Uk Weather. More snow chaos across Britain as forecasters expect it to be the coldest night of the winter forcing London City Airport to close and leaving travellers no choice but to abandon their stranded vehicles on the M3

Britain is set to freeze again tonight as the mercury plummets to its lowest of the winter, plunging the country into more transport chaos tomorrow, one day after airports were forced to close and hundreds of cars were left abandoned on blizzard-hit motorways.

Scotland could see lows of -16C (3.2F) over Saturday night into Sunday as the cold snap continues, the Met Office said. A low of -15.4C (4.3F) was recorded just before midnight on Thursday at Braemar in the Scottish Highlands.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill said parts of England could also see sub-zero temperatures reach double digits. He said: ‘Over Saturday we’ll see some snow showers around the far north, the far west and the far east of the UK.

‘Elsewhere it’s a cold day again and feeling especially cold in the south where it will be breezy, but for most it will be dry and sunny.’

He continued: ‘Tomorrow night it’s likely to be very similar to Thursday night – we could get down to -16C (3.2F) in Scotland, but it’s worth bearing in mind that even across the south we could get into negative double figures.’

He said Benson in Oxfordshire was one of the spots predicted to reach -10C (14F) or below. ‘Across the bulk of the UK, tomorrow night’s going to be really cold.’

A fresh yellow warning for snow and ice covering large areas of the UK took effect from noon on Friday until the same time on Saturday.

It covers northern Scotland, most of Northern Ireland, the eastern coast of England, the south of England and the west coast of Wales.

On Friday, a coating of up to 14 cm of snow caused havoc in the South West, forcing motorists to abandon their cars and seek shelter as traffic stood still.

Travellers were hit by long delays and schools closed their doors as February began with the coldest night for seven years. By Friday evening, RAF Odiham in Hampshire had recorded 19cm of snow.

The closures included more than half of Bristol’s schools, more than 300 in Buckinghamshire, more than 150 in Cornwall and scores across Oxfordshire.

There was misery for travellers on the blizzard-hit M3 westbound between junctions six and seven near Basingstoke due to snow and stranded vehicles, with the tailbacks stretching to Farnborough.

Drivers were told to avoid the M3 at all costs as the motorway became ‘impassable’ at points. Basingstoke residents were left stranded for hours on their way home, with some drivers having to abandon their cars and walk after three HGV lorries jackknifed in the middle of the road.

Parent Craig Heywood, 29, was stuck at Junction 6 from 3.30pm after leaving work early to make sure he could pick his son up from nursery.

The snow storm collapsed a tree in the middle of the road in Hampshire last night. Residents abandoned their cars and walked home in the freezing conditions instead

The snow storm collapsed a tree in the middle of the road in Hampshire. Residents abandoned their cars and walked home in the freezing conditions instead

Junction 7 (pictured) near Basingstoke was shut yesterday after three lorries skidded out of control, blocking off the road in both directions

Junction 7 (pictured) near Basingstoke was shut after three lorries skidded out of control, blocking off the road in both directions

Cairngorm swimmer Alice Goodridge takes her sledgehammer down to a frozen over Loch Insh, to break the ice and have a morning swim

Cairngorm swimmer Alice Goodridge takes her sledgehammer down to a frozen over Loch Insh, to break the ice and have a morning swim

The snowy and Icy Conditions caused havoc in Teesside with this BMW 4x4 smashing into a house after skidding out of control on the ice

The snowy and Icy Conditions caused havoc in Teesside with this BMW 4×4 smashing into a house after skidding out of control on the ice

Alison Grounds, 49 said, 'I heard an almighty smash, I walked into the room and a car had came through my front room. It could have killed me or my dogs' she said. Alison a mother of three from Thornaby

Alison Grounds, 49 said, ‘I heard an almighty smash, I walked into the room and a car had came through my front room. It could have killed me or my dogs’ she said. Alison a mother of three from Thornaby

A road in the Yorkshire Dales was blocked yesterday after a council lorry overturned between Marske and Low Fremington

A road in the Yorkshire Dales was blocked yesterday after a council lorry overturned between Marske and Low Fremington

Parent Craig Heywood, 29, was stuck outside Basingstoke for hours, leaving his son (right, together) stranded at nursery

Staff had to stay late to look after two-year-old Harrison, who was worried about his father

Parent Craig Heywood, 29, was stuck outside Basingstoke for hours, leaving his son (right, together) stranded at nursery. Staff had to stay late to look after two-year-old Harrison, who was worried about his father

A 4x4 Range Rover, pictured today, slid off the road in the icy conditions on Black Down in Dorset near Hardy's Monument

A 4×4 Range Rover, pictured today, slid off the road in the icy conditions on Black Down in Dorset near Hardy’s Monument

Nursery staff had to stay late to look after two-year-old Harrison, who had been worrying why his father didn’t come for him.

Mr Heywood, who works at Harwoods Jaguar Land Rover Dealership, said: ‘I left work early today at 3.30pm to make sure I would get to my son’s nursery on time. My work is only 15 minutes from the nursery too.

‘I took some bottles of water from work just in case, so I’ve been handing them out to other drivers. As a nation, we’re just not prepared for this weather. Every year it’s the same. I just hope my son’s alright.’

Panicked motorist Samantha Smith missed her 7.30pm flight to Cairo after becoming trapped near Heathrow. She tweeted at British Airways: ‘Do you answer your phones? Stuck in snow on M3 how do we let you know we won’t make check in?’

Jo Roberts said the motorway was an ‘absolute nightmare’ southbound from Basingstoke with ‘snow on top of black ice’. She said: ‘It’s not been gritted. My partner hasn’t moved for 2 hours.’

Highways England also reported severe delays between Tonbridge and Hurst Green on the A21 in Kent in both directions on Friday night – again caused by snow and stranded vehicles.

Most flights were cancelled from a snow-covered Bristol Airport on Friday, but normal service is expected on Saturday.

At around 10pm on Friday night, London City Airport said it had closed its runway due to heavy snowfall, causing some flights to be diverted and others to be cancelled.

Flight disruption at airports in Cardiff and Bristol left queues of rugby fans facing a race to get to Paris ahead of Friday evening’s France vs Wales Six Nations opener.

Salt-spreaders covered 80,000 miles of England’s motorways and major A roads through the night to keep traffic moving, Highways England said.

Cars skid around near Basingstoke, which is being described as an 'ice rink'. Jo Roberts said the motorway was an 'absolute nightmare' with 'snow on top of black ice'

She said: 'It’s not been gritted. My partner hasn’t moved for two hours'

Cars skid around near Basingstoke, which is being described as an ‘ice rink’. Jo Roberts said the motorway was an ‘absolute nightmare’ with ‘snow on top of black ice’. She said: ‘It’s not been gritted. My partner hasn’t moved for two hours’

Motorists encounter icy and snowy road conditions on the M4 motorway in the West Country this afternoon

Motorists encounter icy and snowy road conditions on the M4 motorway in the West Country this afternoon

Motorists get out of their cars amid extreme conditions on the roads in Basingstoke, Hampshire, this afternoon

Motorists get out of their cars amid extreme conditions on the roads in Basingstoke, Hampshire, this afternoon

Cars are driven along a snow and slush covered road near Chievely in Berkshire this afternoon

Cars are driven along a snow and slush covered road near Chievely in Berkshire this afternoon

A lorry becomes stuck in the snow on the A37 at Shepton Mallet in Somerset on Friday

A lorry becomes stuck in the snow on the A37 at Shepton Mallet in Somerset today

Two men help a driver try to get his car moving at Membury services on the M4 in Berkshire on Friday after further snowfalls

Two men help a driver try to get his car moving at Membury services on the M4 in Berkshire today after further snowfalls

Children enjoy sledging in the snow at Farnham Park in Surrey on Friday morning as they make the most of a day off school

Children enjoy sledging in the snow at Farnham Park in Surrey this morning as they make the most of a day off school

How many schools are closed in areas of Britain?

Cornwall: 171

Devon: 141

Wiltshire: 223

Hampshire: 225

Bristol: 151

Somerset: 197

South Wales: 550

North Wales: 155

Dorset: 119

Highlands: 17

Lancashire: 8

Sussex: 6

Surrey: 10

Kent: 52

TOTAL: 2,025

Last night, the lowest temperature was -15.4C (4.3F) in the Aberdeenshire village of Braemar – making it the coldest night in seven years, since the -15.6C (3.9F) observed on February 11, 2012 at Holbeach in Lincolnshire.

Around 12 hours of snowfall – the heaviest in England this winter – knocked out power for around 1,000 homes in and around Southampton. Flights across the south were cancelled, including from London Heathrow.

Bournemouth Airport and Bristol Airport were shut with rail lines closed as blizzards battered the UK. Snowfall and icy conditions will cause widespread travel disruption this morning after temperatures plummeted.

In Devon and Cornwall, hundreds of motorists blocked roads after abandoning their vehicles following the arrival of ‘snowbomb’ – but the sea of cars, lorries and vans meant gritters and emergency vehicles failed to get through.

On the A30 crossing Bodmin Moor, more than 100 people were stuck in their cars for ten hours. Some slept inside their vehicles while others made it to the famous Jamaica Inn pub where they spent the night on makeshift beds.

Dominic Burton, 20, was among the stranded and said: ‘It’s like doomsday here, like a zombie movie. I have just passed around 200 cars trying to go southbound on the A30.’

