The UK has woken up to severe and dangerous conditions as a result of ice and snow covering much of the country. Several aiports including Manchester and Liverpool have suspended services and cancelled flight due to the conditions. On the roads, Police and emergency services have been cslled out to multiple accidents and collisions as conditions remain treacherous.
Hundreds of schools have been closed due to snowy conditions in Cheshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and North Wales.
The Met Office have released three Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice as the winter chill begins to set in.
The warnings are in place until Friday for much of the UK.
A Statement on the Met Office website read: “Weather warnings are in place for Tuesday and Wednesday as cold, unsettled conditions bring the chance of disruptive snow to many parts of the UK.
UK weather live: Britain is facing chaos to road and rail travel as well as several school closures
“A band of rain will arrive across Wales, northern and western England through the middle of Tuesday, then move eastwards through Tuesday afternoon and evening.
“In addition, wintry showers will follow into western areas on Wednesday morning, giving further slight accumulations of snow in a few places.
“Accumulations of one inch (3cm) are likely quite widely, with accumulations of (two inches) 5cm in places.
“There is a small chance that some areas could see up to four inches (10cm), more especially over the higher ground. As this clears ice is likely to form on some surfaces on Wednesday morning.”
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10.00am update: Hunreds of UK schools closed due to snow and ice
Schools across the north of england have been shut due to the bad weather subsuming the UK.
Schools in Bury, Stoke-on Trent, Staffordshire , Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and North Wales were closed Wednesday morning s snow storms hit the country.
Among the worst hit is Greater Manchester, with over 50 schools shut in Oldham, Trafford, Bolton, Wigan and Salford.
36 schools have shut across Lancashire due to snow and ice.
In Liverpool, where the airport remains shut, 10 schols have closed for the day due to bad weather.
Mwanwhile, Notth Wales has also reported over 50 closures, including areas such as Wrexham, Gwynedd and Flintshire.
UK weather live: Hundreds of schools have been shut in the North west due to snow and ice
9.50am: Liverpool John Lennon Airport closed: Runway blocked after heavy snow, flights cancelled
Officials said the airport terminal buildings remained open but the runway was temporarily closed due to the arctic conditions.
Passengers are being advised to contact their airline for further flight information.
The region’s rail services have also suffered major disruption because of the wintry blast with Merseyrail announcing it will not run any trains until 11am because of ice on the tracks.
UK weather live: The runway at Liverpool airport is closed
9.40am update: RAC issue ice warning to commuters
The RAC has advised drivers to reduce their speed and leave more space for cars in front as the risk of ice becoms greater.
RAC Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “Drivers face some treacherous conditions as some truly wintry weather finally descends on large parts of the UK.
“Rain will quickly turn to sleet and snow through Tuesday afternoon, making driving conditions challenging. We strongly recommend drivers reduce their speed and more than double the amount of space between themselves and the vehicle in front, giving them more time to react if they need to.
“But the bigger problem for most drivers is likely to be the threat of ice overnight on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning’s commute. Roads and pavements will freeze overnight, leaving glass-like surfaces that will increase the risk of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians running into difficulties.
“Before setting out, it is vital that motorists check their car is up to the task of coping with the more wintry conditions – many breakdowns are preventable with the right preparation. Spending a few minutes checking over tyres, together with oil, coolant and screenwash levels could save hours stuck at the side of the road in the cold.”
The UK is experiencing travel chaos as snow and ice create dangerous conditions across the country
9.20am – 20 collisions in Devon and Cornwall
Police in Devon and Cornwall have dealt with more than 20 collisions and other road incidents in just one hour on Wednesday morning.
In Wales, Gwent Police warned drivers to be cautious after further accidents. In Rhymney, a car flipped over due to ice conditions on the the road.
Police said it was a “lucky escape for the driver” with no major injuries reported.
A tweet from the force read: “Rhymney: A lucky escape for the driver of this vehicle who had not driven in the snow before. No major injuries.
“Please drive according to the poor weather conditions over the next few days.”