SNOW across the UK has sparked travel chaos as trains are cancelled and motorways are covered with black ice.
A severe weather warning for snow has been issued for Wales today as the rest of the UK is battered by thundery showers and hail, according to the Met Office.
The Met Office put out a yellow weather alert for snow on high ground above 300 metres in Wales for this morning
Heavy snow sparks chaos in the North of England and Scotland as Met Office issues weather warning for UK
Commuters are being warned of disruption to their journeys as wintry weather conditions cause severe delays to rail services.
Rain and sleet are also expected to affect driving conditions, including in the West Midlands.
Overnight, temperatures plunged to as low as -2.9C in Santon Downham in Suffolk, while snow began falling on higher ground in places including Powys in Wales.TRAVEL CHAOS
Southeastern trains, which runs services into London, said there was no service on some of its lines and delays on others.
Affected trains included those on the Hastings Line, where there was no service, some via Faversham and others on the Medway Valley and Maidstone East lines.
Problems were “due to the severe cold weather icing the power lines”, the company said.
Southern Rail and Thameslink both closed lines in South London this morning after ice prevented trains getting electricity, all of which have now reopened although there may still be cancellations and delays.
Following severe weather conditions in mid-March, trains are still not running on the Conwy Valley Line in Wales.
Roads have been closed in south Wales, near Rhigos, due to heavy snowfall making the road “impassable”.
Lake District has also been affected by road closures due to snow and they’re due to reopen “when the weather conditions begin to improve”.
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The Met Office urged drivers to take care on icy stretches of road.
Forecaster Luke Miall said: “It will cause some disruption for the morning commute in certain areas. There could be some minor road closures if it’s particularly bad over some of the higher routes.”
In County Durham, the fire service warned people of black ice and slush on the A1M near Chester-Le-Street, and said there had already been several accidents.
Central and southern parts of England could see heavy thundery downpours throughout the day, while the best of the weather is likely to be across eastern England.
Temperatures are predicted to struggle to get above 10 or 11C, but could feel as low as 7 or 8C in the wind and rain.
It comes as spring got off to a wintry start across many parts of the country this week, with hill snow, hail and sleet.
Forecasters previously said a deep area of low pressure is centred over the UK, bringing with it the potential to drive showers and produce long spells of wet and changeable weather.
A “sudden microburst” of hail and snow caused a 24-car motorway pile-up, Lancashire Police said on Wednesday morning.
The M55 was closed in both directions but no-one was seriously injured, the force said.
The current outlook for Thursday is a day of sunshine and showers for most areas, with some places staying dry.
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Showers will be most frequent in the South West, with a longer spell of rain in northern Scotland.
Friday could see rain in the west and far north, with conditions being brighter elsewhere.
The weekend will feature drizzle in the east, with brighter spells in other parts of the country and conditions becoming warmer away from the east coast.
London News Pictures UK weather today – Motorists drive along the B4520 road through blizzard conditions on the Mynydd Epynt range between Builth Wells and Brecon in Powys this morning
London News Pictures UK weather today – A pickup truck in the snow on the Mynydd Epynt range this morning
London News Pictures UK weather today – Ewes and lambs are see in a wintry landscape as bitterly cold Easterly winds and snow hit land above 20 metres altitude on the Mynydd Epynt range near Builth Wells in Powys this morning
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