Snow closes schools and brings travel chaos as grit runs short

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Britain is once again struggling to cope after as much eight ins of snow fell overnight causing fresh travel disruption and closing more schools as councils were forced to ration grit.

The worst-affected areas were the Midlands and South West England where as much as eight inches (20cm) fell, although most areas of central and southern England saw a top-up to the already record levels that fell on Monday.

The latest snow storms will bring renewed fears of travel chaos and closed schools, particularly as councils have warned that they could run out of grit within three days following an unusually cold winter.

Train operators including First Great Western, First Capital Connect and Virgin Trains have cancelled or delayed trains while accidents and jackknifed lorries caused major problems on the M5 in South Gloucestershire, the M40 in Warwickshire and the M1 in Buckinghamshire.

Flights from East Midlands Airport near Derby, and Luton and Birmingham airports were delays and runways were closed as staff worked to clear the latest snow.

Schools in Coventry, Somerset, Staffordshire, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Surrey remained closed today due to the weather.

The Highways Agency repeated its warnings today for drivers to take extra care while the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for further heavy snow today in the Midlands, West Country and southern and eastern Wales.
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