Commuters are facing travel chaos as parts of Britain are walloped by wintry weather – including ice, sleet and rare thundersnow – that has made driving treacherous. Cars flipped or slid off roads as the dangerous conditions wreaked havoc, prompting weather warnings from the Met Office and alerts for drivers.
An ice warning was issued for a large area – from parts of the East and West Midlands in England up to the Scottish Highlands – as temperatures plunged overnight and wet surfaces froze. Britons who are still struggling to get to work or school in hazardous icy conditions, snow or winter showers this morning, will see more wintry weather today and overnight into tomorrow.
Commuters were facing a slower and dangerous trek to work or school as snow, sleet or rain – combined with temperatures below the freezing mark – made driving difficult, with roads covered in ice or snow and visiblity limited. Buses were delayed and poor rail conditions meant that some Northern train services were not stopping at stations between Liverpool and Manchester.
There was so much snow in some places that drivers were getting stuck and calling for help. Motorists were struggling to get over the tops at Snake Pass in the Derbyshire section of the Peak District, where a car flipped onto its roof.