Councils await gritting salt stocks

Councils are expecting fresh supplies of salt stocks used to grit the nation's roads as the heavy snow and torrential rain which brought travel disruption and flooding gives way to brighter weather.

Although it will remain cold and frosty with some snow, forecasters say the worst of the wintry weather is over for now.

Schools were closed and thousands of homes in the Midlands were left without electricity as snow and rain disrupted traffic.

Melting snow from last week's record downfall combined with torrential downpours, caused river levels to rise and hundreds of severe flood warnings to be issued.

A ship from Germany containing salt supplies is expected in the UK as councils prepare for fresh snow storms.

Some areas of the South West recorded close to their monthly average rainfall for February in just 24 hours, with roads closed across the region.

However MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said the weather will be more settled over the coming days.

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