UK Snow: Amber Warning Issued Across Large Parts Of Country
More snow is hitting the UK with an amber weather warning issued across large parts of the country.
Up to 28cm of snow has been recorded by the Met Office across high ground in Wales, one of the worst affected regions.
Warnings have also been extended for snow and high winds of 80 mph are a possibility in the south of England.
Flights, trains and road travel are expected to be disrupted for most of the day, with some runways blocked.
Heavy rain and gale force winds are affecting much of southern England.
Devon and Cornwall have been battered with gusts of more than 70 mph, reaching 90mph in the English Channel.
The amber warning for snow has been extended to cover Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex but areas such as Liverpool and South Yorkshire have been downgraded to a yellow “be aware” warning.
Temperatures are also likely to reach lows of -10C (14F) in some parts of Scotland and Wales, falling to as low as -14C (6.8F) in isolated rural areas.
Highways England has asked drivers to prepare for “any eventuality”, making sure to have warm clothing, food, drink, required medications, boots, a shovel and a torch if venturing out.
Traffic Scotland also advised drivers to increase their stopping distances in the icy conditions and take a de-icer and scraper with them.
In the Midlands, many motorways are covered in snow, with local police forces asking people to only travel if absolutely necessary.
In north Wales and the west Midlands, some hospitals have drafted in 4×4 drivers to get staff to and from work.
The British Red Cross has also been asked to help move blood supplies and other medical equipment in some areas.
Heavy snow and rain is causing disruption across the UK, with many drivers being affected.
- On the M1 northbound, traffic has been at a standstill between junctions 16 and 17 after “numerous breakdowns/collisions”
- Outside Warwick, the M40 is closed after a crash between junction 15 and 16 involving multiple vehicles
- The A470 at Storey Arms in Powys, Wales, is shut
- The A417 in Gloucestershire is closed in both directions between the A429 and A436 due to a number of separate collisions
- And between the Welsh border and the A5 near Shrewsbury, the A458 in Shropshire is completely closed while police attend an accident there
Across the south west of England and Wales, more than 2,500 customers have been affected by power cuts due to snow or high winds.
On Saturday, Western Power Distribution said only a small proportion of their network was down due to the weather conditions.
Local events have also been affected by the weather, such as the final day of Lincoln Christmas market, which has been cancelled over safety concerns.