Britons battle heavy snow as transport hit by severe weather

13 December, 2017, 04:48 | Author: Wilson Dawson
  • SNOW: West Midlands Under Blanket Of Snow

With temperatures expected to stay well below freezing overnight, the Met Office said that ice was likely to be the main hazard, and it warned drivers they should expect longer journey times through today's rush hour.

The Met Office said: "Some injuries are possible from slips and falls on icy surfaces and there will probably be some icy patches on untreated roads and cycle paths".

He said low overnight temperatures could cause black ice and urged people to drive slowly, leaving plenty of space between them and the vehicle in front.

An amber warning of snow came into force at 4 a.m. (UTC) on Sunday, affecting Wales, the Midlands and parts of northern and eastern England.

"A perishingly cold night is expected as we move through Monday evening into Tuesday, with another widespread and severe frost, and temperatures plummeting to below -10C across any snowfields", he said.

It had its busiest day of the year on Monday, with about 25,000 calls from motorists.

People brave the cold as snow falls near Castleton England Saturday. John Giles  PA
People brave the cold as snow falls near Castleton England Saturday. John Giles PA

Hundreds of schools across England and Wales will be closed on Monday as the wintry conditions persist.

Heavy snow on the ground caused delays to West Midlands Railway and Great Western Railway services, while London Northwestern Railway trains into the capital from Milton Keynes were either delayed or cancelled.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks also said they had brought power back to 48,000 homes, but there were still 2,900 customers without power - although they hoped to restore it by Monday morning.

Eurotunnel said services were running with delays due to "extreme weather conditions", with waits of six hours for passengers departing from Calais and five hours from Folkestone.

A low of -11.6C (11F) was recorded on Sunday night in Chillingham Barns, Northumberland, with Saturday's temperatures dipping to -12.4C (10F). It will remain very cold for all areas with temperatures struggling to get above freezing for many.

Heathrow Airport in London is telling passengers not to travel to the airport if their flight is cancelled, after crews and aircraft were left out of position by the weather.


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