The British Government says it looks forward to continue working with Sri Lanka, following the appointment of the new Foreign Minister.While congratulating Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on his reappointment to the post, the Minister of State at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire said he looks forward to continue working with Sri Lanka on peace and prosperity. He said that he would “place economic diplomacy at the centre of Sri Lanka’s foreign affairs – focusing on promoting trade, tourism and investment”.Minister Samaraweera also noted that “restructuring the Foreign Ministry and the rationalization of Sri Lanka’s diplomatic missions abroad was an urgent priority”. (Colombo Gazette) After taking oaths this week, Samaraweera said that he would “build, with even greater vigour, on the tremendous goodwill the international community extended to Sri Lanka after the January 8 revolution”, adding that, “this intensification of engagement and strengthening of relations will be made possible by the political stability arising from the decisive mandate given by the people in the general election”. “Congratulations @MangalaLK on re-appointment as #SriLanka Foreign Minister. Look forward to continuing our work on peace & prosperity,” Swire tweeted.
Heavy snow causes travel chaos this eveningLondon City Airport forced to close runwayMotorists facing severe delays in Cornwall as M3 branded “impassable”British Airways cancels some Heathrow flightsTemperatures plunge as low as minus 15.4CWeather warning issued for areas just outside LondonUnion warns bosses not to force staff to come to workCold weather wardrobe: 10 pieces to see you through the chillCommuters face another evening of misery as snow and ice is building up in the south of England.A weather warning is in force for snow affecting southern parts of England, which will continue to move slowly southwards this evening.London City Airport announced it had closed its runway due to heavy snow, resulting in flight cancellations.Meanwhile, up to 19cm of snow had settled at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, according to the Met Office.There are challenging driving conditions and delays on the M3, A303 and A34 in Hampshire and Wiltshire.More snow is forecast going into the weekend, and though it is unlikely to be as heavy, there is a danger of untreated, treacherous ice covering paths and roads.Conditions will be largely bright and cold through Saturday but a widespread hard frost and freezing fog are forecast for the early hours of Sunday.This morning, the weather caused chaos across Britain’s rail network, roads and airports. The Met Office warned of an additional 5cm of snow on top of the existing blanketing, meaning there was a potential risk to life. Overnight snow caused flights to be grounded across the country, including the complete closure of the runways at Bristol and Bournemouth. Drivers were forced to abandon their cars in the evening commute on Thursday, with more than 100 people seeking refuge at a pub on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall having ditched their vehicles on the A30. 5:20PMCompetition time! No, not France vs Wales, but Bath’s game against Gloucester, which was supposed to kick off tomorrow at 2:30pm. 6:26PMHampshire suffering in the snow 2:04PMFootball and rugby clubs frozen out for the weekend Blenheim Palace in the snowCredit:BNPS Challenging driving conditions and delays #M3 #A303 and #A34 in #Hampshire #Wiltshire at the moment due to weather conditions. Please take extra care! We’re working with @HantsPolice @wiltshirepolice to clear incidents as quickly as possible.— Highways England (@HighwaysSEAST) February 1, 2019 Rabbits #snowman #CooksSpinney pic.twitter.com/O4pLZiDXYZ— CooksSpinneyPrimary (@CooksSpinney) February 1, 2019 Meanwhile in Paris, where France are taking on Wales in the opening match of the Six Nations, it is a positively balmy seven degrees celsius. It’s an 8pm kick off, and Telegraph Sport will have all the updates. The famous Stade de France (sans the expected 80,000 fans). #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/53o0YlFfle— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) February 1, 2019 Cairngorm swimmer Alice Goodridge swims through frozen over Loch InshCredit:WENN Barry Nevill, the Cornwall team leader for a local volunteer 4×4 rescue group, was made aware of the school bus incident and said the bus had become stuck in the traffic and “sat there for hours”.At 7.30 am Friday morning vehicles were seen moving along the A30, but Mr Nevill said the Devon and Cornwall 4×4 Group were still providing assistance to those in need, such as taking carers to hard-to-reach villages.At 2.30 am Friday morning after being stuck for 11 hours Mr Instance said the first police cars and snow ploughs appeared and began