Large swathes of the UK were struck by heavy snowfall on Monday, causing travel problems for motorists and rail users with forecasters warning the worst is yet to come.

Six inches of snow (15cm) could fall on high ground, according to MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association.

The weather has already led to more than 20 motorists needing to be rescued by the AA from cars that had become stuck and led one rail operator to introduce a speed restriction and cancel services.

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Motorist drive through snow showers on the A14 at Bar Hill in Cambridgeshire

John Lee, forecaster for MeteoGroup, said: "Over the next 12 hours there is the chance of 5-10cm (2-4in) quite widely in the North East, East Midlands and East Anglia.

"Some of the hills in the North York Moors and the Lincolnshire Wolds could see 10-15cm (4-6ins)."

After large parts of England were hit by snow this morning a second heavier band is moving south and east.

The Met Office issued an amber weather warning for snow focused on the East Midlands, eastern England, the North East and Yorkshire, warning the public to be prepared for the risk of disruption.

The AA said it had attended around 9,000 breakdowns so far - including 23 cars stuck in snow, mainly in the Grampians in Scotland, Oxfordshire and the East Midlands.

A spokesman said breakdowns are currently coming in at more than 1,100 every hour peaking earlier at around 1,750 and the AA expects to attend more than 16,000 for the day, compared to around 10,500 on an average Monday.

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Fishing boats take shelter from the heavy snow in Scarborough harbour

Rail operator Greater Anglia said routes between London Liverpool Street and Cambridge, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich would be subject to a 60mph speed limit because of the snow.

Some parts of Norfolk and Lincolnshire could get a second snowfall as the weather system spins out over the North Sea overnight and back towards land again, Mr Lee added.

The rest of the country should have a dry but chilly day on Tuesday. Temperatures in Scotland, the North East and eastern England will struggle to rise above zero, while London will get to around 3C (37F). The warmest place in the country will be Cornwall, which will get to around 8C (46F)

Temperatures are expected to drop further to around minus 8C (17.6F) on Wednesday night with the possibility of more light snow flurries.

Motorists were warned by the Highways Agency to take extra care on Monday evening and into the early hours on roads made slippery by snow and sleet in freezing temperatures.

The Highways Agency said its Met Office forecasters had also warned 15cm could fall on high ground.

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Cars make their way along snow covered roads near Scunthorpe

It said a band of rain, sleet and snow was affecting western parts of the country on higher routes, but snow is likely at lower levels as this moves east.

Steve Crosthwaite, head of the National Traffic Operations Centre, said: "We are using salt to treat the road network and have ploughs and snow blowers on standby if necessary. Our traffic officers are working around the clock to monitor our road network, deal with any incidents and keep traffic moving.

"During severe winter weather we ask drivers to check road conditions and the weather forecast before setting out. If conditions are poor, and journeys are not essential, we advise drivers to think about delaying until conditions improve and allowing our winter fleet the chance to treat the roads."

The weather did not slow some drivers. Kent Police said its traffic units stopped a driver who had been doing 110mph on the M2 in the snow.

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Snow on the high ground of the Yorkshire Wolds at Millington Pastures, near Pocklington

Leicestershire Police took to Twitter to issue a stern warning about snowballing.

"Sledging, snowmen and snowballing? It is only fun for those who want to take part," it wrote.

"Please don't throw snowballs at vehicles on the roads, distracting drivers can cause accidents."

The AA warned drivers to be prepared and carry winter kit in their cars while the RAC said it had extra patrols on the road as it expected up to 56,000 breakdowns and widespread disruption.

Public-spirited postmen and milkmen were asked today to help keep an eye on the elderly and vulnerable during the cold snap.

The Local Government Association said "all community-spirited residents" were being urged to help support council workers and spot if people are in danger.

Sub-zero temperatures expected over the next week and increased heating bills mean there are concerns that the number of deaths this winter could top the 24,000 in the relatively mild 2011-2012 winter, it said.

While plans are in place to deal with extreme weather, the LGA urged people to look out for their neighbours.

Councillor David Rogers, chairman of the LGA's community wellbeing board, said: "As well as gritting our roads and clearing snow, council teams are ready to be drafted in to provide a variety of services to help the vulnerable deal with the severe winter weather, from carrying out emergency household repairs to delivering hot meals and portable heaters.

