HEAVY snow up to 11 inches deep has plunged Britain’s transport network into chaos with crashed cars, grounded planes and cancelled trains.
North Wales and central England have been blanketed in the white stuff overnight with a 20-mile tailback on the M11 caused by a lorry catching fire.
Flights have also been delayed at Stansted, Birmingham and Luton airports who advised customers to check with their airlines before travelling.
All bus services in the West Midlands have been suspended until further notice because of the tricky conditions which are also making life difficult for football fans travelling to matches.
Significant snowfall has been reported overnight in Leicestershire, Worcestershire and Bedfordshire, while Herefordshire and Shropshire are seeing snow fall at a rate of several centimetres per hour.
The Met Office said that the heaviest snowfall this morning was measured in Sennybridge, Wales, where depths of 11 inches (28cm) were recorded.
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Gusts up to 70mph have also been reported meaning some rural communities have been left isolated by the inclement weather.
An amber warning has been issued by the Met Office which covers most of central England and stretches from Chester to Gloucester.
The snow is making conditions treacherous for drivers with a section of the M1 reported to be particularly chaotic.
The north-bound stretch in Leicestershire has been closed due to numerous vehicles becoming stranded in the treacherous conditions.
Police forces in Wales and across the Midlands have urged motorists not to travel unless “absolutely necessary” as they deal with an increasing number of calls.
Persistent heavy snowfall is expected in the region throughout the morning, leading the Met Office to issue an amber weather warning that will be in place until 6pm.
The amber alert is accompanied by a yellow warning of wind for parts of eastern England, London and the South East, the South West and Wales that could bring “short-term loss of power and other services” as well as transport disruption.
London and the rest of southern England and Wales will instead be lashed by strong winds and rain, where gusts could reach 70mph, according to the Met Office.
Met Office forecaster Steven Keate said: “The worst of the snow is currently across parts of Wales and the west and southern Midlands, while there is some snow falling over the home counties as well.
“Herefordshire, Shropshire and Powys have seen a few centimetres in a couple of hours.
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“Steady snow is expected as this weather system moves over the next few hours into the afternoon roughly from mid-Wales to the north of London.
“There’s going to a split from the M4 corridor south, where it will mostly be rain, although the winds are really picking up there as well with gusts up to 60mph in some places in the south.
“North of the Humber should get away with it today, although there may be showers in the far north of Scotland.”
Highways England advised road users across the Midlands and northern England to check the forecast and routes before heading out as a section of the M1 was closed.
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