Publicado: Sol, Marcha 04, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Weather warning remains in place for all drivers

Weather warning remains in place for all drivers

Snow and freezing temperatures have battered Britain over the past few days with the so-called Beast from the East weather system blowing in from Europe.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said roads teams will need time to make routes safe even after the Met Office snow warning expires at 10am, and advised motorists to avoid travel.

An amber warning for Scotland and northern England will last until 18:00.

It comes as Britain faced snow travel chaos this morning, with some drivers forced to sleep in their cars over night on the M80 near Glasgow.

Around 1,000 vehicles were at a standstill, tailing back eight miles in both directions, Police Scotland said.

Barrhead Travel has closed its Glasgow-based call centres, its head office and most of its stores across the UK.

Rail services have also been mired by delays with Paddington Station announcing it will be closed from 8am due to severe weather conditions.

More than a foot of snow was dumped in some parts of the country - peaking with 34cm of snow in Wittering, Cambridgeshire.

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Yesterday saw the coldest March day on record, with lowest maximum temperature of -5.2C in Tredegar in south Wales beating the previous record of -4.6C in Casley, Sutherland on 2 March 2001.

The Met Office said: "A spell of heavy snow and blizzard conditions is expected".

And hundreds of schools have been closed across the United Kingdom, including more than 200 in Wales, 131 in Kent and 62 in East Sussex.

The National Police Air Service for London posted the breathtaking image on its Twitter page as the snowstorm battered Britain - with forecasters saying more brutal weather is expected to come.

"We are looking at a very busy day on Thursday". "Storm Emma is going to push up from the south and that will bring heavy snow to parts of the southwest of England in particular where we are likely to see major disruption", Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at Britain's weather service said. Some roads are likely to become blocked by deep snow, stranding vehicles and passengers.

"The Armed Forces are assisting emergency services in ensuring essential NHS staff are able to get to work and carry out their work in local communities", a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said.

Hundreds of schools remained shut for a third day on Friday but some transport links began to recover as the amber weather warning expired.

Heading into Friday he warned that the snow in the south west may turn into freezing rain and could "give a glaze of ice" on top any lying snow - making conditions "even more treacherous".

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