Icy roads warning after more snow

Freezing temperatures have left treacherous driving conditions for motorists across parts of the UK after melting snow turned to ice.

Heavy snowfall in Scotland and eastern England has prompted the Met Office to issue a severe weather warning for dangerous conditions on the roads.

The snow has led to cars being abandoned in East Yorkshire and flight delays and cancellations at Newcastle International Airport.

It is expected hundreds of schools in Scotland that were forced to close may remain shut after snowfall of up to 15cm of snow was recorded in Dundee.

Rob Hutchinson, forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Clearer skies are developing and temperatures have dropped markedly, allowing ice to form where there is ice and slush. On untreated surfaces it could get quite slippery."

This recent downfall adds to a fortnight of severe winter conditions, which have caused chaos to much of the UK leading to fatal road accidents, travel delays and school closures.

Northamptonshire County Council, one of the worst hit areas, is now appealing to the Government for extra funding to repair roads after snow and ice caused widespread damage to its network.

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