Flood Warnings As Snow Thaws After Big Freeze

3 March 2018, 08:12 | Updated: 3 March 2018, 08:13

Winter weather March 2nd 2018
Winter weather March 2nd 2018. Picture: David Wilcock/PA Wire/PA Images

Icy roads will continue to cause treacherous driving conditions across vast swathes of the UK on Saturday, but a gradual thaw is setting in.

After the coldest start to March on record, which left hundreds stranded on the roads and disruption across the UK's travel network, some places are likely to see an easing of the extreme conditions this weekend.

Met Office forecasters said temperatures could climb to as high as 7C for parts of Wales and the South West on Saturday, with rain replacing the snow that has blighted Britain for much of the past week.

Overnight, the M62 in Greater Manchester finally reopened after being closed for more than a day.

Hundreds of motorists had spent Thursday night trapped in their cars when heavy snowfall and high winds left the road impassable.

However, forecasters have warned that as rain begins to fall on snow-covered roads, the potential for ice to form could bring further hazards.

A yellow weather warning for ice is in place for much of England until 11am, while snow is still possible for Scotland and North East England, with a warning in force until midnight.

Northern parts of the UK saw more snow overnight, with a further 5cm likely to fall by the end of the day.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: "It won't feel quite as cold compared to what we've seen previously, but the potential for ice could mean roads are very slippery."

Some roads remain closed on Saturday as authorities work to clear snow, while flights and trains continue to be affected. However, many transport services are beginning to get back to normal.

The slight break in the weather comes after days of severe disruption and several deaths, including that of a seven-year-old girl.

Collisions have occupied emergency services across the country, while the Army was drafted in as part of a major rescue operation to reach motorists trapped on roads by heavy snow and icy blasts.

Between five and 10 vehicles collided at around 3.45pm on Friday on the A38 westbound in Devon, Highways England said, while a further 30 vehicles became stuck in a lane due to the weather conditions after the accident between the A380 and B3344.

Southeastern rail services were also severely disrupted after frustrated passengers jumped from a train near Lewisham station, south London, on Friday evening and began walking down tracks.

The company turned off power in the area for safety reasons and called for police support as it dealt with the "serious trespass incident".

It had earlier told passengers not to travel, while South Western Railway wound down services early in light of the weather.

The Met Office said Thursday saw the temperature slump to its lowest daily maximum on record for March, at minus 5.2C at Bryn Bach Park, Tredegar.

Half a metre of snow was measured in two areas - Drumalbin, Lanarkshire, and St Athan in Glamorgan, South Wales - while strengthening winds caused blizzards and drifting snow in some parts of the country.

Flood warnings were also issued in several coastal regions by the Environment Agency, which published 15 warnings and 36 alerts, predominantly for South West and North East England.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Finland President Inauguration

Joining Nato was ‘final step’ into Western community, new Finnish president says

There has been a suspected shooting involving two men in Clapham, according to reports.

Three people injured in Clapham after shooting by men on scooter, with culprits still at large

Iran Election

Iranian election sees a low turnout despite government push

APTOPIX Russia Navalny Funeral

Hundreds gather in Moscow for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s funeral

Israel Palestinians

Condemnation of Israel’s actions in Gaza grows after dozens die waiting for aid

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned extremism in a speech on Friday evening

Rishi Sunak says 'British democracy is a target', with streets being 'hijacked' by extremists 'spreading poison'

The incident took place in Szczecin

Car ploughs into crowd in Poland, injuring 17 including three children, as driver flees the scene

Cllr Joshua Garfield

Jewish councillor is hissed at in east London council meeting, as police investigate 'disgusting' incident

The children killed in Bristol have been pictured.

Woman sectioned under Mental Health Act after murder arrest for three children found stabbed to death in Bristol

Exclusive
Locking up flashers like Wayne Couzens will not help rehabilitate them, a former London prison governor has said

Jail 'won't stop flashers', as offenders '10% more likely to go on to commit more serious sex crime'

Musk Vs OpenAI

Elon Musk sues OpenAI and its chief over ‘betrayal of goal to benefit humanity’

Christian Horner has been cleared of inappropriate behaviour

Geri Halliwell 'flies out to Bahrain' to meet husband Christian Horner after F1 boss is cleared in Red Bull probe

Brueckner appeared in court on Friday.

Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian Brueckner 'worked in hotels around resort where Brit child went missing'

Navalny was buried on Friday

'Russia without Putin': Defiant chant sung by crowd of thousands as Alexei Navalny's funeral held in Moscow

Bangladesh Fire

Bangladesh shopping centre that caught fire killing 46 ‘had no emergency exits’

Iran Election

Question marks over turnout as Iran heads to the polls