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Source: The Independent
Britain's big freeze showed no sign of easing tonight as heavy snow again brought swathes of the country to a standstill.
Hospitals cancelled operations, the Army was drafted in to rescue motorists and emergency moves to ease the gritting crisis were demanded as a further 1.5ft (47cm) of snow fell in some parts.
Crucial transport networks went into meltdown during heavy flurries across the south while hundreds of thousands of children enjoyed an extension to their holidays after school closures.
With millions unable to get into work on a day estimated to have cost businesses £690 million, forecasters warned the misery will continue into next week.
After striking Scotland and the north of England, the heavy snowfall moved south to the home counties and London - where it was set to continue falling over night.
Clare Allen, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said parts of Kent could be worst hit tonight.
She added: "In terms of the overall cold snap, there is no sign of it coming to an end - it goes on as long as we can read into next week."
The lowest temperatures overnight were -13C (9F) in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, and -10.3C (14F) in Marham, Norfolk. Parts of the northern Highlands recorded 47cm (18.5in), MeteoGroup said.
Emergency measures to alleviate the gritting crisis, allowing Britain's biggest salt mine to supply the country day and night, were put forward by councillors. They said they would look favourably on suspending planning restrictions limiting lorry movements to and from Winsford's salt mine in Cheshire.