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Coldest night of the year sees schools stay closed: Heathrow Airport said flights continued to be disrupted

 

 

The UK has shivered through the coldest night of the year so far, with temperatures plunging as low as -13C.

Large swathes of the country saw temperatures fall below freezing, and the Met Office says the village of Shawbury in Shropshire was coldest of all.

Severe weather warnings for snow and ice are in place until 11am on Tuesday across much of the UK as forecasters warned the icy conditions could bring further travel disruption.

Hundreds of schools are also staying closed for the day – including in Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and parts of Wales – amid concerns of treacherous conditions on untreated paths, and fears that snow will have compacted into ice.

The Met Office said: “Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with some journey times taking longer.

“There will probably be icy stretches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths with some injuries from slips trips and falls.”

#Ice is a hazard this morning, with warnings in force. Stay #weatheraware and keep up to date with the latest here: https://t.co/QwDLMg9c70 pic.twitter.com/asclCS81tl

Yellow “be aware” alerts for snow and ice have been issued for eastern England and the east and north of Scotland, where 2cm to 5cm of snow was predicted on higher ground.

Further warnings for ice were in place for London and the South East, the Midlands, Wales and Northern Ireland.

After the coldest night of the year so far, here are the lowest temperatures for each of the four nations pic.twitter.com/oOdqkPqiBn

The Met Office said it was the UK’s coldest night since the night of 13/14 February, when temperatures plummeted to -14.1C in Braemar.

Dozens of schools in the South West, West Midlands and Wales will keep their gates closed for a second day following the freezing conditions.

Good morning, a very cold start, with severe frost, ice and some freezing fog patches which will be slow to clear. Otherwise bright for many, but turning cloudier and windier in the west with rain and hill snow arriving later. https://t.co/buNIH9sWMC ^Patrick pic.twitter.com/z7KA1law3Y

Heathrow Airport said flights continued to be disrupted by the weather on Tuesday, with cancellations also reported at airports in Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh.

In parts of Gloucestershire, 36 homes were without power for a second night after ice and snow caused disruption across the country over the weekend.

Western Power Distribution said the outage was caused by the weather and engineers were expecting to have the power restored by 7.30am on Tuesday.

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