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HomeU.K.Deep freeze blamed for dozens of road accidents across Britain

Deep freeze blamed for dozens of road accidents across Britain

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Large swathes of the UK ground to a halt on Tuesday morning as they were hit by freezing weather, snow and flooding. An amber warning for snow in northern Scotland has been issued by the Met Office for Tuesday evening. The agency said that 32cm of snow had fallen at Loch Glascarnoch in the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday morning.

Large swathes of the UK ground to a halt on Tuesday morning as they were hit by freezing weather, snow and flooding.

The UK experienced its coldest night of the year on Monday evening, with temperatures plunging to as low as -9.8C in North Yorkshire. 

Lows of -8.7C were also recorded in Eskdalemuir, Scotland; -8.4C in Katesbridge, Northern Ireland; and -7.7C in Sennybridge, Wales.

An amber warning for snow in northern Scotland has been issued by the Met Office for Tuesday evening. 

The agency said that 32cm of snow had fallen at Loch Glascarnoch in the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday morning.

Yellow warnings for snow and ice are also in place for most of Northern Ireland and parts of the North West, Midlands, Wales and the South West until noon on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, an ice warning covers much of the South until 10am on Wednesday.

Motorists have been urged to take care on the roads due to difficult driving conditions, with “blustery” and “often wintry” showers expected across northern and western coasts.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it had seen reports that vehicles had become stuck in snow on the A39 at Trispen and A391 at Bugle.

“Be careful if you’re out and about today – snow has fallen in some areas and roads are likely to be icy. In built up areas, pedestrians may take to the roads if pavements are dangerous,” it tweeted. 

Devon and Cornwall Police has urged drivers to exercise caution as heavy snow showers sweep across the two counties.

And Avon and Somerset Police advised people to only travel if “absolutely essential” after freezing weather conditions resulted in dozens of road accidents.

Superintendent Mark Runacres said: “We are advising the public to only travel where absolutely

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