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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Snow continues to cause delays for rail passengers


Snow set to cause further travel disruptions

Further travel disruptions are expected today as another round of snow sweeps across parts of the country.

A plane sits on the runway at Heathrow Airport on January 18. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Parts of Scotland and northern England could see up to 10cms of snowfall this morning and a further 2cms in East Anglia, followed by around 6cms in southern England this evening, forecasters have predicted.

Overnight temperatures plummeted to as low as -11.3 in Buckinghamshire, -10 at Stansted Airport and -9 at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.

Both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports have warned passengers to expect delays today with the former saying there would possibly be cancellations.

Front line police issued with woolly hats for the first time

Thames Valley police officers will be issued with woolly hat Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Thames Valley police officers will be issued with woolly hats as they spend hours outside in freezing temperatures.

This is the first time that front line officers in Thames Valley have been allowed to wear woolly hats as part of their uniform.

Pc Lisa Stanhope, who is health and safety lead for the force's federation, requested the new head gear because normal hard hats do not keep officers warm.

She said: "Woolly hats have been issued to officers in specialist roles or firearms because they might need to be out in the open all day.

"But front line officers were never really recognised as requiring that because they are in and out of cars or buildings.

"I hope that this is going to be something that spreads across the country.

Economist: Snow could tip UK into recession

An economic advisor has told the Reuters news agency that the recent bad weather could tip the UK back into recession.

Peter Spencer, chief economic advisor to the Ernst and Young Item Club, said:

Assuming the fourth quarter is as substantially negative as we now fear, we will almost certainly be heading back into recession.

When the economy is bouncing along the bottom anyway, a bout of bad weather can easily tip it into negative territory.

– Peter Spencer, chief economic advisor to the Ernst and Young Item Club


Snow halts Tony Blair schools visit

Snow has forced Tony Blair to cancel a visit scheduled for tomorrow.

He was due in Newcastle to promote the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, which aims to get youngsters active and help adults become trained coaches.

But the schools he planned to visit were closed today with a strong possibility of remaining shut, and an amateur football club where he was expected was inaccessible.

The foundation said Mr Blair's visit will be re-scheduled.

Leeds Bradford Airport reopens

Leeds Bradford Airport has reopened after heavy snow was cleared from its runway - there are still however some disruption to schedules, the airport have said.

Exam board: 'Snow-hit pupils could take exams in summer'

Students who are unable to take their exams today because of the snow will have to wait until the summer for the next chance to sit them, according to advice given to schools by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

Awarding bodies have procedures in place to deal with disruption to exams caused by the snow and ice that is affecting large parts of the country.

These well-rehearsed processes ensure students are not disadvantaged.

In the majority of case exams will go ahead as usual, but where conditions are so severe that schools are closed or students are unable to make it to their exams, alternative arrangements are available.

This may include holding the exam at an alternative venue or students taking it later in the year.

In extreme cases, special consideration may be applied for.

– JCQ director Michael Turner

Woman's death in snow could have been 'tragic accident'

A 25-year-old woman found collapsed in the snow could have died after falling in sub-zero temperatures after a night out, police have said.

The woman was discovered by a man walking his dog in Church Meadows, Deal, Kent, at 7.30am on Sunday morning.

Police are still investigating the cause of death but confirmed they are looking at the possibility that the woman, who was believed to be visiting the area, got into difficulties as she made her way to her sister's house, which was near to where she was found.

There are other possibilities we are looking out but one theory is that this is a tragic accident where a young woman was on her way home from a night out, but she didn't make it to where she was staying.

We don't know if that was because of the cold, or she slipped or she was drunk or she became ill.

– A Kent Police spokesman

Earlier, police said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the death was not being treated as suspicious but it was unexplained.

A post-mortem examination will be held later this week.

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