to move cars to allow the road to be cleared.He added that hundreds of abandoned cars, which were left when people attempted to walk to safety, added to the disruption.”What became quickly evident, there were at least 100 abandoned vehicles, probably a quarter of those would have been big lorries, they were abandoned all over the place,” he said.Mr Instance eventually made it home at 4.30 am Friday morning after first getting stranded at 4.30 pm Thursday afternoon.The same journey would have normally taken him 40 minutes. Britain is braced for further travel chaos on Friday after a freezing night that forced motorists to trudge miles through the snow in search of refuge. Heavy snow was affecting “many central and southern parts” on Friday morning, the Met Office said, as temperatures plunged to minus 15.4C in Scotland – the coldest day in the UK for seven years. As the severe weather crossed the country overnight, the Met Office issued an amber weather warning of snow for part of the South East.Parts of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire were covered by the warning, with up to 5cm of snow expected to fall on top of that which has already accumulated.The Met Office said: “Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers.”It added there was a “good chance” some rural communities could be cut off and power cuts were “likely”. 10:52AMSix Nations disruption as ex-Wales captain struggles to reach opening game Makeshift beds beds are laid out at the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor in CornwallCredit:PA ⛄ pic.twitter.com/PEvHlLExr7— Scarlets Rugby (@scarlets_rugby) February 1, 2019 The U.K. may be experiencing the lowest temperatures for seven years, but spare a thought for America, in the grips of a #PolarVortex View our U.S. polar vortex gallery and watch our video of this year’s British and American winters side-by-side:https://t.co/SxzdYrs191 pic.twitter.com/4AUlpXmdtg— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) February 1, 2019 ⚠️ MATCH POSTPONED | Following an earlier update, we regret to announce that our @premrugby Cup match against Gloucester Rugby scheduled for tomorrow at 14:30 has been postponed.Further information here ➡️ https://t.co/Y8ILV5V76B pic.twitter.com/bwF48PAGfz— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) February 1, 2019 5:58AMMotorists urged to return to vehicles A weather warning is in force for #snow affecting southern parts of England, which will continue to move slowly southwards this evening. Further accumulations of 2 or 3cm are likely, with hills possibly seeing an additional 3 to 7cm 🌨️🌨️🌨️ Stay #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/hy1y4jASyo— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 9:00AMNew amber weather warning – the what, the when and the where The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Bristol is still scheduled to go ahead despite the Arctic conditions that have covered the West Country in a blanket of snow.Harry and Megan are due to spend the day in the city, where dozens of local schools are shut because of the wintry weather and Bristol Airport closed during the morning.Organisers of the couple’s first engagement – a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration – said they were still expecting the duke and duchess.A Bristol Old Vic spokeswoman said: “We are still going ahead so far, there have been no messages to say otherwise.”Harry and Meghan will be taken on a guided tour of the revamped theatre, which has been entertaining audiences for more than 250 years.During the day the couple will also meet well-wishers on a walkabout and travel to Empire Fighting Chance, a charity using boxing to support children failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime. Cars stuck on the A30 on ThursdayCredit:Sinstance Great news, well done team 👏 https://t.co/1pQDNE92rc— Wiltshire Police (@wiltshirepolice) February 1, 2019 A landslip at a village in Cornwall blocked off vehicle access to around 30 homes and kept other cars trapped inside a cul-de-sac.Around 1,000 tonnes of hillside collapsed on to the narrow Scrations Lane, in the village of Lostwithiel, but no-one was injured and no property damaged, Cornwall Council said. It’s competition time. Which snowman is the best? Who will get the most likes? This one is Squirrels entry #Snowman #CooksSpinney pic.twitter.com/FTbbDCujmD— CooksSpinneyPrimary (@CooksSpinney) February 1, 2019 The Tower of London during a light snow shower in LondonCredit:John Stillwell/PA One resident in Basingstoke gallantly playing his part to spread grit on the road.Credit:Andrew Matthews/PA There were also vehicles stuck on the A39 between Winnards Perch and Wagebridge, and Cornwall Council tweeted: “Please stay with your car. We have gritters on the way and they will clear the roads as quickly as possible.”Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service said motorists were stuck on the A38 near Haldon Hill and the A380 near Ideford Dip.Emergency services have warned drivers to stay in their cars and keep warm.Across Devonshire 34 schools said they would be closed or partially closed on Friday and 35 schools across Cornwall also said they would not be opening, according to the two county councils. 4:51PMFriday’s weather, in pictures Any volunteers who can help please turn up at 830am tomorrow to clear the snow from around the ground and taking covers off the pitch. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/8y3fiRHeVA— Accrington Stanley FC (@ASFCofficial) February 1, 2019 5:45PMAt least we aren’t in Chicago… Motorists who abandoned their vehicles on the A30 in Cornwall are being urged to return as as soon as possible.More than 100 people ditched their vehicles to stay the night in the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor. Highways England says teams of gritters have been working through the night to clear the A30 near Temple and conditions have improved. Rugby fans hoping to get to Paris for the Six Nations opener are facing an anxious wait with the snow continuing to cause problems. Bristol Airport updated passengers to say the disruption would continue into the afternoon while staff attempt to clear the snow.Wales fans refuse to let the delays dampen their spirits: Drivers were stranded for 12 and a half hours, a bus carrying 30 school children was rescued and hundreds of cars were abandoned on Thursday night as heavy snow hit Cornwall.Six inches of snow reportedly fell in 45 minutes, causing travel disruption on the A30 and A39 near Bodmin, Cornwall.A school bus which became stuck on the A39 was rescued by local police and fire brigade crews, who ferried the children to safety in 4x4s.Steve Instance, 44, from Porthtowan in Cornwall, who was travelling from Poole, in Dorset, became jammed in among other cars as traffic built up on the A30.Mr Instance, a prevention manager for the RNLI, told the Press Association: “The snow just came down so quick. We just joined the back of the traffic and within a few minutes the traffic built up around me.”I drive a great big four wheel drive but there was just no way of getting out, just jammed in then.”The snow kept falling, there was a good six inches of snow within 45 minutes or so.”Just completely stranded and didn’t move a single inch for nine and a half hours.” 6:45AMAirports affected #Snow continues to affect parts of England and Wales, with an amber warning in force – stay #weatheraware in these difficult driving conditions #uksnow https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs pic.twitter.com/nOHrLZXix0— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 Welsh rugby fans and pundits trying to get to Paris for the opener of the Six Nations faced being stranded after flight cancellations due to snow.Disruptions to flights from airports in Cardiff and Bristol left queues of fans facing a race against time to get to France ahead of Friday’s evening kick-off.France are due to host Wales in the first game of the tournament at 8pm GMT at the Stade de France.Ex Wales captain and BBC pundit Sam Warburton was one of the passengers due to fly on the cancelled 9.30am flight from Cardiff Airport to Charles de Gaulle.He told BBC Wales: “A few of the guys went over yesterday from Bristol. I was doing some work last night for the BBC so we knew we would be cutting it fine this morning, but I am sure we will all be fine.”I am probably too laid back for my own good so I don’t mind at all.”I have got 12 hours to get out there. Even if I need to get the Eurostar or something I am sure I will be there for kick-off so I am not worried at all.”The Welsh team and management travelled from their base in the Vale of Glamorgan to France on Thursday, and a spokesman for the WRU told The Telegraph there were no travel disruptions affecting the team. The roads really are terrible near Basingstoke on the M3.Please do not travel unless in an emergency, is the warning. He said he saw a bus carrying schoolchildren that was being assisted by a 4×4.”I wasn’t in the worst place, I was in a warm car, I am fit and healthy – there were a lot of other people around who needed help a lot more than I did,” he added.A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed a school bus was rescued from the A39, south of the A30.A spokesman said: “Police were called at around 3.25 pm last night following reports that a school bus… has become stuck on the A39 between Halfway House and Winnards Perch – 4x4s crewed by police and fire officers attended and took the children to a place of safety.”It is believed 30 children and four adults were on the bus and were taken to Retallack Resort, a hotel and spa resort near the A39. Snow covers houses in Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, DorsetCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA Snowfall in South Harrow, west LondonCredit:Wheatley/WENN @GD10 pic.twitter.com/UZPk2QhKeT— Dragons 🏉 (@dragonsrugby) February 1, 2019 Light covering of snow at the ground, but it is melting & pitch underneath is not frozen. Will need to see what it’s like in the morning before final decision @SportingKhalsa @solentsport @SydWessex pic.twitter.com/hnp9AIbTFO— Sholing FC (@sholingfc) February 1, 2019 pic.twitter.com/dWlQiLX9jh— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) February 1, 2019 This is Dex, who is on the M3, heading towards Basingstoke.Please take extra care, say the police The show must go on!A white @ArmsParkCardiff but it’s business as usual. The Cardiff Blues Benevolent Trust Lunch this afternoon and club open for the big game this evening 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/0slsiZG6hT— Cardiff Blues (@cardiff_blues) February 1, 2019 9:54AMMore than half of Bristol’s schools closed A man pulls a boy on a sledge in Hamstead Heath, north LondonCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph 4:38PMLandslip sees 1,000 tonnes of hillside cut off access to village Just a frosty one for us ❄️☃️ pic.twitter.com/nDi97tVWUz— Ospreys (@ospreys) February 1, 2019 Here are a selection of the best pictures from overnight and Friday morning as the cold snap continues to grip Britain. We are aware of major problems with displaced traffic and snow conditions in the south of the District. The M3 is closed at J5 and around Odiham towards Alton and Farnham we are getting reports of people stuck in their vehicles. Please do not travel unless in an emergency.— Hart District (@HartCouncil) February 1, 2019 It’s awful, please avoid it pic.twitter.com/7GvOz2YnEj— Dex (@dexgrigg_) February 1, 2019 Some of our amazing passengers choosing a singalong to keep upbeat during the snowy weather 🎶❄️ pic.twitter.com/OoMigFLcJV— Bristol Airport (@BristolAirport) February 1, 2019 🧹All hands on deck as members of staff from first team coaches to @AcademyOUFC staff helped clear the training pitch this morning so the first team could get some contact time on the grass 💪#oufc pic.twitter.com/Kg8yniezfG— Oxford United FC (@OUFCOfficial) February 1, 2019 9:38AMMet Office’s outlook for the day Four flights from Cardiff to Paris are still expected to depart at 1.05pm on Friday afternoon.The airport is advising passengers to check live flight information on their website and contact airlines directly for information.Bristol Airport said all flights were cancelled until at least midday due to snow, including flights to Paris.The airport said on their Twitter page: “As a result of continued adverse weather, our teams are working hard to clear the airfield. Due to the volume of snowfall, the airfield will remain closed until 1200. A further update will be given as the situation changes. Please contact your airline for specific flight queries.”Rugby fan Leon Brown said he was due to fly out of Bristol at 2pm, but had received a text to say his flight had already been cancelled.He said he was now looking to sell his two match tickets, adding: “We did look at the Eurostar. Should never had sold my 4×4. I would have drove.” The BBC’s rugby talent are facing a race against time to get to France ahead of the Six Nations opening fixture tonight. Wales face Les Bleus at the Stade de France for an 8pm kick off (GMT), but coverage starts more than half an hour beforehand. Former Wales captain Sam Warburton is one of the pundits for the game and journalist Sonja McLaughlan is also down to work the fixture. But both were still in the UK on Friday afternoon. 5:55PMThe sun is shining on some Englishmen… 5:01PMNews on the roads Here are the best of our rugby union experts’ predictions and analysis: Six Nations 2019 predictions: Our experts’ verdict on the finishing table – does anyone tip England for glory? Six Nations 2019 latest odds: Ireland favourites but England and Wales are heavily fancied to run them close Mick Cleary | Forget the tribal froth and nonsense – and prepare for an epic Six NationsAnd why not sign up to The Telegraph’s Six Nations Fantasy Rugby competition to be in with a chance of winning £5,000?All the details here: Telegraph Fantasy Rugby: Your last chance to play our free 2019 Six Nations with £5,000 jackpot prize Commuters were left frustrated by the jargon, so here is what a points failure actually means: Points are movable sections of track, allowing trains to move from one line to another. Like signals, points can fail. They might get clogged with debris or ice, the drive mechanism might fail or, in hot weather, they might expand too much.When points do fail, they are often secured in one position so trains can pass over. This keeps lines open and trains moving, but will