Snow falls in Uckfield. Picture: Tim Browne

Uckfield snow patrol

Update at 12.23pm, Tuesday, March 12: Uckfield is fast getting back to normal as the snow and ice melt.

Water is pouring into drains, down gullies and on to streams and rivers.

Major roads are running freely, although traffic is lighter than normal.

Most pavements in the High Street are clear, although patches of slushy snow and ice remain.

Update at 9.06am, Tuesday, March 12: East Sussex Roads said it used 1,000 tonnes of salt during the night.

It is now sending out 21 teams to grit town centres by hand. It is also asking drivers to let it know if routes are clear @esccroads on Twitter.

Trains on the Uckfield Line appear to be running but there are cancellations and delays.

Update at 7.38am, Tuesday, March 12: Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association has warned drivers that the strong winds are sweeping snow off The Dene on to Browns Lane.

Trains from Uckfield have been running late with the snow disrupting signalling and the line is now reported closed.

Brighton and Hove Buses have withdrawn all services due to the current “atrocious weather and road conditions”.

It said at 7am that it has more than 20 buses stuck in Brighton with many roads blocked by abandoned cars.

Compass Buses have also withdrawn all services.

East Sussex Roads said the main routes had been gritted and ploughed five times overnight but said if people had to travel they should do so with “extreme care”.

The A272 in the Uckfield area is described as “difficult”.

Sussex Police are advising people not to travel unless it is “essential”.

Maps of East Sussex gritter routes are here.

Further afield, there are reports of “hundreds of motorists” being stuck on the A23.

The weather forecast for today is further snow showers, becoming less widespread, wind decreasing.

Update at 8.42am Tuesday, March 12: School closures have been announced across Uckfield because of the snow.

Closures, notified by East Sussex County Council, include:

  • Uckfield Community Technology College
  • Buxted
  • Framfield
  • Harlands
  • High Hurstwood
  • Holy Cross
  • Little Horsted
  • Manor
  • Maresfield, Bonners
  • St Philip’s

Partly closed schools include:

  • Blackboys – will open at 10am
  • Nutley – will open at 10.15am

The full county council list of school closures can be seen here.

Update at 8.42pm, Monday, March 11: Uckfield Community Technology College is planning to open at 11.20am tomorrow for all year groups. Road and site conditions will be reviewed in the morning.

The Uckfield area has become increasingly affected by snow today, especially since darkness fell. The temperature has been below freezing in many places all day with snow falling off and on.

East Sussex is now under an “amber” warning (be prepared) from the Met Office. “Snow is expected to continue through this evening and overnight. Up to 10cm may accumulate by Tuesday morning. The public should be aware of the potential for significant disruption,” the Met Office said.

The worst conditions throughout the day have been along the coast with conditions deteriorating further this evening.

In Uckfield trains services are delayed because of the poor weather.

Brighton and Hove buses has withdrawn all services. A statement at 7.30pm said: “We will endeavour to get buses back out later in the evening should conditions improve. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused, however we have a number of buses stuck throughout the city (Brighton) and our teams are busy dealing with them.”

The county’s roads are becoming increasingly hazardous with drivers reporting that it is taking much longer to complete journeys. The A22 north of Uckfield on the Ashdown Forest is hazardous.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher from the Road Policing Unit in Polegate said: “Please drive carefully in the snowy conditions and remember your journey could take longer than you anticipate. Allow more time to stop in the snowy and slippery conditions.”

The police have also asked drivers to stay at home once they get home tonight.

East Sussex Roads is reporting that it has gritted five times in the last 24 hours but admits grit will not sort “all the problems”. The gritters will work through the night.

Thanks to Tim Browne of Phormium IT for the pictures which were taken on Monday evening.

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