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article imageUK Forced to Standstill as Freezing Temp Halts Transport System

By Leo Reyes     Jan 5, 2010 in Environment
Prolonged freezing weather is taking its toll on Britain's economy as thousands of workers failed to report to their jobs due to cancellations of airline flights and land transport services throughout the United Kingdom.
Freezing weather across England forced the closure of major air and land transport terminals throughout the country as transport services schedules have been canceled, leaving thousands of people unable to reach their destinations.
Six inches of snow is forecast to fall today as the icy blast tightens its grip. The South is expected to see the worst of the weather as heavy winter showers move south across England and Wales throughout the day.
Snow forced the closure of Manchester and Liverpool airports this morning, while ten train services between London and Leeds on the East Coast Main Line have been canceled and thousands of school pupils have been told to stay home.
The freezing weather forced thousand of workers to stay home while major business establishments, schools and government offices remained closed.
The worsening weather could lead to the shortage of basic household needs such as gas and food as demand surges and supply dwindles due to "panic buying" and prolonged weather disturbance.
Business leaders warned of the impact of the severe weather condition on the country's economy as workers fail to report for work in what appears to be the coldest winter in 100 years.
The Met Office has issued an advisory for heavy snow and ice across much of the UK today, with up to six inches of snow forecast for Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire tonight.
A spokesman said: 'Most places could get some snow, with the showers moving down from the Pennines and Peaks to the South of England by the evening.
'The South could see around six inches on Tuesday evening, while there will be a few centimetres elsewhere.'
Forecaster Stephen Davenport said 'Should conditions continue in a similar vein then by March we might just be looking back at one of the coldest winters of the last 100 years.'
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