As it happened: Fourth day of snow disruption

Key Points

  • More than 5,000 schools across the UK close for the day, rail services are disrupted and flights delayed and cancelled at some airports
  • The number of school closures prompts debate about whether schools should do more to stay open in such conditions
  • Warnings of ice in most parts of the UK remain with further snow also forecast for some areas

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    Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the severe winter weather that looks set to disrupt travel on Monday morning. We will bring you all the latest developments as they happen.


    The spell of adverse weather is entering its fourth day - with freezing temperatures, icy conditions and heavy snow in some areas looking likely to have an impact as rush-hour begins.


    Met Office amber "be prepared" snow warnings suggest 10-20cm could fall in north-east England, the Scottish Borders and eastern Scotland.


    A yellow "be aware" ice warning covers East Anglia, southern England and south Wales.


    You can also follow all the latest developments in our main story..

    Snow clearing equipment is used at Heathrow Airport to clear road and taxiway on Sunday

    London's Heathrow Airport says one in 10 flights is cancelled and passengers should check their journeys before they travel.


    In the past hour, tributes have been paid to climbers who died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday. Una Finnegan from County Antrim, Tom Chesters, who was living in Leeds, and Christopher Bell, from Blackburn, died descending a mountain in Glencoe.


    Schools are closed in parts of England and Wales, including in Nottinghamshire and south-east Wales. Keep an eye on the BBC News website for the latest information on closures.


    Some travel news just in that could affect commuters in Kent and East Sussex - Southeastern has cancelled 40 services so far this morning.


    Train services are being disrupted this morning because of ice and snow, say Network Rail. You can find a full list of the affected lines here.

    A train travels through countryside covered in snow at Crowhurst near Hastings, south-east England, on 20 January

    You can work out how cold it is where you are with the BBC News website's temperature calculator.


    A bit more on those amber "be prepared" warnings for snow that are in place this morning. The areas subject to this warning include: Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, north-east England, north-west England, south-west Scotland, Lothian Borders, Yorkshire and Humber, the Met Office says.


    More than 170 schools in Northamptonshire are closed because of the severe weather. Keep an eye on the BBC News website for more closures.


    @BBCLondon949 tweets: "5 tube lines affected by #snow with no service Jubilee Southbound. London City Airport closed till 730am. More detail from @BBCTravelAlert"


    About 30 schools are closed or affected in the Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin areas.

    Robert Mayall, in Oldham,

    emails: Lots of snow here overnight and it is still coming down thick this morning.


    There is some good news on the horizon - the BBC Weather Centre says that after today's snowy start it looks drier from Wednesday with a potential transition to milder weather at the weekend.


    Some more news on school closures - about 40 are shut in Essex, and that number is continuing to rise.


    Amid the travel disruption, the Daily Express reports on a heart-warming story of what it calls the ultimate white wedding. Shropshire farmer Jim Jones made sure that he got to the church on time by hopping on a tractor to drive through deep snow - and he even cleared a path for the guests.


    Virgin Trains, Gatwick Express and Eurostar are all running a revised service today, says BBC London.

    Stephen, in Suffolk,

    emails: It has taken me over 20 minutes to de-ice my car and I've decided to not go to work after much pleading from my girlfriend and also because I look across the car park and think if its this bad here what will the roads ahead be like. I've decided to stay safe and sit indoors. Might try again later.


    Heathrow has defended itself after cancelling hundreds of flights on Sunday. The airport says cancellations were made early and the level of disruption is nowhere near the level seen in 2010.

    Michael Jacobs, in Horsham,

    emails: Trains although altered in time are running OK. I was nicely surprised as a train due to terminate at Three Bridges then became a London Victoria service, only after all had got off!! Funny but very grateful commuters.


    If you have to make a journey this morning, check out our graphic on how to prepare your car for winter driving and what to do should you be caught out in bad weather.


    The regions affected by Met Office "be aware" yellow warnings are: Central, Tayside and Fife, East Midlands, eastern England, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, London and south-east England, north-east England, north-west England, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland, south-west Scotland, Lothian Borders, south-west England, Strathclyde, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber.


    There is better news for some passengers at Heathrow. The airport is expecting about 155 cancellations on Monday - that's compared to 260 on Sunday. However, the worry for later is low cloud cover causing poor visibility that could cause further disruption to flights.


    Here's a handy key to those Met Office weather warnings we keep mentioning.

    Sarah Medcalf, in Whitehaven,

    emails: We've woken up to snow here in Whitehaven for the first time this year, we are about 50m from the sea here so it is fairly unusual. It seems the snow has finally hit Cumbria!


    A 16-year-old boy is critically ill in hospital after hitting a tree while sledging on Teesside. He was injured on land off Flatts Lane, in Normanby, shortly before 13:00 GMT on Sunday.


    A lorry has overturned on the M40 in Warwickshire, leading to a fuel spillage and closure of the road between junction 3a of the M42 and junction 15 of the M40.


    There are now 321 schools closed in Hertfordshire and more than 140 in Bedfordshire.

    Michael Baxter-Ameen, from Glasgow,

    emails: I've arrived at Vienna airport this morning to find my BA flight back to Heathrow cancelled. It has been re-scheduled for another flight (Austrian Airways) later today. I was several hours late leaving Heathrow on Friday, mostly sitting on the plane waiting to be de-iced. Hopefully will see Glasgow, via Heathrow, sometime today, but who knows!

    Snow is cleared at Heathrow Airport on Sunday

    So just a quick recap on what's been happening this morning - hundreds of schools are closed in parts of England and Wales. Flights have also been cancelled, including at London Heathrow, and rail operators are advising passengers to check ahead before travelling. Stick with us for all the latest developments.


    Gatwick Airport says it is operating as normal today, however passengers can expect some delays to flights due to the adverse weather conditions.


    Our colleagues at BBC Essex tell us that the number of schools closed in the area has risen to 60.


    More 70 schools will remain shut or open late in Hampshire, despite the area escaping heavy weekend snowfall.


    Drivers are being warned of hazardous driving conditions in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire after up to 5cm (2in) of snow fell overnight.


    More than 250 schools are closed in Warwickshire and Coventry because of snow and ice.


    And in Kent more than 180 schools are closed.


    More than 20 schools are closed this morning across Lincolnshire - and reports of more are coming in. Gritting teams are going out again at 07:30 GMT across the county to deal with icy road conditions.


    We've now got pages up on the BBC News website listing Snow - school closures in Wales and School closures in England - these are being updated regularly.


    Just a quick reminder that at least 70 schools will be closed in Wales on Monday and parents are being advised to check council websites for updates.


    Flights are being disrupted at various UK airports. At Heathrow, capacity is being reduced by 10%, with about 130 fewer flights. The airport says that this is to put more slack into its schedule, to help keep the runways and taxiways open.


    The BBC Weather Centre says there is potential for further heavy snow on Tuesday in parts of south-west England and south Wales. The detail is still uncertain so the advice is to keep checking the latest forecasts.