This satellite shows the weather system that affected Britain overnight into this morning - bringing the snow

This satellite shows the weather system that affected Britain overnight into this morning – bringing the snow

Temperatures will remain low across Britain this afternoon, with a maximum of just 5C expected and 4C more widely

Temperatures will remain low across Britain this afternoon (left) and the Met Office issued a series of weather warnings (right)

Snow continued to fall across much of southern England and South Wales yesterday morning, as shown in this graphic

Snow is continuing to fall across much of southern England and South Wales this morning, as shown in this graphic

Temperatures will remain low this weekend – with a maximum of 8C expected in the South West and South Wales by Sunday

This graphic shows where the snow is falling across southern England this morning (in white) along with rain (in blue)

This graphic shows where the snow is falling across southern England this morning (in white) along with rain (in blue)

Severe disruption around the M3 motorway in Basingstoke, Hampshire, today amid the severe weather conditions

Severe disruption around the M3 motorway in Basingstoke, Hampshire, today amid the severe weather conditions

Clayfield Copse looks like a winter wonderland after the blanketing of snow in Berkshire yesterday

Clayfield Copse looks like a winter wonderland after the blanketing of snow in Berkshire today

Snow is seen covering the area around the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge in Bristol yesterday

Snow is seen covering the area around the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge in Bristol today

A boy helps clear snow from roads and properties at Shepton Mallet in Somerset yesterday

A boy helps clear snow from roads and properties at Shepton Mallet in Somerset today

Longleat Safari Park's new Amur tigers get to grips with a snowman in their enclosure in Wiltshire yesterday 

Longleat Safari Park’s new Amur tigers get to grips with a snowman in their enclosure in Wiltshire today

There was only one winner as the snowman's head was sent tumbling by the big cats yesterday at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire

There was only one winner as the snowman’s head was sent tumbling by the big cats today at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire

At least 400 students were stranded at Callywith College in Bodmin because school buses could not get there. Teachers and canteen staff stayed the night and a supermarket donated £800 of blankets, duvets and pillows.

Where and when are the Met Office warnings?

SOUTHERN ENGLAND

YELLOW: Ice, 1pm today until 11am tomorrow

EASTERN ENGLAND

YELLOW: Snow and ice, 12pm today until 12pm tomorrow

SCOTLAND

YELLOW: Snow and ice, midnight Monday until 2pm

One woman was even forced to give birth in a Cornish Asda.

The RAC said their teams were working ‘flat out to reach drivers in some challenging conditions’. They are expected to attend seven breakdowns a minute on average – totalling around 10,000 by the end of today.

After an extraordinary dump of snow fell overnight, it emerged:

  • More than 2,000 schools are closed across the country due to snow – keeping 500,000 pupils at home
  • The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning of snow for part of the south-east with Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire expected to be worst hit;
  • Flights were affected with Bristol Airport closed until at least 12pm and Bournemouth Airport shut ‘until further notice’. Short-haul flights from Heathrow are subject to cancellations;
  • Highways Agency issues warnings for more than 20 major A-roads and motorways hit by snow and warns drivers not to travel unless essential. 

In Bristol more than half of the city’s schools were closed due to the weather and roadside refuse and recycling collections have been cancelled.

A Co-op in Bristol has run out of bread yesterday, saying its lorries are 'finding it difficult to get through the snow and ice'

A Co-op in Bristol has run out of bread today, saying its lorries are ‘finding it difficult to get through the snow and ice’

Thames Valley Police stopped this car in High Wycombe on Friday morning, saying: 'The driver claimed he could see perfectly well'

Thames Valley Police stopped this car in High Wycombe this morning, saying: ‘The driver claimed he could see perfectly well’

Blenheim Palace is a maganificent sight in the Oxfordshire snow on Friday as parts of Britain face severe weather conditions

Blenheim Palace is a maganificent sight in the Oxfordshire snow today as parts of Britain face severe weather conditions

A woman on skis tries them out in the shadow of Brunel's famous Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol on Friday 

A woman on skis tries them out in the shadow of Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol today

Snow makes driving treacherous yesterday morning with this crash in Hampstead, North London, exemplifying the dangerous conditions

Snow makes driving treacherous today with this crash in Hampstead, North London, exemplifying the dangerous conditions

Homeless tents covered in snow in Brighton today as temperatures plummeted again overnight last night

Homeless tents covered in snow in Brighton today as temperatures plummeted again overnight last night

A cyclist rides through Queen's Square in Bristol as some don't take a snow day and head to work in freezing conditions

A cyclist rides through Queen’s Square in Bristol as some don’t take a snow day and head to work in freezing conditions

The River Forth in Stirling yesterday after overnight snow turned the beautiful area of Britain into a winter wonderland

The River Forth in Stirling today after overnight snow turned the beautiful area of Britain into a winter wonderland

The rare sight of snow on the beach in Brighton next to its famous pier greeted the Brighton Swimming Club yesterday morning

The rare sight of snow on the beach in Brighton next to its famous pier greeted the Brighton Swimming Club this morning

A tractor with a snow plough clears the snow on the B3081 near to Shaftesbury in Dorset yesterday morning

A tractor with a snow plough clears the snow on the B3081 near to Shaftesbury in Dorset this morning

Trains leaving Bristol towards Bath on snow-covered tracks as the white stuff sweeps across the West Country yesterday 

Trains leaving Bristol towards Bath on snow-covered tracks as the white stuff sweeps across the West Country today

Children take their sledges to Farnham Park in Surrey as they make the most of the snow after it settled on the ground

Children take their sledges to Farnham Park in Surrey as they make the most of the snow after it settled on the ground

A cyclist rides through a blizzard in Maida Vale, West London, this morning as large parts of the UK are deluged with snow

A cyclist rides through a blizzard in Maida Vale, West London, this morning as large parts of the UK are deluged with snow

Police deal with an accident in the Glynn Valley, Cornwall, yesterday - but emergency vehicles were hampered by abandoned cars

Police deal with an accident in the Glynn Valley, Cornwall, today – but emergency vehicles were hampered by abandoned cars

A cyclist comes a cropper as he tries to ride his bike in Bristol as snow sweeps across the West Country yesterday 

A cyclist comes a cropper as he tries to ride his bike in Bristol as snow sweeps across the West Country today

Bristol Airport was paralysed by snow today and is set to be closed down for the morning while they clear the runway

Bristol Airport was paralysed by snow today and is set to be closed down for the morning while they clear the runway

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The city council said all priority roads have been gritted and are open but side roads and pavements may remain difficult.

What’s the travel situation on the roads, rails and airports in Britain today?

TRAINS

  • Dorking and Horsham: Train fault and crew shortage
  • Petersfield and Guildford: Broken down train
  • Swansea and Shrewsbury: Timetable changes due to snow
  • Bellgrove and Glasgow: Severe weather
  • Weybridge and Earlsfield: Overrunning engineering works
  • Truro and Falmouth Docks: Rail repairs
  • Lichfield Trent Valley and Tamworth: Overhead wires damage
  • Portsmouth Harbour and Fratton: Points failure
  • Watford Junction and London Euston: Severe weather
  • Gospel Oak and Barking: Severe weather
  • London Underground, Jubilee line: Train fault

ROADS

  • A1(M) northbound within J63: Congestion
  • A19 southbound between A179 and A689: Congestion
  • A30 westbound between A395 and A389 near Bodmin (east): Snow
  • A30 eastbound between A38 and A389 near Bodmin (east): Snow
  • A38 northbound between B600 and M1: Congestion
  • A38 eastbound between A30 and A390 near Liskeard (west): Accident
  • A38 westbound between A390 near Liskeard (west) and A30: Accident
  • A56 southbound between A680 and B6232: Congestion
  • A56 northbound between B6232 and A680: Congestion
  • A66 westbound within the A19 junction before A19 southbound access: Congestion
  • Link road from M25 J7 clockwise to M23 J8 southbound: Congestion
  • Link road from M25 J7 anti-clockwise to M23 J8 southbound: Congestion
  • M3 westbound between J2 and J3: Overturned Vehicle
  • M4 spur (Heathrow) southbound between M4 and J4A: Congestion
  • M66 northbound between J1 and A56/A680/A676: Congestion

AIRPORTS

  • Bristol Airport: Airfield closed until at least 12pm
  • Bournemouth Airport: Airfield closed ‘until further notice’
  • London Heathrow Airport: Some British Airways short-haul flights affected

In Gloucestershire waste and recycling collections have also been cancelled across Cotswold district.

A pivoting system of wintry weather saw much of southern England and Wales wake up to more of the white stuff.

An amber warning was issued for an area west of London including Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire, with stranded vehicles and power cuts ‘likely’, and a ‘good chance’ some rural communities could be cut off.

The alert comes after as much as 5.5in (14cm) of snow wreaked havoc in the South West yesterday. Efforts to rescue motorists stranded on snowbound roads in Devon and Cornwall continued through the night.

Meanwhile hundreds of people were forced to find shelter where they could. Persistent snow began to spread across the south east late last night and flurries were seen all the way into central London.

The Met Office has also has two yellow weather warnings of snow and ice in force until this afternoon covering southern England and Wales, as well as the eastern edge of the UK from Shetland to The Wash.

Police forces across the country are warning motorists to consider if their journeys are necessary before heading out today and be ‘extremely careful’ if have to travel by road.

On the rail network, Southeastern and Transport for Wales have altered their services today as a result of the adverse conditions.

