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  1. Five new vaccine centres begin Covid-19 jabs

    Five new Covid-19 vaccinations centres have opened in the West Midlands today.

    Jab being given at the Stoke-on-Trent site

    The NHS said the new sites, part of more than 30 across England, would be part of an acceleration in the vaccine programme.

    The five in the region are:

    • Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
    • Hall 1, Stoneleigh Park Agricultural Centre, Warwickshire
    • Artix Centre, Bromsgrove
    • Telford International Centre
    • Daniel Platt Centre, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

    Ian Turner, from Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which is running the Stoke-on-Trent site, said up to 1,000 people could be vaccinated there each day.

    "This week we will be focusing on health and social care staff and then people will start to receive invitation letters to come through the centre to recieve their coronavirus vaccine," he said.

    Staff in Telford

    At the Artrix Centre, organisers said they can deliver 1,200 doses a day but operations manager Tracey Walker wants to quickly scale that up

    "The supply will build and our capacity will build. We will and can vaccinate at 2,600 vaccinations every single day."

    People are reminded they need an NHS letter of invitation before turning up.

  2. Weather: Temperatures to remain just above freezing

    BBC Weather

    Temperatures will remain just above freezing for most of the day and are expected to reach no higher than 5C (41F).

    So that means the icy conditions will remain for another day, and we could have some light rain later this morning.

  3. Play areas shut

    Several play areas in Shrewsbury are still closed today after last week's floods and the icy conditions today.

    The town council said six remained shut:

    • County Ground
    • Kynaston Rec (Infants)
    • Quarry
    • Springfield
    • Sydney Avenue
    • White Hart
  4. New warning of icy weather

    A fresh warning of icy conditions across the West Midlands has been issued for this evening and tonight.

    Area covered by the yellow weather warning
    Image caption: Area covered by the yellow weather warning

    The Met Office has put out a yellow alert and said there could be injuries from slips and falls along with travel disruption.

    The warning runs from 18:00 today until 10:00 on Tuesday.

  5. Your photos: Sledges and gritters

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Wintry scenes dominate photographs from our local BBC Weather Watchers today as you'd expect, from sledding to gritters.

    Here are three from users OgySnaps in Tardebigge, Worcestershire, Jayne G in Alrewas, Staffordshire and Milsonian in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire:

    Cleobury Mortimer
  6. River levels falling

    Several flood warnings have been downgraded in the West Midlands this morning as levels on the River Severn continue to fall.

    Among those being scaled back is the village of Kempsey, which is now just a flood alert.

    The Environment Agency said the flood pumps kept the village dry over the weekend.

    It was not the same story at Beales Corner in Bewdley, where temporary barriers failed.

    This was the scene near Worcester yesterday, as captured by BBC Weather Watcher Sky High:

    Worcester floods

    Sixteen current warnings cover:

    • Bridgnorth
    • Hampton Loade and Highley
    • Bewdley
    • Stourport
    • Larford, Riverlands and Holt Fleet
    • Hawford Wood and Bevere
    • Worcester
    • Court Meadow and Callow End
    • Severn Stoke and Clifton
    • Upton upon Severn

    Some areas are covered by multiple flood warnings

  7. Food share events cancelled due to icy weather

    A group that gives surplus food to community groups has had to cancel events today due to the snow.

    Shrewsbury Food Hub said its food share efforts at Christ Church and Belle Vue would be closed today to keep its volunteer drivers safe.

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  8. Snow forces hundreds of schools to shut

    Hundreds of schools across the West Midlands are shut today because of the snow and ice.

    Snow in Tenbury Wells on Sunday

    While most children have been getting education at home during lockdown, classrooms have been open for pupils of key workers.

    Some councils have a list of school closures on their websites or they advise parents to check directly with their school if they haven't been informed:

  9. Weather: Cold, frosty and sunny

    BBC Weather

    Icy conditions are forecast this morning in the West Midlands after a day of snow which blanketed the region.

    This morning in Shustoke, Warwickshire
    Image caption: This morning in Shustoke, Warwickshire

    The Met Office has a yellow warning for ice in place until 11:00 and said there could be travel disruption.

    Monday is forecast to start frosty and icy and then be a fine day with plenty of wintry sunshine. Some patches of cloud around this morning with a high of 4C (39F).

    Get a latest forecast for your area at any time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe disruption, from J5 for A5 Rampart Way to J6 for A5223 Lawley Drive.

    M54 Shropshire - One lane closed on M54 westbound from J5, A5 (Telford Central) to J6, A5223 (Telford West), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M54 Shropshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M54 Shropshire westbound severe accident, between J5 for A5 Rampart Way and J6 for A5223 Lawley Drive.

    M54 Shropshire - The road is temporarily closed and stationary on M54 westbound between J5, A5 (Telford Central) and J6, A5223 (Telford West), because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time