UK braces for more snow and ice disruption

The wintry weather which has caused disruption to road, rail and air transport across the UK is expected to continue overnight and into Tuesday, forecasters say.

Provisional Met Office figures show Monday was the coldest day in the UK since December 2010 with -9.3 Celsius (15F) seen in Braemar, Aberdeenshire.

Yellow snow and ice warnings are in place for Northern Scotland, Orkney, Shetland and North East England.

There is also a yellow warning for ice in the south east of England.

As the cold snap continues, parents are being warned to tell their children about the dangers of playing near frozen lakes after three boys died in the West Midlands.

The children, aged 8, 10 and 11, died after falling into the lake at Babbs Mill Park, Kingshurst on Sunday. A fourth boy, aged six, is in critical condition in hospital after being pulled from the water.

West Midlands Police Superintendent Richard Harris said officers were working out the details of what happened and could not say how long the boys had been in the water before rescue services arrived emergency.

Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said there would be heavy snowfall again on Tuesday in parts of Britain, with up to 15-20cm (6-8in) accumulating on higher ground.

“In terms of temperature, we could see another very cold night, particularly in parts of Scotland where we have this snow lying down,” he said, adding that “widespread freezing conditions” were expected. .

Mr Claydon urged commuters across the UK to ‘allow a little extra time’ if driving and to travel with ‘a little more caution’.

Travel will also be affected by a railway strike on Tuesday after the RMT union rejected a wage offer from Network Rail.

Industrial action is expected to affect much of the rail network on Tuesday and Wednesday, with more travelers expected to hit the roads.

Motoring organization RAC said it received more than 9,000 calls from drivers needing roadside assistance – around eight breakdowns per minute – which was “50% more than we would expect on a typical Monday in December. “.

He said people should only drive if conditions permit and if they feel confident to do so, warning drivers to be prepared for extremely slippery conditions.

He also urged motorists to carry a blanket and a fully charged mobile phone when traveling.

Traffic Scotland said the ice was affecting driving conditions in the Strathclyde, Lothian and Borders, Central, Tayside, Fife and South-West regions of the country.

Many UK airports were hit by the weather on Monday, with more than 140 flights canceled due to icy and snowy conditions.

London airports – Stansted, Gatwick, Luton and London City – were among the worst affected, while flights from elsewhere in the country were also canceled due to poor weather.

Steven Facer, from Rutland, told the BBC he and other passengers sat on a flight to Barcelona from Stansted for several hours on Sunday evening before it was eventually cancelled.

Mr Facer then took “a long drive through the snow to return at 02:00”.

As temperatures dip below freezing, the councils are urging people to check on vulnerable neighbours, especially as the cost of living crisis has made it too expensive for some to heat their homes.

The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, said that while deaths increased during normal winter periods, some people were more exposed to the cold this winter.

He said those most at risk were the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses, circulatory conditions and dementia, adding that many councils used libraries or other local venues to provide warm spaces for those who needed it.

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