UK weather Mutiny on trains as passengers let themselves out on to

first_imgMost schools hope to reopen on Monday with announcements expected on Sunday.Airports were  expected to gradually return to normal on Saturday after more than 1,250 flights were cancelled across the UK and Ireland on Friday.Passengers were urged to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport as some delays were still expected. “We dug down to one of the doors where there was just 5ft of snow and thankfully got them out.” In Derbyshire, a man shovels snow that closed a road We’ve talked about #FreezingRain in the last 24 hours… this is what it did to a front door in Exmouth this morning! Thanks to @Petagna for the picture— Met Office (@metoffice) March 2, 2018 The RAC said driving conditions were still treacherous across vast swathes of the UK, urging caution, as some main routes previously rendered impassable were reopened. In Derbyshire, a man shovels snow that closed a roadCredit: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press Passengers on the tracks at Lewisham station  The Met Office added on Twitter that black ice was a threat that could be caused by freezing rain, as it “may not be visible, but it will be there”.Communities come together to clear access to schoolsParents and teachers have grouped together to clear snow from schools in an effort to ensure children can return to classes on Monday.Kinnaird Primary School in Larbert called on volunteers to help clear the school grounds on Saturday, with about 100 people turning up.Armed with shovels and spades, parents, children and teachers worked to ensure the school is safe to reopen on Monday after three days of weather-enforced closure last week. Warning to train passengers: don’t jump onto the tracksFrustrated travellers tempted to self-evacuate from trains stranded by the severe weather conditions have been warned to stay put by the British Transport Police (BTP).Officers posted a warning on Twitter urging passengers to stay on board where they were “far safer” after a number of occasions where people left trains that had ground to a halt in the icy conditions.On Friday evening passengers stuck on a train near Lewisham station, south London, jumped onto the tracks, further disrupting Southeastern rail services. It also urged to check services were running before heading to the stations as some lines remained closed.London Waterloo, the UK’s busiest train station, shut down shortly before 10pm on Friday, with South Western Railway services winding down early. Traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Freezing rain perhaps represents one of the greatest challenges any driver could face. A couple were dug out of their home in ScotlandCredit:Police Scotland /PA A man sleeps on a luggage rack as some were stuck for up to 15 hours Commuters wait on the concourse of London Waterloo Station during rush hour, as heavy snow falls affected rail services across the country An 11 year-old horse, ‘Lady’ was rescued by emergency services after spending all day trapped underneath a fallen treeCredit:Greg Blatchford/Alamy Live News Couple rescued after snow traps them in their houseAn elderly couple and their two dogs have been dug out of their house in southern Scotland after becoming trapped by 12ft (3.6m) snow drifts around the property.Two police officers and a mountain rescue team manged to dig them out of the secluded farm house near West Linton after they called for help on Friday afternoon.The couple, aged 70 and 71, had run out of firewood for heating and were cut off from their coal shed by the time they were freed. They were found to be in good health and were taken to stay with a friend, along with the two dogs. An 11 year-old horse, 'Lady' was rescued by emergency services after spending all day trapped underneath a fallen tree Record-breaking coldThe Met Office  announced the UK had officially broken its record for the lowest maximum temperature for March in a 24 hour period. Tredegar in Wales didn’t get above -4.7 °C all day. “Droplets of rain which come into contact with the ground and other surfaces freeze instantly. This creates a huge hazard as roads may look clear and safe, despite actually being potentially icy death traps.”Where freezing rain is forecast, put simply drivers should avoid using their vehicles in affected areas.” ​ This could become more persistent in parts of Scotland, with a further warning in place for all of Sunday and Monday. Sergeant Davey Rourke said: “The house is in a dip so was slowly being buried in snow drifts up to 12ft in height. Snow to give way to floods as Storm Emma hits UKMotorists warned of black iceRail passengers could face more delaysMutiny on the trains as passengers press emergency buttonsMotorists stranded, rail passengers describe hellish nightTravellers are being warned to expect more snow and ice on Sunday despite rising temperatures for parts of the country.An end to widespread freezing conditions is in sight as a gradual thaw takes hold of the South, while the fall-out from Storm Emma continues to disrupt parts of the UK.Temperatures in most places are due to gradually return to normal by the beginning of the week, with highs of 9C expected in parts of the South West on Sunday.However, most of northern England and Scotland is still struggling to get above freezing, while high winds and freezing rain left thousands of homes without power.A Met Office warning is in place for further snow throughout Saturday and into the evening for parts of northern England and Scotland, with overnight lows of minus 3 to minus 4C in rural areas. A couple were dug out of their home in Scotland Deputy head teacher Laura Swan said: “There has been a good community spirit shown online and people were keen to come down and help. Kinnaird is a proud and passionate place.”We’ve got at least about 100 people with local councillors, parents, children and staff helping out and other members of the community, so everyone is pulling together.” Dave Wright, from Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue, said: “They were perfectly alright when we got them out the house, they were a little bit surprised by how the situation escalated so quickly and I don’t think they had experienced anything like that before, but this type of weather hasn’t been seen for quite some time.”We’re obviously used to working in the mountains and hills, but we haven’t seen conditions like this at ground level for a long time, it trumps 2010 and 2001 for the level of snow depth and how the drifts have been piling up.”Black ice warning for drivers While the roads were slowly cleared of snow, motorists were warned to be wary of black ice.A number of cars were caught up in a pile-up in Devon on Friday, with five to 10 vehicles involved in a collision on the A38 westbound between the A380 and the B3344. The RAC had warned frozen rain – which occurs when snow, ice, sleet or hail passes through a layer of warm air before cooling again closer to the ground, freezing immediately on impact – could pose a deadly road risk. This beats the previous record, set in 2001 when Cassley in Sunderland was -4.6 degrees celsius all day.  Southeastern rail turned off power in the area for safety reasons and called for police support as it dealt with the “serious trespass incident”.An independent investigation has been announced into the incident, with Southeastern saying they are “determined to learn lessons”. A BTP spokesman said: “Self-evacuating from trains is never a good idea as it places you and others at significant risk. You are risking your life trespassing on live tracks.”Further delays are also inevitable if people self-evacuate as power has to be turned off for safety reasons.” The snow reached 12ft at the house near West LintonCredit:Police Scotland /PA The snow reached 12ft at the house near West Linton Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. After rail services were thrown into turmoil on Friday by the severe conditions, Southeastern Railway, which operates in Kent, East Sussex and London, ran an amended timetable on Saturday, with services starting later and finishing earlier than usual. The milder weather spells the end of frozen rain – the rare weather phenomenon seen recently which occurs when snow, ice, sleet or hail passes through warm air before cooling closer to the ground and freezing on impact.But there are still hazards even as the forecast improves.Northern Powergrid restored power to 12,000 households in Humberside and north Lincolnshire after freezing rain and high winds overnight, with around 3,500 still without power through Saturday.Outages across the North West and north Wales were also fixed for tens of thousands of homes. Commuters wait on the concourse of London Waterloo Station during rush hour, as heavy snow falls affected rail services across the country Passengers let themselves out onto the tracksCredit:@KeimaPayton/Twitter Saturday was another cold day for many, with further #uksnow in places. However, it was a little less cold in the far southwest, giving onset to a #thaw here— Met Office (@metoffice) March 3, 2018 A man sleeps on a luggage rack as some were stuck for up to 15 hours There are still #weather warnings in force for #snow and #ice tomorrow morning. Here’s the forecast— Met Office (@metoffice) March 3, 2018 Military comes to the aid of the NHS The military has provided assistance to the NHS and stranded motorists. Twenty RAF airman and ten 4×4 RAF vehicles came to the aid of health staff to get them to work in Lincolnshire.The army has also transported NHS staff to hospitals in Scotland, Shropshire, Salisbury and Swindon, while in Devon and Cornwall the Royal Marines have been on hand to help keep the NHS running. Meanwhile, some health boards are continuing to prioritise emergency and urgent procedures, with routine cases postponed.The Scottish Government called on people to work together to clear up local roads and pavements and check on vulnerable people. Half a metre of snow was measured in two areas – Drumalbin, Lanarkshire, and St Athan in Glamorgan, South Wales – while strengthening winds caused blizzards and drifting snow in some parts of the country.Meanwhile, some health boards are continuing to prioritise emergency and urgent procedures, with routine cases postponed.How well prepared was Britain for the snow? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell said: “Through the rest of tomorrow afternoon we’ve got spells of rain across the South, perhaps turning to sleet at times, but we really are losing that risk of snow across much of southern England and Wales through Sunday as temperatures return towards normal for a lot of places.”There is quite a lot of snow in some places across the South…so it’s going to be some time before all that snow melts away but temperature-wise over the next few days it’s definitely going to help things.”The main point is it’s gradually turning milder so we are seeing an end to widespread cold conditions from this weekend onwards.”last_img

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