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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Thousands of homes left without power with flood warnings in 53 areas as snow gives way to black ice and fog turning roads into 'death traps' in lethal aftermath of Storm Emma



  • Yellow weather warnings for ice and snow are in place with sleet and rain also expected across the country 
  • 53 areas across the UK told to prepare for flooding as Storm Emma remnants bring rain and snow melts 
  • Two inches of snow still expected to fall in northern England and Scotland while it turns to slush in London 
  • M62 has finally re-opened after being closed for more than a day and thousands were left stranded in cars 
  • Rail network still battling to repair damage with hundreds of routes affected and airport's blighted by fog 
  • Fourteen deaths have been reported nationwide after Storm Emma and the Beast from the East battered UK  
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  • Deadly black ice, floods and fog are bringing fresh chaos to Britain today adding to the devastating effects of Storm Emma and the Beast from the East.    
    Yellow weather warnings are in place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, threatening to leave 'death trap' patches of ice on roads up and down the country.
    A total of 53 flood alerts have been issued nationwide, with 14 out of 15 located in the south west of England as Devon and Cornwall prepare for excess rain, melting snow and high winds. 
    Around 2,000 families in Devon and Cornwall are without power, with hundreds of others suffering power cuts in mid Wales and East Yorkshire. 
    Snow is still expected to fall in northern England and parts of Scotland, while in London conditions are set to improve after 11am, with highs of 5C are expected. 
    This weekend rail operators are desperately battling to repair trains damaged in severe weather after swathes of the UK were battered by snow and storms and hundreds of services were cancelled.
    Train bosses are treading with extreme caution, with no Southeastern trains in or out of London after 10.26pm tonight. Virgin has resumed their services north of Newcastle but passengers will only be able to get on trains to Scotland until 9pm, with carriages extremely busy.  
    The RAC has urged people not to drive unless absolutely necessary, after the M62 was closed for more than a day leaving thousands of motorists stranded in their cars.    
    Fourteen out of 15 flood warnings in place are for the south west of England. In Paignton, Devon cars are pictured half submerged in water after the snow meltedIn Paignton, Devon cars are pictured half submerged in water after the snow melted

    Deadly black ice, floods and fog are bringing fresh chaos to Britain today adding to the devastating effects of Storm Emma and the Beast from the East. Fourteen out of 15 flood warnings in place are for the south west of England. In Paignton, Devon cars are pictured half submerged in water after the snow from the Beast from the East melted 

    Thick fog is also causing problems at airports across the UK, with Heathrow planes (pictured) battling to land safely 


    Thick fog is also causing problems at airports across the UK, with Heathrow planes (pictured) battling to land safely 
    In Birmingham snow is quickly turning to slush as the roads become covered in a deadly layer of black ice and sludge 
    In Birmingham snow is quickly turning to slush as the roads become covered in a deadly layer of black ice and sludge 

    The snow covering Britain (pictured in Teesside today) is set to melt, covering the country's roads in deadly black ice, as fog and flooding bring fresh chaos to the already devastating effects of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma 
    The snow covering Britain (pictured in Teesside today) is set to melt, covering the country's roads in deadly black ice, as fog and flooding bring fresh chaos to the already devastating effects of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma 

    A stunning array of icicles are pictures hanging from a cliff in Teesside, County Durham today with temperatures still freezing
    A stunning array of icicles are pictures hanging from a cliff in Teesside, County Durham today with temperatures still freezing

    Snow of up to two inches thick is still expected in north east England and Scotland today. A car is pictured stranded on a rural road in Hartlepool, Teesside today 
    Snow of up to two inches thick is still expected in north east England and Scotland today. A car is pictured stranded on a rural road in Hartlepool, Teesside today 

    The Chorley tunnel near Blackburn is pictured with a frame of icicles around it as rail operators battle to keep tracks usable
    The Chorley tunnel near Blackburn is pictured with a frame of icicles around it as rail operators battle to keep tracks usable

    This vehicle was left abandoned by the driver on a rural road in Dunsden Green, Oxfordshire today as thick snow remains 
    This vehicle was left abandoned by the driver on a rural road in Dunsden Green, Oxfordshire today as thick snow remains 

    Snow chance of a tan today! A huge snow drift is pictured blocking the entrance to a tanning salon in Brynmawr, South Wales 

    Snow chance of a tan today! A huge snow drift is pictured blocking the entrance to a tanning salon in Brynmawr, South Wales 

    Treacherous conditions are expected from high winds and melting snow in the south west. Yesterday waves were pictured crashing against sea walls in Torquay, Devon 
    Treacherous conditions are expected from high winds and melting snow in the south west. Yesterday waves were pictured crashing against sea walls in Torquay, Devon 

    Mist and fog were pictured looming over Dundsden Green in Oxfordshire this morning with more expected in London and the south of England this evening 
    Mist and fog were pictured looming over Dundsden Green in Oxfordshire this morning with more expected in London and the south of England this evening 

    Chasing frozen waterfalls! A beautiful frozen waterfall is pictured at Storey Arms in the Welsh Brecon Beacons today 
    Chasing frozen waterfalls! A beautiful frozen waterfall is pictured at Storey Arms in the Welsh Brecon Beacons today 

    A gigantic snow drift is pictured covering a house in Brynmawr, South Wales as cold temperatures remain across the UK
    A gigantic snow drift is pictured covering a house in Brynmawr, South Wales as cold temperatures remain across the UK

    Further chaos brought by the remnants of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma comes as: 
    • Devon and Cornwall are bracing themselves for floods with winds of up to 50mph also expected in south west
    • A total of 53 flood alerts have been issued including one for the Thames between Putney and Teddington 
    • Around 2,000 homes are without power in Devon and Cornwall, plus 400 in Wales and 500 in East Yorkshire 
    • Trains to Scotland have finally resumed but will only run until 9pm, Southeastern trains are stopping at 10.30 
    • An elderly couple, 70 and 71, had to be rescued from their snowed-in farmhouse by police in Edinburgh 
    • Marines came together to help a lorry stuck in a mountain of snow at services on the M4 in South Wales 
    • A 49-year-old man was arrested for a public order offence after assaulting paramedic treating patient in snow 
    After the coldest start to March on record, which left hundreds stranded on the roads and disruption across the UK's travel network, more cold temperatures, snow and ice is set to cause more issues.
    Gigantic icicles have been pictured across the north east of England, with fire services called to York City Centre this afternoon to remove 'potentially dangerous' ones. 
    Over 2,000 homes across the UK are without power, with 400 in the dark in mid-Wales and 500 in Aldbrough, East Yorkshire. 
    The A640 in Denshaw is still closed as the result of severe weather along with the A46 in Lincolnshire and A66 in North Yorkshire. All other road closures have been lifted. 
    The rail network is still battling to recover from treacherous weather conditions this week, with many services suspended or cancelled this weekend.  
    A snow plough is pictured desperately trying to clear grey sludge from the side of a road in Dublin, Ireland today 
    A snow plough is pictured desperately trying to clear grey sludge from the side of a road in Dublin, Ireland today 

