People are urged to avoid train travel amid the latest bout of 48-hour strike action, as more snow is forecast and many homes are left without power.
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People woke up to snowy scenes across the UK this morning.
The cold and wintry conditions are set to continue for days.
Police are searching for a man who has been missing for three days without a coat in freezing conditions.
Rodrigo Falcon was last seen in the Highlands around 3.10am on Sunday – he had no coat and was wearing only a jumper and baggy jeans.
The 33-year-old disappeared while a Met Office yellow warning for snow and ice was in place for much of Scotland.
Chief Inspector Alasdair McLeod, south Highland area commander, said: “As time goes on we are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Rodrigo.
“It is obvious from the response we have had that there is great concern in the community for his well-being and I would like to thank the local community for their assistance so far.
“Local officers, along with specialist officers, are continuing to carry out extensive searches.”
He added: “We are also identifying further CCTV opportunities in the area and in particular would welcome assistance from local businesses or residents who may have private CCTV.
“As part of our inquiries, it has been established that Rodrigo was not wearing his brown woollen coat, but was seen on CCTV wearing his red jumper and baggy jeans with no coat.
“He is described as being 5ft 6in tall, of slim build, with dark hair cut in a mullet style with a moustache and beard.”
A yellow weather warning has been issued for snow and ice across central and southern parts of Scotland.
The Met Office warning begins at 6am on Friday and will last until midnight.
Newspaper distribution experienced a significant disruption overnight.
The distribution of papers including The Times and THe Sun may flow on into delivery delays “in many parts of the country”.
In a statement News UK said severe weather in the South East had impacted Newsprinters in Broxbourne.
“We apologise to retailers and customers who are not able to get a copy of their usual newspaper. Newsprinters will make continued efforts to deliver newspapers to retailers during Monday,” the statement said.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper has defended the response of the highways authorities after motorists were left stranded on the M25 during the cold snap.
He told LBC Radio: “My understanding, having listened to what National Highways have said, is a very significant amount of gritting did take place.
“But of course, that doesn’t mean that you can deal with the consequences of the fact that it was a very severe cold snap and there was heavy snow across the country.”
He added: “Sometimes when you get heavy snow and you don’t get a lot of traffic on the motorway, you do get the snow settling and it does cause congestion.
“But I know the staff of National Highways worked incredibly hard to try and keep the roads moving and get the strategic road network up and running as soon as we could after the bad weather.”
Airline easyJet is “doing everything possible” to ease disruption for passengers caused by the weather.
Several flights at Luton and Gatwick airports have been cancelled today because of snow.
A spokeswoman said: “Airlines operating to and from the UK today are experiencing some disruption to their flying programmes due to adverse weather, with a number of cancellations at Luton and Gatwick airports which are both affected by snow.
“Flights were also affected yesterday as snow closures affected Manchester, Liverpool, London Gatwick and London Luton airports with some flight cancellations and diversions.
“We are doing all possible to minimise the disruption for our customers, including providing hotel rooms and meals for those passengers affected by the cancellations.
“Customers on cancelled flights have been provided the option of a free transfer to an alternative flight or a refund.
“While this is outside of our control, we would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused as a result of the weather.”
Some people on the Shetland could be without electricity for the rest of the week, the local council leader has warned.
Councillor Emma Macdonald, leader of Shetland Islands Council, said wet and heavy snow had brought down power lines and poles.
“We don’t normally get much snow, we get a lot of wind and gales, and it has had a significant impact,” she said.
“We have so many lines down and people could be without electricity until the end of the week.”
She added: “About 70 engineers have come across on the boat and they are doing everything they can, but it is a challenging task as the weather is poor and the wind is picking up.
“It’s not the fault of the power company, they are doing everything they can to get connected.
“We are a resilient community and are often cut off during the winter if the ferry doesn’t run.
“We do all pull together.”
These pictures show overnight snow coating Cullercoats Bay in North Tyneside.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution is working to restore supplies to about 2,800 homes in Shetland, but has apologised as it warned that full restoration was only likely by the end of the week.
The Scottish Government declared a major incident for Shetland on Tuesday after thousands of homes were left without power on Monday evening following significant snowfall.
More engineers are due to arrive in Shetland on the ferry from Aberdeen on Wednesday to help restore power.
SSEN spokesman Graeme Keddie told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “Firstly I’d like to apologise to those customers still without power and reassure them that we are making every effort to get to them.”
He added: “This morning, as of overnight, we have 2,800 homes without power across Shetland. We made very good progress yesterday reconnecting 1,000 homes and hope to make continued progress today, particularly as the travel situation we talked about, the flights restarting, and also we’ve got 15 additional line crews are coming over on this morning’s freight ferry and more by helicopter so that will make a real difference to restoration efforts.
“This has been a very concentrated and explosive weather event on Shetland which was far more severe than forecast.
“The local teams have said this is the worst they’ve seen since 1995 over the Christmas period.”
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