FORECASTERS are predicting Swindon could wake up to a white Easter Bob Syvret, a Met Office forecaster, believes it will be a strange Easter holiday in terms of the weather as winter refuses to release its icy grip.

He said: "We saw a flash blizzard yesterday and I expect today will be similar.

"There is a risk of wintry conditions this morning turning to rain later on in the day.

"And then as the temperatures drop snowy conditions in the evening.

"There is a significant chance of a white Easter.

"It won't be all doom and gloom though as there will be some drier summer periods similar to yesterday throughout the period, but with strong cold winds."

But for travellers trying to get away on the trains there was travel misery as Network Rail carries out major engineering work.

First Great Western announced the hold-ups would be running until Easter Monday.

The affected routes include Swindon to Didcot Parkway and Swindon to Chippenham.

These lines will be closed until Monday with replacement buses operating between the stations.

Train services will run from Didcot Parkway to Oxford and Reading onwards, as well as Chippenham to Bath and Bristol Temple Meads.

Swindon police have also put out a warning to drivers to take care on the roads after a car flipped over yesterday on the A346 near Chiseldon.

No-one was hurt in the smash but the road was partially blocked for a short time around 7am.

Inspector Robin Colbourne said drivers need to remain alert this weekend, as the weather will remain unpredictable.

He said: "We had a shower including sleet and snow and that will most likely contributed to the accidents.

"It is windy and there are flash showers.

"Drivers need to take care considering the quick changing and adverse weather conditions."

Problems were reported at the Bristol and London ends of the M4 yesterday, but no issues were reported around Swindon.

The dry weather yesterday also meant that the River Ray's Oxford catchment area, was brought off flood watch status and given the all-clear.

The Ray also flows through Swindon.

However the water levels on the Thames remained high and warnings were in place for boaters using the waterway.