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  1. Updates from Monday 4 - Sunday 10 December
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Flights affected at Birmingham Airport

Flights in and out of Birmingham Airport are being affected for a second day, with many being diverted overnight.

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Birmingham Airport

It said flights have resumed, but delays are likely due to the knock-on effect of yesterday's snow and freezing temperatures overnight.

Passengers are being advised to check with their airline and the airport's live departures board.

Freezing weather closes hundreds of schools

Hundreds of schools across the region are closed this morning following heavy snowfall yesterday and freezing temperatures overnight.

Birmingham City Council says all council-run schools are closed, as are many in Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

Most schools contact parents direct via an app or text if there's a closure, but some councils also publish lists online.

There are the council lists we're aware of and that seem to be working:

Weather: A cold day in store

A cold, frosty and icy start to this morning – ice that’s developed overnight could cause travel disruption.

It should be a largely dry and bright day with some sunny spells in the afternoon and highs of 1C (34F)

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Severe disruption: M50 Herefordshire eastbound

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M50 Herefordshire eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A449 and J3 for B4221.

M50 Herefordshire - One lane closed on M50 eastbound between J4, A449 (Ross-On-Wye) and J3, B4221 (Newent), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A500 Cheshire both ways

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A500 Cheshire both ways severe disruption, between A5020 and B5071 Crewe Road.

A500 Cheshire - A500 in Hough closed in both directions between the A5020 junction and the B5071 Crewe Road junction, because of ice.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

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M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J8 for M50 and J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

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M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J7 for A44 Worcester and J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Closure on the M5

The bad weather has led to passengers being stranded on the M5.

West Midlands emergency services are heading out to help, but it has meant closures.

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Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire southbound

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M42 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, at J3A for M40.

M42 Warwickshire - Stationary traffic on M42 southbound at J3a M40, because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

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M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, at J4 for M42.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 exit slip road closed southbound at J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Heavy snowfall in Birmingham

Instagram user Abby Harris has put up a post showing heavy snowfall at the Edgbaston Reservoir near central Birmingham.

Snow has significantly disrupted public transport across the West Midlands and schools will not open on Monday.

Listen to BBC WM 95.6 for the latest updates.

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School closures in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council says all of its schools will be closed on Monday because of the snow and freezing weather.

Children's director Colin Diamond said: "Conditions will remain very hazardous tomorrow and the safety of our children and young people is of paramount importance.

"Even if pupils walk to school we will not be able to guarantee enough staff on site to look after them."

He added: “I would strongly advise all other schools within Birmingham to do the same.”

Elgar catches a chill

The statue of the famous British composer, Sir Edward Elgar stands surveying the snowfall in his hometown of Worcester in the West Midlands.

Bravo!

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Environment Agency use 4x4s to help vulnerable

The Environment Agency in the West Midlands will be using its 4x4s to help vulnerable people in areas affected by heavy snowfall.

Dave Throup, the agency's manager in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, tweeted that their staff and 4x4s will be "available to help vulnerable people and allow patients to get to medical appointments".

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Very community-spirited!

A snowy Birmingham Christmas market

Hanover, Berlin, Bavaria... No, Birmingham

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This was the idyllic scene at the German market in Birmingham city centre after heavy snow fall left the UK's second largest city under a blanket of snow.

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

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M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J3 for A456 Halesowen and J4 for A38 Bromsgrove.

M5 West Midlands - All traffic being temporarily held and several stranded vehicles on M5 southbound between J3, A456 (Halesowen) and J4, A38 (Bromsgrove).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Further school closures across the Midlands

School closures have been confirmed for Monday across Worcestershire, Walsall and Shropshire, due to the snow.A full list of Shropshire closures can be found on the council Twitter page. Worcestershire County Council released its list of closures online.

A list of Walsall school closures is being continually updated on the council Facebook page.

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Walkies in the snow

You can never have enough of dogs enjoying playing in the snow. All over the country they enjoyed their snowy Sunday.

Instagram user Liam Robson's dog, Harvey, explored in the snow.

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Boswell the dog in Shropshire bared his teeth for the camera.

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This dog in Tattenhall, Cheshire tried a mouthful of snow.

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You can send your photos to the BBC by emailing yourpics@bbc.co.uk or send them to WhatsApp number +447555173285.

Shropshire school closures

About 230 schools across Shropshire will stay closed on Monday, due to the heavy snowfall and icy temperatures.

A full list of Shropshire Council school closures can be found on its website, while the 70 Telford and Wrekin schools also set to close can be viewed here.

With temperatures set to fall well below 0C, Shropshire Council promises to "keep people moving" and care for its "most vulnerable residents", but has urged all other staff in non-essential services not to travel to work on Monday.

Listen to BBC Radio Shropshire for the latest updates.

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, between J11 for A361 and J12 for B4451.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

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M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, between J11 for A361 and J12 for B4451.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of an accident involving a van. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire southbound

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M42 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, at J3A for M40.

M42 Warwickshire - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, and queuing traffic on M42 southbound at J3a M40, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

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M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A41.

M54 Shropshire - M54 entry slip road closed and very slow traffic eastbound at J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of road management.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

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M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J8 for M50 and J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident involving a vehicle that's left the carriageway.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

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M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire northbound

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M5 Worcestershire northbound severe accident, between J8 for M50 and J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

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M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, between J7 for A44 Worcester and J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J8 M50, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

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M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe accident, between J9 for A46 and J8 for M50.

M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 northbound between J9, A46 (Tewkesbury) and J8 M50, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A44 Gloucestershire both ways

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A44 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between B4479 and A424.

A44 Gloucestershire - A44 in Bourton-on-the-Hill blocked between the B4479 junction and the A424 junction, because of snow.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

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M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound at J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

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M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J8 for M5.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and slow traffic on M6 southbound at J8 M5, because of emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M42 Warwickshire northbound

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M42 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between J7A for M6 and J8 for M6.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 northbound between J7a M6 and J8 M6, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire northbound

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M6 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between M42 J7A and M42 J8.

M6 Warwickshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M6 northbound between M42 J7a and M42 J8, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Toll Staffordshire southbound

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M6 Toll Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, at Norton Canes Services.

M6 Toll Staffordshire - M6 Toll exit slip road closed and very slow traffic southbound at Norton Canes Services, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A513 Staffordshire both ways

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A513 Staffordshire both ways severe disruption, between B5493 Ashby Road and The Beck.

A513 Staffordshire - A513 Upper Gungate closed in both directions between the B5493 Ashby Road junction in Tamworth and The Beck junction in Elford, because of a broken down lorry and snow.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time