Snow disrupts roads and schools in Leicestershire

Snowy conditions in Leicestershire
Image caption More cold weather is expected in the next few days

Dozens of schools have remained closed across Leicestershire because of severe weather conditions.

School heads reported that more than 70 schools were shut in Leicestershire and Rutland but few had decided if they would be closed on Friday.

Many roads were also disrupted by the snow and icy conditions, including the A606 in Empingham.

While less snow is forecast, temperatures could fall as low as -7C (19F) making untreated road hazardous.

Earlier a stretch of the A1 at Stretton was reported to be hazardous, as was the A47 near Wardley.

Other routes, including the A47 at Tilton on the Hill and the High Street in Barwell, were also affected.

The severe weather continued to cause problems for rail services across the region, with some East Midlands Trains' services cancelled or operating on a revised timetable.

Motorists are being advised to take extra care on the roads, especially on minor routes.

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