    Stormy seas are pictured out of the River Tyne in the north east as a ferry sets off for the Netherlands this afternoon 
    Stormy seas are pictured out of the River Tyne in the north east as a ferry sets off for the Netherlands this afternoon 

    That's a lot of snow! A man is pictured with a  gigantic snow drift near Shepton Mallet in Somerset this afternoon 
    That's a lot of snow! A man is pictured with a  gigantic snow drift near Shepton Mallet in Somerset this afternoon 

    Huge snow drifts are still on the ground in Somerset as cold temperatures persist across parts of the south west today 
    Huge snow drifts are still on the ground in Somerset as cold temperatures persist across parts of the south west today

    As rail workers fight to get tracks and tunnels in a fit state for travel, the Bishopton tunnel in Renfrewshire, Scotland is covered in impressive hanging icicles 
    As rail workers fight to get tracks and tunnels in a fit state for travel, the Bishopton tunnel in Renfrewshire, Scotland is covered in impressive hanging icicles 

    Which routes are still affected by the severe weather?

    Commuters are facing another day of disruption as the weather continues to cripple the UK and Ireland’s travel networks.
    Some roads remain impassable and have been closed. Train services and flights have also been affected. Here are some of the latest reported issues:
    Roads 
    A46 is expected to be closed most of the day
    A66 will also most likely remain closed for the rest of today
    Trains
    Arriva Trains Wales: They are advising passengers not to travel as most trains are cancelled, especially on their south Wales routes. Trains currently running on a limited service are: 
    Crewe - Shrewsbury 
    Crewe - Chester
    Crewe - Manchester 
    Chester - Holyhead 
    Swansea- Carmarthen 
    Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury (not calling at Borth) 
    Wrexham - Bidston 
    Cardiff Central - Pontypridd
    Chiltern Railyways: Trains are subject to short notice cancellations and all lines are blocked between Hatton and Stratford-upon-Avon. Due to a snow drift the network is unable to call at Claverdon, Bearly, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway and Stratford-upon-Avon.
    CrossCountry: There are no services for Scotland and a shuttle service is operating between Bournemouth and Reading. Southampton to Birmingham services will also not run and neither will Manchester to Bristol trains. 
    The Plymouth to Edinburgh/Glasglow CrossCountry service will run only between Newcastle and Birmingham New Street, while the Nottingham to Cardiff train will start at Birmingham New Street. 
    There will be no service to and from Guildford until 10 March due to a points failure.
    East Midlands Trains: The Sheffield - London St Pancras route will have four trains run per hour rather than five, with the 26 minutes past train from London being cancelled every hour, and the 49 minutes from Sheffield being cancelled. 
    No trains will run between Grantham and Skegness. There is currently no replacement bus service. East Midlands Trains are trying to source this but due to road conditions it is proving difficult. Trains will also be unable to run any of their trains between Lincoln Central and Grimsby Town.
    Grand central: The 12:06 Peterborough to Sunderland service will be cancelled.
    Greater Anglia and Stansted Express: Norwich – London Liverpool Street intercity service will run a revised hourly service from Norwich to Ingatestone. 
    And the following rural lines will remain closed:
    Norwich – Sheringham
    Norwich – Great Yarmouth
    Norwich – Lowestoft
    Ipswich – Lowestoft
    Great Western Railway: Trains which usually call at intermediate stations between Newbury and Bedwyn are unable to call at these stations. There will also be no trains between Oxford and Hereford.
    Heavy snow and a points problem at Wokingham means no Great Western Railway trains can run between Reading and Gatwick Airport today or tomorrow. On Monday, it is anticipated that a service will be able to run between Blackwater and Gatwick Airport, although this is yet to be confirmed.
    Suspended lines include:
    Westbury - Weymouth
    Reading - Gatwick Airport
    Liskeard - Looe
    Plymouth - Gunnislake
    Bristol Temple Meads - Severn Beach
    Oxford - Hereford
    Swindon and Gloucester
    Heathrow Connect: No Heathrow Connect services are able to run today due to adverse weather conditions. Trains between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport will be cancelled.
    Heathrow Express: London Paddington to Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Services are departing at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour and the reverse journey will be departing at 12 and 42 minutes past the hour.
    Hull Trains: Hull Trains are only running a limited shuttle service between Hull and Doncaster. There are no Hull Trains services operating between London Kings Cross and Doncaster in either direction. 
    London Northwestern Railway: The Abbey Line between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey is suspended all day due to heavy snow. A reduced service will run between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton.
    Northern: The following lines are closed: Leeds - Morecambe/Carlisle, Hazel Grove - Buxton, Skipton - Carlisle/Morecambe, and Newcastle - Carlisle.
    TransPennine Express: The Preston to Scotland route is cancelled, as well as any services to and from Yarm. The Newcastle - Liverpool Lime Street trains won’t run between Leeds and Liverpool Lime Street while the Hull - Manchester service won’t be calling between Leeds and Manchester.
    West Midlands Railway: Heavy snow between Barnt Green and Redditch means that trains are unable to run between Longbridge and Redditch and the Whitlocks End - Stratford-upon-Avon, plus the Hereford - Worcester Foregate Street lines are suspended. A limited service will call between Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
    Virgin Trains East Coast: All trains between Newcastle and Scotland are cancelled today.
    Virgin Trains: Trains are currently unable to run between Carlisle and Scotland. The line towards Stoke-on-Trent are also currently blocked due to severe weather. Trains are being divert via Stafford. 
    South Western Railway: Trains between London Waterloo and Hounslow via Brentford and Richmond will not run and neither will the Exeter St Davids and London Waterloo service, along with the Southampton Central and Weymouth route. 
    Southeastern: There will be no service between Faversham and Dover Priory via Canterbury East or on the Medway Valley line and Sheerness line. 
    The following train operators are now able to run normally: 
    Gatwick Express 
    Great Northern 
    Island Line 
    London Overground 
    Southern 
    Thameslink
    Major airports across the UK:
    London Heathrow: Heathrow have said they will have a near full schedule today as they continue to minimise delays.
    London Gatwick: Similarly Gatwick will be operating a largely normal service today with minimal delays and cancellations. 
    Dublin: Dublin Airport is open and operational today with the first flight landing at about 5:00am this morning. However some airlines have cancelled services today and the airport says it is best to check with your individual airline. 
    Edinburgh: Edinburgh Airport is open as usual but passengers are being advised to check ahead of time to ensure their flight hasn’t been cancelled or delayed.
    Glasgow International: A spokesperson for this airport said: 'We're returning to business as usual, however, there are still some delays and a small number of cancellations. Passenger should continue to check the status of their flight with their airline or visit our website for flight information.'
    Bristol: Bristol Airport is open and operational but disruption across airline networks has resulted in a backlog of delayed flights. Road conditions at and around the airport remain challenging and drivers are warned to proceed with care.
    Manchester: Numerous flights to destinations in the UK such as Exeter and Dublin are cancelled and passengers are advised to check the status of their flight. 
    Birmingham: The runway is open & flights are arriving and departing however there are major delays to some flights and several cancellations following weather disruption. 
    British Transport Police has urged people not to leave trains if they become stranded or delayed after people burst out of a Southeastern train in south east London.
    A statement said: 'This week we have seen a number of incidents of people self-evacuating from trains stranded due to the exceptional weather.
    'Whilst we totally understand it isn't pleasant being trapped on a train, you are far safer on board.
    'Self-evacuating from trains is never a good idea as it places you and others at significant risk. You are risking your life trespassing on live tracks.
    'Further delays are also inevitable if people self-evacuate as power has to be turned off for safety reasons.' 
    Yesterday Southeastern rail services were severely disrupted after frustrated passengers jumped from a train near Lewisham and began walking down tracks.
    The company turned off power in the area for safety reasons and called for police support as it dealt with the 'serious trespass incident'.
    Frustrated passengers claimed to have been 'stranded' before bursting out onto the railway lines around Lewisham and St Johns, south of the capital.  
    Southeastern Railway said 'several people are jumping off trains onto the tracks' and worsening the situation as the operator requested police assistance. 
    The rail operator added: 'Please remain on the trains - we'll be able to get you moving again far quicker if you do.' 

