FREEZING conditions have caused motorway pile-ups this monring, with forecasters predicting Britain will be gripped by artic weather for TWO WEEKS, The Sun reports. There was travel chaos during this morning’s rush hour after snow blanketed parts of Britain overnight.
Sub zero temperatures have caused at least three accidents involving multiple cars. Fourteen vehicles were caught up in a huge crash near Junction 44 of the A1 north of Leeds. North Yorkshire Police tweeted: “Update is we are at a 14 (yes fourteen) vehicle RTC Amazingly there appears to be no serious injuries. All now on hard shoulder & lanes open.”
An eight-car road traffic accident was reported on the M6 near Wigan, and there was a five-car pile-up on the M4 in Monmouthshire. As forecasters predict another fortnight of dangerous weather BBC Travel said there were 40 road incidents at around 9.30am. Parts of the UK were coated in snow over the weekend – causing the working week to get off to a dangerous start for many commuters.
There was a six-car pile-up on the M77 near Glasgow and a three-car accident on the M18 in South Yorkshire. Forecasters predict the artic conditions will last for two weeks – with temperatures plummeting to -10C in some areas. Experts warn 8cm (more than three inches) of snow could fall in the worst-hit places and temperatures will fall to -3C tonight.
A Yellow Warning of snow and ice has been issued, with the Met Office adding: “A mixture of sleet and snow will gradually spread eastwards overnight on Sunday, before easing during Monday afternoon. “This is expected to lead to further accumulations of snow in places, with 1cm to 3cm quite widely, and 4cm to 8cm in some places, particularly over higher ground.
“Ice will be an additional hazard in some areas, especially where sleet falls onto sub-zero surfaces.” Torrential rain has caused flooding in the southwest this morning, and a five-vehicle pile-up at roughly 6.45am blocked the A30.
Storms in Cornwall and Devon have led one wildlife hospital to report it is being swamped with baby seals who have been hit against rocks.