‘Not out of the woods yet’: Snow batters UK

Heavy snowfall and strengthening winds are wreaking havoc across the UK, leaving several people dead and hundreds stranded amid closed roads and cancelled flights.

The latest victim of the extreme weather was a seven-year-old girl who died after a car slid off the road and hit a house in Cornwall on Thursday.

Widespread heavy snow and strong easterly winds are now set to bring “blizzard conditions” and “severe drifting” to affected areas. The Army has been drafted in to help stranded motorists.

Nearly all train operators are warning of cancellations and disruption to services throughout Friday.

Flights at the majority of UK airports have also been hit by the severe weather, with Heathrow waring of a “consolidated flight schedule” and Gatwick confirming that “many flights are cancelled or delayed”.

Hundreds of schools have been forced to close, resulting in another snow day and a long weekend to thousands of children.

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West Midlands Police dashcam footage

Video: West Midlands Police dashcam

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates warned there is “further snow to come, as well as a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain”.

He said: “Even parts of London and the South East are not immune to seeing more snow through the afternoon – not as much as yesterday, but still enough to cause further disruption.

“We are not out of the woods yet.”

The M80 motorway is completely empty after being closed to clear vehicles stranded by bad weather overnight, near Banknock, Scotland

Image: The M80 motorway near Glasgow after being cleared of traffic stranded overnight

The sub-zero cold snap and Storm Emma have combined to deadly effect.

On Thursday, a 75-year-old woman was found dead on a snow-covered street in Leeds; a 46-year-old man died in a collision on the A34, and a 60-year-old man died after being pulled from a lake in Welling.

On Tuesday, three people were killed in a car crash in Lincolnshire; one man died in a collision in Cambridgeshire and a homeless man was found dead in his tent near St Swithun’s Church in Retford.

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Planes grounded by the weather at Dublin Airport

Video: Grounded and going nowhere!

Amber warnings for snow and wind now remain in place across the majority of the country.

However, a Met Office red warning – meaning snow and wind could put lives at risk – expired in southwest England and parts of Wales in the early hours of Friday morning.

A major incident was declared in the Avon and Somerset area after approximately 100 vehicles were left stranded on the A303 in Illminster.

Military forces were called in to assist with a major incident in Hampshire after a build-up of traffic left motorists stranded on the A31.

The South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust put a call out for drivers of 4x4s and SUVs to meet at their Hampshire headquarters to help staff get to where they needed to go.

The Royal Air Force was drafted in to help Lincolnshire residents, with reports of some remote villages receiving up to 61cm (2ft) of snow.

Motorists in Dorset, Greater Manchester and Somerset also found themselves stranded due to the extreme conditions.

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Making the most of the amenities on the 1705 Waterloo to Weymouth service

Image: Making the most of the amenities on the 1705 Waterloo to Weymouth service

Passengers on the 5.05pm service from London Waterloo to Weymouth found themselves stuck at Brockenhurst station after a broken down train ahead left them stationary on the tracks.

With “frozen conductor rails” blamed for the front train’s breakdown, about 50 passengers were left at a standstill until 3.30am. Staff reportedly gave out blankets and refreshments.

In Scotland – which saw the first of the snow when it hit on Thursday – hundreds of motorists spent hours trapped in cars on the M80 motorway near Glasgow.

Some remote areas of the Scottish Borders remain completely cut off.

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Most of the Republic of Ireland has been placed under red alert after being hit by the worst snow in 65 years.

Residents have been warned to stay indoors, with the severe weather warning in place until at least 6pm on Friday.

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