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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:30pm 11th December 2017. (Updated at 4:39pm 11th December 2017)

The gritters are out across Cornwall as temperatures are set to dip below freezing.

We don't seem to have any of the white stuff but the cold snap could still cause problems on the roads.

Across the country schools are closed, flights cancelled and thousands are without power.

There was also disruption on the road and rail network as people returned to work on what was dubbed 'Black Ice Monday'.

Anyone planning to make a long journey from Cornwall to elsewhere in the UK is being urged to take care over the next 24 hours.

Steve Bailey from Cormac has this advice: "Make sure you're driving with appropriate care, we're not expecting any particular accumulations of snow and ice so we're not going as far to say don't drive unless your trips are essential, but people should assume that there may be ice.

"We have had and we are expecting more wintry showers, fortunately it is mild in Cornwall so we haven't had the same issues as they have had elsewhere in the country, but people will need to drive with due care and attention."


If you are driving on ice remember:

  1. Leave extra room. You will need to steer and brake much slower than usual. The stopping distance doubles on icy roads. Try to leave the equivalent of three vehicles space between you and the next car.
  2. If you find yourself skidding take your foot off the accelerator but do not hit the brake. When you feel your wheels regain traction control slowly turn the steering wheel in the direction you want your front wheels to go.
  3. Make sure you have good all round visibility before you set off. Don't just clear room on your front windscreen, do the same to the back and sides and make sure your mirrors are clear.

Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place for London and the South East, much of the Midlands, Northern Ireland, Wales, the east coast of England and northern and western Scotland in the aftermath of Storm Caroline.

Clear skies on Monday night could see temperatures plummet to -15C (5F) in rural areas - the coldest night of the year.

This would beat Sunday night's low of -11.6C (11F), which was recorded in Northumberland.

Cardiff could be the coldest UK city with lows of -8C; Birmingham and Edinburgh could drop to -7; Liverpool could be -6; Belfast, Newcastle, London, Exeter and Norwich could all shiver at -4.

Dozens of flights were cancelled at Heathrow on Monday, while there were also cancellations at Edinburgh and Manchester airports.

Passengers posted images on social media of long queues and scores of suitcases lined up, with complaints of a lack of information from the airport and airlines.

Heavy snow on the ground caused delays to West Midlands Railway and Great Western Railway services, while London Northwestern Railway trains into the capital from Milton Keynes were either delayed or cancelled.

Eurostar has warned of delays on both sides of the Channel, with speed restrictions in place because of the freezing conditions.

Motorists were urged to drive with caution, even if there was no sign of ice or snow. Icy slush on the M40 between junctions two and three caused a van to flip over after hitting two cars.

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