    BBC London says the runway at London City airport has now re-opened, but passengers can still expect delays and cancellations.


    More than 90 schools are closed or partially closed in Surrey.


    Police say the body of a woman in her 20s has been found in the snow. She was found collapsed at Church Meadow, Deal, Kent, on Sunday morning by a dog-walker.


    There are 27 schools closed in North Yorkshire, where snow is continuing to fall today.


    Police also say this morning that a 59-year-old man was killed when his car crashed into a tree on the northbound carriageway of the A12 between Kelvedon and Marks Tey in Essex at about 19:05 GMT.


    Some more information on school closures - 16 are closed in East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.


    The runway at East Midlands Airport is currently closed. The airport says the next update on the situation will be given at 10:00 GMT.

    Tyne and Wear Metro,

    tweets: Minor delays to trains from Cullercoats - St James due to a train being withdrawn from service.


    An update now on school closures in Shropshire - 55 are now shut.


    tweets: Oops @SW_Trains think your gonna struggle to keep up with demand today. Eastleigh platform packed for 07:58 to Waterloo


    School closures are being discussed on Twitter with #snowday trending in the UK


    The latest road closures due to snow from the Highways Agency includes: A66 closed in both directions between junctions with the A685 (Brough) and the A1 (Scotch Corner); A628 closed in both directions between junctions with the A57 at Hollingworth and the A616 at Flouch due to heavy snow and southbound access to the A282 from the A206 is blocked.


    About 50 schools are now closed or opening late in Oxfordshire because of the bad weather.


    tweets: Don't use heathrow in the middle of winter if you want to get anywhere


    Just a reminder of today's weather forecast - it's cold and cloudy, with some snow in Northern Ireland, and significant snowfall likely in north-east England. Southern counties of England may also see some sleet and snow.

    Lynn Braben, in Skelmersdale,

    texts: I live in Lancashire, and we have at least 15 cm of snow. The weather forecast never mentioned that we'd had any snow at all.


    The BBC's Jenny Hill, in Huddersfield, says the worst snow for several years has fallen in the area - up to 10cm (4in) overnight.


    More than 80 schools are closed in the Stoke area.


    The London Underground is not reporting problems because of the weather but the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Jubilee lines are running with delays due to late running of engineering work.

    Jeff Noon, in Keighley,

    texts: It is absolutely ridiculous that this country comes to a standstill with a little snow. How have we got so soft? School closures are especially a joke, what's wrong with walking? I can't remember my school ever closing for snow and my generation survived.

    Sonya Grist,

    texts: We are always so busy criticising the authorities in the UK. My journey on the motorways of central France was a nightmare. Despite snow being forecast the motorway was not cleared and lorries were piled up and traffic was nearly at a halt and they had the audacity to charge a toll! Also friends had their arrival delayed due to snow at Geneva Airport - which is far more used to snow than Heathrow.


    In Wales, the total number of school closures now stands 96. There are also about two dozen schools that are only partially open. At some schools, special arrangements are being made for students sitting exams.

    Steph, in Skipton,

    texts: Please remind people that as well as clearing the snow from car windows, they also need to clear the snow from car lights. Both front and back. It's no good having your lights on if they can't be seen because they are covered in snow. I've followed several cars already this morning and I can't see their brake lights come on because they are hidden by snow.


    About 200 schools are now closed in Essex because of Sunday's snow.


    And 121 schools are now closed in Surrey.

    Dog in the snow

    Nick White sent us his picture of Elmo the border collie enjoying the snow in Sandy, Bedfordshire.


    The RAC has some intriguing advice, it says drivers should keep a section of carpet in their cars. No, not for their comfort, the organisation says it can come in handy for placing under tyres that are failing to grip icy roads.


    More than 100 schools are closed in Cambridgeshire because of the snow, with reports coming in of up to 12cm (5in) in places.

    Rex Parry, in Gerrards Cross,

    emails: Schools in the UK should close when there is more than a couple of inches of snow so that students can go out and enjoy it. For a few days a year this will be more valuable to their personal development than being in a classroom.


    Some more now on the situation at Heathrow - 158 flights (10% of the total) are cancelled for the day. Flights are not being rescheduled but attempts are being made to book passengers on to alternative flights. The airport says it has 200 people on the ground trying to help passengers.

    BBC mosaic of snow pictures

    As usual, the BBC has been able to rely on a steady stream of snow photos from readers across the UK. We've put together a mosaic of them - and you can see a bigger, clickable version here.


    News on school closures is continuing to come in. Make sure you check our lists on the latest closures in Wales and England - these are being updated regularly.


    The Met Office has re-issued its weather warnings, which are valid until 21:00 GMT. Amber "be prepared" warnings are in place for many parts of Scotland and northern England.


    In the amber area more than 10cm (4in) of snow is expected, with more than 20cm in places, the Met Office says. But it says the snow should gradually ease during the day.


    Our colleagues at BBC Northern Ireland have put together a list of school closures due to the adverse conditions. See the full list here.

    Peter Parkinson, in Skelmersdale,

    emails: I dug my car out at 07:30 and got to work 30 minutes later, doing a journey that normally takes five minutes. Conditions are near white.


    There are delays of up to 60 minutes between London's St Pancras International and Elephant and Castle, National Rail Enquiries says. Check the latest information on affected train services here.


    BBC Weather says the latest snowfall totals show 19cm (7.5in) at Albemarle in Northumberland, 18cm at Sennybridge in Powys and 16cm at Wittering in Cambridgeshire.

    Julie Luke, in Bildeston, Suffolk,

    emails: Travelled from Bildeston Suffolk to Chelmsford, in Essex this morning. B roads not good but passable with care. A12 running nice and smooth.

    Gareth Bailey, in Warrington,

    emails: Thick layer of snow from overnight, roads generally OK though roundabouts interesting! Light but steady snowfall since last night still falling.


    Virgin Trains tweets: Services are currently being disrupted by the weather more info here #SnowVirginTrains

    Snow covered boats on the canal in Nottingham

    The first images of today's snow are starting to filter into the picture wires here at New Broadcasting House. You can send your snow pictures and videos to or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International). If you have a large file you can upload here.


    Figures just in suggest 40 schools are closed due to snow in Merseyside and parts of Cheshire. The total of school closures across the UK now stands at more than 3,000.

    Stuart Campbell, in London,

    emails: Southeastern trains causing havoc at Lewisham. 61 min delays to some services 11 trains backed up from London Bridge. Anyone would think we never get four inches of snow and freezing conditions before. Come on Britain!


    Southern Travel News tweets: Trains: LOTS of disruption now across the network in the South - too much to list to be honest - check before you travel is my advice!


    Network Rail tweets: #UKSnow Staff are de-icing in South Acton area. We hope Lndn Overground Richmond service will resume after morning peak. @nationalrailenq


    The number of schools closed in the Stoke area has risen to 120.


