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No let up in weather as death toll hits eight

the whole of Britain suffered more snow and sub-zero temperatures again yesterday at the |start of another week of bitterly cold weather.

Snow swept across southern Scotland during the day, disrupting air, rail and road travel, and was moving into northern England during the night.

The death toll during the big freeze rose to at least eight yesterday as it was revealed that a man had died while trying to clear snow outside his home.

The Met Office said there |were between 10cm (4in) and 40cm (16in) of lying snow in the central lowlands, around 32cm (13in) in Edinburgh and 11cm (4.5in) in Glasgow.

Heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions in Glasgow and Edinburgh closed airports in both cities for hours.

Glasgow Airport reopened at 2pm but passengers were advised to check with their airline before travelling because of ongoing disruption to services.

Edinburgh Airport reopened at 6pm and Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall and Campbeltown airports were also closed.

The poor weather caused disruption on the railways, with |the ScotRail website warning of delays and cancellations throughout the day.

Motorists were advised to drive only if their journey was absolutely necessary and roads throughout the country were closed.

Tiffany Curnick, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said no part of the UK had escaped the freezing weather. She said: “Temperatures have commonly been between around zero or minus two during the day, and in North Yorkshire there have been readings as low as minus 8.

“It's going to remain cold, |with no sign of a let-up in the temperatures.

“Overnight we will have readings as low as minus 13 in Scotland, and minus five and minus seven further south.

“We expect minus two in central London and there will be very few places which reach zero.

“There will be a widespread sharp frost over most of the UK, with a risk of ice, especially where snow has been falling, that won't clear at all.

“There's a risk of fog patches over England again as well.”

There is expected to be more cold weather again next week after a slight rise in temperatures this weekend.

“The charts are showing an east or north east set-up, with potential snow showers in eastern areas next week,” she said.

The man who died while trying to clear snow was 64-year-|old Peter Andrews, who was discovered in Moulton Way, Darlington, County Durham, at 11.25am yesterday.

An ambulance crew was |called but efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Durham |police said.

The AA warned of continuing treacherous road conditions as the bleak weather went on.

A spokesman said that as of 3pm yesterday the organisation had attended around 16,000 breakdowns across the UK, with calls peaking at around 3,000 every hour in the morning, around three times the normal rate.

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