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Heavy snow causes travel chaos

Heavy snow has caused travel chaos for commuters across parts of the country, with one car skidding off an icy road and crashing into the front of a house.

Yorkshire, the Midlands and the west coast of Scotland all saw snow overnight, with Leeds Bradford Airport being forced to close temporarily.

In Sheffield, a red Ford careered through the front window of a house in Argyle Road after losing control in the treacherous conditions.

It was pictured by passers-by after it mounted the kerb, drove through the garden wall and into the property.

Leeds Bradford Airport shut after receiving 2in (5cm) of snow, causing delays to passengers hoping to escape the winter cold.

A spokesman for the airport said that, despite the inconvenience, holidaymakers had been understanding about the problems they faced.

A Met Office spokesman said parts of Cumbria had seen 1.6in (4cm) of snow and Nottingham 0.8in (2cm).

The wintry conditions reached as far south as Stansted and Southend, which experienced sleet showers.

Drivers also faced delays with many major roads like the M6, M1, M20 and M25 all seeing tailbacks.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: "Although not all that easy on these dark mornings, our advice to motorists is to take a small amount of time to check over their vehicle before setting out.

"Is the screenwash topped up, are tyres in good condition, and are the wipers working effectively? Even just taking five minutes now could save precious time later in the day.

"Then, when setting out, be ready to adjust your driving style accordingly for the conditions."

A yellow snow warning remains in place for Yorkshire, the Midlands and North West England and is set to last until midday tomorrow.

In general though the Met Office said the snow showers would fade away, leaving many places with frost and icy patches in the morning.

Later on in the day milder temperatures may start to break through in the North West as well as some sunny spells.


From Belfast Telegraph