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Snow: Severe weather warnings in place across UK
Snow: Severe weather warnings in place across UKPublishedduration1 hour agoSharenocloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightPA Mediaimage captionPeople made the most of the snowy slopes of Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset
Severe weather warnings are in place across much of the UK after large parts of the country saw heavy snowfall.
The blanket of snow drew people outside for sledging and winter walks, but motorists have been warned to take extra care on icy roads.
Several coronavirus vaccination and testing centres were closed in England and Wales due to the conditions.
Police forces have reminded the public to stick to Covid lockdown rules while enjoying the snow.
Officers in Wandsworth, south-west London, encouraged people with gardens to play in the snow at home.
And police in Rutland, Leicestershire, were among several forces questioning why people were leaving their homes to go sledging.
Continuing coronavirus lockdowns across the four UK nations mean most of the population must stay at home, except for a limited number of reasons.media captionFor cats Bonny and Freddy, the snow is a chance to explore. Credit: Rachel Prew
As well as four vaccination centres in Wales, six Covid testing centres in the West Midlands had to close due to heavy snow.
Highways England warned that the snow had caused collisions on the M3, M27 and M25 in southern England, with the agency urging drivers to only travel if absolutely necessary.
Those using the roads for essential journeys have been urged to allow plenty of extra time for their travel and pedestrians and cyclists are also advised to be cautious.
The Met Office put a yellow weather warning for snow in place on Sunday, stretching from coast to coast in southern England and ending just below Manchester.
It is also in place for all of Wales other than Anglesey, most of Northern Ireland and western and northern areas of Scotland.
Weather warnings for ice are in place until 11:00 GMT Monday for all of Wales and Northern Ireland, northern and eastern Scotland and much of southern England and the Midlands.image copyrightPA Wireimage captionPeople in Greenwich Park, south-east London, swapped their usual daily bout of exercise for sledgingimage copyrightPA Mediaimage captionGritters leapt into action near Touchen-end in Berkshire
In Wales, appointments at the Bridgend, Rhondda, Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil coronavirus vaccination centres for Sunday were rescheduled for safety reasons, the Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board said.
Up to 1in (3cm) of snow was forecast to fall in most areas of Wales, with 4-6in (10-15cm) expected in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia.
In the West Midlands, coronavirus testing centres at Castle Vale Stadium, the Arcadian Centre and Maypole Youth Centre were closed, Birmingham City Council said.
Facilities in Moat Street, Coventry and The Place in Oakengates in Shropshire have also closed, along with one in Lichfield, Staffordshire, local MP Michael Fabricant said.
And in Devon, a gritting lorry overturned on Dartmoor. Devon County Council urged people to avoid travel unless it was absolutely essential and not to travel to find snow.
Significant risk of ice on untreated and treated roads this morning and through the day. Pic shows one of our gritter fleet overturned on the Holne Road - driver ok. Avoid travel unless absolutely essential, do not travel to find snow, and stick to the COVID-19 guidance. pic.twitter.com/6123nbbVyO— Devon County Council (@DevonCC) January 24, 2021The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said the Midlands was likely to see the most snow during Sunday. Coleshill, near Birmingham, had seen had 3.5in (9cm) by Sunday lunchtime.
He said a band of hail, sleet, snow and rain moved in through Wales and south-west England in the early hours before sweeping across the UK and stalling over the Midlands, which saw some of the heaviest snow.
Through the rest of the day and overnight it will move its way through south-east England but will ease away.
Sunday evening could see colder temperatures, with lows of -4C to -6C (25F to 21F) for a lot of the south of the UK, the forecaster added.
"Some localised spots, likely in the Midlands, could see it as low as -10C (14F)," he said.image copyrightPA Wireimage captionSnowmen popped up in the grounds of Guildford Castle, Surreyimage copyrightPA Mediaimage captionAs shown on the M1 in Bedfordshire, the wintry showers have caused hazardous driving conditions
Chris Fawkes of BBC Weather said some stretches of the M4 and M5 had been completely covered in snow at some points on Sunday morning.
He said this was partly because traffic has been low due to lockdown restrictions - and vehicles are needed to help grit mix into snow to make it melt.
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