Fresh snow and icy conditions causing more disruption

Travellers and a BBC crew were stranded on the Mendip Hills in Somerset

Fresh snowfall is causing further disruption as sub-zero temperatures and icy conditions affect the UK for a fifth successive day and night.

Hundreds of schools across the UK were closed for the day but far fewer than had been closed on Monday.

Flights at some UK airports have been cancelled and delayed, and roads and rail networks have also been affected.

Further snow is expected in southern England and parts of Scotland and Wales overnight.

Other developments:

  • Drivers in parts of Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and Somerset have been warned of hazardous driving conditions caused by heavy, fresh snowfall
  • All flights in and out of Bristol Airport were suspended from about 18:00 GMT because of snow with some evening flights rescheduled for Wednesday morning
  • A boy has been rescued by the fire service after falling through ice on a pool in a Birmingham park
  • James Hurst, 54, died from a head injury after it is thought he slipped on ice near his home in Accrington, Lancashire, after visiting a pub on Saturday night, it has emerged

A Met Office "be prepared" amber snow warning for parts of south-west England and south Wales has been issued and is valid until Wednesday morning.

Up to 5cm (2in) of snow is forecast for parts of south-west England, where heavy snow has been falling on Tuesday night, with the threat of anything up to 10cm (4in) on high ground.

Farmer clears road near Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross A farmer clears the road near Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross

In Scotland, the A9 reopened near Pitlochry on Tuesday afternoon after a crash that left a 70-year-old man injured.

He was taken to Ninewells Hospital, in Dundee, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Grampian Police have urged motorists to exercise extreme caution with drifting snow expected.

Up to 10cm (4in) is possible in Wales with the south-eastern counties again the most likely to see heavy localised falls.

Airport cancellations

Traffic Wales has warned of hazardous driving conditions on the A470 between the M4 at junction 32, the Coryton interchange at Cardiff, and Merthyr Tydfil.

In Northern Ireland - where the Met Office has issued a warning for icy roads - 5cm-10cm of snow has fallen since Monday, with the bulk of it lying over counties Antrim and Down.

Heathrow Airport cancelled dozens of flights on Tuesday and warned passengers to expect further cancellations and delays.

Dogs and horse in Lauder, Scotland The snow did not deter the dogs of the Lauderdale Hunt, Lauder, Scotland

A Heathrow spokesman said: "Because Heathrow runs at almost 100% capacity, there is no slack in the system and flights unfortunately have to be cancelled. Further cancellations are inevitable given the adverse weather conditions at other airports around Europe."

There were also delays at airports including Gatwick, Birmingham, Stansted and Luton.

Eurostar warned passengers to expect delays of up to an hour because of speed restrictions imposed as a result of snow and ice while some services to Paris and Brussels on Tuesday have been cancelled.

Other rail operators including Gatwick Express, Southern and Southeastern also reported cancellations and revised timetables.

National Rail said all UK train companies were expected to run a full service on Wednesday.

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