    With freezing temperatures in the Republic of Ireland, locals are forced to push a police car out of a snow drift in Dublin 
    With freezing temperatures in the Republic of Ireland, locals are forced to push a police car out of a snow drift in Dublin 

    Cold temperatures continue in Ireland today where snow is still falling and in thick layers on the ground. Pictured: A police 4x4 gets stuck on the streets of Dublin with locals desperately trying to push it out of trouble 
    Cold temperatures continue in Ireland today where snow is still falling and in thick layers on the ground. Pictured: A police 4x4 gets stuck on the streets of Dublin with locals desperately trying to push it out of trouble 

    Snow is still falling thick and fast in parts of Dublin, Ireland today. Northern Ireland has a yellow weather warning for ice  
    Snow is still falling thick and fast in parts of Dublin, Ireland today. Northern Ireland has a yellow weather warning for ice  

    Similar problems have ensued in Princetown, Devon where a delivery lorry got stuck today. The region faces floods today 
    Similar problems have ensued in Princetown, Devon where a delivery lorry got stuck today. The region faces floods today 

    Snow is still causing problems in Princetown, Devon where mountains of white still line the streets but could turn to water and flood later on today with warnings for most of the south west 
    Snow is still causing problems in Princetown, Devon where mountains of white still line the streets but could turn to water and flood later on today with warnings for most of the south west 
    It had earlier told passengers not to travel, while South Western Railway wound down services early in light of the weather.  
    Workers were urged to cut their days short and 'go home early' as many London terminals started winding down services in the early evening. 
    People took to social media to share their outrage at London's 'c***' service, branding rail providers a 'joke', with Twitter user @ammflyer claiming the situation at Waterloo was 'a farce'. 
    Passengers also reported being stuck on a train outside London Bridge for more than three hours. 

    There are 15 flood warnings in place across the UK, with the north east and north west of England told to prepare for floods

    There are 15 flood warnings in place across the UK, with the north east and north west of England told to prepare for floods

    The south west of England, Devon and Cornwall in particular, also have flood warnings. There are a further 38 alerts in place
    The south west of England, Devon and Cornwall in particular, also have flood warnings. There are a further 38 alerts in place

    The Met Office has issued two weather warnings, one for ice and the other for snow. Snow is due to fall in Scotland, while ice covers much of south England, Wales and Northern Ireland  
    The Met Office has issued two weather warnings, one for ice and the other for snow. Snow is due to fall in Scotland, while ice covers much of south England, Wales and Northern Ireland  
    Today will bring more frustration for rail users as two Met Office yellow warning remains in place and 5cm of additional snow is expected in parts of the UK, with the railway between Dawlish to Dawlish Warren in Devon finally open after flooding closures of up to 36 hours.
    Both Devon and Cornwall are at risk of flooding as western regions expect winds of up to 50mph, dropping to between 35mph and 40mph later today as the country recovers from the worst snow storms since 1991.
    Rain and sleet are forecast to hit most parts of the UK not affected by snow, which is also set to fall in the north of England and Scotland. Conditions in the capital will improve after 11am, when highs of 5C are expected.
    Fog is also causing problems at UK airports, with passengers advised to check their flight status before they leave home. Thick fog was pictured at Heathrow this morning.
    Collisions have occupied emergency services across the country, while the Army was drafted in as part of a major rescue operation to reach motorists trapped on roads by heavy snow and icy blasts.
    Brave swimmers decided to risk the freezing temperatures at London's Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park this morning 
    Brave swimmers decided to risk the freezing temperatures at London's Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park this morning 

    One woman braves freezing temperatures in London as she goes for an Arctic dip in Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake today 
    One woman braves freezing temperatures in London as she goes for an Arctic dip in Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake today 
    Cold water swimmers are pictured emerging from the Arctic waters in London's Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park today 
    Cold water swimmers are pictured emerging from the Arctic waters in London's Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park today 
    Between five and 10 vehicles collided at around 3.45pm on Friday on the A38 westbound in Devon, Highways England said, while a further 30 vehicles became stuck in a lane due to the weather conditions after the accident between the A380 and B3344. 
    The Met Office said Thursday saw the temperature slump to its lowest daily maximum on record for March, at minus 5.2C at Bryn Bach Park, Tredegar.
    Half a metre of snow was measured in two areas - Drumalbin, Lanarkshire, and St Athan in Glamorgan, South Wales - while strengthening winds caused blizzards and drifting snow in some parts of the country.
    Flood warnings were also issued in several coastal regions by the Environment Agency, which published 15 warnings and 36 alerts, predominantly for South West and North East England.
    Large parts of the Irish Republic remain on red alert until 9am on Saturday, after being hit by the worst snow in 35 years.
    After the re-opening of the M62 after closures for over a day, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: 'After another night of officers working tirelessly in the snow alongside colleagues from partner agencies, including Highways England, the motorway (M62) was cleared and reopened at around 2am this morning.
    'The A58 between Littleborough and Ripponden and the A672 between Denshaw and Rishworth have both been reopened too.

