Freezing temperatures set to cause more rail delays and school closures across UK

23 January 2019, 17:41 | Updated: 23 January 2019, 18:16

Further snow and ice caused by freezing temperatures are set to cause more rail delays and school closures across the UK.

The Met Office said temperatures will drop to as low as -7C on Wednesday night, after Spadeadam in Cumbria became the coldest place during the day at -2.5C at 2pm.

Wet surfaces will "freeze quite readily" due to clear skies and low temperatures, forecasters warned.

A yellow severe ice warning has been issued for the southeast, central and north of England, and Scotland, from 6pm on Wednesday to 11am on Thursday.

Commuters on Wednesday morning faced disruptions, with speed restrictions, cancellations and delays on Greater Anglia Rail between London and Cambridge.

Numerous services in the North West were cancelled as Merseyrail said ice had prevented electricity from reaching its trains.

In Buckinghamshire, several schools were closed because of the conditions.

Snow and sleet showers are likely to continue pushing "southwards across parts of Scotland and into northern and then central England and Wales", a Met Office spokesman said.

After a very chilly night on Wednesday, the weather is set to warm up to high single figures by the end of the week but the cold weather is set to return next week.

Sky News weather producer Chris England said: "It'll be another frosty night for Britain, with a risk of ice on untreated roads and pavements, and Thursday will see temperatures similar to today.

"Ireland and Northern Ireland will be much milder and the milder conditions will spread to Britain on Friday, before it turns cold again next week."