Drivers and other travellers are facing difficult journeys as icy conditions persist across much of the UK.The Met Office has a yellow warning for ice from 16:00 GMT until Wednesday 11:00 GMT, with the worst affected areas likely to be Scotland and the north of England.Hundreds of schools are remaining closed for a second day. A low of -13C (9F) was recorded on Monday night in Shawbury, Shropshire – the coldest night of the year so far.The Met Office’s warning covers Wales, parts of Scotland and much of England – including the Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, London, the South East, East, South West, the North East and North West.It said the chance of ice was highest across parts of Scotland and northern England where rain might fall onto frozen surfaces. Those areas were also likely to see a few centimetres of fresh snow on high ground, it added.”There will probably be icy stretches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths with some injuries possible from slips and falls.”
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BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood warned drivers to take extra care on the roads throughout the day.She said the freezing fog would be slow to lift but would leave a dry day, with a fair bit of sunshine for most, but that would be followed by wet and windy weather later on Tuesday.The AA had its busiest day of the year on Monday, with about 25,000 calls from motorists.More than 350 schools in the West Midland, some 200 in Shropshire and more than 300 schools in Wales have said they are not opening. On Monday, more than 1,000 schools were closed – about 600 of which were in Wales.
The deep freeze also left thousands without power. There were 220 homes still without supply in the West Midlands early on Tuesday, and in Oxfordshire, more than 850 are without power. Arriva Trains Wales, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia and London Northwestern Railway were reporting major delays on Tuesday morning.Eurotunnel said services were running with delays due to “extreme weather conditions”, with waits of six hours for passengers departing from Calais and those leaving from Folkestone. It recommended customers cancelled or changed their travel plans.A low of -11.6C (11F) was recorded on Sunday night in Chillingham Barns, Northumberland, with Saturday’s temperatures dipping to -12.4C (10F).Heathrow Airport in London said the “majority” of departures and arrivals would run as scheduled, but advised passengers to check before travelling because of bad weather in Europe.P&O ferries are delayed by up to two-and-a-half hours because of the weather. Travellers are being told to check in and will be put on the first available sailing.The TUC called on employers not to force staff to make dangerous journeys “for the sake of presenteeism” and to give staff advice on what to do if the weather or lack of public transport kept them away.
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Source: BBC Tyne and Wear