South Western Railway was planning to run a normal timetable, but warned some early services may need to be cancelled as routes are cleared.

Meanwhile Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express were expected to run normally, although all passengers were urged to check before they travel in case the conditions impact services.

Transport for London also advised passengers to check their service status before setting off. Airports were also hit by the freezing weather, with Bristol Airport suspending flights until 8am while the runway was cleared.

Bristol Airport has said its airfield will remain closed until 12pm.

The airport said on Twitter: ‘As a result of continued adverse weather, our teams are working hard to clear the airfield… A further update will be given as the situation changes. Please contact your airline for specific flight queries.’

Snow was also seen falling at Heathrow, where British Airways altered a number of short-haul flights, and passengers using the hub were being told to stay in contact with their airlines before travelling.

Gatwick Airport also saw flurries, although the airport was advising passengers it was planning on operating as normal today.

Londoners and tourists battle with wet weather and cold temperatures near London Bridge station on Friday

Londoners and tourists battle with wet weather and cold temperatures near London Bridge station today

Cold winter weather hits Central London yesterday morning as people walk through the rain

Cold winter weather hits Central London this morning as people walk through the rain

easyJet planes on the Tarmac at Gatwick Airport on Friday as snow caused major travel disruption 

easyJet planes on the Tarmac at Gatwick Airport today as snow caused major travel disruption

Cars were buried under snow on the A30

Those who missed the snow in Somerset are likely to wake up to it

Drivers trapped on the A30 in Cornwall (left) last night as snow settled. Also pictured (right): Snow in Somerset overnight

A car was flipped onto its roof in Plymouth overnight while motorists reported roads being 'like an ice rink' across the country

A car was flipped onto its roof in Plymouth overnight while motorists reported roads being ‘like an ice rink’ across the country

A reader's picture from Bracknell

Snow in Bradley Stoke, Bristol,

MailOnline readers in Bracknell (left) and in Bradley Stoke, Bristol, (right) reveal the blanket of snow covering the country

Emma Henwood from Cardiff tweeted this picture, saying: 'An assiduous building manager had been out early this morning to help clients know which parking space was which'

Emma Henwood from Cardiff tweeted this picture, saying: ‘An assiduous building manager had been out early this morning to help clients know which parking space was which’

A Central Line train pulls into a West London station on Friday amid frozen and treacherous conditions in the capital's suburbs

A Central Line train pulls into a West London station today amid frozen and treacherous conditions in the capital’s suburbs

The snow-covered roofs of suburban London on Friday as the capital has a rare but significant period of snow 

The snow-covered roofs of suburban London today as the capital has a rare but significant period of snow

Heavy snow in London turned to sleet on Friday as workers crossed London Bridge with The Shard shrouded in mist 

Heavy snow in London turned to sleet today as workers crossed London Bridge with The Shard shrouded in mist

Queues form in London Bridge Station where trains into Kent were running at a reduced number due to the wintry conditions

Queues form in London Bridge Station where trains into Kent were running at a reduced number due to the wintry conditions

Commuters walk past three freezing homeless people as they sleep in an exposed bed underneath a railway track

Commuters walk past three freezing homeless people as they sleep in an exposed bed underneath a railway track

The 187 bus to Finchley Road drives through the morning snowfall in west London on Friday as people were warned not to travel unless necessary

The 187 bus to Finchley Road drives through the morning snowfall in west London today as people were warned not to travel unless necessary

A freezing commuter on a Boris Bike pedals through the slush and snow in north London on Friday

A freezing commuter on a Boris Bike pedals through the slush and snow in north London today

London has had its biggest dump of snow of the winter delivered from the skies overnight and it was still falling during rush hour 

London has had its biggest dump of snow of the winter delivered from the skies overnight and it was still falling during rush hour

Drivers including this 4X4 and trailer carefully make their way through snow covered roads in County Durham, on Friday

Drivers including this 4X4 and trailer carefully make their way through snow covered roads in County Durham, today

A car drives along a snow-covered residential road in Hartley Wintney, in Hampshire, 40 miles west of London

A car drives along a snow-covered residential road in Hartley Wintney, in Hampshire, 40 miles west of London

Nearby on this Hampshire cricket field children whose schools are closed on Friday make a giant snowman this morning

Nearby on this Hampshire cricket field children whose schools are closed today make a giant snowman this morning

Dog walkers in the snow, at Clayfield Copse, Berkshire, on Friday

Dog walkers in the snow, at Clayfield Copse, Berkshire, today

There are wintry conditions in Bristol, in Winterbourne, South Gloucestershire, and Reading, Berkshire, in pictures sent in by MailOnline readers

Met Office meteorologist Emma Smith said: ‘There is still sleet and snow across southern counties, the band is currently sitting across the south-west and Wales and across to East Anglia and London.

‘It’s kind of pivoting in place and it’s not really moving very far. What will be happening to it is it will get patchier as it goes on, but it could cause some disruption to rush hour.

‘Temperatures are widely below freezing so there’s icy stretches so people will have to take care going into work.’

By lunchtime temperatures in the South East are expected to nudge towards 4C (39F), meaning the sleet and snow should turn to rain.

This MailOnline photo shows snow-covered Harpenden in Hertfordshire from above roof heavy with snow

This MailOnline photo shows snow-covered Harpenden in Hertfordshire from above roof heavy with snow

Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire is blanketed in frozen flakes of snow in this idyllic reader's photo

Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire is blanketed in frozen flakes of snow in this idyllic reader’s photo

The snowy scene from Dunders Hill above Polzeath Beach looking towards New Polzeath in Cornwall

The snowy scene from Dunders Hill above Polzeath Beach looking towards New Polzeath in Cornwall

More than 100 cars were stuck or abandoned on the A30 through Bodmin in Cornwall overnight as the snow came down

More than 100 cars were stuck or abandoned on the A30 through Bodmin in Cornwall overnight as the snow came down

An extraordinary image of Jupiter, Venus and the moon lined up in the early morning sky in a phenomenon known as a conjunction in Derbyshire's Peak District near Buxton on Friday

An extraordinary image of Jupiter, Venus and the moon lined up in the early morning sky in a phenomenon known as a conjunction in Derbyshire’s Peak District near Buxton today

However the rest of the country, with the exception of southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, is expected to see wintry showers persist into this evening.

How to stop your car freezing over with a BAG

With Britain waking up to sub-zero temperatures, many of us will be spending time de-icing our cars.

But one way to stop this happening to your mirrors is to tie a plastic bag over them with an elastic band.

When you take off the bags in the morning, the mirrors should not require de-icing, even if temperatures are below freezing.

The RAC advises that clearing a windscreen of ice or snow should take about ten minutes using a scraper or de-icer spray.

Drivers should avoiding using boiling water to clear snow and ice. The thermal shock from 100C water can cause windows to crack, the breakdown firm says.

‘Into the afternoon those showers will go into the Pennies and the Peak District as well,’ Ms Smith said.

The Met Office said a low of minus -15.4C (4.3F) was recorded just before midnight at Braemar. Had it fallen more than 0.2C, lower it would have surpassed the low of -15.6C (3.92F) set in 2012.

Across Devonshire 34 schools have said they will be closed or partially closed today and 35 schools across Cornwall have also said they will not be opening, according to the two county councils.

More than 100 people sought refuge at a pub high on Bodmin Moor overnight after heavy snowfall hit the A30, leading many stranded motorists to abandon their cars.

Some of those reaching the Jamaica Inn reported trudging through snow for several miles after more than 12cm of the white stuff brought ‘chaos’ to the cross-country route on Thursday.

The pub’s 25-year-old general manager, Sammy Wheeler, said groups and families with young children arrived in droves after around 100 cars got stuck on a nearby stretch of the A30.

A snow covered boat at Pewsey on the Kennet & Avon canal  on Friday shows how hard the West Country has been hit

A snow covered boat at Pewsey on the Kennet & Avon canal  this morning shows how hard the West Country has been hit

Sophie Taylor's Siberian Cat stalking their garden in High Wycombe on Friday in a rare scene more like Russia than Bucks

Sophie Taylor’s Siberian Cat stalking their garden in High Wycombe today in a rare scene more like Russia than Bucks

Snow in Compton near Newbury on Friday where this resident who sent a picture to MailOnline looked like she was snowed in

Snow in Compton near Newbury today where this resident who sent a picture to MailOnline looked like she was snowed in

The glorious dawn at Bingley St Ives near Bradford, West Yorkshire, taken from the local golf club all covered in snow

The glorious dawn at Bingley St Ives near Bradford, West Yorkshire, taken from the local golf club all covered in snow

A motorist clears the windows of a vehicle in Bristol after snowfall on Friday and overnight caused widespread disruption

A motorist clears the windows of a vehicle in Bristol after snowfall yesterday and overnight caused widespread disruption

The snowy scene in Gateshead on Friday morning looking over to Newcastle from the banks of the famous Tyne river

The snowy scene in Gateshead this morning looking over to Newcastle from the banks of the famous Tyne river

Slow moving traffic on the roads in Hanham, South Gloucestershire on Friday morning with more set to come today

Slow moving traffic on the roads in Hanham, South Gloucestershire this morning with more set to come today

Bristol has received a huge dump of snow overnight with cars and roads all treacherous because of the ice below

Bristol has received a huge dump of snow overnight with cars and roads all treacherous because of the ice below

Bristol Airport posted this picture of the conditions on Friday morning with planes remaining on the stands because of the weather

Bristol Airport posted this picture of the conditions this morning with planes remaining on the stands because of the weather

‘A lot of people have abandoned their cars. Some of them have walked a good three, four or five miles,’ she said.

