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

Live text

Reporting:

  • Holly Wallis 
  • Martin Tooth 

Last updated 21 January 2013

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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
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