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Motorists urged to 'drive slowly' in 'treacherous' conditions

Motorists are being warned about 'treacherous driving conditions' Credit: PA

Motorists are being warned of havoc on the roads today as snow turns into ice following a weekend wintry blast.

As a result of the snow and freezing conditions, Birmingham City Council has been forced to cancel all council-run school and related transport services on Monday, the authority said.

More than 200 schools will be closed in Gloucestershire, and more than 100 in Shropshire.

Pete Williams, the RAC's road safety spokesman, said they are expecting 11,000 breakdowns on Monday, a figure which is 20% above the seasonal norm.

I think the big thing is people are not going to leave enough time.

Journeys will take two to three times longer.

It's going to be treacherous driving conditions.

– RAC, Pete Williams

He said low overnight temperatures could cause black ice and urged people to drive slowly, leaving plenty of space between them and the car in front.

East Midlands Trains customers are being advised to check their trains are running before setting off.

Police say lane three on the M42 in the West Midlands, between junctions 1 and 3, and lane three on the M5 between junction 4a and junction 3, areimpassable, with only lanes one and two running on both motorways.

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