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Dublin: 18 °C Sunday 21 July, 2019
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Gridlock in UK: Cars abandoned, passengers stranded after heavy snowfall

A group of coach passengers spent the night in a church in Sheffield, and people have been leaving their cars to seek shelter.

HEAVY SNOW AND icy temperatures are causing major travel problems across the UK, with reports of bus passengers and drivers stranded in some areas.

A group of coach passengers spent the night in a church in Sheffield, according to the BBC — and the AA said lots of cars had been abandoned in the area.

Liverpool and Leeds Bradford Airport were closed last night for a time, but have now reopened.

Police forces across the north of England and in the midlands are continuing to warn of harsh road conditions…

Snowy conditions in the Crookes area of Sheffield. Source: Tom White/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Meanwhile, there’s major rail disruption around London after King’s Cross and Paddington were closed due to engineering works overrunning.

Trains aren’t running out of either station, and passengers are advised to delay their journeys until tomorrow or Monday if possible.

An ‘Amber alert’ weather warning remains in place further north, according to the Met Office.

“Some significant snow accumulations are possible” across the Midlands, some northern parts of East Anglia and southern parts of both northwest England, Yorkshire and Humberside.

“Strong winds will develop in places for a time, exacerbating the chill.

“As the low clears away southeastwards, cold air will move south across the whole of England giving a risk of wintry showers and icy conditions across England for the rest of Saturday.

Sunday to Tuesday, high pressure brings lighter winds but with widespread night frosts and freezing fog patches which may linger well into the day in places.

Of course, some modes of transport haven’t been hampered by the wintry weather…

8-year-old James Egerton plays on his sledge in the snow in Bingham, Nottinghamshire. Source: Mike Egerton

The outlook for this side of the Irish Sea is a little less Baltic.

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