Snow causes travel disruption

Hundreds of drivers were stranded in their vehicles in Sussex and Kent overnight in freezing conditions due to the snow. There were reports of drivers stuck for more than 10 hours.

Snowfall in Brighton causes road and school closures

Brighton saw some of the heaviest snowfall last night and today causing many roads to and schools to close.

According to local newspaper The Argus, there were as many as 30 vehicles abandoned in the Brighton area.

An abandoned caravan is buffeted by winds and drifting snow on the South Downs near Brighton
An abandoned caravan is buffeted by winds and drifting snow on the South Downs near Brighton Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Some pupils from the dozens of schools across Sussex that had to close put their time to good use building snowmen on the beach.

A snowman surveys the wintry vista on Brighton beach
A snowman surveys the wintry vista on Brighton beach Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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Task of clearing more than 100 wrecked vehicles begins

The task of clearing more than 100 vehicles involved in a pile-up on an autobahn in central Germany has begun and tow trucks are at the scene.

Rescue workers look on as tow car workers start to clear the wrackages Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

More than 30 people were injured in the accident on the A45 between Giessen and Hanau but there were no reported deaths.

Read: Dozens hurt in 100-vehicle pile-up in Germany

Tow trucks arrive at the scene
Tow trucks arrive at the scene Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Met Office issues continued snow and ice warnings

The Met Office has issued "yellow" warnings for snow and ice across northern, eastern and western coasts for tomorrow.

A yellow warning urges the public and emergency responders to "be aware" of severe or hazardous weather conditions.

The Met Office issued 'yellow' warnings of severe weather for today and tomorrow.
The Met Office issued 'yellow' warnings of severe weather for today and tomorrow. Credit: The Met Office

The image on the left shows the Met Office warnings issued for today and the image on the right shows tomorrow's warnings.

Wintry showers and sunny intervals expected

Wintry showers will continue to affect northern, eastern and westerns coasts tonight, with temperatures likely to be below freezing across the UK.

It will be a cold, frosty start tomorrow, with further wintry showers and some sunny intervals expected throughout the day.

ITV Weather Presenter Alex Beresford reports:

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Eurostar issues amended timetable for tomorrow

Eurostar has issued an amended timetable for tomorrow after its services were suspended today due to severe weather in northern France.

The firm said that although it is working hard to restore services "as quickly as possible", the disruption will continue and speed restrictions are expected to remain in place throughout tomorrow.

The Eurostar departures gate in London where passengers were told all trains have been suspended.
The Eurostar departures gate in London where passengers were told all trains have been suspended. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

"Unfortunately as a consequence, we will only be able to operate an amended timetable and journey times will be between 40 and 60 minutes longer than usual", it said.

Click here to see which Eurostar services have been cancelled tomorrow.

Aerial footage shows M20 gridlock

The M20 remains closed eastbound between junctions 8 and 9 as Kent Police implements an "operation stack" in a bid to ease the gridlock, the Highways Agency has warned.

This aerial footage shows traffic on the M20 being held in a queue while other vehicles are diverted:

Passengers stuck on stranded ferry after door jams

Hundreds of passengers have been forced to remain on a stranded ferry after the ship's doors failed to open when it finally reached a French harbour.

Around 500 people thought their ordeal was over when the Irish Ferries vessel finally docked at Cherbourg after five attempts today - 24 hours later than scheduled - because of rough seas.

But the bow door on the Oscar Wilde jammed as its passengers prepared to leave. The journey was meant to be overnight but ended up taking two days.

An Irish Ferries spokesman said, "Basically those passengers are still on the ship. They haven't been able to get off. There's been a malfunction on the door lock, it's a hydraulic failure that has stopped us from opening it".

Normally in these circumstances a ferry would sail out, turn and reverse in so passengers could alight through the ship's stern - or back - door.

However, as conditions remain dangerous in the English Channel, the ship's captain has been warned against doing this.

Engineers are working on the bow door, but it is not known how long the repairs will take.

In pictures: Snow sweeps across Britain

A snow boarder makes a jump at the Yad Moss ski slope in Cumbria near Alston.
A snow boarder makes a jump at the Yad Moss ski slope in Cumbria near Alston. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Icicles formed by puddle water splashing up from the road onto the hedge in Norfolk.
Icicles formed by puddle water splashing up from the road onto the hedge in Norfolk. Credit: ITV Anglia / Sean Cockrell
The seafront in Worthing covered in snow this morning.
The seafront in Worthing covered in snow this morning. Credit: Robin Jones
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