Britain braced for cold snap

Significant snowfall across Britain is expected to cause disruption throughout today and tomorrow as the possibility of a white Easter looms.

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Freezing temperatures cause UK travel disruption

A car balances on 2 wheels after miss judging a corner today in Allendale, Northumberland.
A car balances on 2 wheels after miss judging a corner today in Allendale, Northumberland. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Freezing temperatures, thought to have made today the coldest March day since 1986, have affected travel across the UK.

Ice and snow has disrupted travel in large parts of the South of England and the unseasonable weather conditions are expected to continue overnight.

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Tiger Bela braves Britain's cold to eat breakfast in snow

A safari park's newest resident has been tucking into a meal in the snow.

Bela, an 11-year-old Amur tiger, got stuck in to a calf's leg for breakfast, which was strung up on a chain and hung from a tree in her enclosure.

Bela the eleven year old Amur tiger eats her breakfast that was hanging from a chain.
Bela the eleven year old Amur tiger eats her breakfast that was hanging from a chain. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She arrived at Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, during the closed season over the winter.

Bela was brought to the park from Lisbon Zoo as part of the European Endangered Species Programme.

Visitors can see Bela when the Safari Park opens for the new season on Saturday.
Visitors can see Bela when the Safari Park opens for the new season on Saturday. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Britain on track for coldest March day in years

Freezing temperatures mean today is on track to be the coldest March day since 1986, forecasters said.

The unseasonably cold weather left travellers battling ice and snow, with the South of England being worst hit.

A man battles against the weather conditions in Bradford today.
A man battles against the weather conditions in Bradford today. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Jersey Airport was shut due to snow, and on the roads there were hazardous conditions on many major routes.

Blizzards were reported on the M40 in Warwickshire and there were numerous rush-hour accidents.

Strong winds added to drivers' problems with falling trees blocking some roads, while on the trains poor rail conditions led to delays in Sussex and Hampshire.

Read: More on the cold snap which has struck Britain.

Snow returns to UK as temperatures plummet

Allendale
Scene near Allendale in Northumberland. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Car in ditch
Car lies in a ditch after overnight snow in Hexham in Northumberland. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Tynemouth
A man walks his dog in Tynemouth. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Train delays and airport closures as winter returns to the UK

Commuters battled ice, snow and bitterly cold winds this morning as the winter weather returned.

Jersey Airport was shut due to snow, and on the roads there were hazardous conditions on many major routes.

Blizzard conditions were reported on the M40 in Warwickshire and there were numerous rush-hour accidents.

A man walks his dog in Tynemouth after more overnight snow
A man walks his dog in Tynemouth after more overnight snow Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Strong winds added to drivers' problems, with falling trees blocking some roads.

On the trains, poor rail conditions led to delays in Sussex and Hampshire, while there was also a number of signalling problems.

Forecasters warned of snow spreading to nearly every area of Britain, with almost 4in (10cm) expected in the worst-hit areas.

Morning commuters should allow extra time for bitter cold

by Alex Beresford - ITV Weather Presenter

Monday morning commuters should give themselves some extra time either to scrape away the frost or sit in the rush hour a little longer - be cautious of icy stretches, especially on back roads where we have had any rain, sleet or snow.

Through the day southern areas are expected to see further snow accumulations. Brighter in the north but frequent wintry showers have also been forecast to come inland off of the North Sea.

Wherever you are it is winter woolly weather with a lot of places struggling to reach one degree Celsius, and a bitter easterly wind really accentuating an already raw day.

Amber weather warning for the south west of England

The south west of England could see significant falls of snow across south Devon and Dartmoor overnight as the Met Office issues an Amber weather warning.

Some parts of the region could see snowfall of up to ten centimetres, with travel disruption expected.

  • South West England

Elsewhere across the country, a Yellow warning is in place, with several centimetres expected in parts, and potential travel disruption.

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