cause disruption because certain stations will not be able to be served and congestion will build on the line that is open. The Twitter exchange between Sam Warburton and Sonja McLaughlanCredit:Twitter Bristol Airport has shared a photograph of its runway, and it’s hardly a surprise that all flights are grounded. The Tarmac is completely covered in a thick blanket of snow and staff are busy trying to clear it with the aim of re-opening the airport for flights at midday. The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning of snow for part of the South East.Parts of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire are covered by the warning, with up to 5cm of snow expected to fall on top of that which has already accumulated.The Met Office said: “Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers.”It added there was a “good chance” some rural communities could be cut off and power cuts were “likely”. 8:14AMSnow-covered Bristol Airport closed until midday 11:20AMWeather warnings continue on Monday Conditions on #A30 around #Temple have improved, with our teams of gritters, ploughers and recovery agents working flat out all night, along with @DC_Police and @CornwallFRS . If anyone has left their vehicle in situ on the A30, advice is to return to it as soon as you can.— Highways England (@HighwaysSWEST) February 1, 2019 11:43AMDrivers left stranded for 12 and a half hours As the UK wakes up, social media users are sharing pictures of the snow that has fallen overnight. It might be a couple of days old, but there’s no harm in sharing the joy snow can bring. Here is a video of a dog sliding down a snow-covered hill: 5:54AMAmber weather warning issued In Cornwall, more than 100 people crowded into a pub on Bodmin Moor overnight after abandoning their vehicles on the snowbound A30 after the roads became impassable. Efforts to clear the cross-country route near Temple continued through the night, with teams of gritters and ploughs working to get traffic moving. Police and the fire brigade were carrying out welfare checks where possible. But scores of stranded motorists had set off on foot in the freezing conditions to reach the Jamaica Inn, which was welcoming groups and families with young children in their droves. “A lot of people have abandoned their cars. Some of them have walked a good three, four or five miles,” the pub’s 25-year-old general manager, Sammy Wheeler, said. “People were fed up of being in a cold car and they were running out of fuel.”Each of the inn’s 36 rooms was full, with some being shared by complete strangers on Thursday night. Meanwhile makeshift dormitories with mattresses on the floors had been set up in other parts of the pub, including 15 beds in the restaurant and another five in the lounge. ⚠️ #SNUpdates – We’ve been advised by @networkrail that due to a points failure between Portsmouth Harbour & Fratton fewer trains are able to run on all lines.⛔️ As a result of this, we’re unable to offer you a usual service to and from Portsmouth Harbour today.ℹ️Info to come pic.twitter.com/LWrKWq4FYB— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) February 1, 2019 While dozens of schools were closed today across the south west, some children in the home counties have held a snowman competition.Cooks Spinney Primary is looking for likes for the best snowman…My favourite is the Squirrels. Last night it was all doom and gloom in Antigua. England’s cricket team slumped to a miserable 187 all out and Joe Root looked like he’d rather be stuck on the A30 in Cornwall.Today in the West Indies, things are looking up, with England bowling, West Indies four wickets down and that Caribbean sun shining.Rob Bagchi with the updates 10:34AMDuke and Duchess of Sussex trip to Bristol still scheduled Snow was lying at least 12cm deep on Bodmin Moor, and 5cm has been recorded in Sennybridge, Powys, according to the Met Office. The Met Office had predicted a maximum 10cm of snowfall when it issued a severe weather warning on Thursday.The lowest temperature of the night was recorded in Braemar, Aberdeenshire. Had it fallen more than 0.2C (0.4F) lower it would have surpassed the low of minus 15.6C (3.92F) set in 2012.The snow, which had been travelling eastwards, reached as far as Wiltshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent, with a few flakes in central London. A yellow severe weather warning for #snow & #ice has been issued for Monday : https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs. Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/tGFETxAcEK— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, rather than the A30 in CornwallCredit:AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan 11:59AMBristol Airport to remain closed into the afternoon Southern Rail had to rely on South Western Railway services on the south coast after Network Rail announced there had been a points failure. Met Office meteorologist Emma Smith said: “There is still sleet and snow across southern counties, the band is currently sitting across the south-west and Wales and across to East Anglia and London.”It’s kind of pivoting in place and it’s not really moving very far. What will be happening to it is it will get patchier as it goes on, but it could cause some disruption to rush hour.”Temperatures are widely below freezing so there’s icy stretches so people will have to take care going into work.”By lunchtime temperatures in the South East are expected to nudge towards 4C, meaning the sleet and snow should turn to rain.However the rest of the country, with the exception of southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, is expected to see wintry showers persist into Friday evening.”Into the afternoon those showers will go into the Pennines and the Peak District as well,” Ms Smith said. #Snowmageddon has finally arrives in my neck of the woods. Not as bad as the Beast from the East last year, but equally unamusing!!! pic.twitter.com/jXJ1WUttHE— Nicola Jackson (@nickstrel) February 1, 2019A bit snowy here this morning ⛄️ #Snowmageddon pic.twitter.com/WoipUTOe1y— Mrs Prickles (@Prickles54) February 1, 2019A cold and very snowy #Bristol #dontwalkdownthehill #Snowing #Snowmageddon #snowball pic.twitter.com/IRS7MoLoiB— Dean Fawcett (@DeanFawcett1) February 1, 2019#Snowmageddon #FridayFeeling #Snow #Hampshireroads Take it easy out there!❄️🌬❄️ pic.twitter.com/s2pFMEABIo— molly (@mollymcconnon) February 1, 2019White stuff in Bristol#Snowmageddon #snow pic.twitter.com/nV4bxl0duS— Dazza (@DAndrews101) January 31, 2019 8:43AMSummary overnight from Chris Graham We’ve received reports of a landslip at Scrations Lane, Lostwithiel.There are no injuries reported and no danger to properties and residents.@CORMACltd highways staff are onsite to assess the situation.Full statement here: https://t.co/6X6xdRVrfR pic.twitter.com/0jUQkmp6T0— Cornwall Council (@CornwallCouncil) February 1, 2019 5:31PMTake care on your drive home 10:27AMThe best pictures from the big freeze This should make your day a little happier. pic.twitter.com/GIVaWra9zQ— Marcus (@MGSniper) January 30, 2019 3:08PMRoads begin to reopen in Swindon A weather warning is in force for snow affecting southern parts of England, which will continue to move slowly southwards this evening.Further accumulations of 2 or 3 cm are likely, with hills possibly seeing an additional 3 to 7cm. 12:15PMSkiing to work, cyclists tumbling and swimming through ice – Friday’s best pictures #A303 eastbound #Mere – #Chicklade , we currently have #winterteams coming through the area now to clear the snow from the carriageway and to get you moving again ASAP. pic.twitter.com/RxvqEV5f8I— Highways England (@HighwaysSWEST) February 1, 2019 ⚠️*NEW 01/02* Due to overrunning Network Rail engineering works between Weybridge and Earlsfield all lines are blocked. Trains running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes. Disruption is expected until 09:00 01/02. https://t.co/Ssj2lzz3Xm— SWR Help (@SW_Help) February 1, 2019 A road in the Yorkshire Dales was blocked after a council gritter lorry overturned 6:43AMWarnings for commuters While the snow may be clearing for many, there is still plenty of disruption across the country. Here is the latest from the Met Office: 5:41PMWeather warnings for snow in the south Oh My Word….. pic.twitter.com/Wnx0MxCFUf— Hartley Wintney FC (@HartleyFC) February 1, 2019 In Bristol more than half of the city’s schools were closed due to the weather and roadside refuse and recycling collections have been cancelled.The city council said all priority roads have been gritted and are open but side roads and pavements may remain difficult.An inquest taking place today at Avon Coroner’s Court at Flax Bourton, near Bristol, was cancelled due to the weather.In Gloucestershire waste and recycling collections have also been cancelled across Cotswold district. More snow is forecast going into the weekend, and though it is unlikely to be as heavy, there is a danger of untreated, treacherous ice covering paths and roads.A fresh yellow warning for snow and ice covering large areas of the UK took effect from noon on Friday until the same time on Saturday.It covers northern Scotland, most of Northern Ireland, the eastern coast of England and the west coast of Wales.A separate warning for ice is in place for the southern counties between 1pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday.Conditions will be largely bright and cold through Saturday but a widespread hard frost and freezing fog are forecast for the early hours of Sunday. The Bristol Old Vic was built in 1766 and has a unique place in British theatre history, having nurtured the talents of countless famous actors from Daniel Day-Lewis and Greta