    DISABLED YORKSHIRE WOMAN HAS TO BE RESCUED BY FIRE CREWS AFTER SHE GOT STUCK IN PHARMACY 

    A disabled woman who took refuge from the icy conditions in a chemist after her electric wheelchair broke down was rescued by a fire crew.
    Fire fighters from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue put a blanket on the 'freezing' woman, who was not wearing a coat, before driving her home after she became stranded in Moorends, Doncaster.
    It took three fire fighters almost half an hour to push the heavy eight-battery chair a quarter of a mile through ice and snow to her home.
    Daz Robertson, who drove her back, said the woman had been out doing some errands, but could not use her keys to get into the house when she returned because her fingers were too cold.
    She went out on the chair to seek help, which was when the batteries went flat and she was taken in by a chemist, which stayed open late to look after her as darkness fell.
    Thorne Blue Watch attended after police, who were initially called, were unable to get to the lady, at 5.38pm on Thursday.
    Mr Robertson, station manager of Thorne fire station, said: 'I thought, I'll go push her back myself, not wanting to tie an appliance up.
    'I tried pushing it myself and it was more of a wheelchair than I thought it would be.
    'It was quite heavy and with the occupant in it and the conditions I thought I'm not going to be able to manage this on my own.'
    The father-of-two added: 'She was a bit stressed, I managed to calm her down ... when we explained what we were doing and managed to get her home she really appreciated it.'
    The team made sure she was OK, checked her smoke alarms were working and put her shopping away before they left the house.
    A spokesman from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: 'We are proud of the help given by these fire fighters who came to the aid of a vulnerable member of the public - without their swift intervention her safety would have been at risk.' 
    'We would like to thank members of the public for their patience whilst work on these roads was carried out.
    'Please continue to take the weather into account when planning your journeys and drive carefully.'
    Northumbria Police said the A1 was also open again.
    The force posted on Twitter: 'The A1 is now open, however the A697 southbound between the Rothbury turn off and Stannington is down to one lane due to snow drifts.
    'We are working on getting the area cleared and back to two lanes but expect delays. Please drive with care and only if essential.'
    Further south, the Highways Agency said the A66 cross-Pennine route remained shut between the A1M at Scotch Corner to the A685 at Brough. 
    People hoping to escape the Beast from the East with a trip abroad this weekend are being advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport. A British Airways plane is pictured coming into land in thick fog at Heathrow this morning 
    People hoping to escape the Beast from the East with a trip abroad this weekend are being advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport. A British Airways plane is pictured coming into land in thick fog at Heathrow this morning 
    As Storm Emma looms across the UK thick fog set in. Pictured are planes coming into land at Heathrow Aiport, west London 
    As Storm Emma looms across the UK thick fog set in. Pictured are planes coming into land at Heathrow Aiport, west London 
    Commuters at London Bridge were confronted with a sign proclaiming a 'SNOWMAGEDDON' had hit the capital as rail users were left struggling to get home 
    Commuters at London Bridge were confronted with a sign proclaiming a 'SNOWMAGEDDON' had hit the capital as rail users were left struggling to get home
    Speaking to MailOnline, a 'very angry, cold and frustrated train customer' said a train was still stranded outside London Bridge at 8pm yesterday after first getting stuck at 5.55pm. Passengers jumped onto the tracks in anger, forcing the station to power down electricity. 
    'It's cold and there's only one toilet working on the train,' the passenger said. 'This is just the worst treatment and an absolutely inhumane way of treating human beings.' 
    There were fears of major problems at London Euston last night - which was evacuated after a small fire - as well as Paddington station as the weather deteriorates. Commuters using those stations as well as King's Cross and Liverpool Street were urged to head home as soon as possible - even if it meant cutting short their working day. 
    Isabella Light said she was stuck on a train with no power 10 hours after she left London Waterloo for Weymouth yesterday after 50 people were stranded on board another train from the London station to Dorset for 15 hours. 
    Hundreds of drivers and train passengers were left stranded overnight as extreme weather continued to wreak havoc with roads brought to a standstill by blizzards.

    On the M62 on Thursday thousands were stranded in their vehicles overnight, as gales reached 90mph over the Rakewood Viaduct, Rochdale. The Army was drafted in to save people, but around 200 were still believed to be trapped last night, after road authorities closed the motorway 'indefinitely'.  
    Eight vehicles crashed on the A38 westbound in Devon as drivers struggled to battle through the adverse weather conditions, according to Highways England.  
    Hospitals cancelled operations, with doctors still battling to visit vulnerable patients, as the NHS struggles to deal with the fallout from the conditions. Ambulance services are begging the public to help with their 4x4s. 
    Some 4,000 properties in Wales and South West England were left without power this morning, along with 5,000 in Derbyshire - while Kent Police received an astonishing 100 calls to crashes in the space of just 30 minutes. 
    Fifteen flood warnings are in place across the UK with 38 further alerts, including one for the River Thames in London between Putney Bridge and Teddington Weir.  
    Two police forces declared 'major incidents' yesterday. The South Central Ambulance Service appealed for help from 4x4 owners to move its staff. That comes as:
    South West England has been particularly badly hit after facing an unprecedented Met Office red warning for snow, with Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust declaring an 'internal critical incident' yesterday.
    Officials at the trust have postponed all outpatient and planned routine surgery and diagnostic appointments, and prioritised all available staff to emergency services as they paid to tribute to their 'outstanding' team. 

    An aerial view of a snow covered Cramlington in Northumberland on Friday as the severe weather conditions continue
    An aerial view of a snow covered Cramlington in Northumberland on Friday as the severe weather conditions continue
    A woman pushes a pram across Portobello Road in Notting Hill, West London, during snowy weather on Friday
    A woman pushes a pram across Portobello Road in Notting Hill, West London, during snowy weather on Friday

    Snow falls on people as they walk through Trafalgar Square in London. Heavy snow fall and sub-zero temperatures have hit Britain with more heavy snow expected in the coming days 
    Snow falls on people as they walk through Trafalgar Square in London. Heavy snow fall and sub-zero temperatures have hit Britain with more heavy snow expected in the coming days 
    Two men and a woman in their winter coats walk through the snow on Friday afternoon as a blizzard hits Central London
    Two men and a woman in their winter coats walk through the snow on Friday afternoon as a blizzard hits Central London

    A woman walks through the snow as Central London is hit by snow yesterday, with the severe weather continuing to hit
    A woman walks through the snow as Central London is hit by snow yesterday, with the severe weather continuing to hit
    The Severn Bridge is empty of cars and down to one lane in both directions as snow continues to fall in South Wales 
    The Severn Bridge is empty of cars and down to one lane in both directions as snow continues to fall in South Wales 
    Motorists dig out a car which drove into a snow drift blocking a road in Teesdale, County Durham, on Friday morning
    Motorists dig out a car which drove into a snow drift blocking a road in Teesdale, County Durham, on Friday morning

    A DFDS ferry navigates the choppy waters of the North Sea in Tynemouth, North Tyneside, on Friday afternoon
    A DFDS ferry navigates the choppy waters of the North Sea in Tynemouth, North Tyneside, on Friday afternoon
    This car is going nowhere in Tower Hamlets, east London, after being turned into a block of ice by a burst water pipe
    This car is going nowhere in Tower Hamlets, east London, after being turned into a block of ice by a burst water pipe

