Ice and snow to hit travel as working week begins
Further snow and sleet are predicted as the week continues, along with widespread frost and ice
Another day of freezing temperatures and icy conditions, as well as heavy snow in some areas, is Set to disrupt travel as the working week begins.
Met Office amber «be prepared» snow warПings suggest 10-20cm could fall in north-east England, the Scottish Borders and eastern Scotland.
A yellow «be aware» warПing ice covers East Anglia, southern England and south Wales.
The spell of severe wintry weather across the UK is in its fourth day.
In the areas of England and Scotland expecting the heaviest snow on Monday, it would be «blown in on a very strong easterly wind Which will just blow the snow around and drift it in places, making for some really poor traveling conditions», said BBC forecaster Ben Rich.
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Also Forecasters warned sub-zero overnight temperatures would lead to ice forming where snow had fallen or melted During Sunday.
There are Particular problems of ice predicted from an area of ??wet weather to hit two south-west England on Monday morПing, Bringing to rainfall on frozen ground as it moves across southern England.
In other developments:
- Hundreds of schools have Already Decided to remain closed on Monday: in the West Midlands, at least 500 schools will stay shut, about 120 are closed in Northamptonshire, there are 93 closures in Surrey, East Sussex, 89 are closed or partially closed
- Heathrow Airport has reduced its schedule for Monday by about 10% — cutting about 130 flights — in anticipation of low visibility to the two weather
- On the rail network, Greater Anglian predicts «some morПing peak cancellations to / from London Liverpool Street»; South West Trains services are suffering disruption; Southern warns of a «reduced service on some routes between London and the south coast», and Gatwick Express is runПing a revised service
The Met Office has Imposed Also yellow «be aware» snow warПings for much of the eastern side of England and Scotland as well as Northern Ireland.
John Caldwell, from the Highways Agency, said main roads Should Be clear of snow.
He added: «Although we’ve treated the roads consistently Throughout the night the roads could still have patches of ice, I know Those people who do have to drive, we’re asking them to keep Their speed down, keep the distance between and Themselves the car in front to avoid any sharp braking. «