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Britain prepares for icy roads and travel disruption

Britons are preparing for fresh disruption today as more snow and ice hits the country.

Forecasters have warned that icy roads will be the main hazard today. Credit: PA Wire

Forecasters have warned that ice poses a major hazard today, with the threat of more snow storms still looming.

Helen Roberts, a forecaster at the Met Office, said she is expecting transport problems with ice the "main hazard".

The Highways Agency said its gritters will be out overnight to prepare against icy roads.

It comes after "thundersnow" storms hit Britain yesterday, forcing schools to close and suspending flights at Manchester and East Midlands Airports.

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Automated phone calls blunder leads to middle-of-the-night weather warnings

Electricity North West customers were woken in the night to be told bad weather was on the way Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An energy firm has apologised to customers who received automated phone calls in the middle of the night to warn them bad weather was on the way.

Electricity North West scheduled the calls to people on its 'priority services register' yesterday afternoon, but a technical fault meant some were not received until the early hours of today.

A spokeswoman for Electricity North West said:

We sincerely apologise for the text messages and calls that customers received during the night. We can reassure people that we will not be sending any further messages out until we have resolved this issue

– Electricity North West spokesperson

Aerial footage shows blanket of snow across the North

The snow has created some picturesque scenes across northern England today - as well as creating difficult conditions for anyone taking to the roads.

These helicopter aerials between Leeds and Manchester show villages and fields transformed, and those making the best of a day off school.

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Forecasters warn of a week of snow and ice ahead

Severe weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued for almost every part of the UK, with forecasters predicting a week of snow and ice as a cold snap continues to grip the country.

Yellow warnings are in place for most of the country today Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued the yellow 'be aware' alerts for the rest of today, covering Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as most of England and Wales, with only coastal areas of Wales and the south-west of England escaping.

Up to 15cm of snow - around six inches - is predicted to fall in some highland areas tonight, with some "thundersnow" storms expected in the north.

Yellow warnings of snow are also in force for large swathes of the country over the coming week.

Yellow warnings are place for the next week Credit: Met Office

Prime Minister demands snow contingency plans

The Prime Minister has asked to be kept up to date with contingency plans as more heavy snow is forecast for parts of the UK.

In a statement, David Cameron urged people to take care during the cold snap.

I have asked for an update on our heavy snow contingency plans. The gritters are out and people should listen to warnings.

– Prime Minister David Cameron
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