This article will be updated as we get more news about the snow.

5pm - BUCKINGHAMSHIRE County Council says it has enough grit and salt “to deal with the anticipated weather over the next two to five days”.

It says it is continuing to salt emergency routes because of “national uncertainty about salt supplies”. It says: “Deliveries are awaited.”

It says gritters will be out to major routes from 4am where salt, which is more effective, will be used.

Secondary roads and footpaths will be treated in the day with grit. It is hoped this will conserve salt supplies.

The statement says: “They will also continue to keep grit bins in towns and villages topped up.”

This will continue over the weekeend. The council says its salt barns were full but “the severity of the weather has drawn on supplies much more quickly than planned”.

Mark Averill, network operations manager for Transport for Buckinghamshire, the council’s transport arm, said: “We're awaiting fresh deliveries but there is uncertainty across the country about salt supplies, which is why we've taken measures to conserve our supplies.”

Councillor Valerie Letheren, cabinet member for transportation, said: “Our gritting teams have been working in the teeth of the bad weather, turning out at all hours in their endeavours to beat the snow, and at times putting themselves at some risk to serve the public.

“But we can only do what we can do - people have to adapt and temper their expectations.

“We have successfully kept all main routes open, and the secondary routes accessible wherever possible, throughout a prolonged period of extreme weather - the worst in 30 years.

“We managed this only by judicious and prudent use of salt supplies and by sticking o our winter maintenance programme.”

Schools were closed for a second day today with many citing health and safety reasons. More are being announced for tomorrow. Click here for a list of closures.

Bucks New University, which was closed yesterday and today, will be open tomorrow.

The Met Office forecast today will be sunny with more snow to come on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It has also warned motorists and commuters to expect widespread icy roads and transport delays.

It says temperatures in High Wycombe will be -1c to -3c and down to -7c on Friday night.


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All public authorities are urging people to venture out only for essential journeys.

Thames Valley Police said: “If you decide you must travel, remember to ensure your car is fully fuelled and that you have packed warm clothes, blankets, food and drink.

"And ensure your mobile phone and in-car phone charger are packed to allow you to communicate with friends and relatives if you get stuck.”

Residents should use torches instead of candles in the event of a power cut to ‘prevent the risk of fire’.

Bus services are affected. Routes including the 33, 38, 39 and 40 are not running while other routes are restricted. Services will be stopped from 9pm tonight. Click the link at the bottom of this story for full details.

Chiltern Railways is running an ammended timetable. Click here to view.

4.30pm Travellers have praised the operator on Twitter and our live snow blog. Off the beaten track wrote: "Excellent service on Chiltern trains today. They certainly know how to run a railway in snowy conditions."

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South Central Ambulance Service yesterday said it is implementing an escalation plan. Extra staff were manning 999 call centres and 4x4 vehicles are in use, it said.

Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages Wycombe, Amersham and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals yesterday said services are open as normal.

A doctors’ group said GPs had maintained a ‘normal, or near normal’ service.

11.50pm - The Buckinghamshire Local Medical Committee said “almost all practices have stayed open for their normal contracted hours”.

Dr Paul Roblin, its CEO, said: “We’ve heard of doctors bringing sleeping bags to their practices and staying overnight, of GPs and nurses walking miles through snow and ice, of staff staying locally instead of going home and of some bringing their children in with them so they could make sure their surgeries remained open.

He said: “We are extremely proud of the efforts that have been made by those working in general practice to ensure patients are not let down.

“To be on the safe side we would advise patients who have routine appointments to check with their practices before setting out, just in case their surgery has had to amend their timetable.”

Waste collections:

Wycombe District Council said missed bin collections will not be caught up with this week and alternate collections for green and household waste have been suspended to February 1.

Normal collection days will resume from Monday.

A statement said: “The waste collected will be taken to landfill as resources are not sufficient to maintain the alternate week collection regime at the moment.”

It said: “Kerbside recycling collections for paper and cardboard and for cans and plastics will also revert back to the normal collection schedules.”

In South Bucks refuse collections will take place when they are next due.

All refuse sacks presented for collection at the property boundary next week will be collected.

Residents on the garden and kitchen waste collection trial will have both bins collected together next week and the contents will be landfilled.

South Bucks Council are trying to get extra vehicles for when collections resume. Extra recycling left in cardboard boxes will be collected on this occasion.

Rubbish collections in the Chiltern district were suspended today, but limited collections are to be attempted tomorrow and on Saturday if the weather allows.

From next week waste collections will revert to normal.

A statement from Chiltern District Council said: “Residents are advised that on their collection day they can present either black and/or green bin for emptying. From January 11 to January 15, the waste collected will be taken to landfill as resources are not sufficient to maintain the alternate week collection regime at the moment.

“Please note that normal alternate week collections will resume from Monday 18 January. Please consult your collection calendar at that time for information on whether to present your black or green bin.”

It added: “We hope that residents understand the reason for these interim measures and we will make every effort to ensure that further disruption is kept to a minimum.”

Cancelled meetings:

The Environment Centre in High Wycombe was due to hold its AGM on Saturday, but members have decided to postpone it until 10.30am on January 30.

A meeting of Chiltern District Council's planning committee scheduled to take place this evening has also been cancelled.

Items due to be discussed tonight will now be added to the agenda of the next meeting, scheduled to take place on January 28.