    A bit of an update on school closures in Scotland now - 17 are shut in the Scottish Borders, and a number of others are partially closed. In Aberdeenshire, four schools are closed and transport problems are affecting others. One school is closed in Perth and Kinross, and one in Moray. You can find a comprehensive list here.


    If you stay off work because of the snow, will your pay be docked? Or can you be forced to take the day as holiday? Our colleagues in BBC business have put together a handy piece on what your rights are in relation to work and adverse weather.


    Network Rail Enquiries tweets: Some trains between Ely and Bury St Edmunds may be delayed by up to 30 mins. Delays of up to 45 minutes between Redhill and #Reigate - no estimate for normal working.


    Thousands of schools are closed across the UK due to the snow - but here's a breakdown for West Yorkshire, where more than 600 are shut. The closures include 177 in Kirklees, 172 in Bradford, 43 in Wakefield, 101 in Calderdale and 108 in Leeds.


    A figure for the total number of schools closed in Wales has just come in - it stands at 120. About two dozen more are partially open. Special arrangements are being made in places for students due to sit A-level exams today.


    National Rail Enquiries tweets: First Capital Connect passengers can use East Midlands Trains services between Bedford and London St Pancras #SnowFirstCC #uksnow


    The BBC's Mark Frankel took a 360 panoramic view of the snow in Regent's Park, London, this morning.

    Regent's Park, London

    BBC London Travel says Southeastern trains, which operates in London, Kent and East Sussex, is reporting delays of well over 90 minutes across the network. Passengers can expect alterations and cancellations too, it says.


    For further information on the latest delays and cancellations, make sure you check the National Rail Enquiries website.


    BBC London Travel adds that on First Great Western, which operates trains in many parts of southern England, the West Midlands and South Wales, there are delays of 45 minutes between Gatwick Airport and Reading.

    David, in Croydon,

    emails: Long delays cancellations and packed trains from Croydon. Wonder what delights the travel home is going to offer.


    Flights are currently not operating at Leeds Bradford Airport for a short period, the airport says. Passengers may experience delays while snow is cleared from the runway.

    Kyle Calder, in Leeds,

    emails: Really Heavy snow here at Leeds. Continued all through the night. Still excessive constant downfall. Many schools closed in Leeds area traffic and public transport mostly delayed.

    Rupak, from Eastbourne,

    emails: It has taken me four hours to get to London from Eastbourne!


    Scores of schools are closed in Nottinghamshire but the snow is also producing some picturesque scenes, like this one of Market Square in Bingham, Nottingham.

    The Buttercross in the Market Square, Bingham, Nottingham, following snowfall

    BBC London Travel tweets: #snowmageddon Trains into London Bridge, Cannon St, Charing X, Kings X, St Pancras, Victoria, Waterloo & Liverpool St are all delayed

    Beckie Brown

    tweets: 1hr 20 mins train journey that usually takes 20 mins. And not sure I'll be able to get home as not much leaving #londonbridgestation people!

    Simon Haynes, in Fleet, Hampshire,

    emails: South West Train's current "severe weather" timetable might mean that they meet their targets, but it leaves some commuters unable to get onto overcrowded trains as the capacity has been halved. It would be better to try to run more trains during rush hour, even if they are a bit late.

    Mike McClory, from Royston, Hertfordshire,

    emails: While BAA seem to have improved the situation with regards snow-clearance, they haven't when it comes to de-icing. Our BA flight from Heathrow to Philadelphia was delayed for four and a half hours after we had boarded! We couldn't go onto the queue for the de-icer until the aircraft was boarded and closed up!


    A few tweets from National Rail Enquiries on the latest travel problems:

    • Delays of up to 70 minutes between Redhill and #Reigate until further notice
    • Delays of up to 40 minutes between Macclesfield and Stoke-on-Trent because of a signalling problem near #Congleton
    • Trains between #RugeleyTrentValley and Birmingham New Street continue to be delayed by up to 40 minutes
    Christopher Brown

    tweets: I thought this train would be packed. Stations are remarkably quiet for a Monday. #swtrains


    Manchester Airport has suspended flights because of the snow, while about 150 schools and colleges have been closed across the Greater Manchester area.


    Christopher Wildblood spotted Red Deer relaxing in the snow in Richmond Park, Surrey.

    Red Deer in the snow

    BBC Wales weather forecaster Derek Brockway tweets: Still major uncertainty in the forecast but 70% risk of significant snow Tuesday. 5 to 10cm, 2 to 4'' in places. Perhaps more in S/SE #Wales


    Kevin Nel, from London, sent in his picture of a dusting of snow on Big Ben.

    Snow on Big Ben, London

    South West Trains, which runs services in Hampshire, Surrey, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Devon, Somerset, and Greater London, says it is operating an amended timetable. It says there are delays on the network and some trains are very busy.


    National Rail Enquiries has published details of London overground services affected by snow and ice. Details of routes and ticket acceptance can be found here.


    BBC Oxford tweets: SNOW: Around 1,200 homes are without power in Wantage - Southern Electric's hoping to have supplies restored shortly.

    Snowman on a tractor in Essex

    Claire Johnson in Colchester, Essex, took this photo of a snowman tractor driver made by William, Tegan, Bella and Jasmine, they named him Dusty.


    Bad weather is also affecting roads and airports in western Europe, including in France, Belgium and Germany. Heathrow Airport says the disruption at European airports may also have a knock-on effect to its schedule during the day.


    The Isle of Man has not escaped the snow and freezing conditions - there are a number of road closures in place and motorists are being urged to drive with "extreme caution".

    Snow in Spennymoor in County Durham

    Some parts of the UK are expected to face blizzards later today, but they have already hit in the Spennymoor area of County Durham.


    South West Trains ‏tweets:

    • Information about any changes to South West Trains services tomorrow (Tues 22 January) are expected to be made available by 16:00 #snowswt
    • The 'Shuttle' service between Surbiton and Hampton Court is suspended because of poor weather conditions #snowswt

    BBC regional programme Points West raises an interesting debating point as it tweets: SNOW: Tonight we ask - should you clear snow away from the pavements outside your house? What do you think? Have you already cleared yours?


    Southend Airport tweets: Runway is open, morning flights took off on time and no cancellations or delays currently.

    Green in Yorkshire covered in snow

    The green near David Paylor's home in Mapplewell, Barnsley, South Yorkshire is covered in snow.


    Northumbria Police is blaming drifts for the closure of the A68 north of the Stagshaw Roundabout to the Scottish Border.


    Neil Farrington, 42, a senior lecturer at Sunderland University, said: "All the schools round here are closed so I have a house full of kids and dogs and none of them want to go out. Our 12-week-old puppy went out and disappeared in the snow, we had to dig her out. The boys have been out sledging over the weekend but it's too deep now. We're all stuck in the house, climbing the walls."