Scacchi to Peter O’Toole and Jeremy Irons.Stirling Prize-winning architects Haworth Tompkins led the theatre’s redesign, which includes a full-height timber and glass-fronted foyer that reveals the original auditorium facade to the street for the first time.The internal layout has been transformed, with the restoration of the Georgian Coopers’ Hall, a new studio theatre created in the old barrel vaults and mezzanine galleries.The project is the second stage of a 10-year, £26 million programme to completely overhaul and safeguard the future of the theatre.During the visit, the duke and duchess will drop in on a workshop attended by local schoolchildren, which is part of Bristol Old Vic’s outreach programme.At Empire Fighting Chance, the couple will meet young people using the gym, speak to coaches about the positive impact boxing is having on Bristol’s youngsters, and watch a couple of training sessions attended by primary and secondary school pupils. 6:58AMIt’s #Snowmageddon A man – Olly Danning – skis through Wadebridge town centre in CornwallCredit:Apex ❄️ With an amber weather warning for #snow across central southern areas, be careful on your morning commute and stay #weatheraware https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs pic.twitter.com/WVGJEyAHX2— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 Volunteers are currently hard at work clearing snow off of the training pitch ready for tonight’s trial sessions. Look us up if you are 18, with a mic and a Full Back looking for a premiership team.@TheVFL_ @TheVFLPlayerHub pic.twitter.com/EePomSwz1j— VFL Peterborough XB1 (@PeterboroughVfl) February 1, 2019 But the relentless hard work of volunteers meant that some fixtures may survive the big freeze. ⚪️🔵❄️ A huge thank you to the army of volunteers who have given up their time today to help clear the pitch of snow! There’s still plenty of work to do but thanks to your dedication we’re getting through it nicely! #buryfc pic.twitter.com/dXLyZRTEYs— Bury Football Club (@buryfcofficial) February 1, 2019 4:36PMWeather forecast for the weekend British Airways cancelled or merged a number of short-haul flights from Heathrow Airport because of the adverse weather conditions.The airline urged customers to check their flight status for cancellations.”Safety is always our priority, and we’re working hard to keep our operation moving. We’re sorry that some of our services are being delayed by the weather conditions,” a spokeswoman said.Flights to and from Bristol Airport have been suspended due to the weather.The airport tweeted: “All flights are currently suspended until 0800 whilst our teams work to clear the runway and other operational areas.”Please refer to your airline for specific flight information.” Morning Pixies #Snowman #CooksSpinney pic.twitter.com/SkTppHEsWy— CooksSpinneyPrimary (@CooksSpinney) February 1, 2019 Spare a though for our friends across the (frozen) pond.Click through to view our stunning gallery. 1:06PMBBC rugby pundits and presenters’ scramble to Paris The A39 in Minehead on Exmoor on ThursdayCredit:Jay Williams The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for Monday: ▶ Wales make the journey from their Vale of Glamorgan HQ to the north of Paris. Mae bach o eira i weld yn y brifddinas Ffrainc heno ‘ma. #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/ILqNqtXwDy— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) January 30, 2019 Police forces across the country are warning motorists to consider if their journeys are necessary before heading out on Friday and be “extremely careful” if have to travel by road.On the rail network Southeastern and Transport for Wales have altered their services on Friday as a result of the adverse conditions.The South Western Railway was planning to run a normal timetable, but warned some early services may need to be cancelled as routes are cleared.Meanwhile Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express were expected to run normally, although all passengers were urged to check before they travel in case the conditions impact services.Transport for London also advised passengers to check their service status before setting off. Snow depths of 8cm in Cumbria and 7cm in Inverness-shire were also recorded by the Met Office on Thursday evening, although this is believed to be mostly leftover from Wednesday.South Western Railway warned passengers that trains may be cancelled on Friday morning while work is done to check and clear the tracks. Delays, cancellations and disruption caused more misery to those unfortunate enough to have to rely on the trains to get them to work on Friday morning. A number of train operators took to Twitter to inform their customers of the battle they would be facing to get to the office. Overnight, South Western Railway reported disruption between Fareham and Southampton due to