Snow sign of spring as UK freezes

Snow sign of spring as UK freezes

A wintry scene in County Durham after more heavy snow hit the region

More snowy conditions are likely to continue into the weekend, forecasters said

Another dumping of snow has covered the north of the UK as persistently cold weather keeps an unusual grip on March

People struggle through the snow while walking their dog in Sheffield

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Schools are shut and transport has been disrupted as any hopes of spring are dashed by yet another onslaught of snow and flooding.

Emergency services saw an early surge in weather-related call-outs as some parts of the country were hit by blizzard conditions. Government agencies issued a string of warnings urging the public to take care on the roads.

More flooding was expected in the South West as heavy rain endured throughout Thursday continued to fall.

Further north, snow blanketed many parts with up to eight inches expected to hit the worst affected areas of north west England, north Wales and south west Scotland.

Higher areas could even see up to 16 inches, while bitterly cold gale-force winds create blizzard-like conditions and plunge temperatures down to well below freezing.

In Yorkshire, Leeds Bradford International Airport suspended all flights due to "adverse weather conditions". The airport told passengers: "We advise you to contact your airline or tour operator and check the status of your flight before arriving at the airport."

Heavy overnight snow also caused severe traffic problems and school closures across West Yorkshire.

A number of schools were also closed across the Bradford and Huddersfield areas while in Derbyshire, dozens of schools, colleges and nurseries were closed as were several roads, mainly in the north of the county. Many schools in Nottinghamshire also closed their doors.

James Wilby, a forecaster for Meteogroup, said there was no prospect of any immediate let up in the conditions.

He said "The heavy rain, snow and strong winds will continue into the weekend, with the heavy snow spreading south to East Anglia and Bristol tomorrow (Saturday). And I'm sorry to say that there is no sign of things getting any better next week, it's going to remain cold and bleak."

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