Snow and ice hits Britain, travellers warned, M1 blocked

Published on : Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Snow and ice has hit large swathes of the UK resulting in air travel disruption and the motorists have been warned of dangerous road condition.



There were major power failure after the weather swept in overnight and the Western Power Networks mentioned that more than 14,000 properties were cut off.



After an accident occurred involving a lorry the southbound carriageway of the M1 was closed near Lutterworth in Leicestershire.



The heavy snow caused another HGV jack-knifed on the M5 in Gloucestershire. It was reported that later on the M1 was down to one lane southbound between junctions 20 and 19 resulting in a delay of 40 minutes.



Passengers at Birmingham Airport were warned. A yellow warning had been issued by the Met office for the Midlands, London and the South East, the North West, South West and Yorkshire and the Humber that will remain in place until 11am.



For Northern Ireland, Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East in England and the Highlands, Grampian, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde and Orkney and Shetland in Scotland a separate warning for ice has been issued.




The Flood Information Service has also issued 14 warnings, where flooding is expected and immediate action is required.



14 warnings had been issued by the Flood Information Service where flooding is probable and immediate action should be taken.



While there were 96 alerts where flooding is possible and people should be prepared.




Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said that the changing weather overnight along with heavy rain and hill snow had started in the South West and is gradually moving north and eastwards.



It had crossed Wales and is lying over central southern England along with massive snow.



Exmoor, South Wales and Cotswolds experienced up to 7cm of snow  while other areas had flurries.



Partridge further added there had been a number of areas affected that shut parts of M5 towards the south of Bristol as lorries could not traverse uphill.



Local traffic accidents were reported and power cuts took place due to surface water.


Parts of the south west saw gusts of winds up to 50mph blowing across Cornwall.


Showers are expected to become lighter and patchy as the day progresses but the band of rain and snow is not expected to clear the mainland until tomorrow evening.




South West will have temperature around 6C (43F) although many places will only reach 3C (37F) or 4C (39F).


Snow prone areas will struggle to tip over 0C (32F) and might also see temperatures dip back down to minus 6C (21F) overnight on Wednesday.


Partridge further mentioned that the wet and windy weather might return for the weekend with the risk of some flooding.

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