Snow causes more travel disruptions

Britons are worrying over their Christmas plans, following another day of travel chaos caused by heavy snow and ice.

The Met Office has warned there will be "widespread icy roads" in most of England and Wales and more snowfalls in the southern half of the UK.

Snow turned into ice as the mercury fell below freezing overnight, causing disruptions at airports and on the roads and railways.

However, several airports have reopened their runways and Channel Tunnel high-speed Eurostar trains are resuming a limited service after three-day disruption caused by heavy snowfall.

Motorists in London and the South East were worst hit by Monday's cold snap.

It was one of the busiest days for breakdown companies, with tens of thousands of motorists approaching them by the end of the night. The number was more than twice the normal levels.

Paul Mott, from Meteogroup, said there would be less snow on Tuesday, adding: "There is certainly a lot of grit on the roads at the moment but one of the problems is that there is a risk of ice on untreated roads.

"It will be feeling cold over the next few days but it will be drier than it has been."

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