UK weather leaves more than 10,000 homes without power, hundreds of schools closed and travel chaos as ‘Black Monday’ sees 12 INCHES of snow fall overnight
MORE than 10,000 homes have been left without power and a day of travel chaos looks set to unfold as ‘Black Monday’ began with an overnight deluge of snow.
Around 12 inches of snow fell in some parts of the UK overnight, leaving treacherous driving conditions and flights grounded across the country.
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Parts of Britain were plunged into temperatures of -12C overnight and remain well below freezing this morning.
More than 10,000 homes are without power in the Midlands, South Wales and the South West and Oxfordshire.
Dozens of flights have already been cancelled to and from Heathrow Airport this morning – with the airport saying the disruption is “due to crew being out of position”.
National Rail has said the weather is already causing problems on Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Great Western, and Virgin Trains routes.
The RAC is warning drivers and commuters that journeys could take three times longer than usual.
Thousands of tonnes of salt have been spread on the M5, M6, M40, M42, M69, and the A5 and A49, with gritting crews also targeting the M1.
Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said there will be “widespread slippery, icy conditions” with some “tricky conditions” on the roads and pavements.
He said: “Another feature for Monday morning is that there is some rain that is going to come across and clip the south east corner of the UK.
“There is a separate ice warning out for that because there is a chance that that rain could fall as a little bit of snow over the higher ground.”
Birmingham City Council has been forced to cancel all council-run school and related transport services on Monday, the authority said.
More than 200 schools will also be closed in Gloucestershire, and more than 100 in Shropshire. In Wales, 71 schools are closed in Flintshire, 11 in Wrexham and 49 in Denbighshire.
Three weather warnings are in place warning drivers to expect snow and ice in northern Scotland and Northern Ireland, Wales and the West Midlands and across the south of England.
Pete Williams, of the RAC, said the breakdown service is expecting 11,000 call-outs on Monday – 20 per cent above the seasonal norm.