Winter’s icy stranglehold on Britain: Commuters face more travel chaos on roads and rail

Winter’s icy stranglehold on Britain: Commuters face more travel chaos on roads and rails in the south, west and Scotland – as Met Office warns of blackouts after temperatures plummeted to -6C overnight

  • Ice and snow blankets much of the UK today after temperatures dropped
  • Police and the Met Office have warned drivers to exercise caution in the freezing conditions
  • Yesterday there was a huge travel chaos and traffic accidents
  • There are also several reports of rail disruptions amid the cold spell

The UK faces another day of ice and snow across the country as temperatures remain well below freezing across the country this week and more disruption to road and rail traffic is expected this morning.

A spate of road accidents and road closures broke out yesterday, including a bus carrying around 80 people overturned in a collision in Somerset.

Police have warned drivers to exercise caution given the difficult conditions on the roads, adding that there have been “many accidents” this morning.

There are already numerous reports of disruptions to rail traffic, as temperatures in many regions remain below freezing.

Britain was hit by another ice and snow blast last night and temperatures plummeted

Britain was hit by another ice and snow blast last night and temperatures plummeted

Temperatures dropped to -5C and -6C overnight and some places are waking up to heavy snowfall today. Pictured: Stoke on Trent

Temperatures dropped to -5C and -6C overnight and some places are waking up to heavy snowfall today. Pictured: Stoke on Trent

Snow and ice on the roads are again expected to cause further travel disruptions this morning

Snow and ice on the roads are again expected to cause further travel disruptions this morning

The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for much of the country this morning

The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for much of the country this morning

Temperatures fell to as low as -5C and -6C in parts of the country last night and many places woke up to more frost and ice this morning.

Places such as Yorkshire and Stoke-on-Trent are seeing heavy snowfall today leading to this

The weather is not quite as cold today as yesterday, the coldest day of the year so far with the lowest recorded temperature of -9.8C at Topcliffe in North Yorkshire.

The Met Office has issued a series of yellow and amber weather warnings this week as the UK is hit by the frigid weather, causing travel disruptions across much of the country.

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Yellow warnings are in place in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the North West and South of England.

It warned commuters to allow “extra time for scheduled journeys” as many see a “frosty start” to the day.

Surrey Police said on their Twitter account: “It’s a snow joke baby it’s cold out there.

“Please take care of the roads, the spreaders are on the road, but we’re dealing with a lot of accidents at the moment.”

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Emma Colton

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