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UK weather – latest: Snow and ice warnings as Brits warned conditions ‘worse rather than better’

Saturday and Sunday slapped with fresh set of alerts for snow and ice

Shweta Sharma,Eleanor Noyce
Saturday 11 March 2023 18:23 GMT
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Cars stranded on motorway as M62 at standstill following heavy snow

Britain has been warned of more snow and ice this weekend after temperatures plummeted to -10C overnight.

Conditions are “actually going to get worse rather than better”, said Andrew Page-Dove of the National Highways, as there is risk of freezing rain on the roads after Storm Larisa.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for snow and ice which cover large swathes of the country.

Met Office meteorologist Matthew Box said rain, sleet and snow will push northeast across the country during the weekend, likely falling on the hills and mountains of the Pennines, the Cumbrian vales and some parts of Scotland.

But added snowfall would be “nothing to the same extent as what we saw on Thursday”.

It comes after persistent snowfall caused “absolute carnage” on the M62 trans-Pennine motorway on Friday.

Storm Larisa brought with it “treacherous conditions”, with 50mph winds and up to 40cm of snow forecast in some areas.

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Latest images as blizzards tear through country

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Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 10:05
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Six rescued from mountain as snow warning is put in place for Ireland

Six people have been rescued from a mountain in Co Kerry overnight amid “dangerous” conditions as a snow warning has been put in place for the entire island of Ireland.

Kerry Mountain Rescue Team were responding to reports that a female hillwalker had fallen in the eastern part of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

It then received reports that other hillwalkers were in difficulty and found six people stuck 150 metres from the bottom of a gully.

“Conditions on the hill were very poor, rending any approach to the casualties from the bottom of the gully dangerous,” it said.

Rescuers climbed to a point above the trapped people and abseiled down to them.

The casualties were secured to haul lines that were used to bring them all safely to the top of the ridge.

“Apart from being very cold and fatigued, thankfully none of the casualties were injured and the rescue concluded at approximately 1.30am,” it said.

Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 10:30
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Camilla cancels engagement due to weather

The Queen Consort has pulled out of engagements in Newmarket after the weather disrupted her travel plans, Buckingham Palace said.

A Palace spokesman said: “Her Majesty’s engagements at Newmarket later today have had to be postponed due to the weather impacting on transport arrangements.

“Her Majesty is of course very sorry not to be able to attend and will hope to find another date to visit in due course.”

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Camilla was due to visit the British Racing School to mark its 40th anniversary and later unveil a painting at the British Sporting Art Trust in the Suffolk market town on Thursday.

The decision to postpone was taken on Thursday morning when the weather was reviewed and attempts to find alternative arrangements were not successful.

Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 10:55
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New yellow warning for snow and ice issued across Scotland

Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 11:17
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In pictures: Britons brave the elements

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Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 11:40
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Breakdowns up 50%, says RAC

The RAC says there have been 50 per cent more breakdowns than usual in the areas worse affected by the weather, with some drivers stuck in the snow in parts of South Yorkshire and Wales.

Spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Rural routes through central and northern England covered by the Met Office’s amber weather warning are starting to get difficult to negotiate, and these are areas drivers should avoid if they can.

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“Given the weather, we recommend thinking carefully before setting out today as, with more snow forecast, things are likely to get worse on the roads before they get better.

“These aren’t conditions anyone wants to be caught out in, so those who have to drive need to be confident on potentially slippery surfaces, have ensured their vehicles are up to the task, and are carrying an emergency breakdown kit so they can stay warm and communicate easily should they get stuck or break down.”

Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 12:05
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East Midlands Airport, in Castle Donington, Leicestershire, has temporarily closed its runway due to the weather.

The airport is under a yellow weather warning for snow in Leicestershire in place until 2pm on Friday.

In a statement, the airport said: “Following a period of heavy snowfall, we have temporarily closed our runway.

“Health and safety will always be our top priority and operations will resume at the earliest opportunity.

“Passengers are advised to contact their airline for the most up-to-date flight information.”

Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 12:25
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Met Office outlook for Thursday afternoon

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Bristol Airport delays persist

Departures from Bristol Airport are still being delayed by “low visibility and snow disruption” along with French air traffic control strikes.

It comes after snowy conditions on Wednesday disrupted flights and forced the airport to close.

Passengers have been advised to contact their airline before travelling.

Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 13:15
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Tens of thousands of homes without power as snow storms sweep across country

Tens of thousands of homes across the UK have suffered power outages as snow storms descend across the country.

Record low temperatures and persistent snowfall has caused around 37,000 consumers to lose power across the south east and east of England, according to UK Power Networks – though the actual nationwide figure is thought to be closer to the 40,000 mark.

Some 37,781 customers in West Sussex alone have lost power, while around 478 in Greater London have been impacted.

Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Kent, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Hertfordshire are also mired by power cuts.

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Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 13:48

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