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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:57am 2nd March 2018. (Updated at 2:24pm 2nd March 2018)

Severe weather warnings remain in force for Cornwall's drive to work on Friday, for gales, ice and yet more snow.

A major incident was declared on Thursday, as Storm Emma dumped heavy flurries across the Duchy and Devon.

Hundreds of drivers were stranded in their cars on the A30 at Okehampton and the A38 in the Glynn Valley.

The amber and red warnings have now been lifted but at the height of the snowfall overnight, emergency rest centres were set up.

You can read how the second day of snow chaos unfolded on the Pirate FM live blog here.

More than 200 schools took the decision to close for a third day and you can check the full list for Friday here.

The yellow warning for snow and ice, which covers most of Cornwall. will be in force until 23.55pm on Friday.

The Met Office said: "Further snow showers or perhaps longer spells of snow are likely at times through Friday.

"There is an increasing chance that a further spell of more persistent snow may move north into parts of southern England, Wales and central England during the day.

"Icy stretches are likely on untreated surfaces. In addition, strong winds will lead to further drifting or blowing around of existing snow cover.

"Delays and cancellations to public transport are possible, as are delays to travel on roads; some stranding of vehicles and passengers could also occur.

"Some rural communities could become, or remain cut off. Interruptions to power supplies and mobile phone coverage are also possible".

The Chief Forecaster added: "Whilst snow showers over Northern Ireland are likely to ease, further more persistent snow could move north into southern Britain later, giving a few cm in places.

"However, there remains significant uncertainty regarding this aspect.

"This warning has been updated to remove the west of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

"A reference to blowing around of existing snow cover has been added".

Check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here or watch what that yellow warning means...

 

The worst of the weather has sparked traffic and travel chaos across the region.

The wind was the problem on Friday morning, downing trees and power cables and leaving thousands of homes without power, from the Lizard to Bude.

Flood warnings are in force for the south Cornwall coast from Land's End to Lizard Point and Mount's Bay.

The Environment Agency has also issued a string of flood alerts for the north coast as well.

 

Great Western Railway has already said it will be operating a 'minimal' service on many routes, warning things could get worse as Friday goes on.

A spokesperson said: "As it stands we are only expecting to be able to run a minimal service on Friday, and further extreme weather forecast later in the day means the train service is likely to be more affected as the day goes on.

"It is a very real concern that, even if conditions mean we can move people in the morning, we may not be able to get them home later in the day, and on that basis we have to strongly advise customers not to travel on some of our routes".

You can check how the weather is affecting journeys here.

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