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Brits warned not to travel as snow and freezing temperatures cause chaos

Joe Harker

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Brits warned not to travel as snow and freezing temperatures cause chaos

Weather warnings from the Met Office have advised Brits not to travel unless necessary due to snow and ice on the roads caused by freezing conditions.

It's absolutely freezing right now and the UK's roads are becoming coated with ice and snow thanks the the cold weather, making driving incredibly dangerous.

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The snowfall has caused airports to close down and left motorists stranded on the roads into the night as drivers cannot get through the traffic and daren't go faster than a cautious crawl.

The Met Office had issued a series of yellow weather warnings after serious snowfall over the weekend and temperatures expected to stay below freezing overnight.

They admitted when it came to ice and snowy conditions there was 'a bit more than we thought' in the first place.

Police forces in Cornwall, Stratford and Gloucestershire warned Brits not to travel if they can help it, while National Highways warned residents in the south east to only make essential journeys.

Motorists were stuck on the M25 with their vehicles trapped by the snowy conditions. Credit: Twitter/@MrJRan
Motorists were stuck on the M25 with their vehicles trapped by the snowy conditions. Credit: Twitter/@MrJRan

Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers warned that conditions would be worst in the South East of England, with 'persistent rain, sleet or snow' causing dangerous conditions on the roads and adding a risk to travel plans.

She said: "There will be ice forming, particularly near to the coast where there is rain and sleet, and freezing temperatures which could cause some travel disruption to start Monday with that valid until 9am."

She explained that more cold temperatures would be coming throughout the week, though as the days went by cloud cover might stop some of the worst of the freezing conditions.

Drivers couldn't get down the M25 and weather warnings have continued. Credit: Twitter/@can_cagzimm
Drivers couldn't get down the M25 and weather warnings have continued. Credit: Twitter/@can_cagzimm

Some motorists spent last night (11 December) stuck on some of Britain's major roads including the M25, taking pictures and videos from inside their vehicles of the travel chaos which has continued through the night and into Monday morning.

Many shared images of the motorway coated with snow, rendering it all but undriveable with massive backlogs of traffic and motorists worried about running out of fuel in the middle of their journeys.

Motorists said they'd not had help from emergency services. Credit: Twitter/@MichaelaCronin
Motorists said they'd not had help from emergency services. Credit: Twitter/@MichaelaCronin

Meanwhile, for drivers who are able to get out and about on the roads but have their car still coated in snow there's another warning that's been issued.

Motorists need to know that according to the Highway Code they must be able to see out of every window, so make sure to scrape all the snow off your car before you set off.

You've also got to get rid of any snow which could fall off your vehicle and into the path of other cars, so don't be taking to the roads if you've cleared your own vision but have enough snow to build an igloo sitting on top of your car.

Failure to follow the rules can land you a £60 fine and three points on your driving license, so scrape off that snow if you need to hit the road.

Featured Image Credit: Highways England / @can_cagzimm/Twitter

Topics: UK News, Weather, News

Joe Harker
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