Snow, high winds and flooding bring travel chaos to Britain – live updates
Seafront residents in Essex have been evacuated ahead of possible flooding, while the Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for combinations of high winds, snow and ice.
Suffolk police are warning residents to keep away from coastal areas.
Snow and strong wind have made driving hazardous in the north east, according to reports.
The official North East Traffic News Twitter feed reported there were up to 50 cars stuck on a slip road off the A1 at Etal Lane, Newcastle.
The number of areas where flooding poses a threat to life has been increased to 12 by the Environment Agency.
The Environment Agency’s 12 severe flood warnings, which warn of a danger to life, are in place for coastal areas of Essex and Suffolk while dozens of flood warnings have been imposed as the east coast braces itself for a storm surge.
Good morning and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of severe weather forecast to cause havoc across much of Britain.
Here is a summary of the picture across the country:
Source: Guardian Transport