    The wreckage of a bus and van which collided early yesterday morning in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, is pictured
    The wreckage of a bus and van which collided early yesterday morning in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, is pictured
    Mass devastation at Holyhead Marina in North Wales where up to 60 boats have been wrecked after the storm hit overnight
    Mass devastation at Holyhead Marina in North Wales where up to 60 boats have been wrecked after the storm hit overnight

    The plunge pool of England's highest waterfall High Force  in Teesdale, County Durham, is frozen for the first time since 1929
    The plunge pool of England's highest waterfall High Force in Teesdale, County Durham, is frozen for the first time since 1929
    The Met Office has two weather warnings in place covering almost the entire country today - one for ice, stretching across the south of England, Wales and Northern Ireland - and the other for snow, warning northern England and Scotland to prepare for more powder.  
    Snow depths reached half a metre (1ft 8in) in Drumalbin, Lanarkshire and St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. Around 40cm (1ft 4in) of snow was measured in Bishopton, Renfrewshire and Spadeadam, Cumbria.
    Passengers were stranded overnight on the 5.30pm South Western Railway service from London Waterloo to Poole in Dorset last night at Brockenhurst in the New Forest on a train that allegedly had no heating. 
    Hampshire Police said it had called in the military to help evacuate people from the A31, while Avon and Somerset Constabulary said about 100 vehicles had become stuck on the A303 at Ilminster.  
    Dave Webb, 37, from Wakefield, told how he had been on the motorway for ten hours. 
    'We came to a halt at about 5.30pm last night and have been here since,' he said. 'There hasn't been any snow since about 6.30pm but the wind is pretty strong and gusting.' 
    A woman slips while carrying shopping in the snow on Main Street  in Alexandria, West Dumbartonshire yesterday morning
    A woman slips while carrying shopping in the snow on Main Street in Alexandria, West Dumbartonshire yesterday morning
    An aerial view of snow-covered houses at Crewkerne in Somerset yesterday that were left covered in snow
    An aerial view of snow-covered houses at Crewkerne in Somerset yesterday that were left covered in snow
    Snow drifts around Leamington Spa in Warwickshire where many commuters were forced to work from home yesterday 
    Snow drifts around Leamington Spa in Warwickshire where many commuters were forced to work from home yesterday 
    Cars and lorries on AI looking northbound between Morpeth and Alnwick yesterday with more snow expected today
    Cars and lorries on AI looking northbound between Morpeth and Alnwick yesterday with more snow expected today
    Snow drifts around the Kent village of Harvel have completely blocked the area, with rescue vehicles unable to get in
    Snow drifts around the Kent village of Harvel have completely blocked the area, with rescue vehicles unable to get in

    Eleanor Kelly, 19, said local residents in Milnrow, Rochdale, had been taking hot drinks, food and blankets to those stuck on the carriageway - including to a father with a baby and toddler in the car.
    She said: 'We've been trying to get to as many people as we can in about a mile radius from where we can get to the carriageway.' 
    The local community centre, Butterworth Hall, was also opened to provide refuge for stranded motorists overnight.
    But Rochdale Council tweeted: 'Heard reports someone in a grey Transit-type van is trying to cash-in on people stranded in traffic near the M62 motorway by selling cups of tea for £1.

    Police get 999 call about DUCK stranded in Watford snow and ice

    Police received a 999 call from a man who was concerned about a duck in a car park in Watford in the ice and snow.
    The man called Herts police early on Friday morning to say he was worried about the bird's welfare due to the cold weather.
    The call handler informed the man that this was not a police matter and he should not be calling 999. He was advised to contact the RSPCA about his concerns.
    Superintendent Mike Trotman from the Constabulary's Force Control Room (FCR) said: 'This is an example of the emergency 999 number being used for completely the wrong reason. 
    'While it is admirable that the man was concerned for the duck, by calling 999 he could have delayed getting help to those truly in need of assistance and facing an emergency situation.
    'Our call handlers are always busy dealing with both emergency 999 and non-emergency 101 calls, as well as online reports and contact from the public via our webchat facility so it is really important that people only contact us for the right reasons.'
    'Please be aware these are not council staff and we (and volunteers) are handing out drinks for free where we are able to.'
    Thames Valley Police's roads policing unit said they had received reports of multiple collisions on the M40 between junctions 3 and 2, and warned of delays.
    The military has helped police rescue hundreds of motorists stranded by heavy snow on the A31 in Hampshire. Police declared a 'major incident' after the major route connecting Hampshire and Dorset through the New Forest became impassable in both directions. 
    Rest centres were set up for those stuck and food and drink brought to those unable to leave their vehicles.
    Ryan Butler posted on Twitter: 'You're all doing an amazing job... took me best part of 9 hours from Cadnam to Bournemouth but home safe and sound now. Thank you for all your hard work.' 
    Chels wrote: 'Locals coming to assist with snacks and hot drinks! Troopers in these conditions.' The road was declared open again just before 6am today but police urged motorists to avoid the area.
    A Hampshire police spokesman said: 'The A31 is moving again now but we would urge drivers to avoid that area while we seek to clear the trapped traffic and recover the abandoned vehicles.
    'An amber weather warning for snow, freezing rain and high winds is still in place across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight so once again, we advise against all essential travel.'
    Those stuck on the road have been urged to call 101 if they have a medical condition or are running out of fuel, or to call 999 in an emergency.
    Prime Minister Theresa May has thanked the emergency services and hospital staff for their work as cold weather brought some parts of the country to a standstill over night.
    'In the current bad weather, I want say thank you to everyone going the extra mile to keep our country moving - and to keep us safe,' the Prime Minister posted on Twitter.
    'Thank you to NHS staff and care workers, the police and the armed forces, and all those working to keep our vital public services going.'

    One woman decided against wrapping up warm when she went for a jog at Richmond Park in South West London yesterday
    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling described the weather as 'exceptional circumstances' for the UK and said that people stranded on roads and trains had had a 'tough night'.
    He told Sky News: 'In the case of the train on the south coast - we need to do everything we can to resolve that situation as quickly as possible.
    'This is particularly unusual weather, it's something that happens very rarely in this country.'
    He added that there is a 'huge' stockpile of salt and that gritters have been out across the UK's roads.
    Drivers have reported being stuck for 17 hours on the A303 between Ilminster in Somerset and Mere in Wiltshire.
    Over 100 cars and lorries were trapped on the stretch of road overnight due to a gritter getting stuck in the snow after it 'slid sideways', one driver said. Thomas Hamilton, a 36-year-old sales director, was heading from his home in London to a friend's farm when he got caught in the queue.
    'I left London at 6pm. We came to a standstill at the start of the A303 around midnight. There were lorries and cars in both lanes trying to get up the hill. We drove past a burned-out car, then we didn't move until 9:30am.' 
    Devon County Council tweeted this picture of a gritter on its side on the A379 on Labrador Bends near Shaldon yesterday

    Mr Hamilton, who was stuck only 10 miles from his destination, said he moved for the first time in hours this morning after 'a soldier got out in a hi-vis jacket with another good Samaritan and moved lorries'.