Shoppers stuck for two hours in Tesco gridlock

Panicked shoppers stocking up for snow were stuck for more than two hours – when their supermarket sweep caused gridlock.

Worried shoppers rushed to grab bread, milk and other essentials from a Tesco Extra in Cardiff.

But the ‘vast number’ of people caused gridlock in the supermarket car park – leaving them unable to leave for hours.

One customer said: ‘It was gridlocked. Thank heavens I have got heated seats, it was horrendous.’

Another woman said: ‘Two hours to get out of Tesco Western avenue cardiff car park this PM. Asked the customer service assistant in store what was happening; the response? ‘Not our problem’.’

A Cardiff council spokesman said: ‘It appears that due to the current weather forecast, a vast number of people have visited the store to buy groceries.

‘We believe this is the reason why there has been a tailback of vehicles leaving the car park which has caused the delays that are being reported.’

‘People were fed up of being in a cold car and they were running out of fuel.’

Each of the inn’s 36 rooms was full, with some being shared by complete strangers on Thursday night.

Meanwhile makeshift dormitories with mattresses on the floors were set up in other parts of the pub, including 15 beds in the restaurant another five in the lounge.

Paul Drye, 54, from St Austell, Cornwall, was heading home after working in Dorchester, Dorset, on Thursday afternoon when he became stuck on the A30 around 3.30 pm.

He said: ‘There had been a bit of heavy snow but while everything was moving it was fine, but as soon as there was a few incidents up ahead everything ground to a halt.

‘You never know how long these things are going to last, whether it will be moving in two minutes or four hours as it turned out.’

Mr Drye arrived at the Jamaica Inn around 7.30 pm and was met with a real ‘cross-section’ of people including dogs, children and truck drivers.

‘People were still arriving until the early hours of the morning, people who had left their cars and walked, a couple miles some of them,’ he said.

The Jamaica Inn staff were like a ‘well-oiled machine’, they provided mattresses, blankets and pillows for everybody and stayed up all night stoking fires, Mr Dyre said.

Woman, 23, seeks shelter at Asda after being trapped by snow while going into labour on the way to hospital

Baby Amelia is said to be doing well after her mother sheltered in an Asda during labour yesterday as the snow hit Cornwall

Baby Amelia is said to be doing well after her mother sheltered in an Asda during labour yesterday as the snow hit Cornwall

A pregnant woman who went into labour was trapped by snow on the way to hospital – and was forced to seek shelter in an Asda supermarket.

Roxanne Campbell, 23, was travelling to a maternity unit after her contractions and a ‘slow labour’ started when a sudden flurry brought travel chaos to the UK.

Her and husband Alex, 39, left home in Bodmin in Cornwall at 11am and were waiting for a train to Truro so they could get to the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

But the services all got cancelled and they called an ambulance but were told there were none available and they would have to seek shelter. Their only hope was a nearby Asda store, where they arrived at around 4.30pm and were looked after by staff while she experienced contractions.

Only several hours later did an ambulance finally show up to rescue Miss Campbell and help her through the final stages of labour. They are now recovering from their ordeal in hospital and baby Amelia is said to be doing well.

He said: ‘The staff at Asda were very calm and they didn’t really know what they were doing but they were doing their best, I couldn’t have asked for more. They were amazing.’

Mr Campbell added: ‘It was absolute carnage on the roads, there were cars dumped at the side everywhere and people were wheel spinning, they couldn’t move. She picked the worst day ever to arrive, we’ll never forget it.’

Asda Bodmin store manager Robert Gerred-Hart said: ‘I’m extremely proud of the community-minded spirit that our colleagues displayed as they worked quickly and compassionately to help during last night’s cold snap.’

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Wales fans stranded by snow ahead of Six Nations game

Welsh rugby fans and pundits trying to get to Paris for the opener of the Six Nations faced being stranded after flight cancellations due to snow.

Disruptions to flights from airports in Cardiff and Bristol left queues of fans facing a race against time to get to France ahead of this evening’s kick-off.

France are due to host Wales in the first game of the tournament at 8pm at the Stade de France.

Ex Wales captain and BBC pundit Sam Warburton was one of the passengers due to fly on the cancelled 9.30am flight from Cardiff Airport to Charles de Gaulle.

He told BBC Wales: ‘A few of the guys went over yesterday from Bristol. I was doing some work last night for the BBC so we knew we would be cutting it fine this morning, but I am sure we will all be fine.

‘I am probably too laid back for my own good so I don’t mind at all. I have got 12 hours to get out there. Even if I need to get the Eurostar or something I am sure I will be there for kick-off so I am not worried at all.’

Four flights from Cardiff to Paris are still expected to depart at 1.05pm this afternoon. The airport is advising passengers to check live flight information on their website and contact airlines directly for information.

Bristol Airport said all flights were cancelled until at least midday due to snow, including flights to Paris.

The airport said on their Twitter page: ‘As a result of continued adverse weather, our teams are working hard to clear the airfield. Due to the volume of snowfall, the airfield will remain closed until 1200. A further update will be given as the situation changes. Please contact your airline for specific flight queries.’

Wales women’s team were caught up in the cancellations. They were due to fly from Bristol on Friday afternoon ahead of their own opening Six Nations game against defending champions France in Montpellier at 8pm on Saturday.

A spokesman confirmed the team had now booked an early flight on the morning of the match from Heathrow Airport.

Rugby fan Leon Brown said he was due to fly out of Bristol at 2pm, but had received a text to say his flight had already been cancelled.

He said he was now looking to sell his two match tickets, adding: ‘We did look at the Eurostar. Should never had sold my 4×4. I would have drove.’

Lisa Marie Brown, from Cardiff, was also due to fly out from Bristol at 2pm with her husband, but said she will now be watching the game on television from home.

She said: ‘Our flight was due at 2pm and was cancelled at 10am. We were hoping to get to Paris to watch Wales v France for the start of the Six Nations, which has ruined the experience with no extra flights scheduled to leave.

‘It would have been really good to put on a new flight at 3pm because snow is clearing here.’

‘Good job I’ve been panic buying!’: Britons poke fun at #snowmaggedon as thousands enjoy day off work or school after blizzards swept UK overnight

Britons are rejoicing at the prospect of a snow day after blizzards swept across the UK overnight blanketing the nation in crisp, white powder.

But as commuters wrap up warm and head to work, some have noticed a suspicious lack of fellow travellers and have taken to social media to share the deserted stations along with the hashtag #Snowmageddon.

Despite the thick snow and the amber warning issued by the Met Office, Britons are seeing the fun side of the day, sharing pictures of their early snowman attempts and picturesque village pub dusted with the February frost.

Some have even taken their #Snowmageddon preparations to extreme lengths, stocking their fridge with dozens of bottles of milk (semi-skimmed), should the worst happen and they need endless cups of tea to sooth their woes.

Snow Wars Return of the Sled-i: Despite the thick snow and the amber warning issued by the Met Office, Britons are still seeing the fun side of the snow day, sharing pictures of their early snowman attempts and picturesque village pub dusted with the February frost - and even the odd sci-fi meme about the need for some more heavy duty gritters to tackle the roads

Snow Wars Return of the Sled-i: Despite the thick snow and the amber warning issued by the Met Office, Britons are still seeing the fun side of the snow day, sharing pictures of their early snowman attempts and picturesque village pub dusted with the February frost – and even the odd sci-fi meme about the need for some more heavy duty gritters to tackle the roads

Guardian food critic Jay Rayner shows off his new redwood decking 

Guardian food critic Jay Rayner shows off his new redwood decking

One splash or two? Some have even taken their #Snowmageddon preparations to extreme lengths, stocking their fridge with dozens of bottles of milk (semi-skimmed), should the worst happen and they need endless cups of tea to sooth their woes

One splash or two? Some have even taken their #Snowmageddon preparations to extreme lengths, stocking their fridge with dozens of bottles of milk (semi-skimmed), should the worst happen and they need endless cups of tea to sooth their woes

Winter is here: This weather forecaster issued a Stark reminder of the perils on snow last night

Winter is here: This weather forecaster issued a Stark reminder of the perils on snow last night

Not everywhere has been affected, though, leaving some bemoaning the lack of snow of their driveways and roads.

One disgruntled Brit, disappointment at the thin layer of ice on his tarmac even took out a measuring tape to highlight the severe lack of inches.

Meanwhile others shared tweets demanding to know where their snowfall was and why they are missing out on all the fun.

Quality not quantity, Rhodri: One disgruntled Brit, disappointment at thin layer of ice on his tarmac even took out a measuring tape to highlight the severe lack of inches

Quality not quantity, Rhodri: One disgruntled Brit, disappointment at thin layer of ice on his tarmac even took out a measuring tape to highlight the severe lack of inches

This Twitter user was clearly expecting some more snow than the dusting of powder outside

This Twitter user was clearly expecting some more snow than the dusting of powder outside

Amber warning: The Met Office has issued an amber warning that carries a 'potential risk to life' with more extreme snowfall expected in the Home Counties and West Country until lunchtime, cutting off towns and villages

Amber warning: The Met Office has issued an amber warning that carries a ‘potential risk to life’ with more extreme snowfall expected in the Home Counties and West Country until lunchtime, cutting off towns and villages

Meanwhile others shared tweets demanding to know where their snowfall was and why they are missing out on all the fun

Meanwhile others shared tweets demanding to know where their snowfall was and why they are missing out on all the fun

Londoner Mia also took umbrage at the lack of snow having rushed home before 9pm to avoid the blizzard

Londoner Mia also took umbrage at the lack of snow having rushed home before 9pm to avoid the blizzard

Unbearlievable: Andy Sowton was less than enthused with picking up this hitchhiker this morning

Unbearlievable: Andy Sowton was less than enthused with picking up this hitchhiker this morning

The Samaritans have said they are on hand throughout the day for those who need support

The Samaritans have said they are on hand throughout the day for those who need support

The Met Office has issued an amber warning that carries a ‘potential risk to life’ with more extreme snowfall expected in the Home Counties and West Country until lunchtime, cutting off towns and villages.

