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Travel chaos spreads as snow hits England and Wales

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Heavy snow in swathes of the UK is increasing the travel chaos brought on by widespread flooding over the past week.

Vehicles “have been stranded and some roads left impassable” across parts of Wales, and the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow for 11 of the country’s 22 counties, the BBC reports.

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South Wales Police told the broadcaster that it was “receiving a high number of calls about weather-related incidents”, while police in Ystradgynlais, southwest Wales, took to Twitter to urge local people to “only go out if absolutely necessary”.

The Met Office has also issued a yellow warning for rain covering what The Independent describe as “a vast region” from Portsmouth to Hull. The news site adds that forecasters fear the “heavy deluges could add to already high water levels” amid widespread flooding.

A plane lands at Heathrow Airport in London © AP A plane lands at Heathrow Airport in London

Areas around Nottingham, Sheffield, and Doncaster are expected to be affected as snow falling across the Southwest moves north and turns into further downpours. 

The Met Office has warned that there could be a risk to life “because these areas are very waterlogged already”. More than three dozen flood warnings are in effect across England and Wales, with the River Don, in South Yorkshire, posing a particular threat.

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Almost 100 soldiers have been deployed to South Yorkshire to aid communities hit by torrential rain. Members of the Armed Forces have been “laying down sandbags in Stainforth, Doncaster, and attempting to shore up the village’s bridge”, says The Independent.

More than 1,200 properties have been evacuated across northern England, and a woman died last week after being swept away by floodwater in Darley Dale near Matlock.

What is a yellow weather warning?

According to the BBC, a yellow weather warning means “severe weather is possible over the next few days and could affect you”.

Snow makes driving conditions treachorous © Getty Snow makes driving conditions treachorous

“Yellow means that you should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day to day activities,” the broadcaster adds.

Yellow is the lowest of the three weather warning, below amber and red.

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