    Durham Police say strong winds are causing drifts, making for poor driving conditions. On Twitter, the force's roads policing unit said: "A66 remains closed, still snowing heavily with drifting - gritters working hard to clear but winds are against us."

    A snowy street lamp in Shropshire

    A snowy, street scene in Baschurch, Shropshire, taken by Mike Wakefield.


    Which areas have been worst affected by snow and ice? Find out by using our interactive snow map.


    A quick reminder that we've pulled together lists of school closures by area from across the UK. Find out more by clicking on the areas below:

    Peter, in Chelmsford,

    emails: I would like to see schools being punished for closing. One suggestion is for every day the school is closed, they will lose through their holiday allocation. So those closed today will lose a day when the next school holiday comes. That way children don't miss out on education when the school is shut.


    The East of England Ambulance Service is warning those out sledging to take care after reports of at least a dozen sledging-related injuries. A spokeswoman says: "People should ensure they are well wrapped up and always in control while sledging and wear safety gear as appropriate. The fun really isn't worth it if you wind up with a painful injury in A&E."

    Edward McCarthy, in Ormskirk,

    emails: Heavy snow in West Lancashire. A lot came down on Friday and there's more currently. Its quite heavy at the moment.

    Adam, in Hull,

    emails: Waking up to at least two inches of snow this morning, the roads were absolutely treacherous! Why on earth aren't the councils filling in the pot holes that are making everything so much worse? I'm at work now and the snow has slowed down but that hasn't stopped it causing chaos. Let's hope we all get home before another flurry starts!


    It might be a slightly woolly story but Thames Valley Police officers are to receive a uniform-issue knitted hat to wear outdoors in cold weather. The force says the new black beanie with "Police" embroidered on the front will present a smart image. We hope to bring you a picture soon!

    Richard Kapend, in Southampton,

    emails: I've seen some painful driving and walking on the ice this morning! We wouldn't have that many people walking dangerously in the middle of the road if everyone gave a few minutes of their weekend when the snow was still a bit soft and easy to clean to de-ice the pavement outside their house. People must realise that the whole country needs to mobilise against bad weather if we want things to run as usual.


    Eurostar says snow and ice in the UK and northern France is leading to speed restrictions and delays on all of its trains. Six services were also cancelled, with customers told they could exchange their tickets for another date.

    Neil, in Glasgow,

    texts: I worked in a school which literally completely gridlocked the surrounding area including two main roads for three hours because it didn't close.

    Suzanne, in Manchester,

    texts: As a nurse I have to be at work for 07:00, I can't tell the patients to stay at home if it snows. Perhaps I should become a teacher I will get an extra hour in bed and days off when it snows.


    Animal welfare charity Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has issued advice on how to care for pets in adverse conditions. It advises people to:

    • Keep animals inside
    • Increase their food rations during winter because they burn more calories to keep warm
    • Keep an eye out for strays - take unidentified animals in or get them to an animal shelter
    • If there is snow, wipe off dogs' or cats' legs, feet and stomachs after they come inside. Salt and other chemicals can make animals sick
    • Antifreeze, which can be deadly, attracts animals because of its sweet taste so avoid spills and store in a place where animals can't get to it

    Lothian and Borders Police say the A68 between Scotland and England is closed near Carter Bar, in Northumberland. They are advising drivers travelling south to use the A1 or M74 instead.

    Pigeons look for food in a snowy St James's Park on 21 January 21 in London, England

    The snow is providing some spectacular images from around the UK - including this shot of London's St James's Park with the London Eye in the background. You can send your snow pictures and videos to or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International). If you have a large file you can upload here.


    In its latest updates, National Rail Enquiries tweets about continuing delays between London King's Cross and Berwick upon Tweed, and across the Greater Anglia and Stansted Express network.

    Ian, in London,

    texts: If they let the kids from the local area go to the nearest school then they could easily walk to school. My youngest was not allowed to go to our local school, just over a mile and a half away, he was given a school over two and a half miles away. While kids from five or six miles away are given places at our local school and get a car that drives them there every day.


    A slightly more dramatic weather-related story coming in from Wales now. A school bus with 20 children on board slipped off a steep road covered in slush and snow at Abercarn, in Caerphilly county. Fortunately nobody was injured in the incident, which happened just after 09:00 GMT.


    The BBC News Channel has been showing some spectacular aerial shots of a very snowy Surrey. We'll bring you a flavour soon...


    East Midlands Airport says it hopes flights will resume after 14:00 GMT on Monday. The airport has been closed since 23:15 on Sunday.

    A message written in snow on a sign in London's St James's Park

    The snow and ice might be causing problems for many - but there is still time for a sense of humour...


    Good news for passengers at Leeds Bradford Airport - officials say they hope to resume flights by 12:30 GMT.

    Surrey in the snow

    As promised, here's an aerial image of the white stuff that has settled over the Surrey countryside. We'll bring you more striking pictures from around the country as we get them.


    BBC London Travel tweets: Southern - No service between South Bermondsey and Streatham because of bad weather - Trains diverting via Forest Hill.

    1138: Bindi Eyre, a support worker at a school in Sheffield

    tells the BBC: "I made the effort to travel 30 miles by bus and train today to go into work. The college where I work has been closed because the bus services to the area have been suspended. I paid extortionate train fares to go to work and now I will not earn any money for my efforts. So do not say that school workers are not dedicated because there are thousands of staff that work in schools all over the country doing what I have done today."

    1139: Breaking News

    Heathrow Airport says "further cancellations are inevitable" because of the adverse weather conditions at other airports around Europe.


    A bit more of an update from National Rail Enquiries on First Capital Connect services:

    • An hourly service is running between London Blackfriars and Sutton, departing London Blackfriars at 46 minutes past the hour, and Sutton at 38 minutes past the hour
    • Delays of up to 45 minutes between Brighton and Bedford
    • Delays of up to 30 minutes between London Kings Cross and Cambridge
    1143: Retired teacher, Jenny Nash, from Buckinghamshire,

    tells the BBC: "I sympathise with parents when schools are closed but some of my colleagues live far away. The school I worked in had over 60 teaching staff and about 30 ancillary staff, many of whom lived 20 to 30 miles away and children who had to travel far to get there. It's far better for children to be safe. Perish the thought that a bus crashed in the bad weather carrying children to school."


    More from Heathrow, where a spokesman says: "The airfield at Heathrow is fully operational with all runways, taxiways and stands clear. The schedule for today has been reduced by 10% in order to cope with the low visibility conditions expected from 1600 this afternoon."


    The Heathrow spokesman adds: "Low visibility means that, for safety reasons, there needs to be a bigger gap between aircraft. Because Heathrow runs at almost 100% capacity, there is no slack in the system and flights unfortunately have to be cancelled."

    Sirhowy Valley Country Park, Cwmfelinfach, Newport, South Wales

    Rentia Jensen van Vuuren sent in this picture of a snowy scene in Sirhowy Valley Country Park, Cwmfelinfach, Newport, South Wales.

