Heavy snow in Midlands leads to travel warnings and road disruption

Heavy snow in Midlands leads to travel warnings and road disruption

Heavy snow in the Midlands has led to police warning drivers they should only take to the roads for essential trips.

In Stoke-on-Trent, cars were abandoned and roads shut after 3in (76mm) of snow fell. Rail services are also disrupted.

Authorities in Staffordshire and Gloucestershire have urged people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of the west of England and parts of Wales and Scotland until 10:00 GMT on Tuesday.

There were reports of delays, stranded motorists and abandoned cars on the A53 at Etruria and in Hanley, in Stoke on Trent, with more issues on the A34, in Stone, and on the A500.

Police in Lichfield said the Burntwood bypass, between the M6 Toll and Miners Way, had also been closed due to a crash.

It said police across Staffordshire were dealing with “numerous snow-related incidents”.

Delays were also reported on rail services through Stoke-on-Trent from both Manchester Piccadilly and Birmingham New Street.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council said it was gritting and had sent snowploughs out to clear routes. It said it had only expected light flurries of snow overnight but some places had had about 3in (76mm).

Heavy snowfall prompted Gloucestershire Police to warn members of the public to take care and to “only go out if it is essential to do so”.

Elsewhere, Dudley Zoo is closed for the day and a football match between Kidderminster Harriers and AFC Telford United was called off because of the weather, which has also led to the closure of a number of roads in Worcestershire.

On the M54 in Shropshire, at the westbound junction five slip road in Telford, a lorry became stuck.

As well as the snow. there are dozens of flood warnings in place in England.

Large swathes of London, the Midlands, the South, the South West plus the east of England and Wales have been warned more freezing weather could hit on Wednesday and Thursday.

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