Snow causes travel delays

More snow is set to fall across parts of Britain today with another day of travel disruptions expected.

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  1. West Country

Drivers and passengers forced to stay in village hall

Drivers and passengers became stranded around 1am on the A39 between Bridgwater and Williton in Somerset when a build up of snow and fallen tress blocked their path.

30 people have spent the night in a village hall after becoming stranded Credit: ITV News West Country

Avon and Somerset Police transported the men and women by four-by-fours to a local fire station in the village of Nether Stowey to serve hot drinks to the group. A local councillor, was able to provide a key to open the village hall where the stranded motorists spent the night.

30 people have spent the night in a village hall after becoming stranded Credit: ITV News West Country

Man dies after Plymouth car crash

Devon and Cornwall Police tonight confirmed a man died following a crash on one of the region's busiest roads.

Two vehicles were involved in the collision on the A38 Parkway in Plymouth, shortly before 6am.

One local man, 42, died from his injuries. His next of kin have been informed, police said.A specialist forensic investigation of the scene took place, resulting in the road being closed for 10 hours.

Officers are investigating whether icy conditions played a part in the crash.


Icy overnight with more snow expected

The weather will be turning icy overnight as temperatures fall. Expect lows of -10C in rural spots of northern England.

There will be more snow in southern counties this evening and overnight, mostly settling across the West Country where 10cm is possible with more on higher ground.

The snow will move into eastern Wales and the West Midlands tomorrow, before moving into northern England - most of it light and intermittent.

Eastern Scotland will also have further snow flurries in the next 24 hours.


Car fire in Devon as snow travel problems continue

The car on fire on a hill on the B3212 Dartmoor, Devon Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A man who had left work four hours early due to the severe weather in Devon was still left stranded after his car caught fire near at the top of a hill near Bovey Castle.

The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed.

Fire fighters attend the car fire in Devon Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
  1. West Country

Tributes to Somerset postman who died on his rounds

A Somerset postman has died while carrying out his rounds in freezing temperatures. John Bircham died on Saturday during his collection on Exmoor. Royal Mail confirmed he had been a postman since the late 1980's. Ian Frankum, Royal Mail's delivery and collection manager, said:

It is with great sadness that staff at Dulverton Delivery Office learned of the death of postman John Bircham at the weekend. John was a postman for 25 years and a valued member of staff. He will be sorely missed by his colleagues and our deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends at this sad time.

– Ian Frankum, Royal Mail manager

Heavy snow and frost claims seven lives in the UK

The heavy snow and frost have so far claimed the lives of seven people, including a postman who Royal Mail have confirmed died while carrying out his rounds during the weekend's freezing temperatures.

John Bircham died on Saturday during his collection on Exmoor, Somerset, after 25 years of service as a postman.

A dog walker enjoys the snow on the Epsom Downs in Surrey. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It is thought a 25-year-old woman died after collapsing in the snow on her way home in sub-zero temperatures following a night out.

Bernadette Lee was discovered in the front garden of the house next to her sister's by a man walking his dog on Sunday morning in Deal, Kent.

Kent Police are investigating the cause of death but there are reports she had no visible injuries and was found without a coat.

A man was killed in another weather-related incident when the car he was driving left the road and crashed into a tree on the A12 in Essex last night.

It comes after four people died in an avalanche as they descended Bidean Nam Bian in Glencoe on Saturday afternoon. A further two people survived.

Elsewhere, a teenager remains critically ill in hospital after being injured while sledging in Middlesbrough.

Travellers urged to check flight details following snow

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