UK battered by more bad weather

Gale force winds, snow, sleet and rain which battered parts of Britain and left around 10,000 homes across the north-east of England without power are set to continue on Wednesday.

Some transport routes also remain closed after Tuesday's wintry blast of weather brought Britain's early summer to an abrupt end.

The Met Office has issued severe yellow weather warnings for show and ice in parts of Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands. The wil weather conditions are a reminder to motorists to make sure theirbreakdown cover is up to date.

Gale force winds, which reached up nearly 70mph last night, also show little sign of relenting in northern areas of England and Wales, according to forecasters.

Forecasters said between 15-20cm of snow fell in high parts of the Peak District, Pennines and Cumbria overnight, while trees were felled on higher gound as the Arctic front which battered Scotland yesterday began to move south.

Cumbria police said the A66 transpennine route remains closed in both directions due to severe weather conditions and advised drivers to use alternative routes. The A537 in Cheshire was also badly affected by snow this morning.

Aisling Creevy, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said a slow-moving band of rain, sleet and snow would continue to cause problems on higher ground today as it moves south.

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