Heavy snowfall hits UK

Dozens of schools closed across the UK today due to severe weather, with at least 20 in Scottish Highlands . The Met Office confirmed it is the coldest night of the year with the thermostat plunging to -14.5C.

Heavy snowfall hits UK

Heavy snow is sweeping eastwards across the UK, disrupting travel. The freezing weather is moving across southern England and Wales, affecting Wiltshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent. There are warnings of rail delays and flights cancellations into Friday morning.

The Met Office has warned of “treacherous driving conditions” in some southern areas. There are two yellow warnings in place for snow and ice for large parts of the UK, lasting until Friday afternoon. Snow depths of 12cm (5in) have been recorded in Bodmin, Cornwall, the Met Office said. Parts of Cumbria have seen 8cm of snow, while there was 7cm recorded in Inverness-shire and 5cm in Powys.

British Airways advised customers to check their flight status for cancellations and said people due to travel on short-haul flights were being offered the option to postpone their journey. Up to 10cm of snow is expected in parts of the UK with snow depths of 5cm (2in) already recorded in Cornwall and Mid Wales, the Met Office says. Further snow is forecast overnight into Friday, with 5-10cm (2-4in) expected in Wales and south west England. In other parts of southern England, there could be 1-7cm (up to 3in) of snow.