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Snow And Ice To Bring Monday Morning Misery
Misery is forecast for thousands of workers trying to make the big Monday morning return to work as further snow and icy conditions are expected to bring chaos to the transport system.
Many are likely to extend their weekends and take the day off, unable to travel on the roads or trains, or forced to stay at home to look after children whose schools have shut.
Fresh snow has combined with layers of ice to create dangerous motoring conditions, a situation which promises to continue into the start of the week.
Train operators have announced they will be running a reduced service leaving many unable to get into the office. South West Trains is advising passengers that it has put in place a revised train service for Monday.
The insurance firm RSA estimates the conditions mean around a third of the workforce stay away, which costs the UK economy £500m a day.
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for ice over much of the country, but a red, severe warning for South Wales which experienced the worst of the weather has been downgraded.
Heathrow has been forced to divert some flights due to de-icing problems and it has announced Monday will see a third day of cancellations with 10% of flights not operating because of expected low visibility.
Although a spokesman warned further flights could be dropped.
He said: "It is possible that weather conditions at other European airports will increase the number of cancellations.
"Passengers due to travel tomorrow are urged to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport."
Hundreds of passengers have been camped out in the terminals because of flight cancellations and long delays.
The Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express train services were also hit by major delays to and from the airport.
Motorists were warned over icy conditions by the AA, which is reporting around 600 breakdowns every hour.
Edmund King, AA president, said: "Main roads and motorways are coping quite well with the snow so far.
"However, many drivers can't get off their local residential streets and cul-de-sacs.
"The hidden danger is the sheet ice below the inch or two of fresh snow on un-gritted local roads where snow and slush from yesterday has frozen. Many of these residential roads are like ice skating rinks.
"If drivers can safely get off their local streets we advise them to stick to the main roads where grit and extra traffic has helped keep the ice away."
Snow fall last week caused hundreds of school closures, especially in East Anglia, forcing parents to either find emergency child care or take the day off work.
Sky News' Weather Producer Joanna Robinson said that snowy and icy conditions were expected to last into the week.
She said: "Snow over central and south-east England will push north across eastern Britain overnight, giving significant accumulations over the hills.
"There will be a widespread frost, locally severe, with ice a big concern, particularly over Ireland and southern Britain."
She said snow would be a problem with snow in the north-east England and central, southern and eastern Scotland, with up to 5cm (2ins) falling.
The weather conditions have caused a number of incidents.
One person has been killed and another injured in a road crash in snowy conditions on the A12 in Essex.
In Middlesborough, a 16-year-old suffered "life-threatening" head injuries after falling off a toboggan at speed. He was airlifted to hospital and is said to be fighting for his life.
In Edinburgh, on Saturday, another 16-year-old broke his leg when his sledge ran out of control and he plunged down a 150ft embankment.