The overnight lowest temperature was -15.4C (4.3F) in the Aberdeenshire village of Braemar – making it the coldest night in seven years, since the -15.6C (3.9F) observed on February 11, 2012 at Holbeach in Lincolnshire.

Around 12 hours of snowfall – the heaviest in England this winter – knocked out power for around 1,000 homes in and around Southampton. Flights across the south were cancelled, including from London Heathrow.

Heaven vs hell! Dozens of motorists were stuck for ten hours in freezing cars on A30 overnight… while more than 100 lucky punters bedded-down for lock-in at cosy local pub

More than 100 people sought refuge at a pub high on Bodmin Moor overnight after heavy snowfall hit the A30, with many stranded motorists abandoning their cars.

Some of those reaching the Jamaica Inn in Cornwall had trudged through snow for several miles after 4.7in (12cm) of it brought ‘chaos’ to the cross-country route.

Sammy Wheeler, 25, the pub’s general manager, said groups and families with young children arrived in droves after cars got stuck on a nearby stretch of the A30.

Some of thoseGmorning

People staying at the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall are pictured this morning

Families with young children arrived in droves after cars got stuck on a stretch of the A30

Families with young children arrived in droves after cars got stuck on a stretch of the A30

Makeshift dormitories with mattresses on the floors were set up in other parts of the pub

Makeshift dormitories with mattresses on the floors were set up in other parts of the pub

She said: ‘A lot of people have abandoned their cars. Some of them have walked a good three, four or five miles. People were fed up of being in a cold car.’

Ms Wheeler added that many people were running out of fuel. Each of the inn’s 36 rooms was full, with some being shared by complete strangers last night.

Meanwhile makeshift dormitories with mattresses on the floors were set up in other parts of the pub, including 15 beds in the restaurant another five in the lounge.

Paul Drye, 54, of St Austell, Cornwall, was heading home after working in Dorchester, Dorset, yesterday afternoon when he became stuck on the A30 around 3.30pm.

He said: ‘There had been a bit of heavy snow but while everything was moving it was fine, but as soon as there was a few incidents up ahead everything ground to a halt.

‘You never know how long these things are going to last, whether it will be moving in two minutes or four hours as it turned out.’

Mr Drye arrived at the Jamaica Inn around 7.30pm and was met with a real ‘cross-section’ of people including dogs, children and truck drivers.

‘People were still arriving until the early hours of the morning, people who had left their cars and walked, a couple miles some of them,’ he said.

Each of the inn's 36 rooms was full, with some being shared by complete strangers last night 

Each of the inn’s 36 rooms was full, with some being shared by complete strangers last night

The Jamaica Inn staff were like a ‘well-oiled machine’, they provided mattresses, blankets and pillows for everybody and stayed up all night stoking fires, Mr Dyre said.

Ms Wheeler said: ‘I have no sheets left and I’m sure my head housekeeper will kill me in the morning when she hears about it.

‘I’ve stolen all duvets and everything from everywhere possible. There’s no beds left but we are now letting people sleep everywhere and I’m providing them with pillows and blankets.’

Spirits were said to be ‘incredibly high’ among the guests, who included around a dozen children and an eight-month-old baby.

The pub’s seven staff, including two chefs, were pulling out the stops to make sure all were comfortable – although they were ‘in for a long one,’ Ms Wheeler said.

‘Credit to my staff – a shout-out goes to all of them,’ she added.

The area is under a yellow weather warning of snow and ice until this afternoon and efforts continued through the night to clear the A30 and get people moving again.

Speaking at 7.30am this morning Mr Dyre said some travellers had already left to walk back to their cars and that from the Inn they could see traffic on the A30 was moving again.

Hundreds of cars were stuck on the A30 last night for up to ten hours while travelling in the wintry weather which caused chaos across the country

Hundreds of cars were stuck on the A30 last night for up to ten hours while travelling in the wintry weather which caused chaos across the country

As darkness fell last night drivers were still stuck, some behind a jackknifed lorry, with no idea as to how or when they would make it home from work

As darkness fell last night drivers were still stuck, some behind a jackknifed lorry, with no idea as to how or when they would make it home from work

Highways England confirmed a plough and a gritter had been sent to assist the stranded motorists - some of whom have got out of their cars and started a snowball fight

Highways England confirmed a plough and a gritter had been sent to assist the stranded motorists – some of whom have got out of their cars and started a snowball fight

The pub had only 10 of its 36 rooms booked for last night before the snow fell but by the early hours of yesterday there were between 120 and 150 people crammed in every available space.

Assistant manager Charlotte Barron said: ‘All 36 rooms were full, we set up 15 makeshift beds in the restaurant, five in the lounge as well as blankets and duvets on the floor.

‘It was actually a lovely atmosphere – we brought out all our board games and complete strangers were playing against each other.

‘A lot of people made friends – probably for life – with one room being occupied by five people who didn’t know each other.’

Those taking shelter included about a dozen children, an eight-month-old baby and ‘two dogs and their four humans’.

Ms Barron added: ‘There were still people arriving at 5am – the furthest one person walked was eight miles to get here.’

Her selflessness was shared by seven of her colleagues – manager Ms Wheeler and staff Ashely Brown, June Parker, April Dawe, Tina Wright, David Bailey and Joe Pearson.

She said: ‘There were only two people in the kitchen who cooked all night – they were making people steak and ale pie, fish and chips – the usual pub grub.

Makeshift beds beds laid out last night at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier in her classic novel, on Bodmin Moor for motorists who are stuck on the A30 due to snow

Makeshift beds beds laid out last night at Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Maurier in her classic novel, on Bodmin Moor for motorists who are stuck on the A30 due to snow

The view from the Jamaica Inn pub on Bodmin Moor last night as it laid out makeshift beds

The view from the Jamaica Inn pub on Bodmin Moor last night as it laid out makeshift beds

‘Then we started the breakfast menu at 3am as we were starting to get a little short of food.

‘The chef has been making anything he can find for the lunch menu. We are praying for a delivery but aren’t holding out much hope of one getting through.’

Like her colleagues, Ms Barron pitched in all night, making beds, allocating blankets, pot washing, and working behind the bar and in the kitchen.

She said most drivers had started to leave by 8am to go back to their vehicles to allow gritters to make their way along the A30.

The Jamaica Inn’s maintenance team was transporting motorists to their cars in the pub’s 4×4 as well as shovelling ice from the nearby road.

Hundreds of cars were stuck on the A30 last night for up to ten hours while travelling in the wintry weather which caused chaos across the country.

A white out yesterday afternoon stopped cars in their tracks at Temple as thick snow settled up to 3ft high and drivers were forced to abandon their cars.

As darkness fell last night drivers were still stuck, some behind a jackknifed lorry, with no idea as to how or when they would make it home from work.

Highways England were urged to help stranded motorists, including those stuck with young children as drivers reported the roads were ‘like an ice rink’ on the A30 which runs between London and Honiton in east Devon.

The Jamaica Inn on the A30 last night has laid out mattresses on the floor for stranded drivers 

The Jamaica Inn on the A30 last night has laid out mattresses on the floor for stranded drivers

Highways England confirmed a plough and a gritter had been sent to assist the stranded motorists – some of whom have got out of their cars and started a snowball fight.

But after hours on the roads many became concerned elderly relatives would spend the night there.

Cornwall Council said there was an ‘intensive effort’ to clear the roads while relatives of the stranded urged authorities to act faster, including those with elderly parents on the roads.

Driver Dominic Burton said about 200 vehicles were trapped on the southbound carriage of the A30 near Okehampton in ‘doomsday’ scenes.

People are being warned against travel in the morning on uncleared routes. Some were still on the roads at 11pm, having been there since the mid afternoon.

Desperate drivers urged police to send advice over whether or not they should keep their engines on while a pub named the Jamaica Inn laid out mattresses on the floor for stranded motorists.

Lee Flagg wrote on Twitter: ‘My sister has been sat on the A30 for 5 hours. 2 young children in the car with no food, milk etc. Can anyone actually give an update that means anything??’

Another man added: ‘What advice do you have for people who look likely to be spending the night on the A30.

‘How to keep warm? Should they keep the engine running? How long will that last for? How can they get water? Saying ‘we’re working as hard as we can’ is great, but need a bit more.’

Kind drivers on the A30 with four wheel drive cars began to tow others to get up a hill, around 8pm yesterday evening. Drivers described the response as a ‘shambles’.

Dominic's car is covered in snow

Dominic has half a tank of fuel and coffee to keep him going

Dominic Burton, 26, was trapped with more than 20 other cars on the A30 at Okehampton

One driver said on Twitter: ‘Ground to a halt at 2.30pm and it’s now 8.20pm and have moved two miles. No snowploughs, no gritters, no police support, it’s a shambles.’

