Lin'> but fans heading for matches can check for the latest updates on postponements on the.

    In Bath The CorridorContent ='JJ Lin'> shopping centre was closed on Friday after two separate roof collapses due to snow.

    The WeatherContent ='JJ Lin'> meant few shoppers were around and no-one hurt.

    In East HamContent ='JJ Lin'> , East LondonContent ='JJ Lin'> , in park in near-freezing temperatures on Thursday evening.

    Ovidijus Zvaliauskas found The BabyContent ='JJ Lin'> with his mother, who was walking her dog.

    He told Bbc NewsContent ='JJ Lin'> it was so cold The BabyContent ='JJ Lin'> had frost on her head. "There's no words for it. It's terrible," he said.

    The newborn girl was taken to hospital and is said to be in a stable condition. Medical staff have been calling her Roman, as The PlayContent ='JJ Lin'> area she was found was situated just off Roman Road .

    The BabyContent ='JJ Lin'> girl was discovered in a shopping bag next to a park bench

    South-west England was worst affected on Thursday night, with snow depths of 12cm (5in) recorded in Bodmin, the Met OfficeContent ='JJ Lin'> said.

    Parts of Cumbria saw 8cm of snow, while there was 7cm recorded in Inverness-shire and 5cm in Powys .

    The DukeContent ='JJ Lin'> and Duchess of Sussex visited the Bristol Old Vic TheatreContent ='JJ Lin'> Children in Poundbury. Dorchester took advantage of the snowfall Drivers were stuck on the A30 in Cornwall OvernightContent ='JJ Lin'>

    Temperatures fell to their lowest level this winter, with in the Early HoursContent ='JJ Lin'> of Friday.

    This is the lowest in the UK since 2012 - When temperatures fell to -15. 6C in Holbeach, Lincolnshire.

    The cold start to The Day saw hundreds of school closures in different parts of the UK. More ThanContent ='JJ Lin'> 500 schools were Shut InContent ='JJ Lin'> Wales, with about 200 in Berkshire, 250 in Wiltshire and 300 in Buckinghamshire also closed.

    What's The ForecastContent ='JJ Lin'> ?

    BBC weather presenter Stav DanaosContent ='JJ Lin'> said travel disruption is likely throughout Friday NightContent ='JJ Lin'> and into SaturdayContent ='JJ Lin'> due to lying snow and ice.

    It will remain cold on SaturdayContent ='JJ Lin'> but wintry showers will become increasingly confined to The EasternContent ='JJ Lin'> coast of the UK, leaving some spells of sunshine.

    What warnings are in place?

    There are yellow warnings for snow and ice covering northern Scotland, most of Northern IrelandContent ='JJ Lin'> , The EasternContent ='JJ Lin'> coast of England and the West CoastContent ='JJ Lin'> of Wales until 12:00 GMT on SaturdayContent ='JJ Lin'> .

    They warn of some snow showers, with heavier accumulations of up to 5cm possible in northern Scotland and up to 10cm over Higher GroundContent ='JJ Lin'> .

    There is also a yellow warning for snow, covering parts of south-east England, between 16:00 GMT and midnight on Friday, with accumulations of 2-3cm likely and up to 7cm possible over Higher GroundContent ='JJ Lin'> .

    A separate warning for ice is in place for southern England until 11:00 GMT on SaturdayContent ='JJ Lin'> , as Friday's snow gradually eases during the evening.

    Yellow warnings are issued for low level impacts including some disruption to travel. People should check the latest forecast and check how they might be impacted.

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