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Ice warning after snow and flooding affects the UK

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Warnings for ice in northern England are in place after wintry conditions affected large parts of the UK, with snow and heavy rain in many areas.

Met Office yellow “be aware” warnings for the North East and Yorkshire and Humber into Monday say icy patches could form on wet surfaces.

Temperatures fell sharply on Saturday night, with a low of -13.5C (7.7F) in the Highlands village of Dalwhinnie.

The Environment Agency has six flood warnings in place for south-west Englandand 44 flood alerts. There are four flood warnings and more than 20 flood alerts in Wales.

The Met Office warnings apply between 18:00 GMT and 08:00 GMT and say icy patches are likely to form on untreated surfaces left wet from Sunday’s mix of rain, sleet and snow.

Its earlier warning of snow and ice was in place on Sunday and affected areas from northern Scotland to the southern counties of England.

A Met Office warning of rain was in place for central and southern Wales and north Devon, and Northern Ireland.

Saturday night was the coldest since -14.1C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire on 14 February 2016.

Met Office weather warning for ice into MondayImage copyrightMET OFFICE
Image captionThe Met Office warning for ice lasts until Monday morning
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Travel was disrupted, with flights in and out of London Stansted Airport affected.

East Midlands Airport temporarily grounded planes due to snowfall, while Glasgow Airport reopened after it was closed for a short time for the runway to be cleared of snow.

DumfriesImage copyrightPOLICE SCOTLAND
Image captionMotorists in Dumfries and Galloway have been asked not to make unnecessary journeys
flooding Combe MartinImage copyrightDARREN BOLTON
Image captionIn Devon, police said residents in Combe Martin were trying to “save their houses”
Dog walkers in Whitley Bay brave snow conditions on 21 January 2018Image copyrightPA
Image captionDog walkers in Whitley Bay braved the snow
European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Racing 92 on 21 January 2018Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThere was a sprinkling of snow on the pitch as Leicester Tigers took on Racing 92

Drivers in south-west Scotland were urged to “avoid unnecessary journeys”.

Five people were injured in a road accident close to Glencoe Mountain Resortski centre.

Police asked drivers to avoid the A82 around the resort, where drifting snow and white-out conditions were described as “hazardous”.

Heavy snowfall across Dumfries and Galloway was causing problems on roads including the A75, which was blocked just outside Dumfries for a time.

Meanwhile, two climbers were airlifted to safety after being discovered in a “precarious position” on a mountain ridge in Glencoe since Friday.

The pair had survived a night without shelter in sub-zero temperatures after becoming stuck at 3,000 ft at Bidean nam Bian.

Blizzard conditions had prevented a mountain rescue team from reaching them.

In Wales, Met Office warnings were in place for Wrexham, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Powys and Flintshire.

Snow also affected driving conditions on the A470 between Betws-y-coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog. The M4 motorway was partially closed near Bridgend after a serious accident involving an overturned car.

South Wales Police urged motorists to avoid travelling, saying driving conditions were hazardous with spray and standing water on the road.

Police in Devon said properties in Kentisbury, near Barnstaple, and Combe Martin on nearby Exmoor, have been affected by the conditions.

The A399 at Combe Martin has been closed following a landslide, while the A361 is also shut near Landkey in Barnstaple.

Devon County Council told residents unable to stay at home due to flooding to ask for emergency accommodation, advising people to “take great care”.

Forecasters say rain will clear away from southern areas and northern Scotland to leave a breezy but fine afternoon on Monday.

A man rides a bike in snowy conditions in Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National ParkImage copyrightPA
Image captionA man rides a bike in snowy conditions in Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park