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Snow and ice look set to continue as winter sweeps in

SNOW: West Midlands Under Blanket Of Snow

The Met Office acted quickly to issue a severe weather warning for snow and ice in Scotland and along England's east coast.

Weather's Carol Kirkwood warned it would be a cold start to the day, with many areas seeing frost, lying snow, ice and freezing fog. "Journeys will take two to three times longer".

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

A low of -13C (9F) was recorded on Monday night in Shawbury, Shropshire - the coldest night of the year so far.

Although Scotland was spared the heavy snow which has caused widespread disruption across the transport network in England and Wales over the weekend, there was a knock on effect for scheduled rail and air services.

Tonight we can expect "bitterly cold" temperatures with possible light snow showers.

People brave the cold as snow falls near Castleton England Saturday. John Giles  PA
People brave the cold as snow falls near Castleton England Saturday. John Giles PA

The AA said it had its busiest day of the year on Monday with around 25,000 calls from motorists - and was preparing for a deluge of calls on Tuesday.

Hundreds of schools across England and Wales will be closed on Monday as the wintry conditions persist.

More than 350 schools in the West Midlands and more than 300 schools in Wales have said they will shut.

Thousands of homes have been left without power after being hit by the weather. It will remain very cold for all areas with temperatures struggling to get above freezing for many.

Heavy snow on the ground caused delays to West Midlands Railway and Great Western Railway services, while London Northwestern Railway trains into the capital from Milton Keynes were either delayed or cancelled.

By Monday afternoon, about 9,000 homes were still without power, including more than 6,700 in the West Midlands. If the status of your flight is cancelled, please do not travel to the airport, keep updated via the airline's website'. Travellers are being told to check in and will be put on the first available sailing.

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