    Prime Minister David Cameron signs the Book of Commitment ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day as Holocaust survivor Freda Wineman watches at 10 Downing Street in London.

    Even the PM is not too busy to comment on the snow. Speaking as he signed a memorial book to commemorate the lives of those killed in the Holocaust, David Cameron said he expected his youngest daughter Florence to make a snowman. "You never normally see, after a few days, the snow still on the trees," he said. "I was just talking to my two-year-old daughter and said that she has got to make a snowman this afternoon, while it's all still there... the first time they see snow is an exciting moment."


    How much snow has fallen in your area? The Met Office has blogged on the latest snow depths from around the UK as of 09:00 GMT.

    Dawn Gillott, in County Durham,

    emails: It is horrific in Consett we have at least four to five inches of snow and its coming down that fast that my back yard is covered again already with at least another inch after its only just been shovelled off.


    BBC Oxford tweets: Power's been restored to all customers affected by this morning's outage in Wantage.


    London Fire Brigade tweets: Firefighters have JUST been called to rescue a dog that's fallen thru ice on a lake in West Drayton. Please keep mutts on leads, dog lovers.


    London Fire Brigade adds in a separate tweet: We rescued 2 men & a child from frozen lakes this weekend. If your dog goes onto the ice, call 999 & stay put then we'll come and rescue it.

    Dave Wilson, in Prestatyn, Denbighshire, North Wales,

    emails: We had over 6 inches of snow overnight and it's still coming down thick and fast!

    Rick, in Hull,

    emails: Set off from Hull at 05:50 and got to Stockport at 08:30, M62 outside lane closed for most of the way. Have to say there are a lot of inconsiderate drivers on the road, either without lights on or not clearing the snow off their windows and lights properly so you can't see them braking or indicating. Also some articulated lorries driving in the outside lane!


    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay its been snowing constantly on the wirral for hours now, and no signs of it stopping yet, there must be at least 5 inches now

    Neil Croswell

    tweets: #heathrow BA lounge is busy, but currently my flight is on time

    Michael W, Brighton

    emails: Took me over four hours to get home to Brighton from a nightshift in London this morning, a journey that should take about an hour a half. To be fair to the train companies this happens quite often even when there is no snow!

    Arrivals board at Heathrow

    An arrivals board at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 highlights the problems facing travellers hoping to fly to London.

    Monica Sanchez, Northants

    emails: I wish people would stop moaning about the schools closing. Our county council cancelled all school buses at 6am this morning. The school my son attends, 90% of the students travel in by bus or car so it was taken out of the Head's hands over whether he opened the school or not.

    1215: Breaking News

    Available figures for England, Wales and Scotland suggest there are now about 4,800 schools closed, according to BBC correspondent Richard Lister.

    A snowman outside Westminster

    Kate Bertaut captured on camera a snowman in Victoria Gardens, Westminster, London.

    Snow on tree branches in Bristol

    Frank Windmeijer took this pretty picture of snow on tree branches in Bristol.

    Alastair Carr, Wood Enderby, Lincolnshire

    emails: I've been out today clearing and gritting one tyre-tread's worth of compacted snow enabling my hamlet of 600 to get to the shops, etc, because no roads in my village are gritted. I have not finished, yet, but I've been out for 3 hours, clearing and then gritting the roads of snow and I'll do another 2-3 hours'-worth of voluntary work after lunch.

    Hadrian Bithell, Stoke on Trent

    emails: It's just stopped snowing but the sky looks full of it. Many side roads are blocked and major roads are congested with traffic.

    Fi, Oldham

    emails: It upsets me that people think that schools are 'slacking off' just because of the snow. I, myself, travelled for 2 hours this morning to get into work, a journey that normally takes 20 minutes. I know other staff that travelled further. Of course we are worried that the children are safe, but the main worry for us is how we get home tonight if the snow carries on falling.

    Dave W, Durham

    emails: The snow has now been down for over a week, and I think our council have done a sterling job clearing the roads. Well done!

    Mark Jackson, Newcastle

    emails: I was out running on Saturday with 160-odd others for Newcastle's 5km Park Run in the snow and hail (and wind) and was out this morning at 6AM running to work (and I will be doing same in a couple of hours to get home). It's only weather if you're on foot in urban areas - cope and the world will smile with you.


    A bit of good news for rail passengers in Scotland: Network Rail says trains are now running normally between Glasgow Queen Street and Stirling.


    Here is a bit more of a breakdown of school closures:

    • In the North of England: A total of 1,746 schools have closed
    • East Anglia: Some 775 have shut their doors, with the numbers expected to rise
    • Midlands: At least 1,013 have closed
    • Wales and Borders: 177 are closed
    • South-west England: 18 schools are closed
    • In the south of England: Snow has led to 481 closures
    • South-east England: 546 schools are closed
    • Scotland and the Borders: Some 37 schools have shut their doors

    Meanwhile, snow and icy conditions are continuing across the UK. Have a read of our clickable map to find out more about some of the areas that have seen most disruption.

    Tim, Skipton

    emails: Bought winter tyres for my car in November after the last 2 winters and was beginning to think I'd wasted my money. Definitely worth it when I'm driving on the powder to overtake people who're stuck going uphill. About 4" of snow in my back yard from the last week's worth of snowfall; didn't even bother clearing it, just drove straight over the top. The only problem I had on my 30 mile commute was the usual Leeds traffic!

    Sean Houlihane

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay Why so many schools closed in Cambridgeshire? Most roads were nearly clear at 8am. Some of us have real jobs, at work today


    The Highways Agency is reporting that a section of the M6 in Cumbria has been temporarily closed after a vehicle towing a trailer of bullocks overturned on the northbound carriageway just north of Southwaite. Police say the closure could last up to an hour and warned motorists to either wait at Southwaite services or leave the motorway at junction 41 and travel on the A6 northbound.


    A spokeswoman for Cumbria Constabulary said: "The carriageway is being temporarily closed while emergency services and a local vet attend the scene to assist with moving the animals safely. The driver of the Land Rover is not seriously injured. There is no suggestion that the bullocks are injured at this stage."


    The snowy weather is affecting more than just travel. Several horse races have been called off, including Catterick's meeting on Wednesday. Turf meetings at Leicester and Wetherby on Tuesday have already been dropped due to the weather, but there is a chance of racing at Exeter on Wednesday.

    Sally, Sheffield

    emails: I lived in Canada for three years and there was a city by-law stating that the residents of each house had to clear the snow from the sidewalks adjacent to their property. It made walking possible. I think adopting a similar attitude in this country would be a great idea.

    man sleeping at airport

    It could be a long wait for those delayed at UK airports today. Heathrow has cancelled one in ten flights because of poor visibility today, and says flights scheduled after 16:00 GMT are most likely to be affected.


    Poor weather conditions are still causing delays of 30 minutes across the Greater Anglia and Stansted Express networks, according to National Rail Enquiries.

