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Jack-knifed lorry

Picture taken from the Twitter feed of Gloucestershire Constabulary of police at the scene of a lorry that jack-knifed on the M5 Junction 11A after wintry weather swept across the country. (PA)

Back to work! Britons brave 'dangerous' -5c snow and ice on first day back after Christmas

Roads have been closed, flights halted and thousands of houses left without power as Britain faced another round of snow overnight.

Western Power Networks said more than 14,000 properties had been cut off due to the snow and ice.

Stansted airport announced it was closing its runway due to the bad conditions, and Birmingham airport warned passengers that their flights could also be impacted.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning of rain and snow for the Midlands, London and the South East, the North West, South West and Yorkshire and the Humber that will remain in place until 11am.

The southbound carriageway of the M1 was closed near Lutterworth in Leicestershire after an accident involving a lorry, while another HGV jack-knifed in heavy snow on the M5 in Gloucestershire.

Up to 7cm of snow was recorded to have fallen over Exmoor, South Wales and the Cotswolds overnight, while other areas also saw bad weather, with gusts of up to 50mph blowing across Cornwall.

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