THE M1 has been forced to close and thousands of homes are without power after the Midlands was hit with heavy snow through the early hours of this morning.
A jack-knifed lorry and heavy snow have caused the motorway to close with forecasters on the scene estimating there is a “three to four-mile” tailback.
There are also nearly a hundred flood warnings in place for the UK and at least 14,000 homes without power.
All three lanes of southbound traffic on the M1 are closed after the lorry crash leaving motorists stranded in the snow.
The road is blocked prior to junction 19.
Leicestershire Police tweeted: “There has been an accident involving a lorry. Unfortunately, all lanes are currently blocked.
“Police and Highways are aware and are currently dealing. Please make alternative travel arrangements. Updates to follow.”
Overnight temperatures were 0C across the UK with the Met Office not expecting them to rise above 2C for most.
Yellow warnings have been issued for rain and snow with flooding predicted.
The warning was issued for the Midlands, mid-Wales and Scotland and are in force until 11.00am.
The Midlands has been the worst hit but power outages are stretching from Cornwall all the way up to Yorkshire.
The Met Office said: “We’re going to see snow showers running from the Northern and Western Isles down into northern Scotland.
“Temperatures tonight will be well below freezing and when we get these showers they will bring icy stretches to untreated surfaces.
“There will be lying snow away from the coast, we’re expecting a couple of centimetres in northern parts of the country.
“Elsewhere, we’re expecting a widespread frost with temperatures of minus two (28.4F) to minus four (24.8) where there is snow cover and as low as minus eight in parts of Lanarkshire.
“There could be tricky driving conditions across the north in the morning.”
The Flood Information Service has also issued 14 warnings, where flooding is expected and immediate action is required, and 96 alerts where flooding is possible and people should be prepared.
This story was originally published in express Entry posted by Taryn Tarrant-Cornish