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4:56pm

Children at Beatrix Potter School in Wandsworth enjoyed playing in the snow this lunchtime.

The youngsters from year one were pelting their headteacher with snowballs.

Surrey Comet:

4:39pm

Southern trains have announced they will be operating a normal Saturday service tomorrow.

However, engineering works mean that buses will replace trains between Haywards Heath and Three Bridges, with some buses continuing on to Brighton.

Passengers are advised to check train times before travelling.

4:39pm

This picture of Selhurst Park in the snow came via @Official_CPFC - Keep up to date with Crystal Palace FC at www.cpfc.co.uk

Surrey Comet:

4:29pm

Beautifull picture of Strawberry Hill House sent in by Jenny Mayer

Surrey Comet: Beautifull picture of Strawberry Hill House sent in by Jenny Mayer

4:16pm

Check out the snow picture gallery for your area:

| Croydon | Sutton | Wimbledon | Wandsworth | Epsom | Elmbridge | Kingston | Richmond | Surrey |

Email your pictures to digitalmedia@london.newsquest.co.uk and we'll add them to the galleries.

4:04pm

4:03pm

Dulwich Hamlet FC are asking fans to muck in tomorrow and give them a hand clearing the snow.

More information can be found at www.pitchero.com

3:54pm

Disruption to flights to and from London City Airport. Passengers are advised to check flight statuses with their airline as delays and cancellations are expected throughout today.

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3:42pm

Passengers have hit out at South West Trains because of overcrowding at Surbiton station - Click here to read the full report

3:37pm

Cheam councillor sent this picture of people enjoying the snow in Nonsuch Park

Surrey Comet: Sledging in Nonsuch Park

3:27pm

Kevin Sturt sent in this picture of a snowy garden in Lower Morden.

Send in your snaps to digitalmedia@london.newsquest.co.uk

Surrey Comet:

3:23pm

Snow protest

Someone has taken the trouble to create a big RIP sign on Dundonald Recreation Ground.

It comes after Merton councillors voted to approve a controversial scheme to expand a primary school and redevelop part of the Rec.

Surrey Comet: RIP sign in the snow on Dundonald Recreation Ground

3:20pm

Nurses in Kingston have ignored the snow to keep appointments with patients, walking to work if roads are too dangerous to drive on.

New Malden district nurse and Unison rep Lynn Herridge said: “We’re all working and we’ve not cancelled any visits – all our patients are vital. We’re just doing our job that we love. The service goes on, whatever.”

3:17pm

Unison has praised the dedication of Sutton's district nurses, as they fought through the snow to visit patients at their homes today.

Michael Walker Unison regional officer said: "We would like to take this opportunity to praise our dedicated Sutton district nurses, who acted in an exemplary fashion today, in ensuring patients were seen despite deteriorating weather conditions.

"It has become fashionable in some quarters to knock nurses, but here is yet another example of dedicated NHS nurses going the extra mile for patients."

Surrey Comet:

2:57pm

Snowy scenes from Twickenham Bridge

2:39pm

2:38pm

South West Trains is advising passengers that a revised train service is planned for tomorrow as a result of the continued forecast for heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures - Click here for details on affected routes

2:28pm

A road was blocked by a broken down S3 bus this morning causing diversions for over an hour - click here for the full story

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2:08pm

South Norwood train station - sent in by David Rhys Lewis

Surrey Comet: South Norwood train station - sent in by David Rhys Lewis

2:06pm

Battersea dogs and cats home will be closing at 3pm today because of snow.

2:03pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE:

Parents are being invited to pick up their children early from Carlisle Infant School and Hampton Junior School due to the snow.

Hampton Hill Junior School is open as usual but all after school clubs, except for fun factory, have been cancelled.

2:01pm

So far 53 per cent of you love the snow - have you cast your vote yet?

1:59pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE:

Auriol Junior School, in Vale Road, Stoneleigh, closed at 1pm due to snow. Banstead Infant School, in the Horseshoe, Banstead, closed at 1.45pm. Epsom Primary School, in Pound Lane, was set to close at 1.15pm.

