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MET OFFICE ISSUES ICE WARNING AFTER SNOW HITS UK

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A weather warning of icy conditions has been issued for most of the UK following snowfalls across parts of the country.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for likely low-level disruption, valid until 11:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Motorists are being warned to be extra careful of hazardous driving conditions.

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Forecasters said some parts of the country could expect further wintry showers on Wednesday.

BBC Weather presenter Stav Danaos said: “We could see a couple of centimetres of snow in one or two spots.”

Freezing overnight temperatures had left a “legacy of ice” that was likely to cause disruption, he said.

Forecasters had predicted the coldest night of the winter so far, and temperatures dropped to -10.2C in Braemar, Aberdeenshire.

Police warned motorists to take care, with conditions in North Yorkshire overnight described as “incredibly bad”.

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Motorists in the High Wycombe area of Buckinghamshire reported treacherous surfaces, with many having to abandon their vehicles and continue their journeys on foot.

Meanwhile, snow and ice on Scottish roads led to 125 crashes on Tuesday, according to Police Scotland.

Six flights were cancelled from Manchester Airport on Tuesday morning and other passengers were delayed as aircraft were de-iced.

Belfast International Airport’s runway reopened after being closed for two hours due to heavy snowfall but there were delays to several flights.

Elsewhere in Northern Ireland, the Met Office said that higher routes, such as Glenshane Pass and parts of the M2, were among the roads worst affected.

The Met Office has warned of ice on some roads, pavements and cycle paths, as well as an increased risk of slips and falls on icy surfaces

The warning applies to most of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and much of western Scotland.

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