UK weather: heavy snow closes schools and disrupts travel

Motorists stranded and air and rail services cancelled as temperatures plunge

Thousands of people have been trapped, delayed and had their journeys disrupted by heavy snow that swept across parts of the UK, as forecasters warned more severe weather is on the way over the weekend.

Hundreds of motorists were stranded, while air and rail passengers faced cancellations or difficult journeys and more than 1,000 schools were closed. Some householders experienced power cuts and sporting fans had events cancelled or travel plans wrecked.

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