    Paul, Ipswich

    emails: My wife is a community nurse. Her team covers a very large rural area. They don't get specialist vehicles, equipment or training for winter conditions but they still go out in all weathers 24/7 and just get on with it.


    Thousands of schools have been forced to close due to the weather, but exams regulator Ofqual says the "vast majority" of GCSE and A-level papers due to take place will go ahead as planned. Some schools are opening for exam candidates only.


    Exams due to take place today include papers for A-level psychology, A-level biology, A-level geography, GCSE geography and GCSE information and communication technology (ICT). An Ofqual spokesman advised schools and colleges to "keep in touch with your exam board, and let them know what the situation is".


    We're hearing reports that motorists are criticising Stoke-on-Trent City Council for "appalling" gritting operations in parts of the city, which have led to "horrendous" driving conditions. "Cars are skidding all over the place," says taxi driver Malcolm Sullivan. The council says teams have been "working 24/7 over the weekend" to keep the roads clear.

    Snow in London

    Adam Martin's view of a snowy London - and the Shard building - from his apartment in SE1.

    1314: Kate, Lancaster

    emails: We might not have a snow warning, but it's still snowing here in the north-west too. The snow has been falling steadily all morning in south Preston. It's about an inch deep in parts.


    Heathrow Airport now says the number of flight cancellations has risen from 157 to 187. It says the additional cancellations are partly as a result of the severe weather conditions across Europe.


    Thank you to all our readers who are sending in pictures - we're especially impressed by some of your snowmen.

    Mike, London

    emails: Train operators didn't help, with no updates at smaller stations and trains disappearing from boards.

    Danish scurvy grass

    Salting the roads in icy conditions is helping the coastal flower - Danish scurvy grass - become the fastest spreading plant in Britain, according to one expert.


    Network Rail says ice and snow have been cleared between Gunnersbury and Richmond, in south-west London, and lines have reopened.


    What kind of thought goes into whether a school stays open or closes? "Ultimately, head teachers, in consultation with school governors, make the final decision on whether or not to close a school," says Councillor David Simmonds, chairman of the Local Government Association's children and young people board. "This is based on a range of local circumstances including the number of teachers who can make it into work safely, dangerous road conditions, or problems with vital supplies such as food, heating or water."


    About one in six schools are believed to have been affected by the snow, with tens of thousands of pupils off school. Read the latest here.


    Heavy snow is affecting parts of northern England and southern and eastern Scotland. Here's an idea of how Durham, in north-east England, looks at the moment.


    And it's not just the UK which is experiencing difficult conditions. Germany's main airport in Frankfurt is being hit by delays and cancellations as it deals with further snow, following freezing rain. About 200 flights at Frankfurt International Airport have been cancelled so far.


    It might be fun to have a day off building snowmen and going sledging - but what are the main reasons why schools shut? And what impact does this have on parents and the community? An insightful piece from our colleagues at BBC Magazine.


    Meanwhile, walkers are being warned not to venture up mountains without proper equipment following two rescues on Corn Du in the Brecon Beacons at the weekend. A walker slipped and broke her ankle on Saturday, while another broke two bones in a leg on Sunday.


    The Met Office has just issued a weather update, valid until 15:00 GMT on Tuesday, reporting that persistent snow will continue to affect much of eastern Scotland for the rest of Monday, tonight and Tuesday.


    The Met Office adds that snow should become lighter from the south during Tuesday afternoon as the winds also start to subside. But the public should be prepared for the risk of further disruption to travel, and the likelihood of road closures, as well as possible disruption to power supplies, it says.

    1347: Neil Johnson, from Ampthill

    emails: Sat on a plane at Heathrow trying to fly to Frankfurt. We have been sat on the plane for two hours and been told to expect at least another three hours before we can depart. No food offered just a glass of water. This follows three cancellations yesterday.

    Daisy the dachshund running in the snow.

    Daniel van Niekerk took his four-month-old dachshund Daisy for her first walk in the snow at Denbigh Moors in Wales earlier. She managed to keep her head and paws above the snow - just.


    Amber "be prepared" warnings are still in place in many areas across the UK, including the Highlands and Eilean Siar, Grampian, Central, Tayside and Fife, south-west Scotland, Lothian and the Borders, north-west England, north-east England, and Yorkshire and Humber.


    Yellow "be aware" warnings of snow and ice are also in place across Strathclyde in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, the East Midlands, the east of England, south-west England, London and south-east England, the Met Office says.

    1352: John Whittington, in Steventon,

    emails: I live near Abingdon in Oxfordshire and the village roads are very slippery and people are struggling to get out of their drives.


    Manchester Airport says it is now operating as normal - any delays are being caused by problems at other airports.


    Have a look at your recent pictures of snow on the BBC Weather webpage.

    Icicles hanging from a roof.

    Gary Denton, in Upper Basildon, Berkshire, measured the icicles hanging from his roof. The longest is currently 30cm (12in), and Gary says they are still growing, albeit slowly.


    Edinburgh Zoo's giant panda Tian Tian is enjoying the winter fun after keepers built a snowman in her enclosure. She joined in by eating its carrot nose and rolling away the snowballs making up its body. Keepers say it is her first encounter with a snowman. You'll have a picture as soon as we do...


    Southern travel news - which provides information about south England's roads and rail services - tweets: At the moment all main road routes are running well, while some of the minor roads may remain icy at this time so take it easy if you are out and about.

    1403: Mark, in Stretton, Warrington

    emails: I had to grit our company car park this morning for my own safety as the landlord has refused to because his insurance company states if he slightly clears it and someone gets injured he is liable. I can't believe some rules.


    Train services between Britain and continental Europe are also being hit by the bad weather, with Eurostar cancelling six trains on Monday and Tuesday between London and Brussels and the English capital and Paris due to speed restrictions on the tracks in northern France.


    Keep up to date with information about weather warnings across the UK with BBC Weather.

    Meerkat at London Zoo

    We promised you a picture of a panda enjoying the snow... Ok, so we know this isn't a panda but we do promise to bring you one very soon. For now, here's a Meerkat making a new friend at London Zoo.


    London Overground trains between Highbury and Islington and Crystal Palace are now running normally, although a number of routes are still experiencing delays, according to Network Rail.


    In football, Mansfield Town's Blue Square Bet Premier match with Nuneaton Town has been postponed. The Field Mill pitch is under 6in (15cm) of snow, while the club also have safety concerns because of ice in the stands.

    1414: Jenny O'Connell,

    tweets: After being stuck in the car park for an hour I am now free thanks to the help from a #soldier and a #farmer with a homemade plough! #snowday


    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has cancelled a visit to Newcastle upon Tyne on Tuesday because of the snow. He was meant to be promoting the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, which aims to get youngsters active and help adults become trained coaches. But schools he was planning to visit are closed and will probably remain shut.