The head of roads policing in Devon and Dorset, Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk, said: ‘The snow is heading eastwards and will cause significant disruption tonight. Please be prepared and avoid all but absolutely essential travel.’

He warned people to stay with their vehicles and to check before making a journey. Concerned car owners said they had only moved a few miles in hours.

Dominic Burton, 26, was been stuck on the A30 from 4.30pm until 11pm after a lorry jackknifed at the top of a hill on the road at Okehampton.

Mr Burton from Barnstaple left work early at 4.30pm in a bid to try and get home before the worst of the snow fell.

But hours later after the lorry got stuck the snow has built up around cars, trapping them. Rescue workers were bringing in snow chains to move the lorry last night.

There were hazardous driving conditions reported across Cornwall with multiple accidents.

Police said people were abandoning their cars on the A30 at Highgate Hill and walking through the snow.

Cars were being abandoned by drivers who could not continue their journey onwards 

Cars were being abandoned by drivers who could not continue their journey onwards

Devon and Cornwall Police urged people to stay in their cars to keep warm.

At around 8.15pm yesterday, the force tweeted: ‘We have further reports of vehicles stuck on the A39 in Cornwall due to snow.

‘Please stay with your vehicle and keep as warm as possible. Gritter trucks are working their way inwards from Winnards Perch and Wadebridge to get to stranded drivers.’

Mr Burton told MailOnline: ‘I have travelled around nine miles since I left work but we are stuck now. It’s really not a nice place to be right now.

‘The lorry has jackknifed at the top of the hill and there’s a recovery truck there – but the snow has been building up around us while we have been sat here. I’ve tried to move and I can’t.

‘There’s about 25 of us – pretty much everyone is just trying to get home from work. I’ve got another hour and a half to drive – but that’s in normal conditions.’

Mr Burton, who started a new job yesterday, has seen gritters travelling southbound but nothing on the northbound carriageway.

One person wrote on Twitter: ‘Have moved only 100 yards in two hours! It’s now 5.38pm and no end in sight of this situation. Oh, and it’s still snowing!’

Cars stranded on the A30 with dozens being stuck behind a jackknifed lorry at Okehampton 

Cars stranded on the A30 with dozens being stuck behind a jackknifed lorry at Okehampton

Some were stuck for hours in snow on Bodmin Moor.

Paul Newman said when he reached the A30 at Carland Cross heading eastbound the snow started to fall ‘very, very heavily’ and the traffic started to move slowly until it came to a standstill near Blissland.

‘We believe the stoppage is somewhere near Kennards Cross. There is a lorry across the road. Now that everybody has stopped it is going to be difficult for lorries to get going again,’ he said.

‘At the moment we’ve no idea what’s going on really… the chap in the car in front of us was just throwing snowballs to his dog!’

A couple stuck in their car on the dual carriageway after a sudden dump of snow fear they face a cold night in their vehicle.

Jak Roome was travelling to Wadebridge, Cornwall, to celebrate his 29th birthday with his partner, Jack Slymm, 27, when the roads ahead ground to a halt.

Mr Slymm said that 3ft of snow fell quickly and the road beneath froze, making it impossible to tackle the hill in front.

He said that many cars had attempted to brave the conditions but kept sliding back, and official advice online urged drivers on the road to stay in their cars.

Cars and lorries had come to a complete standstill along the A30 yesterday evening 

Cars and lorries had come to a complete standstill along the A30 yesterday evening

Highways England teams were mobilised while others reported being stuck at Bodmin Moor

Highways England teams were mobilised while others reported being stuck at Bodmin Moor

Mr Slymm, a hair stylist from Bristol, said: ‘We’re currently about five miles north of Camelford and about 10 miles south of Bude on A39.

‘We haven’t moved for over three hours, the snow just came down really hard and really quick and the ground froze underneath it.

‘The snow at the side of the road is about 3ft deep and anyone trying to get anywhere is just sliding. One gritter just came past and it didn’t make the slightest bit of difference’

Mr Slymm said that he had recently taken his car to the garage, and luckily was completing the drive in a brand new grey Mini Cooper.

He continued: ‘We’re going to be here all night I think, luckily we’ve got 3/4 tank but the people next to us only have half a tank left.

‘Everyone is helping each other and asking if each other are ok, if someone runs out of fuel we’ll take them in.’

To make matters worse, Mr Roome and Mr Slymm have recently bought a puppy and are travelling with the young animal – and have to keep braving the conditions to get it water.

‘We’ve got a 13-week old puppy with us and we’re worried about her’, Mr Roome said. ‘We didn’t have any water in the car so we had to melt some snow.

People were seen getting out of their cars and throwing snowballs on the A30

People were seen getting out of their cars and throwing snowballs on the A30

Snow in Plymouth

Up to 3ft of snow has been reported across the country

Snow was falling thick and fast in Plymouth last night while drivers remain stuck on the roads

Cars stuck on the A30 as vehicles were stranded. All but essential travel should be avoided, police said

Cars stuck on the A30 as vehicles were stranded. All but essential travel should be avoided, police said

Drivers were saved by a plough and a gritter being sent in by Highways England yesterday

Drivers were saved by a plough and a gritter being sent in by Highways England yesterday

‘Luckily we had some food with us, but we can’t leave her outside for too long as it’s too cold.

‘No one has told us anything, but the traffic report says to stay with your car and wait for the weather to clear.

‘We’re trying to get to Wadebridge, we’ve rented a house for all of us. It’s my 29th birthday today, I’ll look back and laugh at it one day.’

Elsewhere, Londoners have have been warned to be home by 9pm this evening as snow is set to hit the capital, after blizzards blasted the South West today causing travel chaos on roads and rail.

Workers and schoolchildren were told to leave early today as Britain endured up to three inches of snow in only 120 minutes, following the country’s coldest night in seven years.

And the Met Office has issued an amber warning for snow that carries a potential risk to life while Transport for London and Network Rail are telling passengers to get home by 9pm.

County officials in Devon had urged people to get home by 3pm, shortly after the start of an amber warning for snow in parts of Wales and South West England, bringing up to 2.8in (7cm) of snow in just two to three hours.

Meanwhile, about 400 students were stranded at Callywith College in Bodmin.

Principal Mark Wardle said buses to transport students had not been able to get to the sixth-form college, and catering staff were providing sausages, chips and beans to those waiting for assistance.

Newborn baby girl found abandoned in a Tesco bag in freezing London park is named Roman after road where she was discovered – as police urgently try to find her missing mother

A newborn baby girl was found abandoned in an east London park last night as temperatures plunged to freezing and blizzards hit the capital.

Police this morning released a picture of the infant in a bid to trace her mother, who officers said they were ‘increasingly concerned’ for.

Nurses are calling the youngster ‘Roman’, because she was found on Roman Road in Newham.

She was reportedly found in a Tesco bag, wrapped in a towel, shortly after 10pm and was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital.

Police this morning released this picture of the baby in a bid to trace her missing mother

Police this morning released this picture of the baby in a bid to trace her missing mother

The force said it was called to reports of an abandoned baby at a park area close to Roman Road and Saxon Road at around 10.15pm

The force said it was called to reports of an abandoned baby at a park area close to Roman Road and Saxon Road at around 10.15pm

The Met said officers are growing 'increasingly concerned' for the mother's welfare and appealed for her to contact police, her local hospital or GP surgery. Pictured: the location where the newborn was found

The Met said officers are growing ‘increasingly concerned’ for the mother’s welfare and appealed for her to contact police, her local hospital or GP surgery. Pictured: the location where the newborn was found

The Met said officers are growing ‘increasingly concerned’ for the mother’s welfare and appealed for her to contact police, her local hospital or GP surgery.

In a direct appeal to the child’s mother, Inspector Shane Clarke of North East Command Unit, said: ‘We are growing increasingly concerned for your welfare and I urge you to make contact either with police, your local hospital or GP surgery. It is really important that we know that you are safe.

‘I would also urge anyone who has information that could help us to reunite this baby with her mother to come forward.’

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the mother is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference CAD7825/31JAN or Tweet @MetCC.

Heavy snowfall hit much of southern England and and Wales on Thursday night, leaving people trapped in cars as temperatures plummeted to just 1C (34F) in east London at the time the baby way found.

The snowfall already exceeds the maximum 10cm of snowfall that was predicted when the Mt Office issued a severe weather warning for Thursday.

The snow, which has been travelling eastwards, has reached as far as Wiltshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent, with a few flakes in central London on Thursday and into the early hours of Friday morning.

The Met Office tweeted: ‘Snow, initially moving north and east across parts of southern and southwestern England, the Midlands and Wales, will stall and tend to fragment.

‘Wintry showers will continue in northern and eastern areas. Ice is likely in many parts overnight.’

There are ‘treacherous driving conditions in places’, the forecaster added.

Commuters in many parts of the country were warned to leave work early on Thursday to ensure they got home.

Chocolate box Britain: From white-coated Blenheim Pala​ce to snowy Cotswolds rooftops… how the big freeze has transformed UK into a winter wonderland

The Arctic conditions may have caused chaos for some Britons, but others have been left stunned by just how beautiful the country looks blanketed in snow.

Beautiful photos taken across Britain show how the countryside has been transformed into a winter wonderland by one night’s snowfall.

