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Storm Emma: Army called in to rescue drivers stuck in snow

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BBC Weather's Darren Bett says there is yet more snow to come
The Army has been called in to help rescue hundreds of drivers stuck in snow, as freezing conditions continue across much of the UK.Two major incidents have been declared by police in Hampshire and Avon and Somerset, as blizzards brought many roads to a standstill.Amber and yellow warnings for snow, ice and wind still cover most of the UK.The Met Office warned all travel would continue to be disrupted, while thousands of schools are shut. There are 10 severe weather warnings in place for the UK. The final warning is in force until 23:55 GMT on Monday.
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What's behind the UK's freezing weather
There are 10 severe weather warnings in place for the UK
The Met Office warned all travel would continue to be disrupted
The BBC's Duncan Kennedy, stuck on the A31 overnight, says traffic is starting to move but that it would take some time to clear the backlog. Many of those caught up in the jam were making their way home from work when conditions became impassable, he said.On the M62, volunteers from Milnrow, Rochdale, have been taking hot drinks, food and blankets to some of those stuck - including a bottle of warm milk for a five-week-old baby.
At the scene
Robert Hall, BBC News, on the A303High in the Wiltshire hills, a long line of darkened vehicles snakes down the snow-covered carriageway near the village of Mere.We, like hundreds of drivers have spent 12 hours in stationery traffic. The A303 is littered with vehicles that could go no further, blocking the plought and gritters trying to reopen the road in blizzard conditions.One man we spoke to was trying to reach a care home whose heating had failed, others settled down to sleep in their cars.
In Edinburgh, troops were deployed to transport 200 critical care hospital workers to and from their shifts at two hospitals on Thursday evening.Some 15 law courts across Scotland have cancelled trials on Friday.
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Car has near miss with bus in Edinburgh
National Grid issued a "gas deficit warning" on Thursday prompting fears of a shortage, but households were reassured domestic supplies would not be affected. Electricity North West said 5,000 properties in its area are without power. On Thursday evening Western Power Distribution, which serves the Midlands, Wales and the south west, said 1,300 homes had power cuts, although not all were weather-related.
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What is happening with the trains
Virgin Trains' route between Carlisle and Scotland - affecting the London to Glasgow and London to Edinburgh routes - remains closed with no replacement buses running. Passengers on east coast routes are urged not to travel until Saturday
Arriva Trains Wales has suspended some services all day on Friday. Some routes are are running on a reduced timetable.
Heathrow Express services between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport are running less frequently
East Midlands Trains are unable to run any trains between Nottingham and Skegness
There are numerous delays and cancellations on the Northern network
ScotRail will not run any trains in the amber warning area during the Friday morning peak
No CrossCountry services will run in Scotland on Friday. There will also be no trains running north of Newcastle until 16:00.
How are the airports affected?
The snow being cleared at Leeds Bradford Airport on Thursday
Airports across Britain are being affected by the cold weather, and the knock-on effect of other terminals across the UK and Europe cancelling flights.
Glasgow Airport: The airport says it is working towards reopening on Friday, but there will be delays and cancellations.
Edinburgh Airport: It says it will be open for those airlines that wish to operate. Passengers should check before travelling.
Dublin Airport: All flights have been suspended until Saturday
Cardiff Airport: Some flights are cancelled
East Midlands Airport: It has warned passengers of cancellations and delays
Heathrow Airport: The airport advises passengers to check before travelling
Gatwick Airport: There are delays and cancellations
City Airport: Multiple cancellations and delays are expected at the airport
What is the forecast?
Amber and yellow warnings for snow, ice and wind still cover most of the UK
The Met Office says the cold weather could last into next week and possibly the following week.Up to 50cm (19 inches) snow is forecast in parts of Dartmoor, Exmoor and uplands parts of south-east Wales accompanied by gales or severe gales in exposed areas.Gusts of 60-70mph are possible in parts of northern England and Wales.Up to 10cm (four inches) of snow is forecast in parts of Scotland and northern England, with up to 25cm over the area's hills.
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