    Ok, so as promised, here is a picture of giant panda Tian Tian at Edinburgh Zoo. According to zoo keepers, many people do not realise that giant pandas enjoy playing in the snow in their native habitat - the Chinese mountains and forests.


    Thousands of schools have been closed because of the snow and icy weather, but many of the closures are in areas where no new snow has fallen today. The BBC's Jeremy Cooke reports from the Midlands (video), where he's been finding out why so many schools are shut.

    Stuart in Stoke-on-Trent

    emails: It is just weak that teachers cannot get into school. As a lorry driver I go to work and travel hundreds of miles to deliver to stores that the shop staff fail to drive a couple of miles to get into.


    There seems little doubt that the blanket of snow covering most of the UK will have a negative effect on the economy. The BBC Business unit investigates how serious that impact could be?


    A number of Isle of Man road closures, caused by snow and freezing conditions, will remain in place overnight, the police have said. Six roads including the A18 Mountain Road between Ramsey Hairpin and the Creg-ny-baa will not reopen until 08:00 GMT on Tuesday.


    Flights at East Midlands Airport resumed as of 14:05 GMT, BBC Leicester has tweeted.


    This story is good encouragement for those helping to clear snow: Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio rewarded volunteers who helped Saturday's match against Shrewsbury go ahead by buying them pizza. The County Ground pitch was covered by snow on Friday afternoon and about 200 people, including Di Canio and his staff, worked to remove the snow so the game could go ahead.


    More animals in the snow: Two stags at Raby Castle in Staindrop, County Durham.


    Apart from travel, other services across Yorkshire have been disrupted because of severe weather conditions, including rubbish collections and health services. Women in Calderdale have been advised that appointments at a mobile breast screening unit in Halifax and Huddersfield have been cancelled.

    Paul Mcgrath in Nottingham

    emails: How come the country comes to a standstill yet again when we have a bit of snow? I go skiing twice a year and there is never a problem with airports, railways or the road network. Yet again we are a laughing stock.

    Mark in Leeds

    emails: I strongly disagree that teachers are weak in not getting to school. It is the head teacher or Local Authority who make the decision whether the school is open. My wife, who is a teacher, was told emphatically on Friday by the head teacher that the school never closes and that she had to get in whatever the weather today.


    Heavy drifting snow is becoming more of a problem across many parts of the country. In Scotland, it has caused more than 30 school closures as well as travel disruption, as we report here.

    Dr Rachel Majumdar,

    Dr Rachel Majumdar, a doctor originally from Merseyside, has been named by police as the fourth person killed in Saturday's avalanche at Glencoe. A fifth person caught up in the avalanche remains critically ill in hospital at the Southern General in Glasgow.


    Is it just me or do snowmen seem to be getting bigger and better every year? Perhaps it's a positive consequence of having a run of successive winters with heavy snowfall. Louise and Lis Neal spent three hours creating their snowman in Walsall this morning.


    Meanwhile, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, writing in the Daily Telegraph, ponders what might be behind the recent run of snowy winters.


    A Highways Agency update on the roads: Difficulties on the M62 have been easing, but major A roads - including the A66 in Durham and Cumbria - are still being affected by snow and could face further problems tomorrow. Road users across parts of England are being advised to check the latest weather forecast and road conditions before they travel.

    Rebecca in Warwickshire

    emails: As a shop worker who drives to work, sometimes it is not about whether you are physically able to get there, it is about weighing up the risk of an accident. The likelihood of skidding into kerbs or other vehicles is much higher than on a normal day.


    National Rail Enquiries has issued a number of travel updates on Twitter, including:

    • Some Gatwick Express services are still cancelled
    • Heavy snowfall and ice is causing disruption across some London Midland routes
    • Delays of up to 30 minutes are expected between Birmingham New Street, Worcester Shrub Hill and Cheltenham Spa until 15:30 GMT
    • East Coast services are continuing to be delayed by 30 minutes between London Kings Cross and Berwick-upon-Tweed
    • Severe weather is causing disruption to some First Capital Connect routes

    National Rail also reminds travellers that South West Trains is planning to run the full weekday service tomorrow, although it advises people to "check before travelling".

    Trees in snow

    Just to prove photography in the snow is not just about animals and snowmen: Andrew Hoban photographed Alexandra Park in Crosby, near Liverpool, last summer and again during this weekend's snow: "I wanted to show as big a contrast as possible of the same scene." Send your photos to

    Paula Baddley

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay my son's school JUST sent text out saying open as usual. Schools need to be better prepared to inform parents


    BBC Sussex has just published a picture gallery of snow in the area. Look out for a shot of a woodpecker in the snow.


    Soldiers were called in earlier to help shift two buses that had become stuck in the snow near Otterburn, in Northumberland - where passengers had been stranded for hours. Police, local authority workers and Army personnel from the nearby Otterburn barracks came to help.


    Outside the UK, heavy snowfall has made access to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport difficult, with passengers facing flight delays and cancellations.

    1524: Paul in Belfast

    emails: The gritters over here are doing a great job. Last night whilst out building a snowman and also when in the house a gritting lorry went by on the A8 numerous times, and this morning the M2 was very well cleared. Thanks gritters!


    Heavy snowfall is causing disruption to some Virgin Trains routes into London Euston, according to National Rail Enquiries.


    Heathrow Airport says it is not making any pre-emptive flight cancellations for Tuesday, unlike over the last few days. However, this doesn't mean there will be guaranteed flights all day as problems at other airports could have a knock-on effect.

    1539: Breaking News

    Education Secretary Michael Gove says "everything can and should be done" to keep schools open where possible during the wintry weather.


    Addressing the Commons, the education secretary said: "More than 5,000 schools are closed across the country today as a result of adverse weather conditions. Thanks to changes that this government has made, no school which ensures that it is open will be penalised if individual students cannot make it to school on that day."


    Mr Gove says he hopes, as a result, "more and more schools will recognise that, while the decision to remain open or closed is a matter for the head teacher, that everything can and should be done in order to ensure that all children get access to a good education".


    Snowman-ia: Another fine effort from Hannah and Josh Donegani, from Loughborough. Text your pictures to 61124 or upload here


    The AA has warned against people driving so-called "snowman cars" - after failing to clear piles of snow from the top of their vehicles. It has also urged people to clear their windscreens properly. The company says it is handling one of the busiest days for call-outs this winter, with more than 17,000 expected to be attended.


    The BBC's Weather Centre says strong winds could lead to blizzard conditions later on Monday, especially in Scotland. Across northern England, the snow will ease, but the south-west of England and Wales could face further disruption tomorrow. Temperatures are set to stay cold through the remainder of this week, but snow should settle down in most parts on Wednesday.


    Meanwhile, BBC Scotland reports that hedgehog rescues by the Scottish SPCA are rising because of cold snaps - they have gone up by almost 10% in the last 12 months. One might say there has been a spike in cases. I'll get my coat...