    Panicked mother only found out her daughter had flipped her car on a treacherous road after police tweeted a grinning SELFIE in front of the wreck

    A mother only found out her daughter had flipped her car on a treacherous road after police tweeted a grinning selfie in front of the crash site.
    The two officers from Salisbury Police, which is part of Wiltshire Police, were pictured in front of an overturned car on a snowy road.
    The two officers from Salisbury Police were pictured in front of an overturned car
    The two officers from Salisbury Police were pictured in front of an overturned car
    The image was captioned: 'Some photos just don't need any words. Many warnings to drive safely today and thankfully nobody hurt in this incident.'
    But Georgia Oak replied: 'It's my car and yes I am OK. But this is how my mum found out I was in a crash. I really appreciate how they helped and how quick they were to be there.'
    Georgia Oak said the Facebook post was 'how my mum found out I was in a crash'
    Georgia Oak said the Facebook post was 'how my mum found out I was in a crash'
    In response, the force said: 'I’m sorry you Mum found out this way, but we were careful to not identify you or your car in this post and emphasise that nobody was hurt. Cars can be replaced: people can’t.
    'As you will understand, the photo was not taken until they had dealt with the emergency and has been used to highlight the dangers on the roads in these conditions.
    'The post has helped circulate the message of safety quickly - social media used positively to get the message out. If it prevents someone getting hurt in similar circumstances then it was worth it. I hope you get the support from your insurance and are safely back on the road soon.'
    And Ms Oak then added: 'Thank you for your response. She was just shocked. Thank you for your help and being there so quickly.'
    But Lou-lou Jonesy also replied to the initial post, saying: 'For most people it would be very inappropriate to take selfies at work. Why do police feel the need to constantly take photos of themselves?'
    She added: 'The message just tells us that Police on duty are taking selfies. A pic of the car would have been enough. So glad the young lady is safe.'
    Kev Smith added: 'Attention seeking?!' - and the force replied: 'Attention seeking? Yes, its about the message and not the people.'
    Kath Spreadbury defended the force, saying: 'Can our police do nothing right? They're dammed if they help and their dammed if they don't. Just let them do their job and stop criticising, you may need them yourself one day.'
    Wiltshire Council has described the traffic as a 'major incident' and urged people not to travel in the area.
    Avon and Somerset Police say there are 20 significant incidents across the force area, with people stranded in snow drifts.
    Police are 'as a matter of urgency' rescuing people from two vehicles, one on Dunkery Beacon in west Somerset and one at Burrington Combe in north Somerset. 
    The force, along with partner agencies, is also continuing to help motorists stranded on the A303, including a bus.
    Around 40 people travelling from London were stuck overnight, including a baby, people requiring medication, elderly and vulnerable people.
    Butlins has confirmed that the UK Open darts competition this weekend in Minehead will be closed to the public, police said.
    The military has also been brought in to assist clearing traffic as the motorway remains closed from junction 20 at Rochdale to junction 24 at Huddersfield.
    A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: 'The strong winds will continue throughout the day and we ask that you don't travel unless it is essential. We are aware of drivers in the surrounding area who have been stranded for some hours due to snow and wind. 
    'The military have been deployed to support us and our partners in our efforts to clear the roads and get people to safety. We are filtering traffic off the M62 at junction 20 and diversions are in place although traffic is severely congested.'
    Police say wind speeds over the Rakewood Viaduct in Greater Manchester have reached 90mph.
    The North West Motorway Police tweeted: 'J21-22 M62 the wind speeds over Rakewood are 90mph that is the reason vehicles cannot continue as it would be a risk to life.' 
    Assistant Chief Constable Robert Potts, of Greater Manchester Police, told reporters that at one point some 3,500 vehicles were stuck on the M62 last night. Some 200 vehicles remained there overnight before they were brought off the motorway this morning, he added.
    A number of crashes after been reported on the M20 in Kent after the fire service warned of 'black ice' on the carriageways.
    Kent Fire and Rescue Service said they were in attendance at two collisions - one between junctions seven and eight involving six vehicles and another between junctions three and four involving eight vehicles, in which a vehicle caught fire.
    One driver who did not wish to be named said  they had witnessed three crashes on the road in a short space of time, and saw a number of cars that appeared to have skidded on the road.
    Efforts to keep Devon's roads clear of ice were hampered when a gritter overturned on the A379 on Labrador Bends near Shaldon.
    Devon County Council posted a photograph of the scene on Twitter, stating: 'It's still really icy out there!' It added: 'Fortunately everyone unharmed but we're a gritter down until it can be recovered.' 
    A Network Rail spokesman said: 'Owing to the continued extreme weather conditions we are asking people not to travel across the South Western Railway network today unless absolutely essential.
    'Services across the route will also be stopping early this evening.
    'We thank passengers for their patience as we manage these extreme conditions and anyone who has to travel today should check National Rail and South Western Railway websites.'
    Rail passengers were trapped in frosty carriages overnight after a broken-down train caused tailbacks on the rest of the tracks. 
    South Western Railway wrote on Twitter that a service had got into trouble near Christchurch, Dorset, requiring a 'rescue train' to be sent to it.
    Commuters reported being stranded in carriages with failing electricity and fluctuating temperatures. 
    Shane White was stuck on the 4.30pm service from Cardiff to Bournemouth until shortly before 8am this morning. 
    He wrote on Twitter: 'All sorts of problem all due to ice and snowy, apparently one train near Christchurch has welded itself to the track trying to move, obviously very high voltage going through these lines, but little current flow due to the ice build up.
    'They have been trying all night to come up with a solution but trains have ran out of battery power etc, there was some rain that has frozen points and other electrical connections, with all the roads block and vehicle snowed in there is no road transport available.'
    Other services which were stuck overnight reportedly included an early evening train from London Waterloo to Weymouth, which ground to a halt outside New Milton. 
    South Western Railway passenger 'Ian R', who caught the 8.30pm train from Woking in Surrey to Bournemouth in Dorset, suffered horrendous overnight delays after expecting a journey time of an hour and a half.

