UK weather: Snow sparks highway warnings and energy cuts

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Police have warned drivers of dangerous conditions on roads and thousands of homes in a UK are though energy as complicated sleet strike tools of a UK.

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

Stansted airfield has reopened after it sealed to transparent sleet from a runway.

There are warnings for ice in Scotland, Northern Ireland and north-east England and sleet in Wales and tools of England.

Western Power Distribution pronounced some-more than 9,000 homes were though energy in a Midlands, south-west England and Wales, though that some-more than 24,000 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 13,800 business were though power.

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.

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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

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Heavy sleet also influenced tools of a M1

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 3 hours.

“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.

Media captionDrivers knowledge prolonged delays after snowfall

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

Tara DeFabrizio has been 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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Police in Gloucestershire were called to a jack-knifed lorry on a M5

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There have been also delays on a A14, due to dangerous conditions

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Some people woke adult on Wednesday to a sweeping of snow

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 are “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.

Air travellers have been warned that there competence be disruptions during some airports. Birmingham Airport sealed for a brief time late on Tuesday to concede for jelly and sleet to be privileged from a runway.

Luton Airport, where sleet is falling, advised passengers to check with their airline for a standing of their flight.

The Environment Agency now has inundate warnings in place – definition flooding is approaching – in some areas, and some-more than 100 inundate alerts.

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