'Beast from the East' extends its icy grasp

UK snow- Met Office extends yellow warnings

Extreme weather left United Kingdom drivers stranded and more roads impassable overnight - with another day of sub-zero temperatures, icy blasts and "blizzard-like" conditions to come.

The public have been urged not to travel in Leinster and Munster, the south and east of the country.

The announcements came two days after three people were killed in a head-on collision in northern Sweden amid heavy snowfall on Swedish roads.

Several roads across the country have been closed due to the severe weather.

Many forces warned motorists against driving unless absolutely essential, with Lincolnshire police saying travel on "most roads" was impossible.

The RAC had its busiest day in 10 years on Tuesday with 9,500 call-outs, but believes this figure could be topped on Wednesday as conditions worsen.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf has said he will be holding talks with a number of employers after people were left stranded in snow while travelling for work.

Highways England said the A66 had also been closed in Durham, between the A1M and the A685, while the A59 in North Yorkshire was closed westbound after the A61 between Harrogate and Skipton.

The A1 in Durham was also closed between Scotch Corner and Catterick after a lorry jackknifed.

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Police and fire services across the United Kingdom were forced to rescue stranded vehicles yesterday, with it reported that four people were killed in accidents and hundreds left without power.

And commuters have been told to expect long delays on bus, rail and air travel services, while disruption to phone networks could also occur. It is valid between 15:00 Thursday 1 March and 02:00 Friday 2 March 2018.

Tim Price, Rural Affairs Specialist at NFU Mutual said: "In the areas which have had heavy snow and temperatures falling below -10c, farmers are facing a massive challenge to get fodder to sheep and cattle which are out in the fields or housed in remote buildings". See PA story WEATHER Snow.

London's busiest railway station, Waterloo, showed more than half of trains cancelled or delay at the height of rush hour.

British Airways said the weather was likely to continue disrupting flights throughout the week. An additional six inbound flights were diverted or returned to their departure airports. "Scotland and the north east of England are now the worst affected regions with deep snow still falling and drifting in high winds".

Glasgow Airport closed its runway from around 7am until 1pm.

Heathrow said it had "consolidated" its flight schedule "to provide more certainty around departing flights, and ensure the safety of our passengers and colleagues", while Gatwick said "many flights are cancelled or delayed today".

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