UK gripped by Arctic conditions

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Pastor Dale Morgan

Dec 1, 2010, 5:47:11 PM12/1/10
Perilous Times

UK gripped by Arctic conditions

    * By Rob Cole and Graham Fitzgerald of Sky News in London
    * From: NewsCore
    * December 02, 2010 8:17AM

LARGE parts of Britain struggled to cope today with heavy snow and freezing conditions as forecasters warned that Arctic weather conditions would continue to grip the country.

The weather sparked a spate of car accidents across the UK and forced schools to close. A woman died after falling into a freezing lake in West Yorkshire, northern England.

The southeast was expected to see even more snow Wednesday night while temperatures could plunge as low as -13F (-25C) today in parts of Scotland, forecasters warned.

The weather caused another day of disruption and delays with planes, trains and roads all severely hit, while more than 1000 schools shut their doors.

Gatwick and Edinburgh airports were closed until later today (AEDT) and Dundee airport, in Scotland, was shut until further notice. Travellers were advised to allow for delays.

Southeastern England, especially Kent, Surrey and Essex, could see another 20cm of snow tonight with parts of London also set for heavy snow.

In northern England, heavy snowfall that began yesterday evening continued through the night, causing widespread disruption today.

About 10-25cm of snow fell, leading to the closure of 300 schools in the northeast, 100 in northern England, 410 in the southeast and 800 in the central part of the country.

Local weather forecasters warned today that parts of northern Scotland could see temperatures dip as low as -6F (-21C) during the night and -13F (-25C) tomorrow.

One third of all train services across the country suffered delays and cancellations. Major disruptions were expected on all services in the southeast.

Britain's Automobile Association received an average of 1350 calls an hour today, with London reporting more breakdowns than any other part of the UK, the organisation said.

Insurance companies estimated that the big freeze was costing the UK economy up to £1.2 billion ($1.87 billion) a day. Shops, restaurants and bars were the worst effected, experts said.

Read more at Sky News.
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