The big freeze kept its grip on the South - for a fourth day today. At airports, flights were grounded - and many train services struggled to cope. Thousands of children had an extra day off - as schools in the region remained closed.
Almost 500 schools stayed shut today. Buckinghamshire was worst affected with 177 schools closed. Sussex saw almost 160 shut. 84 remained closed in Hampshire, and almost 50 across Oxfordshire. Many more schools were partially closed or opened later in the day.
In some cases, parents were asked to bring shovels to help clear paths. But some headteachers and local councils have been criticised for keeping so many schools closed. Chris Maughan reports.