Hundreds of schools will be closed today after the ‘mini Beast from the East’ brought major disruption to parts of the UK.

An amber warning for snow – meaning there is a potential risk to life – remains in place for Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset, with forecasters warning rural communities are at risk of being cut off.

Some places could see up to 40cm (16in) of snow, while it could feel as chilly as -10C (14F) in parts.

Devon County Council said more than 250 schools will close on Monday following the severe weather, while dozens of school closures were reported in Somerset, Gloucestershire and parts of Wales.

Yellow be aware warnings for ice have been issued for England, Wales and parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland until 10am.

It comes after snow and ice caused disruption to road, rail and air travel and forced several sporting events to be abandoned at the weekend.

A number of airports, including Gatwick, Exeter, Bristol and Manchester, have cancelled some flights.

Devon and Cornwall Police tweeted: Further snow expected into the early hours of Monday. Police and partner agencies continue to work hard to keep roads open and people safe.

Drivers are warned to expect snow and icy conditions on morning commute. Only travel if you have to and leave extra time for your journey.

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust appealed for volunteer drivers to help transport staff.

Homes in Hemsby, Norfolk, were evacuated amid fears they could be washed into the sea after warnings of snow and ice.

And a burst water pipe in Sheffield city centre caused travel disruption and left hundreds of properties without water amid freezing conditions.

Temperatures are expected to rise again from Tuesday after the latest cold blast, which followed a freezing spell of weather earlier this month dubbed the Beast from the East.

Richard Leonard, head of road safety at Highways England, said: Gritters will be out treating our roads around the clock, but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.

Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel.
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