1:58pm

Two-year-old Harley Dow from Mitcham looks like he's pleased to see the snow!

Surrey Comet:

1:56pm

St George’s Hospital has released some important information to help people, particularly the elderly, to stay warm during the cold snap.

Pensioners, people with long term chronic health conditions like asthma and kidney disease, and people who cannot afford to heat their homes properly are the most at risk from cold weather related illnesses.

Click her for the full report

1:50pm

Fans are being warned not to travel to Accrington after match officials decided to suspend the League Two fixture - click here for the full article.

1:46pm

1:43pm

While heavy snowfall has caused travel chaos across most of the UK, dogs at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are making the most of Britain’s blizzard.

Many of the 450 dogs at Battersea have had their first taste of snow today, such as six month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Hudson.

Here are a few points for dog owners to remember:

  • If your dog has a fine coat, for example a Greyhound or Staffordshire Bull Terrier, put a dog coat on them when you take them out to help keep them warm.
  • Salt and grit from roads and pavements can get in-between your dog’s paws so at the end of a walk, make sure you clean their paws.
  • Even though you might love the snow, it can be a new and strange thing for your dog so make sure you take it slowly with them if they are not used to it.
  • If your dog gets wet and muddy out on a walk, make sure you dry it off when you get home.
  • If you can’t take your dog out for a walk or it doesn’t want to go out in the snow, make sure you provide it with plenty of stimulating games to play indoors.
  • In snowy conditions visibility can be reduced, so make sure your dog has good recall as it won’t be as easy to see where it is.

You can download a free knitting pattern for a dog coat and cat blanket by visiting Battersea’s website www.battersea.org.uk

Surrey Comet: Hudson from Battersea Cats and Dogs home walking in the snow

1:37pm

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1:15pm

It is “business as usual” for all inpatient and outpatient departments at Epsom, St Helier and Sutton hospitals despite today’s heavy snow.

But a spokeswoman said the cold weather has caused a pipe to burst at Epsom Hospital’s day case unit which is causing some disruption to the department.

She said: “There are contingency plans in place and we expect this to be resolved later today.

“The team are contacting patients due to come in, but please do call if you have a planned operation in the day case unit and would like to double check.

“The telephone number is 0208 296 2000, extension 6275.

“We know that at the moment, snow is forecast to fall throughout today and tomorrow.

“However, we would like to reassure patients and local residents that we have robust plans in place, both for the weekend and for the week ahead.”

If it is not safe for you to get to hospital or you would like to rearrange an appointment call the outpatient appointments centre on 020 8296 2968 or visit www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/appointments/

1:14pm

1:09pm

Despite the snow forecast for this weekend, the rally to save Epsom’s fire engine will be going ahead as planned.

Residents are urged to battle through the weather to demonstrate their feelings against the proposal by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service to relocate one of Epsom’s engines to Burgh Heath by 2014.

Meet outside Epsom fire station, in Church Street, Epsom, at 11am tomorrow.

1:08pm

1:08pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE:

Aragon Primary in Morden, Haslemere Primary in Mitcham, Joseph Hood Primary in Merton Park, Merton Abbey Primary in South Wimbledon, Hollymount Primary in Wimbledon, Gorringe Park Primary in Mitcham and Sherwood School in Mitcham have all made the decision to close early today.

For updated information visit merton.gov.uk/schoolclosures or map.lgfl.org.uk/opencheck

1:06pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE:

Meadlands Primary School is open but said parents, especially those travelling from further away, could collect their children anytime from 2pm to 3.15pm at the main front door.

Manby Lodge Infants School, Weybridge, closed at noon.

Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College will close at 1pm.

Walton Oak School will be closing at 1.30pm. The school is currently having problems notifying parents via the Call Parents system. Please check the school website for further updates.

1:05pm

1:05pm

1:05pm

Outpatient appointments at Epsom Hospital are continuing as normal but disruption may be caused to day case operations after an incident involving a burst pipe.

