DRIVERS are being urged to consider if they really need to travel before setting out on journeys this morning after heavy snow across the region overnight.

With the heavy snow having moved north and eastwards, Highways England’s and Wiltshire Council's gritting teams are working around the clock to treat roads and keep them free from disruption.

Key routes through Wiltshire, including the A350, A4, A36, A361 and A346, as well as across the South West, are currently affected by snow and ice. Conditions are expected to be challenging throughout the morning.

10cm of snow had fallen in central Trowbridge by 9am, with most areas experiencing similar depths of snow. Many schools are closed, and most people seem to be heeding the warning to stay off the roads if possible, with some walking to work instead.

Highways England’s Head of Service Delivery in the South West, Chris Regan said: “Gritters are out treating our routes around the clock but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow or ice is on the ground.

“We advise drivers to please think carefully about if you really need to travel. If you do, make sure you keep your distance and reduce your speed because, even in conditions that seem normal, it can be slippery if snow is compacted or if ice patches have formed, or where fresh salt has not been worked into the carriageway.

“Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel. If you do get caught in an area with heavy snow, please stay with your car. Abandoned cars block gritters and emergency vehicles from getting through.”

Highways England is advising drivers to pay attention to messages on the overhead electronic signs and listen for radio updates, check information at and follow @highwaysSWEST on Twitter.

Patients heading to the Royal United Hospital in Bath today have been asked to call to let staff know if they cannot get there safely.

Francesca Thompson, Chief Operating Officer for the RUH Bath NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We have robust plans in place for periods of severe weather to ensure we’re able to continue offering a full range of services. This includes planning for transportation for our staff and ensuring the hospital environment continues to be safe in severely cold and snowy conditions.

"If you are a patient and can’t make your appointment, please call the number on your appointment letter. Please do not travel if it is not safe.

"We are already in contact with agencies who may be able to support us with 4x4 transport, if this is needed. We’re also asking for volunteer drivers from the community as an additional measure, should we need their support too.

"If you would like to be added to our database please email with your name and telephone contact details."