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Met Office issues updated weather warning

The Met Office has issued an updated weather warning, with snow and ice set to make conditions potentially dangerous in a number of regions.

- East of England

- North West England

- Wales

- East Midlands

- Yorkshire & Humber

- West Midlands

- London & South East England

According to the warning, even when the snow has cleared roads may remain dangerous due to ice.

An area of rain, sleet and snow is affecting the area before clearing eastwards overnight. Some uncertainty surrounds how much snow will occur, but several centimetres of snow are likely even at low levels, especially in a swathe through Wales and the Midlands. As precipitation clears, roads could turn very icy.

– Met Office statement


NY police salute fallen colleague at officer's wake

Officers carry Rafael Ramos' coffin. Credit: Reuters

New York Police officers have today been paying their respects to one of the two officers murdered as he sat in his squad car last week.

Police pallbearers carry Rafael Ramos' coffin. Credit: Reuters

Rafael Ramos and his partner Wenjian Liu were shot when they were sitting in their car in Brooklyn, with the gunman killing himself shortly after.

Mourners hold up pictures of Rafael Ramos and his partner Wenjian Liu. Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of mourners attended a church in the Queen's area for Ramos' wake.

'Deluge' of snow forces Liverpool Airport to close

Liverpool Airport has temporarily closed after a "deluge" of snow.

A John Lennon Airport spokesman said four flights from Malta, Berlin and Bucharest had been diverted to Manchester Airport, while a fifth from the Isle of Man had returned to the island's airport.

He added: "We are currently closed. It is just while we are clearing the runway. We have had quite a deluge here."


Police warn drivers about dangerous weather

Police have issued warnings for roads in the Midlands and North West because of snow and sleet.

Liverpool Airport closed due to snow

A view of Liverpool Airport runway in snowy weather in 2011. Credit: PA

Snow has forced Liverpool's John Lennon Airport to close. Five flights into the north west airport have so far been rerouted elsewhere to allow runways to be cleared, a spokesman said.

Snow has been falling in parts of North Wales, the North West and the Midlands, with a Met Office Level Three amber cold weather alert in place and a yellow warning of snow across a large swathe of the UK.

Passengers 'frustrated' by festive travel disruption

David Sidebottom, passenger director at the independent watchdog Passenger Focus, said: "Investment in maintenance and improvement is necessary, and we passengers understand that.

"But overrunning works that disrupt already-limited festive travel are frustrating.

"Our research is clear: passengers want to be kept on the train wherever possible, they want to know before buying a ticket if part of the journey will be by bus, and they want plenty of staff on hand to signpost where to go and what to do.

"We will be looking to see that operators and Network Rail are doing all in their power to alert passengers, to help them make alternative arrangements and to make it easy for them to claim refunds or compensation."

Network Rail confirms King's Cross cancellations

A view of the front of King's Cross station. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Network Rail confirmed that trains to and from King's Cross would be cancelled tomorrow due to the overrunning engineering works.

The railways operator said that the work was part of a £200 million Christmas investment programme.

It is one of 300 projects being undertaken over the holidays across 2,000 sites up and down the country by some 11,000 railway engineers.

A spokesman said: "What has happened is really regrettable and unfortunate, but it is a small part of a massive amount of engineering investment taking place over Christmas."

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