Wintry weather hits region

Wintry weather is hitting the Anglia region with sub-zero temperatures and snow at times.

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Winter's grip gets tighter with more snow

Heavy snow has again been causing problems for the Anglia region. In some places, more than 10 centimetres (4 inches) fell overnight and that's on top of significant amounts still lying around from last week.

Strong winds also meant deep drifts built up on country roads.

A motorist died in Essex; nearly 2,000 schools were closed today; bin collections have been suspended - and there's a warning of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from gas appliances during the cold weather.

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Snow still causing disruption

Heavy snow has caused more problems across the Anglia region. The driver of a Ford Mondeo died after his car crashed in wintry conditions in Essex last night.

More than 1,800 schools are closed today, with Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Northamptonshire the worst affected.

In some places more than 10 centimetres or 4 inches of snow has fallen.

Gritting update in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council says its working with district and borough councils to clear main footways of snow and ice as air temperatures tonight are set to plunge to as low as minus 7C.Winter maintenance crews treated the main roads at midnight, again from 3.30am and then again from 1pm.

The county council says roadside grit bins continue to be filled as required.

They say drivers are being reminded to take care driving in snowy and icy conditions and allow more time for their journey.

This is the current travel advice

  • Drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate and brake very gently
  • Drive particularly slowly on bends where loss of control is more likely. Brake progressively on the straight before you reach a bend. Having slowed down, steer smoothly round the bend, avoiding sudden actions.
  • Check your grip on the road surface when there is snow or ice by choosing a safe place to brake gently. If the steering feels unresponsive this may indicate ice and your vehicle losing its grip on the road. When travelling on ice, tyres make virtually no noise.
  • Drive with care, even if the roads have been treated.
  • Keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads.
  • Pedestrians are also encouraged to wear appropriate footwear to minimise the risk of slips and falls.

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Driver killed as car leaves the road in wintry conditions

A man has been killed after the car he was driving left the road in wintry conditions.

The accident happened on the northbound carriageway of the A12 between Kelvedon and Marks Tey in Essex at about 7.05pm yesterday.

Police found that a Ford Mondeo had left the road and crashed into with a tree on the embankment.

The driver, a 59-year-old man from the Colchester area, died at the scene.

His passenger, a 57-year-old woman, also from the Colchester area, was taken to Colchester General Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses are asked to contact the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

Ice Hockey game falls victim to weather

Milton Keynes Lightning away fixture against the Swindon Wildcats has been postponed.

The club said: "Deteriorating weather conditions have made it unsafe for the Lightning and their supporters to make the long journey safely from Milton Keynes to Wiltshire with fresh, heavy snow making driving conditions hazardous, and more snow forecast for the rest of today."

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