Widespread flooding closes roads

Roads across southern England and Wales have been closed as snow and heavy rain caused widespread flooding and disruption.

Five women were rescued by firemen in an inflatable boat after they were trapped in their car in 2ft of floodwater in Oakcroft Lane at Fareham in Hampshire.

Parts of the A12 in Essex, the A31 on the Hampshire/Surrey border, the A35 at Hinton, the road between Chale and Chale Green on the Isle of Wight, the A4059 and the A470 south of Brecon and the A488 Monaughty to Knighton were affected.

In Dorset, roads closed included the A352 at Winfrith, the A351 at Corfe Castle and Watery Lane in Weymouth as well as Blandford Lane in Poole.

And at one point, falling ice forced the closure of both River Severn bridges on the England-Wales border after vehicles were hit.

Meanwhile, trains were cancelled and flights disrupted. Bristol Airport remained closed overnight after heavy snow but was able to reopen early today although some flights were delayed.

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