UK weather: Heavy snow sparks amber warning as Met warns of massive travel delays and power cuts

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HEAVY snow today has sparked an amber weather warning as forecasters warn of massive travel delays and power cuts.

The Met Office has issued warning from 3pm this afternoon, urging those in the area that heavy snow will cause havoc in the hours that follow.

Snow blanketed parts of the country overnight – including Redruth in Cornwall

This garden in Stithians, Cornwall, was covered in the white stuff this morning

London woke to bone-chilling -3C temperatures this morning

The warning covers parts of Scotland around Inverness and Aberdeen.

Meteorologists said travel delays are likely, as some vehicles and passengers may become stranded.

It also warned rail and air travel will likely be cancelled.

There is a high chance some rural communities could become cut off and power cuts are likely.

Other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may also be affected.

It comes after the Met Office warned Brits are set to endure a -10 Arctic blast and eight inches of snow.

Much of the UK is today covered with yellow weather warnings for the wintery conditions – and it’s only the beginning.

It has seen pupils in icy cold areas like Cornwall, Scotland and Ireland have been told to stay at home in the warm.

You can find a list of closures here.

Meanwhile, a double-decker bus full of passengers has overturned in Somerset in what police have described as a “major incident”.

Cops said the vehicle flipped on its side amid “extremely icy and dangerous” conditions.

Police had taken to Twitter earlier this morning to remind drivers to only get while behind the wheel if their travel was “essential”.

They also offered advice for those who did have to drive anywhere, including checking their car.

The Avon and Somerset Police said: “We are advising people to only travel if essential due to icy driving conditions.

“If you do need to travel, we advise drivers to consider your: Fuel, oil, coolant and screen wash levels, tyre tread depth and air pressure, windscreen wiper blades and working electrics.”

Superintendent Mark Runacres said: “We are advising the public to only travel where absolutely essential due to the treacherous driving conditions.

“If travel is necessary, we ask the public to take extreme caution and allow additional time to travel.

“We have seen a significantly higher number of road-related collisions and incidents in the past 12 hours, which has increased the demand on police resources.

“We are working with local authorities and National Highways to ensure roads are properly gritted ahead of the rush hour traffic to improve driving conditions.”

Meanwhile, the mercury dipped to a bone-chilling -5C this morning.

Around 3am, Tulloch Bridge in the Scottish highlands hit the icy temperature – but so did southern parts of England.

The Met Office had warned it would be colder overnight with Scotland’s Braemar expected to hit a freezing -10C, and much of the UK sitting between -5C and -7C.

Snow is also said to be blanketing parts of the UK this morning, closing roads and causing traffic chaos.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service took to social media to let commuters know the white stuff was causing havoc.

It said: “We’ve had reports that vehicles are getting stuck in snow on the A39 at Trispen and A391 at Bugle.

“Please take extra care on the roads as driving conditions are hazardous. If necessary, pull over if it is unsafe to continue.”

London’s Richmond Park was covered in frost this morning

But Cornwall was covered in snow

Motorists were warned to take care – with some road closures already announced in parts of the country