Weekend warning in Britain for yet more snow

Fri Feb 6, 2009 11:04am EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - More snow is on the way to Britain this weekend, the country's weather forecasting Met Office warned on Friday, after blizzard conditions caused widespread travel chaos across the country.

Emergency services launched a major operation overnight to rescue drivers who became stranded in southwest England, as heavy snow blocked roads.

Central England was also badly hit as the coldest snap for 20 years showed no sign of easing.

Major roads and rail routes were shut, schools closed and planes at some airports were grounded, amid reports local authorities were running low on gritting salt.

Flights at Luton and Bristol airports were suspended until later on Friday.

Both road bridges over the River Severn linking England and Wales were closed because of ice falling from the overhead gantries.

The Highways Agency repeated its warning that people should not travel unless they had to, and if they did travel to check conditions before setting out.

Emergency services rescued about 200 motorists stranded overnight in heavy snow near Exeter in Devon.

"It was the sudden snowfall yesterday evening that caught everybody by surprise," said a spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police.   Continued...

<p>A monk walks through the snow covered Richmond Park in London February 3, 2009. REUTERS/Stephen Hird</p>