UK weather: Snow causing widespread travel disruption

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Severe snow has caused a second day of disruption across the UK with flights and trains cancelled and traffic grinding to a halt on major roads.

The worst hit areas were central Scotland – where a red alert for snow is in place – as well as Kent, East Anglia and the North East of England.

In London, a man died after being pulled from a frozen lake.

The freezing conditions are forecast to continue on Thursday with the arrival of Storm Emma.

The Met Office red warning – meaning there is a potential risk to life – will remain in place in Scotland until 10:00 GMT on Thursday. Hundreds of schools in the country will stay closed for a second day.

An amber warning for snow and ice covering other parts of Scotland, northern and eastern England will last until 18:00, with further delays and cancellations expected on public transport expected.

Heavy snow is also expected in south-west England and Wales from midday on Thursday to 08:00 on Friday.

Public Health England (PHE) has urged people to plan ahead to ensure they have enough food and medicine.

Rail passengers have been warned to avoid travelling to or from Scotland on Thursday while in Kent 50 stations will be closed.

Almost all operators have been affected by the conditions on Wednesday, with numerous cancellations and delays.

Several are planning to run amended timetables on Thursday with passengers being urged to check before they travel.

Traffic on the M80 between Glasgow and Stirling has been brought to a standstill for several hours, with emergency services dealing with a series of accidents.

Police Scotland have advised drivers to avoid the motorway and are advising stranded motorists to stay in their vehicles.

The force said supplies of water and fuel would be provided where there was an urgent need.

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