The market town of Dursley in south Gloucestershire looks like something out of fairy tale in stunning drone footage filmed above the Cotswolds.   

Meanwhile Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, looks resplendent in aerial photos taken in in Oxfordshire.

Beautiful drone images show how the Cotswold town of Dursley has been transformed into a winter wonderland by the snow

Winston Churchill's birthplace of Blenheim Palace also looks majestic this morning following a dusting of snow overnigh

Winston Churchill’s birthplace of Blenheim Palace also looks majestic this morning following a dusting of snow overnigh

Snow settles on Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, Dorset, - famous for its use in the Hovis 'baker's boy' advert in 1973

Snow settles on Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, Dorset, – famous for its use in the Hovis ‘baker’s boy’ advert in 1973

The River Forth in Stirling today after overnight snow turned the beautiful area of Britain into a winter wonderland

The River Forth in Stirling today after overnight snow turned the beautiful area of Britain into a winter wonderland

The world-famous site of Stonehenge, Wiltshire was among the renowned places in Britain which were coated in snow today

The world-famous site of Stonehenge, Wiltshire was among the renowned places in Britain which were coated in snow today

Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon Gorge in Bristol looks gorgeous as it is wrapped in a winter landscape this afternoon

Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon Gorge in Bristol looks gorgeous as it is wrapped in a winter landscape this afternoon

A road sign offers drivers several routes into the snow on the B3224 road between Raleighs Cross and Treborough on Exmoor

A road sign offers drivers several routes into the snow on the B3224 road between Raleighs Cross and Treborough on Exmoor

These fallow deer struggled to find grass to graze upon in a snow-covered film near Whitworth Hall in County Durham

These fallow deer struggled to find grass to graze upon in a snow-covered film near Whitworth Hall in County Durham

Snow is not so rare in the hills of Scotland, but this abandoned croft in Cairngorms looked no less picturesque this morning

Snow is not so rare in the hills of Scotland, but this abandoned croft in Cairngorms looked no less picturesque this morning

Duntisbourne Leer in Gloucestershire showed why the Cotswolds is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Duntisbourne Leer in Gloucestershire showed why the Cotswolds is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

This farmer had his work cut out as he attempted to clear a route along the B3081 near to Shaftesbury in Dorset

This farmer had his work cut out as he attempted to clear a route along the B3081 near to Shaftesbury in Dorset

A snow covered boat at Pewsey on the Kennet & Avon canal  this morning shows how hard the West Country has been hit

A snow covered boat at Pewsey on the Kennet & Avon canal  this morning shows how hard the West Country has been hit

Slow moving traffic on the roads in Hanham, South Gloucestershire this morning with more set to come today

Slow moving traffic on the roads in Hanham, South Gloucestershire this morning with more set to come today

The snowy scene from Dunders Hill above Polzeath Beach looking towards New Polzeath in Cornwall

Frozen pupsicles! MailOnline readers share their wonderful photos of Blizzard Britain (and there’s a LOT of dogs enjoying the snow)

Dogs have been making the most of the snowy conditions across Britain this week as they go exploring in the wintry weather.

And these great photographs sent in MailOnline readers show just how much fun their pets are having in the snow – despite temperatures falling as low as -15C (5F).

Children were also pictured looking out of the window at the conditions, while cats nervously treaded over the white stuff in some back gardens. 

Snowfall and icy conditions are expected to cause widespread travel disruption in the UK this morning amid a pivoting system of wintry weather over the country.

Much of southern England and Wales woke up to more of the white stuff after the UK’s coldest night since 2012. Up to 5.5in (14cm) of snow fell in the South West.

Bubbles the dog looks at the snow amid the chilly weather in East Finchley, North London

Bubbles the dog looks at the snow amid the chilly weather in East Finchley, North London

Katie Bruce took this photograph of her dog out in the snow in Fair Oak, Hampshire

Katie Bruce took this photograph of her dog out in the snow in Fair Oak, Hampshire

Annie Bird's dog Ben the Cocker Spaniel sits in the deep snow in Lancashire

Annie Bird’s dog Ben the Cocker Spaniel sits in the deep snow in Lancashire

Helene Birch's dog Lulu the cockapoo has fun in the snow in Bristol

Helene Birch’s dog Lulu the cockapoo has fun in the snow in Bristol

Sarah Pearson sent in this photo of frozen Arnie, a two-year-old border terrier from Durham

Sarah Pearson sent in this photo of frozen Arnie, a two-year-old border terrier from Durham

Maria Williams sent in this picture of Nugget and Tinker in the snow in Bucknell, Oxfordshire

Maria Williams sent in this picture of Nugget and Tinker in the snow in Bucknell, Oxfordshire

Another picture from Maria Williams of Tinker playing in the snow in Bucknell, Oxfordshire

Another picture from Maria Williams of Tinker playing in the snow in Bucknell, Oxfordshire

Robert Armstrong took this picture of a dog at Chesham Bois in Amersham, Buckinghamshire

Robert Armstrong took this picture of a dog at Chesham Bois in Amersham, Buckinghamshire

MailOnline reader Veronica took this cute picture of a snow dog at Shaw in Berkshire

MailOnline reader Veronica took this cute picture of a snow dog at Shaw in Berkshire

MailOnline reader Rebecca Golsing sent in this picture of her dog on Snowdon in North Wales

MailOnline reader Rebecca Golsing sent in this picture of her dog on Snowdon in North Wales

MailOnline reader Paula Caulder's dog Teddy is pictured catching snowballs in Bedford

MailOnline reader Paula Caulder’s dog Teddy is pictured catching snowballs in Bedford

Elizabeth Hampshire sent in this picture captioned 'snowy paws' in Bramhall, Stockport

Elizabeth Hampshire sent in this picture captioned ‘snowy paws’ in Bramhall, Stockport

Charlie the cavachion loving the snow, in this photo sent in by reader Wendy Oldrey

Charlie the cavachion loving the snow, in this photo sent in by reader Wendy Oldrey

MailOnline reader Faun Olivia's dog Zorro stands in the snow in the West Midlands

MailOnline reader Faun Olivia’s dog Zorro stands in the snow in the West Midlands

Sasha Adams's dog Rhubarb, a miniature dachshund, enjoys the snow at Chatham in Kent

Sasha Adams’s dog Rhubarb, a miniature dachshund, enjoys the snow at Chatham in Kent

Michelle Ayling took this photo of her dog Lucy at Bignor in West Sussex

Michelle Ayling took this photo of her dog Lucy at Bignor in West Sussex

Camilla Fuller's blue Staffordshire bull terrier Pebble, pictured in the snow in Ascot, Berkshire

Camilla Fuller’s blue Staffordshire bull terrier Pebble, pictured in the snow in Ascot, Berkshire

Yvie Hampshire sent in this great photo of her husky smiling in the snow in Manchester

Yvie Hampshire sent in this great photo of her husky smiling in the snow in Manchester

Alison Ashton took a picture of Arnie the dog on a frozen football pitch covered in snow

Alison Ashton took a picture of Arnie the dog on a frozen football pitch covered in snow

Barney Bear the chow chow refusing to come in for Justine Gyer in Southgate, North London

Barney Bear the chow chow refusing to come in for Justine Gyer in Southgate, North London

Spencer Nash photographed Loki the dog having a great time in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Spencer Nash photographed Loki the dog having a great time in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Suzanne Roper's dog Daisy is loving the snow in Bristol, with a head covered in the white stuff

Suzanne Roper’s dog Daisy is loving the snow in Bristol, with a head covered in the white stuff

Beverley Ellis's dog Ollie is enjoying the snow in Andover, Hampshire

Beverley Ellis’s dog Ollie is enjoying the snow in Andover, Hampshire

Cesar enjoying the snow near London Heathrow Airport, in a photo by reader T Reilly

Cesar enjoying the snow near London Heathrow Airport, in a photo by reader T Reilly

Maria Williams photographed Cicely playing with Nugget in the snow in Bucknell, Oxfordshire

Maria Williams photographed Cicely playing with Nugget in the snow in Bucknell, Oxfordshire

Anne Almond sent in this picture of Milly the dog from Amersham in Buckinghamshire

Anne Almond sent in this picture of Milly the dog from Amersham in Buckinghamshire

MailOnline reader Karen Wilder sent in this picture of her dog at Camelford in Cornwall

MailOnline reader Karen Wilder sent in this picture of her dog at Camelford in Cornwall

William Rodger's dog Jura, a seven-month old Fox Red Labrador, in Hessilhead, North Ayrshire

William Rodger’s dog Jura, a seven-month old Fox Red Labrador, in Hessilhead, North Ayrshire

Lauren Shave sent in this picture of Logan the dog in the Gortin Glens, County Tyrone

Lauren Shave sent in this picture of Logan the dog in the Gortin Glens, County Tyrone

Dan Gray's dog Chester enjoys the snow at Hollingbury golf course in Brighton, East Sussex

Dan Gray’s dog Chester enjoys the snow at Hollingbury golf course in Brighton, East Sussex

Holly Chilton sent in a picture of Roxy and Ebbie catching snowballs in Hertfordshire

Holly Chilton sent in a picture of Roxy and Ebbie catching snowballs in Hertfordshire

Mike Peacock's dog Sir Walter Kipling, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier at Teggs Nose in Cheshire

Mike Peacock’s dog Sir Walter Kipling, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier at Teggs Nose in Cheshire

Eleanor Scanlon sent in this picture of her cute dog in the snow in Hertfordshire

