Although most have now had power restored, the main transport artery through
Wales, the M48 motorway over the Severn Bridge, was closed in both
directions on Saturday morning due to the snow.

The Highways Agency warned drivers to take extra care on the roads and even
delay travelling over the weekend due to the poor weather conditions.

Police in Lincolnshire said a young woman from Peterborough, Cambs, died
following a crash involving a number of vehicles in bad weather on the A1 at
Little Ponton, near Grantham, shortly after 6pm on Friday.

Gatwick Airport said it was operating as normal but did warn there may be some
minor disruption to flights. A small number of domestic flights were
cancelled at Manchester Airport due to weather
conditions at Heathrow.

British Airways said it would be offering refunds to customers or would allow
them to rebook their flight for a later date if they no longer wished to
travel over the weekend.

A spokesman said: “We are also offering customers who no longer wish to travel
today and tomorrow the option to rebook their flight to a later date.”

Thousands of passengers were kept on board planes for up to six hours at
Heathrow Airport on Friday as the aircraft waited for a chance to take off.

There are normally between 42 and 44 take off or landing slots available per
hour at Heathrow, but at one point on Friday there were just six an hour.

The problem was compounded as cabin crew had to be replaced after those on
board aircraft had worked their allotted hours.

Stranded passengers in Terminal 5 were forced to bed down on the airport floor
as their flights were cancelled and they waited for their luggage to be

Many were angry that BA had not had better plans in place to deal with the
poor weather despite it being warned in forecasts several days earlier.

BA said that priority on Saturday was being given to long-haul flights.

A statement by the company said: “We are doing all we can to help our
customers after freezing weather and snow caused significant disruption to
our schedule.

“There will be knock-on disruption to services on Saturday and we are
advising all customers to check the very latest status of their flight via before leaving for the airport and if their flight has been cancelled
not to leave home.

“We are keeping our schedule under constant review and will adjust it
further if we need to.”

More than 3,000 schools in England, Wales and Scotland were closed on Friday
as the Met Office issued a “red” severe weather warning in South

Sennybridge in Powys received 10 inches of snow while many other areas
received between two and four inches.

Further snow fell overnight in the Midlands, London, Suffolk and Essex. Heavy
snow was expected to develop in northern England and eastern parts of
Scotland. Up to 4 inches is expected to fall over the North York Moors.

Temperatures are likely to remain low at around -3C (37.4F) and ice is
expected to form on any untreated roads.

Rail travellers will also experience upheaval on Saturday as operators
including South West Trains amended their timetables.

The Eurostar will run with speed restrictions until Sunday because of snow and
ice in the UK and northern France. Two services have also been cancelled.

Darron Burness, the AA’s head of special operations, said: “With the snow
compacting down and turning icy, we’re likely to see treacherous driving
conditions throughout the weekend.

“Any fresh snow on top will just add to the problems.”

Six football matches in the NPower League One have been cancelled due to
frozen pitches and snow cover. All but two of the matches in League Two have
been postponed while many in the Scottish First and Second Divisions have
also been cancelled.

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