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Beast from the East Part 2?

Beast from the East Part 2?

The UK has been covered in snow after the "mini Beast from the East" hit.

It has warned the maximum temperature for the day is 0C (32F) and to expect this morning to be bitterly cold with heavy snow showers.

Up to 10cm (4in) of snow is expected in many areas, but high ground could see 15-25cm (6-10in).

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice across the region today, which will be in place until 11.55pm tonight.

Travel disruption is likely, rural communities could become cut off, vehicles may be stranded and power cuts could occur, forecasters have warned.

Half marathons in Reading, Wigan and Wilmslow and the City of Lincoln 10k were also cancelled.

It has advises all passengers to check before they travel.

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Highways England's head of road safety, Richard Leonard, said gritter lorry drivers would be working "around the clock", though he also stressed it was important for drivers to take care.

Most of the affected journeys are on short-haul routes, though some long-haul flights have also been affected including British Airways services to NY and Chicago.

All Flybe-operated flights departing from Exeter Airport were cancelled on Sunday, while snow also caused the temporary closure of Bristol airport.

One snow-watcher who contributed to the map said: "Some fat flakes swirling around in Reading - trying very hard to start settling".

Forecasters are warning that wintery conditions could continue well into April, with wetter than average weather expected across the south of the country.

The Met Office has issued a less severe yellow warning for Monday, noting that ice was likely on roads, pavements and cycle paths. "Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces are expected". "This warning has been updated to remove much of Scotland (apart from the southeast) and parts of Northern Ireland, whilst it has been extended to cover remaining parts of eastern England and the extreme southwest", a statement on the Met website read.