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Leonard Rios | 02 February, 2019, 04:46

It was already causing disruption by late afternoon, with a broken down lorry blocking the A96 at Keith in Moray in "adverse weather conditions", official information service Traffic Scotland reported.

"Further accumulations are expected with 5 cm new snow in places on top of any existing snow cover".

Highways England, which urged motorists to "take care when driving", said key routes affected include the A30, the A38 and the M5. Flights have also been delayed at Heathrow airport.

A weather warning issued by the Met Office said: "There is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off".

This affects Central, Tayside & Fife, East Midlands, East of England, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, North East England, Northern Ireland, Orkney & Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Wales and Yorkshire & Humber.

The big freeze continues in Scotland as warnings of snow and ice extend into Saturday and return at the end of the weekend.

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Conditions will be largely bright and cold through Saturday but a widespread hard frost and freezing fog are forecast for the early hours of Sunday. Hundreds of cars were abandoned.

One driver claimed he "could see perfectly well" after his vehicle, with its side windows completely encased in snow, was stopped in High Wycombe, police added.

Snowfall and icy conditions are expected to cause widespread travel disruption in many parts of the United Kingdom after temperatures plummeted as low as minus 15.4C overnight.

Transport for London also advised passengers to check their service status before setting off.

Had it fallen more than 0.2C lower it would have surpassed the low of -15.6C set in 2010 - but it was still the coldest temperature recorded since 2012.

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