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Snowwatch: routes disrupted so far

Traffic in Walsall amid the snow Credit: ITV News

Heavy snow has caused widespread disruption across many roads and runways across the Midlands. Both road and air travel have been affected by the heavy snow.

Across the region the following roads have been affected:

  • M1 northbound between junction 16 and junction 17 in Northamptonshire due to "numerous breakdowns/collisions
  • A5 in Shropshire was closed into both directions due to "severe weather and road conditions in the area"
  • M40 outside Warwick was closed due to a multiple-vehicle collision
  • between junction 15 and Junction 16
  • A458 in Shropshire was closed in both directions between the A5 near Shrewsbury and the Welsh border while police deal with a serious collision
  • Rose Hill, Lickey Hills in Worcestershire is also affected


Snow disruption: latest from East Midlands Airport

The snowfall is affecting roads and runways across the Midlands Credit: ITV News

Teams at East Midlands Airport say the runway has been temporarily closed until at least 4pm today, when they will carry out another inspection.

Some outbound and inbound flights have been delayed and they've confirmed that all Aurigny and Flybe flights have been cancelled. Five flights have left the Castle Donington base today, the last one being the 7:43am to Fuerteventura.

Any passengers are being urged to check with airlines before making their way to the airport.

"We thank passengers for their patience and apologise to all those affected for the inconvenience this is causing. We are working hard to ensure that flights can resume as soon as possible".

– East Midlands Airport

Snow now suspends all West Midlands bus services

Bus operator National Express West Midlands has tweeted it's suspended all of its bus services because of the heavy snowfall.

It says severe road conditions have forced buses to stop running until further notice.

Warning to motorists as heavy snow falls over Derbyshire

Credit: Highways England.

Derbyshire Council has issued a notice to drivers to take extra care in snow-hit parts of the region this morning.

This was the scene on the A537 Cat & Fiddle a few moments ago, the efforts of plough teams have made it passable, for now.


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Drivers urged to take care on the roads after snow warning

Berryhill in Stoke on Trent Credit: Eddy Atkinson

Parts of the region have had a snowy start to the day. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice and are warning drivers to take extra care while on the road and allow extra time for their journeys.

There are also flood warnings in place for parts of Lincolnshire and residents are being told to prepare for large waves and possible flooding.

The Ministry of Defence said about 100 soldiers from the Catterick army base have been deployed to Skegness, where about 3,000 residents have been urged to leave their homes or move upstairs.

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