Travel disruption expected as strong winds and snow showers hit UK
Severe gales and snow showers are expected to bring travel disruption as gusts of more than 70mph battered parts of Britain overnight.
Drivers have been warned to only travel if necessary with delays likely on roads and trains.
Forecasters have issued yellow "be aware" wind warnings as gusts reached 78mph in Aberdaron in Wales on Wednesday night.
Liscombe in Somerset, which is not usually considered a windy site, recorded gusts of 74mph, forecasters said, and further winds in excess of 60mph are expected to hit south Lincolnshire and East Anglia on Thursday morning.
Meterologist Alex Burkill said: "It's going to be a cold and blustery day with further showers especially in the north and west.
"There is likely to be disruption to travel so before you had head out, it's worth taking a look at the state of the roads you will be travelling on.
"There is a risk you could be held up and delayed and if you think that's possible, make sure you have essentials with you such as coats, water and food in case you get held up for several hours."
Several police and fire and rescue services forces, including Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Norfolk, Surrey, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire, reported fallen trees and urged people to take extra care.
Poor weather conditions are also affecting railways in the Midlands, with overhead electric wires damaged between Wolverhampton and Stafford.
Passengers are being warned to expect delays to and from Manchester Piccadilly, between Birmingham New Street and Crewe, through Birmingham New Street and between Birmingham New Street and Redditch.
A snow and ice warning in place for northern areas of Scotland will be extended to Northern Ireland and northern England, forecasters said.
During the night, temperatures dropped at low as -7C (19F) in Loch Glascarnoch while snowfalls continued to be topped up.
Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway recorded up 36cm of lying snow, while Spadeadam in Cumbria, which escaped much of the snow on Wednesday, now has 23cm of snow - with up to 20cm falling on Wednesday night alone.
On Wednesday, persistent snow and ice caused treacherous driving conditions and brought the M74 in Scotland to a standstill, but Traffic Scotland said there were are no significant incidents on the roads for rush hour traffic.