01/12/2010

Freezing Temperatures Wreak Havoc

The Met Office has issued heavy snow and ice warnings for most of the eastern and central areas of Britain, with up to 15cm of snow expected in some areas.

The news comes as freezing temperatures continue to cause major problems for rail and air passengers, while many roads across the UK are gridlocked.

Some train and bus services have been cancelled, while Gatwick and Edinburgh airports have been closed. They will remain closed until at least Thursday morning.

Heavy snow warnings are in place for Yorkshire and Humber, the East Midlands and north-east England.

In Scotland, warnings have been issued across Grampian, Central, Tayside and Fife, Strathclyde, south-west Scotland, Lothian and Borders.

As many councils keep schools closed, thousands of Scottish children are now in their third consecutive day off.

The Met has issued a public warning to all drivers asking them to take extra care when driving in recent adverse weather conditions.

Chief Superintendent David Snelling, Head of the Traffic Unit, said: "In really bad snow or ice do not drive unless absolutely necessary.

"Always check the weather forecasts before travelling and allow extra time for your journey to avoid rushing. Taking a little extra time and care over your journey can make a big difference to your safety.

"Drivers need to take special care when driving in bad weather especially when it affects road conditions and visibility. Driving in snow and ice is very different from driving on a dry and sunny day and can affect both your ability to drive and your vehicle.

"Drivers embarking on long journeys should also take care, tiredness can cause collisions so if you are making a long trip make sure you take breaks, or share the driving."

(BMcN)

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