    Snow and ice have led to severe travel disruption across Europe. Watch this video for an update from BBC Weather's Darren Bett, who explains why the weather has remained so cold and brings news of a respite for the UK towards the weekend.


    Bad weather is affecting football and racing fixtures. Click here for a full list of postponements and inspections.

    Lynnette Leman

    tweets: In this digital age, could the schools not email students with work while they are shut? #justsaying #snow


    A new snow warning has been issued in Wales as freezing weather continues to cause travel disruption. BBC Wales weather presenter Derek Brockway said there was a 70% chance of some snow on Tuesday, with a yellow warning issued by the Met Office for the south and south east of Wales.

    Russ, Wirral

    texts: We should provide a discount to all essential workforce (inc teachers) for them to get winter tyres... Something that we tend to ignore but would make all the difference in winter.


    National Rail is reporting delays of up to 60 minutes on East Midlands Trains and First Capital Connect trains between London St Pancras International, Luton Airport and Bedford, after a person was hit by a train at Harpenden.


    East Coast Trains says it will be running a full service on Tuesday. However it advises passengers to "please check before you travel and allow extra time for your journey".


    Changes to Gatwick Express services for Tuesday are now showing on their journey planner.

    Snowman igloo

    Is it an igloo or a snowman? Jaiden, Kelsey, Charlie and Elsa and their parents created the "iglooman" in Alston, Cumbria today, on the eve of Jaiden's 5th birthday.

    Michelle Green

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay if parents & communities worked with councils & schools, snow could have been cleared yesterday & more schools open today

    Henidorm Caroline

    tweets: Mr H has just got on a train at Blackfriars back to Kent House. Early out for #snow He said 50% of trains were cancelled.


    First Capital Connect services between London Kings Cross and Cambridge are now able to run normally, it says.


    As many prepare for the journey home, a number of UK rail services remain affected by snow and ice, according to National Rail Enquiries, including:

    • First Capital Connect services between London Blackfriars and Sutton, and between Brighton and Bedford
    • Southern Trains, which has published an amended timetable for Tuesday
    • Gatwick Express, with some services cancelled
    • East Coast services between London Kings Cross and Berwick-upon-Tweed

    And there are more rail updates:

    • There are delays between London Paddington and Reading until further notice
    • Northern Rail is running an amended service between Manchester Victoria and Salford Central until further notice
    • There are delays of up to 60 minutes between London St Pancras International and Bedford, after a person was hit by a train
    • Most South West Trains routes are affected but a normal timetable is due to run on Tuesday
    • Snow and ice is causing disruption across the Greater Anglia and Stansted Express networks

    These Canada Geese - seen flying over the River Trent - should not have any trouble getting home. When it's time of course.


    A final update from National Rail Enquiries:

    • Eurostar has cancelled seven services between London, Brussels and Paris on Monday and Tuesday, with speed restrictions causing delays
    • Journeys may be delayed by up to 45 minutes across the Southeastern network, with no current estimate for when a normal service will resume
    • London Midland routes are affected by snow, with trains between Lichfield Trent Valley, Four Oaks and Redditch open to cancellation at short notice
    • Virgin Trains from London Euston to Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton will continue to be disrupted on Monday

    A new snow warning has been issued for south-east Wales. Up to 10cm (4in) of snow could affect the area on Tuesday, and an ice warning will be in place for most of Wales.


    A number of motorways and major A-roads are still being affected by snow and ice. Those planning their journey home are advised to check the Highways Agency website for disruption. You can also get the latest news with BBC Travel Centre updates here.

    Three children suffered minor injuries after a bus slid off a road at Abercarn, Caerphilly county on Monday

    An update on a crash we reported earlier: Three children suffered minor injuries when a bus slid off a road at Abercarn, Caerphilly county in Wales. Here's a picture from the scene.

    Boris Bikes covered in snow.

    Possibly a chilly ride for anyone thinking of taking a Boris bike home from work today, as these bikes in Canary Wharf earlier today suggest.

    James Ferguson

    tweets: Back to college tomorrow, well the snow was fun while lasted!

    1714: Breaking News

    Gatwick airport criticises the number of "pre-emptive flight cancellations at Heathrow" over "small amounts of snow". Its chief executive says Gatwick and Stansted "managed to cope with snow conditions over the weekend with only minor disruption" and called for a "better way" to run London airports.


    Gatwick's chief executive, Stewart Wingate, says: "It just cannot be right that passengers are being asked to accept apologies for pre-emptive flight cancellations. Huge numbers of business meetings and holidays will have been impacted and misery caused to travellers. The over-scheduling of flights at Heathrow during the winter period should stop, but we also need to maintain and grow our connectivity to the world."


    "Cleary in extreme winter weather conditions a level of disruption at airports is to be expected, but we should all be able to be open for business when confronted with normal winter weather conditions as we saw this weekend," says Mr Wingate. There has not yet been any response from Heathrow.


    Mr Wingate calls for talks with Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, adding: "I am proposing that for the key winter months of December, January and February, Heathrow declares a level of capacity it can cope with in winter conditions. The additional flights then, for those three months, can move to Gatwick and Stansted. As a result there would be better use of the existing capacity at our London airports, safety would be enhanced and passengers will not have to panic every time it snows. London's and the UK's reputation is on the line and the airports should work together to make this happen."

    Snow dinosaur eats mini snowmen

    The pictures showing off people's creative skills keep on coming. Here, in Maja Castle's shot, a snow dinosaur gobbles up snowmen as they try to run away on the Isle of Dogs.


    Some 175 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow - the UK's busiest airport - today and the situation is expected to get worse in the evening when visibility is due to be low. Heathrow says its flight schedule has been revised to reduce the number of flights operating and to allow passengers more time to adjust their travel plans.

    Snow on the fields.

    Here's a delightful wintery view captured earlier in the day across fields in Whitby, Yorkshire.

    Tory MEP, Syed Kamall

    tweets: Managed to make it to Economic & Monetary Affairs committee @Europarl_EN for discussion on PRIPs just in time despite delays on @Eurostar

    Richard Anson

    tweets: It's gonna be a long Eurostar journey this evening....snow


    Latest Heathrow cancellation figures show that 202 flights were affected today.


    Some more pictures for you. The wintry weather has left both travellers and animals feeling the cold - including these sheep huddled together in a snow-covered field in southern Scotland.

    Highlander cow

    And this hungry Highlander cow was waiting for the rangers to bring him his dinner at Woodside Nature Reserve in Shipley, Derbyshire.

    Pete Rees-Hopkins

    tweets: The older you get, the less fun snow is. Long delays on the Eurostar. Trying to stay awake. Not even smashing the biz lounge beers!

    1749: Breaking News

    In response to criticism by Gatwick of the number of cancelled flights, Heathrow says: "The Airports Commission has been set up by the government to examine the issues of UK airport capacity. It is for the commission to make recommendations for how the shortage of UK hub capacity should be addressed and to consider all options."


UK snow disruption

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