UK snow latest: Schools closed and motorways shut as weather chaos strikes across Britain

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After yesterday’s snow mayhem, ice warnings have been issued across much of northern Britain today. Multiple car crashes have been reported, almost 150 schools in Leeds have been shut and travel warnings issued.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for ice for all of Scotland and England, except the South West.

It warns that with rain, sleet and snow dying out, there is a risk of icy surfaces and “difficult” travel conditions.

The Met Office also warns of the risk of “injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces” and “some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths”.

The treacherous weather has led to multiple crashes in Lancashire, with closures on the M66, M61 and M65. 

The North West Motorway Police Twitter account warned of black ice on the M61 and urged motorists to take care.

In Leeds, the wintry conditions have forced some 144 schools to close. 

Leeds was battered by snow yesterday and a video shared on Twitter of hundreds of people flouting lockdown rules and taking part in a snowball fight last night has sparked outrage. 

People took to social media after waking up to the freezing weather this morning.

One Twitter user in Leeds shared a series of snowy pictures and wrote: “Snow days.”

Another person tweeted a snap of a blanket of snow covering a woodland and said: “Mine were the first footsteps in the #snow this morning.

“So lucky to have walks like this on our doorstep in #Yorkshire. Looking forward to a time when others can visit and enjoy as well… #walkshire.”

A third posted a photo of a stunning sunrise against the snow, adding: “No, I don’t live in Narnia. I live in West Yorkshire, which is just as beautiful.

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“Such a stunning sunrise and view to start my day. #WestYorkshire #Snow.”

Another Twitter user said: “Definitely a snow day today.”

Someone in Scotland shared a video of horses in snowy fields and tweeted: “Snow days Scotland.”

The mercury plummeted as low as -6C early this morning in parts of Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Temperatures in the Greater London area are expected to drop to 1C on Friday and parts of the South East could fall to -2C.

Fog is also forecast for parts of the Midlands and the North, along with mist around Glasgow.

The deepest snow on Thursday was in Bingley, West Yorkshire, and Strathallan in Perth, Scotland, which both recorded 11cm.

And the UK is bracing for more disruption, with a yellow warning for snow and ice covering a swathe of the country on Saturday.

Becky Mitchell, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Saturday is the next day we could potentially see some snow.”

The weather warning, which runs from 3am until 9pm on Saturday, covers Scotland and much of northern England.

The Met Office has published advice from the Department for Transport advising people to clear snow and ice from footpaths outside their homes.

The advice says: “You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.”

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