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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Heavy snowfall expected in parts of Scotland today

Heavy snow is expected in parts of Scotland today, with forecasters warning of blizzard conditions and bitterly cold temperatures.

The Met Office issued alerts for central Scotland, Tayside, Fife, Grampian, the Highlands and the Borders, where 4in-8in (10cm-20cm) of snow was expected to fall, accompanied by strong to gale-force winds in some areas.

People should be prepared for the risk of disruption to travel and power supplies as temperatures hover around the freezing mark, forecasters said.


Motorists warned about snow on car roofs

Edmund King, president of the AA, has warned of people driving so-called "snowman cars" by not clearing off the piles of snow on top of their vehicles before getting behind the wheel.

Drivers must clear the snow off their windscreens, lights and tops of their cars before setting out.

This morning we have spotted lots of 'snowman cars', which are cars driving along with piles of snow on their tops.

I saw one sports car this morning on the M3 with almost a snowman of its roof but the dangerous thing was that it was being followed by a motorcycle.

The hardened snow could have been a real hazard, had it fallen off in the path of the motorcycle.

We have also seen drivers peering out of small openings on their windscreen as if they were driving a tank.

The other issue is the number of cars with their lights and indicators compacted with hardened snow.

Drivers need to take a broom to clear excess snow off their vehicles before setting out.

– AA president Edmund King

Councils refill salt bins after heavy snow

Trains subject to delays because of snow

Rail commuters are facing delays of up to 60 minutes this morning because of the snow and icy conditions.


Commuters hit by more snow misery

A man clears two-day-old snow from his car windscreen in Bristol Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Commuters face nightmare journeys as a layer of snow and icy conditions prove hazardous in the morning rush.

Virgin Trains warned of some cancellations in its services between London and Birmingham and the North West, while services into London King's Cross were also affected.

Eurostar, First Capital Connect, Southeastern, Southern and South West Trains were all facing disruption.

There were delays on some London Underground lines, mainly because of late finishes to engineering work, while the bad weather caused hold-ups on the London Overground service.

Snow clearing equipment is used at Heathrow Airport Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Heavy snowfall closed two major roads across the Pennines, the A628 Woodhead Pass and the A66 between Brough and Bowes.

The Highways Agency said both routes would be closed for some hours and advised drivers to find alternative routes across the Pennines.

At Heathrow, some 10% of flights were expected to be cancelled, particularly after 4pm when visibility is expected to be low.

Passengers were advised to check the status of their flights before travelling to the airport.

Man dies after car leaves road in wintry conditions

A man was killed when the car he was driving left the road in wintry conditions.

The accident happened on the northbound carriageway of the A12 between Kelvedon and Marks Tey in Essex at about 7.05pm on Sunday.

Police found a Ford Mondeo had left the road and crashed into with a tree.

The driver, a 59-year-old man from the Colchester area, died at the scene.

His passenger, a 57-year-old woman, also from the Colchester area, was taken to Colchester General Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses are asked to contact the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

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