Storm Emma: Army helping drivers, and thousands lose power

Last updated at 08:00
Cars in snowy conditions on the A192 near Blyth in Northumberland, as storm Emma, rolling in from the Atlantic, looks poised to meet the Beast from the East"s chilly Russia air - causing further widespread snowfall and bitter temperaturess.PA

The Army has been called in to help rescue hundreds of drivers stuck in snow, as freezing conditions continue across the UK.

The M62 motorway near Manchester has been closed indefinitely by the police and around 5,000 people in the north west of England are also without power.

A highly unusual red weather warning for snow for south-west England and south Wales was lifted very early this morning, but an amber alert is in force until 08:00.

There are also amber warnings for snow, ice and wind in Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Thousands are also without power in Republic of Ireland, after blizzard conditions disrupted power supplies in Meath, Dublin, Wicklow, and Kildare.

The so-called Beast from the East, combined with Storm Emma on Thursday to cause extreme weather conditions.

Ten severe weather warnings are still in place for the UK, with some of them in force until 23:55 on Monday.

A car covered in snow on March 1, 2018 in Alexndria, ScotlandGetty Images

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Traffic queueing to leave the M62 motorway ahead of junction 24 after the road was closed between junctions 21 and 24 as extreme weather continued to wreak havocPA
Traffic queueing to leave the M62 motorway after the road was closed

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.

In the south of England the A303 road near Ilminster was closed, and in Hampshire and the New Forest, roads came to a standstill.

Some drivers needed help from the army to leave their vehicles.

A car drives on snow that is settling on roads as the forecasted snow arrives in Wells on March 1, 2018 in Somerset, England.Getty Images

Police in Hampshire and Avon and Somerset, declared two major incidents, because of heavy snow blizzards.

Many trains and flights are cancelled and thousands of schools are still shut.

The Met Office warned all travel would continue to be disrupted.

Residents in Old Drumchapel, Glasgow, Scotland, clear their driveways of snow as blizzards are hitting parts of the UK, as freezing conditions and heavy snow continue to wreak disruptionPA

Police forces across the UK have told people to only travel if necessary.