A severe weather warning has been issued for much of Britain after last night’s snowfall. Icy conditions are expected to cause difficulties for motorists and commuters after temperatures fell as low as -4C.
The Met Office, which has issued a Level 3 warning, says the bitterly cold conditions are set to continue until Monday.
It is the second time in less than a week that the country has been hit by snowfall and is expected to have a severe impact on families planning to get away for the half-term break.
The Midlands and the South-East appear to be the worst affected by snow but freezing rain is also caused treacherous conditions across vast swathes of the country.
Network Rail ran ‘ghost trains’ and de-icer units through the night in an effort to keep lines open.
‘The whole industry will be working hard to get people from A to B as quickly and reliably as possible,’ said a spokesman for the Association of Train Operating Companies.
‘Train companies are gearing up to deal with bad winter weather and will be working with Network Rail to run empty ‘ghost’ trains and de-icer units to keep tracks and overhead cables free of snow and ice as far as possible.’