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Overturned gritter

Up to four inches of snow fell across much of England on Saturday night while forecasters warned that double that could be seen in higher areas in Scotland and the Peak District. (SWNS)

Travel chaos hits Great Brrrr-itain: Flights cancelled, schools closed and trains delayed following weekend snowfall

Motorists are being warned of havoc on the roads today as snow turns to ice following this weekend’s heavy downfall.

The cold weather has brought disruption to flights, with dozens cancelled at Heathrow, Birmingham, Luton and Stansted.

Trains around the country also saw cancellations and delays.

Among the worst-affected services were West Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway and London Northwestern Railway.

Hundreds of schools have been closed for the day after a cold night, which saw temperatures drop as low as -11.6C (11F) in Chillingham Barns, Northumberland.

Pete Williams, the RAC’s road safety spokesman, said they are expecting 11,000 breakdowns on Monday, a figure which is 20% above the seasonal norm.

‘I think the big thing is people are not going to leave enough time,’ he said.

‘Journeys will take two to three times longer.

‘It’s going to be treacherous driving conditions.’

He said low overnight temperatures could cause black ice and urged people to drive slowly, leaving plenty of space between them and the car in front.

Parts of the Midlands and Wales woke up to a blanket of the white stuff, with snow continuing to fall.

Road users have been advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary.