UK Weather: Severe snow warning in Wales as Britain braces for storms

Ice road warning after driver dies in head-on horror smash with HGV on frozen A1 while snow hits west of Britain before storms and hail strike today

A driver has died following an early-morning crash involving a lorry after wintry showers hits the west of Britain and heavy snow brought parts of Wales to a standstill.

Emergency services were called to the A1 near Felton in Northumberland at around 1.30am after a BMW collided with the HGV, which was heading in the other direction.

The car driver, 28, was taken to hospital, but died shortly after arrival, Northumbria Police said.

In a statement, the force added that the stretch of road remains closed in both directions while inquiries are carried out and the vehicles are recovered.

It came as Britain braces for more storms and hail, with unsettled conditions expected to carry on into next week.

Motorists drive along the B4520 road through blizzard conditions on the Mynydd Epynt range between Builth Wells and Brecon in Powys as heavy snow hit much of Wales

A council gritter truck makes its way along the B4520 road in Powys as heavy snow hit much of the region this morning

Commuters faced disruption to their journeys with a yellow warning for snow over southern and central Wales in place until 11am, as one and two inches of snow fell. 

Rain and sleet also affected driving conditions, including in the West Midlands.

The A 1 crash was one of a number to take place on North East roads on Thursday morning as the region was hit by icy weather.

A total of seven cars had to be towed away following a multiple-vehicle collision on the A1 near Washington Services at around 6am, Northumbria Police said.

A force spokeswoman said two people involved in the crash 'are believed to have suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries', and the stretch of road has now reopened.

A yellow warning for snow in parts of southern and central Wales is in place until 11am, with between one and two inches of snow forecast

The spokeswoman added that officers are looking into the possibility of the two incidents being directly related to the weather conditions.

Overnight, temperatures plunged to as low as -2.9C in Santon Downham in Suffolk, while snow began falling on higher ground in places including Powys in Wales.

The Met Office had urged drivers to take care on icy stretches of road as the ice cold conditions came a day after much of the country was hit by wintry showers.

Earlier today Southeastern halted some trains completely and warned of disruption to others but commuters were scornful of journeys being affected by a 'tiny bit of ice'. 

The wintry scene in Cleehill, Shropshire this morning taken by a motorist inside his car

orecasters previously said a deep area of low pressure is centered over the UK, bringing with it the potential to drive showers and produce long spells of wet and changeable weather

Snow covered the area of Nenthead in Cumbria yesterday after temperatures dipped below freezing, with poor weather conditions set to continue

Outside the Royal Exchange buildings in the City, a cafe with outdoor seating was left empty and a worker was left to get the chairs in after the snow and hail started 

Southeastern said on its website: 'Freezing weather overnight has left icy conditions on the third rail, which is making it difficult for trains to draw power.

'Services running across the Southeastern network this morning may be delayed, cancelled or revised.'

But some people responded with frustration, with one telling the company 'you didn't prepare for a tiny bit of ice' and adding: 'Incompetence of the highest level!'

Another commuter who was waiting for a train at Bromley South station, in south-east London, shared a picture of a departure board which showed delays to several services into London Victoria.

Some police forces in England and Wales also said there had been several accidents and road closures caused by the weather conditions.   

Forecaster Simon Partridge said snow also fell in parts of Scotland, while areas in south and south-west England were mainly hit by heavy rain, but predicted conditions would improve.

Photographer John Fatkin captured this image of a rainbow and ferry on the River Tyne. His pictures, taken on Tuesday show the King Seaways ferry at the mouth of the river in South Shields along with the iconic red-painted Herd Groyne Lighthouse

The capital experienced a sudden rush of hail yesterday afternoon and people were forced to put up their umbrellas to shield them from the hail 

'There will be gradual improvement for most places,' he said. 'It should be a much better picture (on Thursday afternoon) and things are also set to turn milder as we get to the next couple of days.'

In County Durham, the fire service warned people of black ice and slush on the A1M near Chester-Le-Street, and said there had been several accidents.

Central and southern parts of England could also see heavy thundery downpours throughout the day, while the best of the weather is likely to be across eastern England.

Temperatures are predicted to struggle to get above 10C-11C (50F-51.8F) but could feel as low as 7C (44.6F)or 8C (48.2F) in the wind and rain.

It comes as spring got off to a wintry start across many parts of the country this week, with hill snow, hail and sleet.

Forecasters previously said a deep area of low pressure is centred over the UK, bringing with it the potential to drive showers and produce long spells of wet and changeable weather.

A 'sudden microburst' of hail and snow caused a 24-car motorway pile-up, Lancashire Police said on Wednesday morning.

The M55 was closed in both directions but no-one was seriously injured, the force said.

Friday could see rain in the west and far north, with conditions being brighter elsewhere.

The weekend will feature drizzle in the east, with brighter spells in other parts of the country and conditions becoming warmer away from the east coast.

Heavy snow caused travel chaos across much of the UK yesterday, with drivers and commuters alike facing treacherous weather conditions.

The snow and hail even hit the capital, which is usually unaffected by severe weather conditions felt across northern areas of the country. 

Several people tweeted about the unexpected snow in London, with some poking fun at the online reaction to the weather

Yesterday Londoners took to social media to share photos and video of the rare snowfall, with one even joking that producers would one day make films about this day, as two flakes of snow were seen falling on one mans jacket.   

One man, James Whaling joked and tweeted: 'PICTURED: Two flakes of snow on my jacket. In London.

In April. They'll make films about this.' This is while others cited the end of the world and some even jokingly blamed the Brexit chaos for the conditions. 

One brave man donned his cycle shorts and a lightweight jacket to tackle the roads in London yesterday as the hail started to come down

Other shocked Londoners posted jokes and memes about the weather, including this user who jokingly labelled Wednesday 'Snowmageddon'

In the London Bridge area yesterday, one man was clearly affected by the cold spate of weather and was pictured blowing his nose and trying to keep up his umbrella at the same time

 

Yesterday's snow provoked a barrage of tweets from people confused by its presence, while others poked fun at the shock caused by the weather

Andrew Duncan said: 'Snow and thunder in London as UK hit by spring chill. I blame Brexit.' Others took the opportunity to highlight the stark reality of climate change with one claiming the weather in London today was the 'ticking of the climate change clock'.

One woman said she had been having a conversation with her sister when she noticed the poor weather conditions and questioned when spring was coming.  

This morning the M55 was home to a 24-car pile up after police responded to a number of crashes following a burst of hail and snow in Lancashire. 

People made the most of the weather and took their children out on sleds as Cumbria became blanketed in snow yesterday

 

Yesterday authorities have urged drivers to slow down or in some cases even stay at home as parts of England and Scotland become caked in snow. 

Lancashire Roads Police said there had been no casualties but that the situation had been 'carnage'. 

In other parts of the country, those in North Wales were also hit by the snow and farmyard animals such as sheep were battling against the weather on a hill top. 

In Scotland roads were closed as whiteout conditions spread across the A9, which connects the central belt to Inverness and the Highlands. 

This is while blizzard conditions were reported in parts of Cumbria and Northumberland with some residents having to shovel snow in order to get their cars down the road. 

The iconic black cab was pictured in London driving through the snow yesterday which can be seen gathered on the windscreen of the taxi

One cyclist battled the elements and had put his scarf around his face in order to protect himself from the cold burst

All wrapped up!

People were making sure they had their hoods up as they walked through the streets of London

A red car off the A9 near Tomatin was pictured abandoned and covered in snow following heavy snow fall across the area

A snowplough on the A938 near Carrbridge yesterday during snowy weather which hit the UK after temperatures dropped 

A car makes its way along a snow covered road in Allendale, as the Met Office issues a severe yellow weather warning for some parts of the country

A man walking his dogs braves the cold weather conditions and even wraps the dogs up in all weather jackets for their morning stroll

Like a scene from a postcard!

The snow was captured falling heavily in Northumberland, with the classic red telephone box in shot

Killhope mining museum was covered in snow in County Durham and looks like a winter wonderland in this scenic picture as snow continues to fall across the area 

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