ice on the tracks, but once that had cleared there was a flurry of further problems – from a broken down train to signalling problems and the ever-frustrating overrunning engineering works. ⚠️ *NEW 01/02* Due to a broken down train at Petersfield the Guildford bound line is blocked. Train services running through this station will be delayed. Disruption is expected until 11:00. https://t.co/imkvCCexC2— SWR Help (@SW_Help) February 1, 2019 8:24AMAs predicted, the rail network is a shambles Does it have to be from today? Here’s a couple from over the years… pic.twitter.com/FnGIhOz3tk— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) February 1, 2019 ⚠️ *NEW 01/02* – Due to a points problem between Petersfield and Guildford the London bound line is blocked. Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or diverted via Eastleigh. Disruption is expected until 08:00 01/02 https://t.co/imkvCCexC2— SWR Help (@SW_Help) February 1, 2019 A cyclist comes a cropper as he tries to ride his bike in Bristol as snow sweeps across the West countryCredit:Paul Gillis/SWNS The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem earlier this monthCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph A woman rides a bike along a road with snow-covered trees near Haytor on Dartmoor, DevonCredit:APEX Snow at Gatwick airportCredit:PA The Aurora Borealis display over Loch Lubnaig and Loch Venachar in Stirling Credit:WENN The pitch is currently covered in snow, as are the surrounding paths. We’ll re-evaluate tomorrow morning to see whether it’s worth getting a working party together to try and clear it away. pic.twitter.com/zlQCaZZNtp— Runcorn Linnets FC (@RuncornLinnets) February 1, 2019 6:17PMThe rugby has been postponed! A man walks his dog down a snowy lane in Werneth Low country park near Hyde in Greater Manchester Credit:Getty Bloody great shift getting snow off the pitch,thank you all who turned up,brilliant effort👊👊👊👊👊👊@HerefordFC pic.twitter.com/i833dPJAMa— Ben (@benbowen1979) February 1, 2019 Cars stuck in the snow on the A30Credit:PA Bournemouth Airport has become the latest airport to cancel flights due to the snow. It said its airfield was closed “until further notice” due to snow.It said: “Clearing operations are under way and a further update will be made at 0700.”Earlier Bristol Airport suspended flights until at least midday while the runway was cleared.Snow was also seen falling at Heathrow, where British Airways altered a number of short-haul flights on Thursday, and passengers using the hub were being told to stay in contact with their airlines before travelling.Gatwick Airport also saw flurries, although the airport was advising passengers it was planning on operating as normal on Friday. 1:19PMIt’s not all bleak – here’s a video of a dog sliding down a snowy hill 8:06AMLatest from the Met Office’s Snowdar When?Between 4:20am and 11am on FridayWhere? Bracknell ForestBuckinghamshireHampshireOxfordshireReadingSloughSurreyWest BerkshireWindsor and MaidenheadWokinghamWhat to expect?Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengersSome delays and cancellations to rail are likely, and perhaps air travelThere is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut offPower cuts are likely and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affectedFurther detailsFollowing overnight snowfall an area of snow is likely to continue during Friday morning. Further accumulations are expected with 5 cm new snow in places on top of any existing snow cover. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. It’s 5pm and time for a roads update.Heading from London and South East towards the South West this evening?Please be aware there are severe delays on M3 and A303 routes due to the weather this afternoon.The A38 is now fully open in both directions following the earlier collision. There’s no significant delays in the area.But on the A303, there are delays from Chicklade to Mere in Wiltshire and a further accident on the A303 at the M3 J8 to Bullington. You may wish to consider remaining on M3 and consider alternative routes if you’re in that part of the world.This is what it currently looks like: Fixtures up and down the country are likely to fall foul of the weather this weekend thanks to frozen ground and a thick layer of snow covering pitches. Here are a selection of photographs showing the normally-green arenas dressed in white. People walk through the snow in Braemar, where temperatures plunged as low as -15.4CCredit:Getty As a result of continued adverse weather, our teams are working hard to clear the airfield. Due to the volume of snowfall, the airfield will remain closed until 1200. A further update will be given as the situation changes. Please contact your airline for specific flight queries. pic.twitter.com/hvBRoAp63z— Bristol Airport (@BristolAirport) February 1, 2019