Heavy snow began to fall across parts of Surrey and Hampshire overnight, with around 6cm of snow accumulating in some areas as of Wednesday morning.

The inclement weather has already caused widespread disruption, with many schools announcing closures and hazardous conditions reported on local roads.

The snow started falling at around 2am and is forecast to continue to fall until early afternoon on Wednesday, with temperatures remaining only just above freezing at 1C or 2C all day.

This has caused treacherous driving conditions on local roads, with many drivers reporting difficult and slow journeys. 

The snow also led to delays and cancellations of trains and buses, with South Western Railway currently dealing with a signalling fault between Aldershot and Ash affecting the Alton to Waterloo line (normal services expected to resume at 9am).

Stagecoach South has also announced it has suspended many bus services including in the Guildford area covering Haslemere and the Blackwater Valley covering Farnham, while others in the Petersfield and Alton areas are delayed.

Local authorities and emergency services have been working to clear the roads and ensure the safety of residents, with Hampshire County Council reporting its gritters were out from 8pm Tuesday.

However, many side streets and rural routes remain treacherous, and motorists are advised to take extra care when travelling. Some drivers have been stranded on the roads due to the heavy snowfall, with reports of motorists getting into difficulty on inclines such as Folly Hill in Farnham.

In addition to transport disruption, the snow has caused significant school closures across the area. Many schools have announced that they will remain closed for the day, but some are planning to open later than usual.

Parents are advised to check with their child's school before setting off.

Despite the disruption, the snow has also brought joy to many residents, particularly children who have enjoyed playing in the snow and building snowmen. If you have any snow snaps to share, please email us at [email protected]

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the area, with further snow showers expected throughout the day. Residents are advised to take extra precautions and stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts.

East Hampshire District Council today warned residents that now all bins may be collected because of the conditions.

A council statement read: "Crews are out across the district today but the snowfall overnight and this morning is making conditions difficult.

"It may not be possible to collect all scheduled bins today but we will update affected areas at the end of the working day.

"If your bin is not taken, please leave it out to avoid being missed."