    David Webb (left) and his wife Louise Bath, from Edinburgh, ski around St Margaret's Loch in Holyrood Park yesterday

    Further snowfall covers the landscape in Little Venice, West London, yesterday as the UK is hit by extreme weather conditions
    Further snowfall covers the landscape in Little Venice, West London, yesterday as the UK is hit by extreme weather conditions

    A woman carries her shopping on sledges in Larbert, near Falkirk, as roads and railways have been rendered impassable

    Canal boats are frozen into position in Birmingham's canal system as cold temperatures continue nationwide today 

    A car almost fully submerged by a snow drift near Forest-in-Teesdale in County Durham yesterday morning with conditions continuing to be bad today 

    He told MailOnline at 6am: 'Outside Southampton informed of broken down train causing a delay. Arrived in Southampton Station to await instructions from their control centre if it was safe to proceed.
    'Since then the exasperated driver apologises for delay as he is unable to contact the control centre. They are not answering the phones. He has done a good job but let down like us all. 
    'We have now been stopped for eight hours and no deep snow or heavy frost or anything. We understand at least three trains are involved. One of which is now attached to our train.'
    He added that the driver 'arranged limited supplies of water in the night and a short while ago offer of free hot drink was made; nothing about food'.
    Another South Western Railway passenger, Danielle Bennett, got in touch with MailOnline at 1.30am this morning to say she started her journey from London to Poole at 7pm last night – and was stuck at Southampton. 
    She said: '8pm coach from Victoria coach station was cancelled. Managed to get a train ticket from Clapham junction to Poole for the 9.12pm train... got the delayed 7.12pm train at 9.05pm, got kicked off at Southampton central at 10.45pm and we were told to change to platform one.
    'Two and a half hours later we are still sat on the track at Southampton Central with no updates and no food trolley with drinks etc being supplied to all the stranded people! 
    'I've seen a guard twice in the two and a half hours of being here, there were no staff on the platform or service desk, and as there were no updates on the situation, I had to go and search for someone to ask.
    'At this rate it looks like we're going to be here until sunrise. South Western Railway are not dealing with the situation well at all! No staff on hand, no food or drinks being offered, and no preparation has been made when they knew this weather was coming! The majority of Europe seem to be able to manage these weather conditions, why is it so hard for the UK?! It's embarrassing!' 
    Passenger Paula Baker told ITV's Good Morning Britain that she had been stuck on South Western Railways train for 15 hours, trying to get to Weymouth in Dorset.
    She said: 'It normally takes two hours and I was going to be getting off at Weymouth and we literally ground to a halt with no heating. We've still not got heating. It's daylight now and that's the light we've got on the carriage and there's about 55 passengers on the train.

    Shouri the Amur tiger felt right at home in the freezing snow at the Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire today

    Shire horses in the snow in Slate Meadow in Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire, today
    Shire horses in the snow in Slate Meadow in Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire, today
    Spot the hippo appears to be out of his comfort zone at the Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire today
    Spot the hippo appears to be out of his comfort zone at the Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire today
    Summerhill Force in Teesdale, County Durham, is a cascade of icicles this morning  as the bitter weather continues
    Summerhill Force in Teesdale, County Durham, is a cascade of icicles this morning as the bitter weather continues
    Snow drifts around Leamington Spa in Warwickshire today where many commuters have chosen to stay at home
    Snow drifts around Leamington Spa in Warwickshire today where many commuters have chosen to stay at home
    People sled in the snow at Farnborough in Hampshire today as the Met Office issued more weather warnings
    People sled in the snow at Farnborough in Hampshire today as the Met Office issued more weather warnings
    People carry snowboards in Clifton, Bristol, this morning where a blanket of snow has covered the city overnight
    People carry snowboards in Clifton, Bristol, this morning where a blanket of snow has covered the city overnight
    The streets are deserted and shops and businesses remain closed on Eastern Avenue in Cardiff this morning
    The streets are deserted and shops and businesses remain closed on Eastern Avenue in Cardiff this morning
    Children sledge on Hampstead Heath in North West London today as many youngsters make the most of the snow
    Children sledge on Hampstead Heath in North West London today as many youngsters make the most of the snow
    Traffic queuing to leave the M62 motorway in Greater Manchester today ahead of junction 24 after the road was closed
    Traffic queuing to leave the M62 motorway in Greater Manchester today ahead of junction 24 after the road was closed
    Traffic queues in the snow in Cornwall overnight as drivers battle to get through the severe weather hitting Britain
    Traffic queues in the snow in Cornwall overnight as drivers battle to get through the severe weather hitting Britain
    'We've had no toilet facilities, no heating and no information for 13 odd hours. We've had passengers threatening to walk off the train. The driver locked himself in his carriage. The guard keeps coming out to apologise but we've had no information about what's going on. 

    Weather warnings for Britain until Monday

    TODAY 
    Yellow ('be aware')
    • Snow for Scotland and Northern England (0.05am-23.55pm)
    • Ice for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (0.05am-9am)
    SUNDAY
    Yellow ('be aware')
    • Snow and ice for eastern Scotland (0.05am-23.55pm)
    MONDAY
    Yellow ('be aware')
    • Snow and ice for eastern Scotland (0.05am-23.55pm)
    'We moved a foot (at 2.30am) and stopped again and that's where we've been. We've keep saying 'has anybody rung anybody? They just said 'no, we've been speaking to the controllers and we're just really sorry' and that's all we've had.
    '(The driver) didn't come out to speak to us. Somebody asked for the driver to come out and explain to everyone what was going on and that wasn't forthcoming. 
    'Earlier on we put some Madonna on so we were dancing to that trying to keep warm. We've been chatting and getting to know each other as it's been too cold to sleep. But everybody now is tired, hungry, fed up and just wants to get out and go into somewhere warm.' 
    South Western Railway wrote on its website: 'Due to multiple broken-down trains between Weymouth and Southampton Central, all lines are blocked. 
    'Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised at short notice. All stations between Bournemouth and Weymouth will not be served. Disruption is expected until 12:00 02/03.
    'Because of the severe weather conditions, multiple trains have broken down between Weymouth and Bournemouth. All lines between these stations are currently blocked. Trains are stuck in a queue behind the defective trains and are unable to move. 
    'We are in the process of trying to move the broken-down trains and will update you when we have further information. Emergency rail replacement is extremely limited in the area due to severe weather, but we are doing our best to help you complete your journey.' 
    A total of five trains were stranded overnight on the route between London and Weymouth, Network Rail said.
    A spokesman said: 'We'd like to apologise to passengers trapped on trains overnight on the South Western Railway network due to extreme weather.
    'We worked closely with South Western Railway and the emergency services through the night who responded to the most vulnerable passengers.
    'All passengers were removed from trains earlier this morning, but the ongoing extreme weather meant emergency services were not able to evacuate people sooner.
    Riders from Lawney Hill Racing take their horses out today on the all-weather gallops in Tetsworth, Oxfordshire
    Riders from Lawney Hill Racing take their horses out today on the all-weather gallops in Tetsworth, Oxfordshire
    Trainer Lawney Hill poses for a photograph as she wears tights over her face to keep out the cold in Tetsworth today
    Trainer Lawney Hill poses for a photograph as she wears tights over her face to keep out the cold in Tetsworth today
    An abandoned car near Blackstone Edge in the Pennines today as Britain is hit by continuing severe weather
    An abandoned car near Blackstone Edge in the Pennines today as Britain is hit by continuing severe weather
    A dog stomps through the snow in Kirkliston, West Lothian, today as the bad conditions cause problems over the UK
    A dog stomps through the snow in Kirkliston, West Lothian, today as the bad conditions cause problems over the UK
    Adam Suthers digs out a car stuck in the snow in Ripponden, Yorkshire, as the UK continues to battle the weather
    Adam Suthers digs out a car stuck in the snow in Ripponden, Yorkshire, as the UK continues to battle the weather
    Frozen canals in Birmingham city centre today, as much of the country has suffered from snowfall and freezing conditions
    Frozen canals in Birmingham city centre today, as much of the country has suffered from snowfall and freezing conditions
    Network Rail issued this photo of a snow plough at Carstairs station on the West Coast Main Line this morning
    Network Rail issued this photo of a snow plough at Carstairs station on the West Coast Main Line this morning

