January 27, 2023

Travel disruption is expected to push into Monday’s morning rush-hour as yellow warnings of ice, fog and snow are in place for much of the UK.

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The Met office have issued the alerts as temperatures are expected to stay well below freezing overnight and combine with wintry showers to create icy conditions. Forecaster say problems caused by snow, ice and fog are likely to persist throughout the week.

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Snowfall on Sunday evening forced airports to close their runways and left drivers struggling to get through.

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Key events

Cameron McVittiea tactical commander from the West Midlands Ambulance Service, said:

After being rescued, the four children were taken to hospital under blue light by an advanced care team. Two were taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and two to Heartlands in Birmingham. All four children were in critical condition on arrival.

Unfortunately, the children in the water went into cardiac arrest and were put on advanced life support on their way to the hospital.

Heard during the press conference that one of the police officers had contracted mild hypothermia and is “fully recovering” in hospital.

Four children were taken to hospital in critical condition after being rescued from a lake in Solihull in the West Midlands on Sunday afternoon after falling through the ice. Richard Stantonthe area commander of the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service, said:

We know that the weather forecast for the next few days is expected to be bitterly cold. Adults and children, please steer clear of open water, never venture on ice, no matter how thick or safe you think it is.

The children were pulled from the water in cardiac arrest, while a search was launched for fears that two more children were involved in the incident.

Emergency services were called to Babbs Mill Park in Kingshurst, a nature park in Solihull, at 2.36pm on Sunday. Last night Stanton told a press conference:

When our firefighters arrived, a number of police officers and members of the public were in the water trying to reach and rescue the children.

Our crews entered the water, swam to the first child and our specially trained firefighters, including technical rescue services, rescued three more children.

The children were taken out of the water where they received immediate life support care from firefighters and our ambulance colleagues.

He later added that they “had been notified there were up to six people in the water” when firefighters arrived.

So after we rescued the four children, we continued the search and rescue operation to confirm if there were any more in the water. The specialist medical advice we received on site, given the temperature of the water, given the age of those who entered the water and the amount of time they spent there, this would no longer be a search and rescue operation.

Transport alerts when snow falls

Travel disruptions are expected to continue into Monday’s morning rush hour as yellow warnings for ice, fog and snow are in effect across much of the UK.

The Met office issued the warnings because temperatures are expected to remain well below freezing overnight and combined with winter showers to create icy conditions. Forecasters say problems caused by snow, ice and fog are likely to continue throughout the week.

Snowfall on Sunday night forced airports to close their runways and left drivers struggling to get through.

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