A spokeswoman said a pipe had burst at Epsom’s Hospital’s day case unit and a statement on this is to follow.

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12:33pm

Orthopaedic consultant David Elliott, from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, reminded people, particularly the elderly, to take extra care in the snow and ice.

He said: “I would like to gently remind people to think ahead and keep an eye on the forecast. If ice or snow is predicted then try to get some shopping for a few days so you don’t have to go out or ask a neighbour or family member to help you.

“If you do have to go out then icy pavements and stairs often cause falls but wearing sensible study boots or shoes and using a walking stick if you need one will help keep you steady on your feet.”

Icy roads also bring more risks to drivers and an increase in people coming into accident and emergency after traffic collisions.

Mr Elliott advised people to be aware of the conditions and think about black ice on the roads.

He said: “It’s better to be safe than sorry, so go slowly and carefully.”

12:30pm

12:28pm

Surrey Comet: Car slides in the snow at Twickenham Riverside

A car almost skidded into the Thames at Twickenham Riverside today due to heavy snow.

The new Volkswagen  left tracks heading up Water Lane, which was covered in snow, and appeared to be turning into a car park by the river.

Water Lane appeared gritless to the river, with a covering of snow on roads and paths by the river.

One witness said: “It looks like a brand new car – not a great start to the weekend. I hope they’re all right.”

Police were on the scene and the driver has left the vehicle.

Luke Montgomery-Smith saw the incident. He said: “I missed the beginning but the driver was going down Water Lane very slowly and due to the fact the road is yet to be gritted the snow was compact and made for a really slippery surface so the car just couldn't stop and slowly teetered over the edge. The driver was unharmed.”

12:20pm

12:18pm

SCHOOL CLOSURES UPDATE:

Three Croydon schools (Winterbourne Junior Girls' School, Thomas More Catholic School and St Giles School) are closed all day today and 20 others have confirmed they are shutting early. Click here for full details

12:14pm

What are your favourite snow puns? Leave a comment below or Tweet using #SnowPuns

Here are a couple from the newsroom:

Dave Rankin: Apocalypse S-now

Jamie Ross: Snow Money, Snow Problems

Sean Duggan: Snow joke

12:11pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE:

St Paul's School in Barnes is closing at 12.35pm today.

12:10pm

Grit and determination keeps Richmond and Twickenham moving - click here to read the full story.

12:07pm

 

11:55am

11:53am

This fabulous picture was sent in by David Stewart - we'll keep you up to date throughout the day with any train delays or cancellations.

Surrey Comet: Hersham snow by David Stewart

11:49am

Crystal Palace are keeping an Eagle eye on the weather ahead of their game against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.

The club are keeping fans informed of the latest travel arrangements and the state of the pitch throughout Friday and Saturday morning.

Currently the pitch is playable with no overnight frost but conditions are continually changing with the arrival of snow today.

Palace have drafted some extra pairs of hands to clear the pitch in time for Saturday. Check the cpfc.co.uk and @official_cpfc for updates.

11:49am

Heathrow Airport has shut its northern runway due to snow. Passengers should expect delays and disruptions and check their flight with airlines. Cancellations are expected throughout the day.

11:48am

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE:

Kew Riverside Primary School is open, but advises parents that if the weather worsens, parents can collect their children from 1pm.

11:41am

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE:

Esher Church of England High School, St Andrew's CofE Primary, Cobham, Thames Ditton Infants School and Bell Farm Primary School will all be closing at 1pm today due to snow.

11:39am

Surrey Comet: Snowman in Twickenham

Here's our first snowman picture - send yours to digitalmedia@london.newsquest.co.uk

11:31am

Updates from schools are flooding in - click below to find out about school closures in your area:

Croydon

Sutton

Wimbledon

Epsom

Elmbridge

Kingston

Richmond

11:24am

Let us know what is happening in your area by sending your news and pictures to digitalmedia@london.newsquest.co.uk or leave your comments below.

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