UK weather: Snow causes transport delays and energy cuts – BBC News

Media captionHomes in a Midlands, south-west England and Wales have been left though power

Heavy sleet and ice have disrupted highway and atmosphere transport in tools of a UK and left thousands of homes though power.

Drivers were during a delay on a A14 in Northamptonshire for several hours, while a lorry pile-up on a M1 blocked a motorway.

The Met Office has released a yellow continue warning for ice overnight opposite many of a UK.

Passengers during Stansted Airport faced prolonged delays as flights were dangling twice to transparent sleet from a runway.

A orator for a airfield pronounced a sleet had upheld over and they were not expecting any some-more closures. Many flights have been behind and roughly 30 outbound Ryanair flights have been cancelled.

Some passengers have complained on amicable media that they have been stranded on planes on a belligerent for several hours.

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Luton Airport pronounced it had to significantly revoke a series of inbound flights it was accepting.

Some flights have also been cancelled and there have been delays to concede de-icing of aircraft, a orator added.

Ryanair apologised for carrying to cancel “a tiny series of flights” given of runway closures during several UK airports.

Media captionDrivers knowledge prolonged delays after snowfall

Meanwhile, Western Power Distribution pronounced about 4,000 homes were though energy in a Midlands, south-west England and Wales, though that some-more than 25,000 business had had their energy easy given Tuesday morning.

The organisation pronounced a cuts were all snow-related and additional staff – who had been on standby for bad continue – had been called in to work to reconnect properties.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks pronounced about 2,000 business were still though energy during 16:30 GMT.

Andover and Basingstoke in Hampshire, Melksham and Swindon in Wiltshire, Newbury in Berkshire, as good as areas of Oxfordshire, had all been affected, it added.

Power had now been easy to about 17,000 properties, a organisation said.

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A lorry stranded on a A14 in Northampton

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Snow caused problems on a A417 between Gloucester and Cheltenham

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An easyJet craft was de-iced before holding off during Luton Airport

Frank Bird, from Highways England, pronounced a misfortune of a conditions were now over in a West Midlands, as a bad continue had changed eastwards.

He pronounced 2,000 tonnes of salt and courage had been put down in a segment overnight, adding that treating roads was a “battle that we are constantly fighting”.

One of those held adult in a problems on a A14 was lorry motorist Simon Talbot, who told BBC News he had been stranded for some-more than 3 hours.

Media captionTwo towering walkers were discovered in Snowdonia on Boxing Day

“I’ve been still given about 02:20 GMT westbound on a A14, there is approximately 5ins (12cm) of sleet we’ve had and I’m only stationary,” he said.

“I’m on an slip and there are lorries and vans in front that are incompetent to get adult a mountain given of a snow. So it is only a watchful diversion during a moment.”

Tara DeFabrizio was stranded on a highway for 5 hours, after withdrawal home from Northampton during 06:00 GMT.

“It’s a finish standstill. I’ve called my trainer now to contend we won’t be entrance in.”

She added: “I don’t know because it’s so bad this time – when we had a lot of sleet dual weeks ago, we got to work fine.”

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The Met Office has yellow warnings in place for ice and sleet and snow

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Heavy sleet also influenced tools of a M1

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Lorries on a A14 in Northampton

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Some people woke adult on Wednesday to a sweeping of snow

Highways England pronounced all lanes are now open on a M3 westbound between connection dual and 3 following an progressing collision.

However, it suggested passengers to concede for additional time when travelling on a M25 clockwise, as one line between connection 26 and 27 remains sealed due to an accident.

Referring to an progressing occurrence on a M1, Leicestershire Police tweeted there had been an collision involving a lorry, that had blocked all 3 lanes.

The force pronounced the motorway had been reopened shortly after 10:00 GMT.

It added: “Please be wakeful that sleet is descending opposite a county and in some cases it is settling, causing dangerous conditions for drivers. Please take caring and take a required precautions.”

Officers pronounced there have been “long delays” on a A34 between a M4 and A4185 in Berkshire due to a continue conditions and delayed relocating traffic.

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Northamptonshire Roads and Armed Policing Team (RAPT) tweeted: “Heavy sleet has started. The M1 has fast turn treacherous. RAPT on stage during a singular car RTC (road trade collision).”

Three lanes of a M25 were also closed nearby Heathrow progressing following an accident.

Elsewhere, the Welsh Grand National equine competition was postponed after 6cm (2.3in) of sleet and sleet fell on a march within 48 hours.

Meanwhile, a Environment Agency now has inundate warnings in place – definition flooding is approaching – in some areas, as good as dozens of inundate alerts.

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