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Further snow expected in Northamptonshire

Further heavy snow showers are expected in Northamptonshire on Wednesday and a severe weather warning has been issued for the county.

There are icy patches on roads and pavements after temperatures fell to -4C during the night.

The Met Office said roads wet from recent snow combined with the freezing temperatures to bring severe icing.

Gritters treated the A45 and the A14 on Tuesday and were out again on Wednesday.

One school shut on Tuesday, Hazel Leys Primary and Nursery School, because of a burst water pipe and no reports of further closures have been made on Wednesday.

Concern for homeless

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: "We would like to reiterate that drivers should take care, particularly on untreated smaller roads.

"Motorists are being urged to leave plenty of time for their journeys and drive appropriately for the road conditions and, where possible, stick to main roads."

East Northamptonshire Council said it had activated its Severe Weather Scheme for rough sleepers.

This is put into place when conditions reach below freezing for three consecutive nights.

"We will ensure that everyone has access to shelter during freezing temperatures, regardless of the normal homelessness eligibility rules," it said.

The council said the first points of contact are Rushden Night Shelter and the council's housing team.

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