M1 shut and 14,000 lose power as snow hits UK

An accident in treacherous conditions has closed the M1 and 14,000 homes are without power after overnight snowstorms hit the UK.

A lorry crash has closed all three lanes of the M1 southbound prior to junction 19, with Leicestershire Police telling Sky News it was likely caused by the wintry conditions.

There are tailbacks stretching several miles with people trying to return to work or from Christmas breaks.

A lorry crash has closed the M1

Image: A lorry crash has closed the M1 southbound prior to junction 19

Police tweeted: “There has been an accident involving a lorry. Unfortunately, all lanes are currently blocked. Police and Highways are aware and are currently dealing. Please make alternative travel arrangements. Updates to follow.”

Motorists across the country are being warned to take extra care as snow settles in parts.

Meanwhile, Western Power Distribution confirmed 14,000 homes were without electricity across southwestern and central parts of the country.

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Western Power Distribution says 14,000 homes are without electricity

Image: Western Power Distribution says 14,000 homes are without electricity

The Met Office has also issued 14 flood warnings and 94 flood alerts, mainly in the South West.

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