Respite after snowfall causes chaos

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Richard and Samantha Stretton, from Newcastle, enjoy a walk at the Angel of the North in Gateshead Richard and Samantha Stretton, from Newcastle, enjoy a walk at the Angel of the North in Gateshead

Much of the UK is set to escape further snow, 24 hours after widespread snowfall caused travel problems for motorists and rail users.

While Britain is bracing itself for a prolonged cold snap, there will be some respite with dry and bright weather, albeit with a nip in the air.

Eastern parts of England and Scotland had snow overnight, with as much as 17cm (7in) falling in some parts of Norfolk, though the majority of areas experienced 2-5cm (1-2in). In Wales there were heavy showers during the night, which turned to snow on higher ground.

Temperatures fell to -3C in Bainbridge, North Yorkshire and at Eskdalemuir in southern Scotland, and was below freezing across many northern parts of the UK.

Nick Prebble, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, warned there would be a sprinkling of snow along some parts of eastern England today, but said most of the country would be dry.

He said: "There will be sub-zero temperatures across much of the UK over the next few nights. South-west England will be a bit milder, but otherwise it will be a bit cold. We are going to see some snow showers in eastern parts of England. Wintry showers will come off the North Sea, so bordering counties could see another centimetre or two of snow where it does fall. But elsewhere it should be fairly dry."

Temperatures in London will get to around 3C, and the warmest place in the country will be Cornwall, which will get to around 8C. But they are expected to plunge to around -8C on Wednesday night, with the possibility of more light snow flurries.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning, predicting severe weather for all of England and warning the public to be prepared for the risk of disruption.

In Norfolk 42 schools announced they had closed for the day due to adverse weather conditions, while a woman was taken to hospital following a six-vehicle pile-up on the A11 near the village of Larling. She suffered head injuries and two other casualties were treated at the roadside. An ambulance service spokesman said an investigation would be carried out to establish what role weather conditions played.

He added: "So far this morning we've been called about five other incidents on the roads. We suspect that the weather will get very cold overnight and motorists should check the roads before they travel and make sure their car has the appropriate kit such as de-icer, blankets and a flask to keep warm."

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