Wintry blast closes schools and train lines in UK

14th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

More than one hundred schools and nurseries have been closed in northern Britain, mainly in Scotland, due to icy winter weather and snowfall.

Officials have issued widespread yellow "be aware" warnings for ice, rain and wind that risk disruption to transport and power supplies.

Gusts of over 60 mph (97 km/h) have been forecast for coastal sites in the south and west, and may exceed 75 mph in the more exposed coastal locations, according to the UK Meteorological Office.

"Tomorrow we may see wintry showers across the UK with sleet, snow and rain," said spokesman Jonathan Hunter.

Some 98 schools and nurseries were closed in Scotland, as well as dozens more in Northern Ireland.

Transport was also disrupted in Scotland with several railway lines closed, according to ScotRail.

Around 120,000 Scottish households suffered power cuts last week due to another bout of bad weather.

© 2015 AFP

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