Snow, ice warnings remain for travelers in Britain


Associated Press

LONDON

Snow and ice warnings for travelers remained in place Saturday even as temperatures crept higher in Britain after days of cold.

Authorities warned rail travelers and drivers to expect ongoing disruptions even as temperatures rose above freezing for the first time in days. Heathrow Airport warned travelers to check with airlines before arriving.

Two hospitals in southwest England continued to appeal for 4x4 drivers to help get essential staff to work, saying icy roads still pose problems.

Thousands are still without power, and flood warnings remain for some coastal regions.

Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell says temperatures are likely to inch up to 44 Fahrenheit in the southern city of Plymouth.

“It’s still not very warm at all, but compared to what we’ve seen it will feel more comfortable,” she said.

The shift comes after a week of upheaval in a country where snow’s infrequent arrival quickly overwhelms public services.

Social media has been replete with images of rail travelers stuck on trains – after thick snow paralyzed public transport.

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