Eleanor Scanlon sent in this picture of her cute dog in the snow in Hertfordshire

Naomi Rawlings photographed Mija, a miniature dachshund at Brandon Park in Bristol

Naomi Rawlings photographed Mija, a miniature dachshund at Brandon Park in Bristol

Willow and Tookay play in the snow near Helston in Cornwall, as pictured by Andrew Borman

Willow and Tookay play in the snow near Helston in Cornwall, as pictured by Andrew Borman

Lauren Houck's dogs Brody (left) and Alfie (right) enjoy the snow in Awbridge, Hampshire

Lauren Houck’s dogs Brody (left) and Alfie (right) enjoy the snow in Awbridge, Hampshire

Sophie Taylor said her Siberian cat is 'living his best life' in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Sophie Taylor said her Siberian cat is ‘living his best life’ in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Clive Lawrence sent in a picture of Molly the cat - who doesn't like snow - in Wallington, Surrey

Clive Lawrence sent in a picture of Molly the cat – who doesn’t like snow – in Wallington, Surrey

Kathryn Griffiths's children look at the snow in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire

Kathryn Griffiths’s children look at the snow in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire

Tina Entwistle's son Matty goes tobogganing in the snow in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire

Tina Entwistle’s son Matty goes tobogganing in the snow in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire

Jenny Taylor took a photo of children walking to school in the snow in Worthing, West Sussex

Jenny Taylor took a photo of children walking to school in the snow in Worthing, West Sussex

Five-year-old Sam Boudier made this impressive snowman in Reading, Berkshire

Five-year-old Sam Boudier made this impressive snowman in Reading, Berkshire

Betty, four, shows baby brother Thomas, seven months, his first snow in Guildford, Surrey

Betty, four, shows baby brother Thomas, seven months, his first snow in Guildford, Surrey

Thomas and Florence Williams wrap up warm as they play in the snow in Surrey

Thomas and Florence Williams wrap up warm as they play in the snow in Surrey

Icicles by the River South Tyne in Alston, Cumbria, in a picture from Clive Worboys

Icicles by the River South Tyne in Alston, Cumbria, in a picture from Clive Worboys

Snow at Belsize Village in Hampstead, North West London, as pictured by Julia Kobrin

Snow at Belsize Village in Hampstead, North West London, as pictured by Julia Kobrin

MailOnline reader Charlotte Hopkins sent in this picture of snow on cars and roads in Bristol

MailOnline reader Charlotte Hopkins sent in this picture of snow on cars and roads in Bristol

Snow in Hannington, Hampshire, as pictured by MailOnline reader Jacqueline Oates

Snow in Hannington, Hampshire, as pictured by MailOnline reader Jacqueline Oates

Vinay Vaghjiani photographed snow on the rooftops of Wembley in North West London

Vinay Vaghjiani photographed snow on the rooftops of Wembley in North West London

Snow in Gateshead looking over to Newcastle, as pictured by MailOnline reader Andy Dawson

Snow in Gateshead looking over to Newcastle, as pictured by MailOnline reader Andy Dawson

MailOnline reader Emma White photographed snow at Burchetts Green in Buckinghamshire

MailOnline reader Emma White photographed snow at Burchetts Green in Buckinghamshire

Amrita Sekhon's back garden in Sonning-on-Thames in Berkshire is a wintry scene today

Amrita Sekhon’s back garden in Sonning-on-Thames in Berkshire is a wintry scene today

MailOnline reader Clive photographed snow at Pewsey on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Wiltshire

MailOnline reader Clive photographed snow at Pewsey on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Wiltshire

Lorraine O'Brien pictured snow in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, at 6.30am this morning

Lorraine O’Brien pictured snow in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, at 6.30am this morning

Sarah Horohan photographed the snow at Compton in Newbury, Berkshire

Sarah Horohan photographed the snow at Compton in Newbury, Berkshire

Pippa Whitehouse photographed Polzeath Beach looking towards New Polzeath in Cornwall

Pippa Whitehouse photographed Polzeath Beach looking towards New Polzeath in Cornwall

MailOnline reader Will Fenton took this photograph of snow on the ground Bristol

MailOnline reader Will Fenton took this photograph of snow on the ground Bristol

This picture of a garden covered in snow was taken at 4am today in Greenford, West London

This picture of a garden covered in snow was taken at 4am today in Greenford, West London

Snow on the trees in Reading, Berkshire, creates a wintry scene - pictured by Kate Tompkins

Snow on the trees in Reading, Berkshire, creates a wintry scene – pictured by Kate Tompkins

Snow falls in MailOnline reader Louise Hesse's garden in Buckinghamshire overnight

Snow falls in MailOnline reader Louise Hesse’s garden in Buckinghamshire overnight

MailOnline reader Christian Farrow pictured snow in his garden in the Roath area of Cardiff

MailOnline reader Christian Farrow pictured snow in his garden in the Roath area of Cardiff

Snow falls in Chessington, Surrey, at 2.30am this morning - as pictured by Marilyn Erasmus

Snow falls in Chessington, Surrey, at 2.30am this morning – as pictured by Marilyn Erasmus

Laura Jane Colley Ward took this picture of snow at 3am in Bracknell, Berkshire

Laura Jane Colley Ward took this picture of snow at 3am in Bracknell, Berkshire

Belinda Bodley took this picture of snow in the Somerset village of Curry Rivel

Belinda Bodley took this picture of snow in the Somerset village of Curry Rivel

Snow in Aldershot, Hampshire, just before 6am this morning - pictured by Donata Szczepaniak

Snow in Aldershot, Hampshire, just before 6am this morning – pictured by Donata Szczepaniak

MailOnline reader Cheryl Painter photographed snow at Bradley Stoke in Bristol this morning

MailOnline reader Cheryl Painter photographed snow at Bradley Stoke in Bristol this morning

Reader Alex Dellar was stuck on the A30 westbound at Bodmin Moor in Cornwall overnight

Reader Alex Dellar was stuck on the A30 westbound at Bodmin Moor in Cornwall overnight

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‘What mountain do these teachers live up?’: Furious parents slam ‘pathetic’ decision to cancel classes as 2,000 UK schools shut due to snow

Angry parents across the country have reacted furiously to many schools’ decision to remain closed for the day following overnight snowfall.

While thousands of children were thrilled to have a snow day off, the 2.000 closures nationwide were not greeted with joy by some parents forced to make last minute arrangements.

Hundreds of schools across the UK closed after snow fell overnight on Thursday, some were shut despite the white stuff barely touching them.

One angry Twitter user, Codders, posted: 'Pathetic the kids school is closed today why? No snow if we take kids out we get fined are the schools gonna get fined and pay us parents? I doubt it proves fines are just money making scam for the schools'

One angry Twitter user, Codders, posted: ‘Pathetic the kids school is closed today why? No snow if we take kids out we get fined are the schools gonna get fined and pay us parents? I doubt it proves fines are just money making scam for the schools’

Wales, Bristol, Greater London, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Berkshire, and West Sussex were just some of the areas to announce closures.

However, one Twitter user, Codders, posted: ‘Pathetic the kids school is closed today why? No snow if we take kids out we get fined are the schools gonna get fined and pay us parents? I doubt it proves fines are just money making scam for the schools.’

With his profile location set to Llanelli, West Wales, the message was accompanied by a photograph showing the lightest dusting of snow.

Donna Marie, also in Wales, posted: ‘@GMB our school closed yesterday at 12.30 due to the forecast, at that time no snow had fallen and didn’t fall until 4.30pm!! So they could have stayed £itsajoke £healthandsafetygonemad’.

Snow angels: Photographs taken in Harlow show children playing in the grounds of their open school in Harlow, Essex. These pair are pictured making snow angels on the snow covered grass

Snow angels: Photographs taken in Harlow show children playing in the grounds of their open school in Harlow, Essex. These pair are pictured making snow angels on the snow covered grass

Another user, Emily, tweeted that her school was closed despite there being no snow.

Tracy Cameron responded to a tweet from Monmouthshire County Council saying all community hubs and libraries were still open with: ‘Why no schools open then? The knock on effect for parents is terrible. What mountain do all these teachers live up?’

In most cases, parents, carers and pupils were able to check on the status of their school through social media, or the local council website.

The happy group make snow angels and frolic with one another at Latton Green Primary Academy. The school remained open, unlike 2,000 others across the country who stayed shut

The happy group make snow angels and frolic with one another at Latton Green Primary Academy. The school remained open, unlike 2,000 others across the country who stayed shut

The Department for Education website also allowed people to enter their postcodes to find out what institutions in their area had shut due to the bad weather.

Photographs taken in Harlow show children playing in the grounds of their open school in Harlow, Essex.

The happy group make snow angels and frolic with one another at Latton Green Primary Academy.

Meanwhile parents in Gloucestershire have been left in the dark after a council website revealing which schools were closed crashed.

Frustrated parents were met with the downed Gloucestershire City Council website this morning as they tried to find out if they needed to battle the cold weather to get their kids to school.

The freezing temperatures has seen multiple weather warnings issued by the Met Office for today and over the weekend, including cautions for snow and ice.

Thousands of schools have since closed, meaning an estimated 800,000 children will stay home today.

But the day wasn’t made any easier when the Gloucestershire City Council website crashed.

Just one of the angry parents took to social media to vent their frustrations, writing: ‘The school closure link is not working – been trying all morning! Please sort it out GCC, the old system always worked!’

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