As it happened: UK snow and rain

Key points

  • Heavy snow causes disruption to transport and schools across the UK, with rainfall bringing flooding to the south-west of England
  • Rescue teams find a body while searching for a woman at a house which partially collapsed after a landslip in Looe, Cornwall
  • Several flood warnings remain in the South West region, with Met Office warnings for snow covering much of the UK
  • More than 1,000 schools around the UK closed, while many thousands of people in Northern Ireland and Argyll are without power
  • Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Russia is postponed until 15:00 GMT on Saturday because of the weather
  • The Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria was shut down due to the conditions but later reopened

Live text

Reporting:

  • Mario Cacciottolo 
  • Jeremy Gahagan 

Last updated 23 March 2013

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Welcome to live coverage of today's weather conditions, as heavy snow and rain hit the UK.

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Currently, the Environment Agency has 18 flood warnings in place for the South West region of England. The Met Office has two amber warnings for snow, covering much of the UK.

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The weather has caused many schools to close, and there are 40,000 homes in Northern Ireland without power.

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So what are the forecasters saying for the rest of the day? They predict that snow will cause travel disruption across northern parts of the UK, with some 20cm-40cm (8in-16in) falling in places.

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News from Belfast City Airport where the runway has been re-opened.

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However, at least 69 schools have shut due to the weather across Northern Ireland.

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In West Yorkshire, some 375 schools were closed because of the snow at the last count.

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More school closure news... an estimated 206 are closed in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

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In Yorkshire, Leeds Bradford International Airport has suspended all flights due to "adverse weather conditions". The message from the airport is: "We advise you to contact your airline or tour operator and check the status of your flight before arriving at the airport."

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Schools have closed and more than 1,000 homes are without electricity around Cumbria after heavy snow and high winds brought power lines down.

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