UK weather latest live: snow travel chaos hits London as schools close

Londoners woke to the capital blanketed in settled snow as Arctic weather continued to grip the UK.

Severe travel disruption was reported across the country with road and rail networks brought to a standstill as temperatures plummeted as low as minus 10 in parts of Oxfordshire.

Commuters in the capital faced travel chaos as a number of Tube lines shut down due to freezing weather.

There are also warnings of disruption to trains, with affected operators including c2c, Greater Anglia and Stansted Express, ScotRail, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express, South Western Railway, TfL Rail and London Overground, according to National Rail Enquiries.

An amber warning for much of the north of England and Scotland is in place until 6pm, while another covering London, the East Midlands and the east of England is in force until 10am.

A yellow warning covering vast swathes of the UK runs until just before midnight.

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Weather warnings 

Amber and yellow snow and ice warnings are in place across vast swathes of the UK, causing significant travel disruption.



Some flights have been cancelled from Heathrow, including a number of British Airways services.

London City Airport also said there would be some disruption to services, while Newcastle Airport said there could be some delays while the runway was cleared of snow.

Gatwick Airport said overnight that flights were arriving and departing as usual, but recommended passengers check with their airline ahead of travelling.

East Midlands Airport said it was fully operational, but that it would be monitoring weather updates throughout the day.



The Tube and Overground are experiencing significant problems this morning, as mentioned in previous posts.

Elsewhere TfL Rail is reporting severe delays.

Southeastern, South Western Railway, Southern, c2c, Greater Anglia and ScotRail have all warned of the potential for cancellations or delays to services.

Passengers were advised to check with before travelling.

Great Northern was expecting to run a normal service, weather permitting.

Isle of Man Transport tweeted that all services were currently suspended.


Disruption on the roads

Here’s a summary of the disruption on the UK’s roads this morning.

Several roads across the country have been left impassable following heavy snowfall overnight, forcing police to close large sections of major routes.

In Yorkshire, the A61 has been shut between Harrogate and Skipton due to the conditions, while further north, in Durham, the A66 was closed between the A1M and A685.

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

Highways England said the A1 in Cambridgeshire had to be shut due to severe weather, between the A1M and A6121 at Tinwell.

The closure caused long tailbacks overnight.

In Norfolk, police also reported roads being blocked due to lorries and cars becoming stuck in the snow, including the A11 southbound at Wymondham and the A143 at Haddiscoe.


Met Office latest

The Met Office is reporting heavy snow showers this morning, especially in the north and east.


Good morning, London


London wakes up to snow

Despite the travel delays, plenty of people are relishing this morning’s snow in London


Overground latest

London Overground: No service between Edmonton Green and Cheshunt due to overhead line problems.

Minor delays between New Cross and Dalston Junction due to an absence of train operators.

Minor delays between Euston and Watford Junction due to a points failure at Kilburn High Road.

Minor delays between Stratford and Richmond / Clapham Junction due to faulty trains.


Tube delays – in summary

District Line: No service between Earl’s Court and Ealing Broadway / Richmond and severe delays on the rest of the line due to signal failure at West Kensington.

Piccadilly Line: Severe delays due to signal failures at King’s Cross, Arnos Grove and Hammersmith.

Central Line: No service between Woodford and Epping and between Hainault and Woodford due to a faulty train. Minor on the rest of the line.


Delays on London Overground

Some services have been cancelled on the London Overground’s North London line this morning as a result of the snow.


Severe delays on Tube

There are severe delays on the District line this morning after ice and snow caused a signal failure at Wimbledon station.

London buses are accepting tickets.


Snow in London

Early risers have already been tweeting pictures of snow in the capital this morning.


Cancellations on Southeastern

Southeastern trains has announced there will be cancellations this morning after the heavy snow prevented train crew from getting to depots. Then a snow-clearing vehicle broke down on the Ashford-bound line.


Roads closed

Several roads across the country have been closed due to the severe weather.
Part of the A1 in Cambridgeshire is shut in both directions, between the A1M junction 17 and the A6121 at Tinwell.
Cambridgeshire Police said traffic was at a standstill on both the north and southbound carriageways between Stamford and Wansford.


Cold snap intensifying

Heavy snow has fallen across the UK as commuters face another morning of potentially major disruption on the roads and railways.

Forecasters have predicted a freezing start to Wednesday as the cold spell – dubbed the Beast from the East – intensifies.

Read the latest full update here.


Land Rover power

Kent Police have shared a video of the night team pulling a lorry through the snow using a 4×4. It’s falling heavily again tonight.


‘Major incident’ in Newcastle

Police in Newcastle have declared a major incident after around 500 homes were left without power following an underground electrical fire at around 3.20pm in Ponteland Road in Cowgate.
A reception centre has been set up at the Morrisons supermarket on Two Ball Lonnen.
Northumbria Police superintendent George Maratty said the Northern Powergrid were “doing all they can” to get power back up and running.


Last Overground trains as follows


‘Exceptionally cold night’ ahead

Temperatures are expected to plummet to minus double digits across much of the UK tonight, the Met Office said.

Parts of the south east could see as low -9 or -10C overnight.

Grab an extra blanket!


This from the National Police Air Service as a snow storm brought a blizzard to London earlier:

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