    'I couldn't tell you how cold it was but it was cold enough to prevent you from sleeping. People were taking it in their stride although one guy was quite agitated. People were wrapping jumpers round their legs trying to keep warm.'
    South Western Railway said multiple incidents were affecting its services, warning that trains may be cancelled or severely delayed, with disruption expected until the end of the day. It told passengers: 'We cannot guarantee to get you to your destination this afternoon.'
    Rail operator Southeastern urged passengers not to travel anywhere on its network until further notice. 
    A spokesman said: 'We are currently experiencing severe difficulties with the train service across our entire network as a result of freezing rain and ice forming on conductor rails, which our trains use to pick up power.
    'We are currently advising passengers not to travel. This applies to all Southeastern routes - metro, mainline and high speed.
    'We are working to bring services back into operation as soon as possible. We will provide further updates as soon as possible.'
    Rail travellers have also been delayed after push-button train doors froze up. A driver on a London Northwestern service apologised to passengers travelling between London and Tring, Hertfordshire.
    He said cold weather had caused the opening mechanisms on some doors to freeze. The driver delayed departures from stations to give passengers time to find a door which was working. 
    Virgin Trains said it will not run any cross-border trains between England and Scotland today. No East Coast services will operate north of Newcastle, and no trains will run on the West Coast between Carlisle and Scotland. 
    Up to 50cm of snow could fall over parts of Dartmoor, Exmoor and south east Wales.
    Yellow warnings for snow are also in place for vast swathes of the country for the whole day, while a yellow warning for wind covers the North East of England and Wales until midday.
    Temperatures will once again be below freezing for many parts of the UK during the day, with strong winds making it feel even chillier.
    Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said: 'We are not out of the woods yet. There's further snow to come, as well as a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain.
    'Even parts of London and the South East are not immune to seeing more snow through the afternoon - not as much as yesterday, but still enough to cause further disruption.'
    All 279 schools in Cornwall have been closed as the county deals with potential snow, ice and flooding.
    Devon and Cornwall Police have urged people to avoid all travel unless essential.
    Trees have fallen in Gweek and Praze, with snow drifts and abandoned vehicles blocking roads, and emergency services are dealing with reports of flooding in the Lizard area.
    Five properties have flooded in Porthallow, due to high tide, strong winds and run off from melting snow.
    Mourners are being asked to check that funerals have not been re-arranged, though Penmount Crematorium is operational.
    In Northern Ireland almost 400 schools are closed. Traffic on the roads was disrupted.
    Mourne Mountain Rescue has been helping essential staff reach Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Co Down. Airports are open but passengers have been advised to contact their airlines.
    The majority of schools in Wales are closed as well as many libraries and other council buildings and services

    A Virgin Trains spokesman said: 'We are working hard to look after our customers in whatever way we can and ticket restrictions on both routes have been lifted today, so customers who do decide to travel can do so on any service, but are advised to check our websites for the most up to date information before going to the station.'
    A red weather warning - the second in 24 hours - expired at 2am, but amber warnings for snow are still in place for much of Scotland, the North East of England, and parts of Northern Ireland, running until 10am, and for wind and snow in south western parts of the UK until 8am.Wales Fire and Rescue Services, tweeted pictures of the crew who attended the property in Ebbw Vale.
    In one image, two firefighters, who had walked half a mile in breathing apparatus to reach the home, could be seen peering out of a door framed by a drift of snow taller than them.
    Ms Griffiths said a casualty was taken to hospital for a precautionary check.
    HM Coastguard has advised people to avoid Holyhead Marina in North Wales as 80 berthed vessels are at risk of damage in the harbour from the adverse weather conditions.
    Paul Campbell, deputy head of maritime operations for HM Coastguard, said: 'Over the past few days our seas have been unforgiving. We understand that adverse weather is awe-inspiring but the dangers are real and should not be underestimated. 
    'We cannot stress enough that piers, rocks, harbours and the water's edge are not safe places to be when the weather is bad.
    'It can be slippery and because there is little to hold on to, even a small wave can come out of nowhere and quickly wash you off and into the sea. Equally so, no footage, photograph or selfie is worth risking your life for.' 
    Meanwhile all flights have been grounded at Cardiff Airport with an update expected at around 11am.
    Several transport companies including Stagecoach in South Wales and Arriva Trains Wales, which has cancelled all services in the south, have suspended services.
    Cardiff Council, which has closed all schools and libraries along with Bute and Roath Parks and Cardiff Market, said its teams had been working 'around the clock battling heavy snowfall, freezing rain and frozen ground to try and keep the roads clear'.
    A spokesman said: 'Despite this, motorists are facing extremely difficult driving conditions this morning and the transport network is severely compromised.' 
    The whole of the Irish Republic is also on red alert, valid until 6pm today, after being hit by the worst snow in 35 years.
    Evelyn Cusack, senior forecaster with Met Eireann, warned 40cm (1ft 4in) of snow could fall in parts of the east and south.
    In Ireland the worst of the blizzard conditions are believed to have passed leaving snow one metre deep on high ground in the east. 
    But despite the lockdown alert being lifted in Ireland, the country's Transport Minister Shane Ross pleaded with people to only make 'the most necessary of journeys'.
    'Please do not use the roads today unless you absolutely have to,' he said. 'During the night some motorists became trapped in their cars and we would hope that people today will use common sense and not risk their own safety and that of our emergency services.
    'If your journey is vital please ensure that you pack safety supplies into your car. However, I appeal to anyone who is thinking of making a journey to stop, ask themselves if they really need to get into that car, and if possible, decide against it. Remember, it's not just your own life you're risking.'
    Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also backed the advice for people not to travel unless it is absolutely essential. 'It is okay to go outside, the blizzard has passed, but there should not be any unnecessary travel,' Mr Varadkar said. Snow is going to continue to fall.' 


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