Travel chaos to last for days as Britain freezes up
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The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across much of England and Wales, with a possibility of only a partial thaw. Freezing conditions will last well into mid-week, with temperatures staying at between 0C and -3C in eastern and south east England and Scotland.
To add to this, forecasts of showery rain will increase the risk of ice.
Huge tailbacks were experienced on motorways including the M25, where traffic reached a standstill and motorists were forced to spend the night in their cars after remaining stuck for seven hours.
The AA and the RAC are urging motorists to stay at home to avoid the treacherous road network. The AA reported a total of 15,000 callouts on Saturday alone - double its usual number. Most involved flat batteries.
Heathrow Airport cancelled 50 per cent of its flights on Sunday, and thousands of angry passengers faced long delays at the airport.
Originally, airport bosses cancelled one third of flights - nine house before the snow started - but more were cancelled in anticipation of freezing fog.
Despite this, Heathrow claims that its snow plan has worked far better than in previous years, says a report The Guardian. The airport says that a normal flight schedule will resume at the beginning of the week.
Extra staff have been drafted in to help passengers re-book, and runways and taxiways have been cleared of snow.
The Met Office is predicting icy mornings for most of the week, with mist and fog expected in many areas.
In pictures: Winter 2012
- Iced up: River Trent, Gunthorpe, Nottinghamshire
- Sunrise, East London
- Winter surfing, Longsands, Tynemouth
- Angel of the North, Newcastle
- Frosty field, East London
- Snowy ponies, Exmoor
- Tourist, Westminster, London
- Commuter, Netherley, Liverpool
- Sunrise, Upper Kennett Valley, Wiltshire
- Morning glory, Perthshire, Scotland
- Sunset, Avebury, Wiltshire
- River Trent, Nottingham
- Deer park, Studley Royal, near Ripon
- Brave swimmer, Hyde Park, London
- Frozen waterfall, Hadrow, Yorkshire
- Hidden dog, Essex
- 11 geese a-freezing, Johnstonebridge, Scotland
- Walker, River Trent, Nottingham
- Mob of deer, Wensleydale
- Cold lamb, Yorkshire
- Wobbly bridge, London
- Dog walkers, Nottingham
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