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UK snow: Bad weather hits air, rail and sea travel


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A quarter of flights at Heathrow have been cancelled and the Port of Calais has been closed as bad weather continues to affect parts of the UK.Drivers have been warned of “treacherous” conditions after snow turned to ice, while rail travel across England and Wales has been affected.The wintry conditions also forced hundreds of schools to close on Monday.More than 140,000 homes lost power on Sunday amid heavy snow and high winds, and several thousand remain cut off.Up to 30cm (12in) of snow fell in some areas, and overnight into Monday, temperatures dropped to -12C (10F) in Chillingham Barns, Northumberland. Yellow Met Office warnings for snow and ice are in place for Wales, Northern Ireland, parts of Scotland, the Midlands and south east of England, continuing into Tuesday. There is a risk of up to 5cm of additional snow on higher ground in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, but it is not expected to settle at lower levels. BBC weather forecaster Steve Cleaton said hazardous conditions would continue in the coming days, although snowfall would be less than that seen at the weekend. “A perishingly cold night is expected as we move through Monday evening into Tuesday, with another widespread and severe frost, and temperatures plummeting to below -10C across any snowfields,” he said. More than 400 schools closed in Wales on Monday, and in Birmingham, the city council shut all of its local authority-run schools.Hundreds more are closed in Buckinghamshire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Denbighshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Elsewhere, wintry conditions are causing significant travel disruption:Chiltern Railways, Cross Country, Great Western Railway, Virgin Trains and the West Midlands rail network are all affected – National Rail says travellers should check with train operators before heading out
Dozens of flights have been cancelled from Heathrow after crews and aircraft were left out of position by Sunday’s problems. Passengers are advised to check before setting off for the airport
Travel expert Simon Calder estimates that 50,000 British Airways (BA) passengers were stranded at airports in the UK and around the world on Sunday. The airline said additional staff were re-booking customers onto the next available flights and offering hotel accommodation
The issues at Heathrow have led to dozens of knock-on flight cancellations in Scotland, Cardiff and Belfast.

As extreme weather closes the Port of Calais for a second day, P&O Ferries is reporting delays on some sailings of up to two hours. The knock-on effects of Sunday’s grounding of a ship in Calais are compounding the problems
Eurotunnel says services are now back to normal after some passengers suffered long delays overnight – the firm says conditions remain “very challenging”
Motoring bodies the AA and RAC are warning drivers to adjust to the conditions “by slowing down and keeping a good distance”

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Meanwhile, thousands of homes are still without power.Western Power Distribution said 99,500 customers were cut off on Sunday across the East Midlands, South Wales and the South West. By Monday afternoon, about 9,000 homes were still without power, including more than 6,700 in the West Midlands.Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks also said they had brought power back to 55,000 homes, but 750 remained cut off in Oxfordshire.

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Source: Warwickshire