Two Die As Winter Weather Keeps Its Grip On UK

A woman has been found dead in the snow after collapsing in snow in Kent as the winter weather takes its toll in the UK.

The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was discovered by a man walking his dog in Church Meadow, Deal, Kent, at 7.30am on Sunday morning, police said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police spokesman said: “The woman’s death is not being treated as suspicious but it is unexplained.

“A post-mortem examination will be held later this week.”

There has been a spate of accidents as a fresh deluge of snow caused major disruption across parts of the UK, with severe delays expected on the roads, railways and at airports.

One person person died following a crash in snowy conditions on the A12 near Kelvedon, Essex, and drivers are being warned  to take extra care on journeys.

Also in Kent, a man was taken to hospital with broken bones in his face when he was racially attacked after confronting a group of youngsters throwing snowballs at him.

And a teenager was left fighting for his life after suffering head injuries in a sledging accident in Middlesbrough.

Freezing temperatures and a blanket of snow will continue their grip on the UK this week, with up to eight inches of snow forecast today in Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland.

Hundreds of schools throughout the country are closed due to the wintry weather.

Heavy snow fall has closed two major roads across the Pennines, the A628 Woodhead Pass and the A66 between Brough and Bowes.

The Highways Agency said both routes would be closed for some hours and advised drivers to find alternative routes across the Pennines.

In South Wales and the south and east of England, the Met Office is warning motorists of treacherous icy conditions.

The rail network is also braced for another day of snow and ice-related delays and cancellations.

East Coast, Eurostar, First Capital Connect, London Overground, Southeastern, Southern, South West Trains and Virgin trains are all facing disruption.

At Heathrow Airport planes are due to be grounded for a fourth day and passengers are advised to check the status of their flights before travelling to the airport.

Delays are predicted at Gatwick and Stansted , Birmingham and Edinburgh airports and passengers are advised to check with airlines before setting out. Manchester said a “small number” of flights had been cancelled.

On Sunday passengers were left fuming after 260 flights were cancelled – 20% of the airport’s usual business – and on Monday 10% are due to be cancelled because of expected low visibility.