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Oxfordshire ice warning as snow clears

Snowy roads in Oxfordshire on Sunday 5 February
Image caption Melting snow led to slush on roads and pavements

Motorists in Oxfordshire have been warned of black ice as rain washes away snow which fell on Saturday.

Bus services have returned to normal after being cancelled in Banbury, Witney and parts of Oxford on Sunday.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue said it had been called some incidents of burst water pipes flooding houses.

John Caldwell of the Highways Agency said: "Our worry is that roads may look good but there may well be ice on them."

Snow overnight on Saturday brought disruption, with about 100 drivers stuck on the M40.

A temperature of -12.4C (9.7F) was recorded in South Newington, Oxfordshire, on Friday night - the lowest this winter.

Rodney Rose, of Oxfordshire County Council, said the authority had done "everything we could do" to prepare for the snow and gritting teams would continue to work as long as necessary.

The cold conditions are likely to continue into the early part of the week.

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