"But council staff can't be everywhere. They rely on community-spirited residents to look out for each other.

"We are calling on neighbours, postmen, milkmen and paperboys to step up and help save lives by knocking on doors and reporting anything out of the ordinary.

"Just a call on an elderly neighbour who's perhaps unable to ask for help can make all the difference.

" They may just need an extra blanket getting down from the loft or perhaps they didn't get out to collect their medicine this week. It takes no time to check in but could potentially save lives."


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  • Winter weather Jan 25

    A man uses a tractor as he tries to try and keep the roads open in Tanfield, Durham as more snows falls in the UK.

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    A woman digs her way out after more snow falls today in Tanfield County, Durham.

  • Winter weather Jan 25

    A woman digs her way out after more snow falls today in Tanfield County, Durham.

  • Winter weather Jan 25

    A man uses a tractor as he tries to try and keep the roads open in Tanfield, Durham as more snows falls in the UK.

  • Winter weather Jan 25

    A woman digs her way out after more snow falls today in Tanfield County, Durham.

  • Winter weather Jan 25

    A woman digs her way out after more snow falls today in Tanfield County, Durham.

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    Two woman battle through the snow after more snow falls today in Tanfield County Durham.

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    A man shovels snow after more snow falls today in Tanfield County Durham.

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    A woman digs her way out after more snow falls today in Tanfield County, Durham.

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    A man struggles in the snow as he walks past the starters box on the PGA Centenary Course after more snowfall today at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire. The course will be used for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

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    A road traffic sign covered in snow and ice at Spring Cottage, Derbyshire as the winter weather continues across the UK.

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    People struggle in the snow with shovels on a golf course at Gleneagles after more snowfall today in Perthshire.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    A man struggles in the snow as he walks past the starters box on the PGA Centenary Course after more snowfall today at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire. The course will be used for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

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    A man walks his dog near Auchterarder, Perthshire after heavy snowfall overnight.

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    Loggers Trucks collect trees in Kielder Forest, Northumberland where snow fell overnight.

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    Snow and ice cover barges and boats at Foxton Locks in Market Harborough, Leicestershire as the winter weather continues across the UK

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    General view of a street in Pricetown, Dartmoor, as snow starts to fall again.

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    Don Clegg, 80, clears snow from his drive in Kielder, Northumberland as the winter weather continues across the UK.

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    Loggers Trucks battle up the hill in Kielder Forest, Northumberland where snow fell overnight.

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    A man fits snow chains to his car in preparation for driving in hazardous conditions as the winter weather continues across the UK.

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    Don Clegg, 80, in his garden in Kielder, Northumberland as the winter weather continues across the UK.

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    Loggers Trucks collect trees in Kielder Forest, Northumberland where snow fell overnight.

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    Loggers Trucks collect trees in Kielder Forest, Northumberland where snow fell overnight.

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    Mum Stephanie Koch (right) and daughter Kadie 4 enjoy the snow in Kielder, Northumberland as the winter weather continues across the UK.

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    Dogs walking in Innerleithen, the Scottish Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

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    A car sets off down a snow covered road in the Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

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    A snow covered road in Galashiels the Scottish Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

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    A horse runs along a snow covered field in the Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

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    Sheep look for food in the Scottish Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

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    A snow covered road in Galashiels the Scottish Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    A car sets off down a snow covered road in the Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

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    Mum Stephanie Koch (right) and daughter Kadie 4 enjoy the snow in Kielder, Northumberland as the winter weather continues across the UK.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Snow and ice cover Foxton Locks in Market Harborough, Leicestershire as the winter weather continues across the UK

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Snow and ice cover Foxton Locks in Market Harborough, Leicestershire as the winter weather continues across the UK

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    A woman walks a dog through a snow covered Rose Garden at The Arno in Birkenhead, northwest England, on January 21, 2013. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has left closed schools and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Freddy the Boston Terrier plays in the snow on January 21, 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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    NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Canada Geese fly from the snow covered banks of the River Trent on January 21, 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Wild birds feed on the snow covered banks of the River Trent on January 21, 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: A snowman complete with cigarette and coffee cup is viewed by a squirrel in St James's Park on January 21, 2013 in London, England. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Canada Geese fly from the snow covered banks of the River Trent on January 21, 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: A woman walks on Birdcage Walk as snow falls on January 21, 2013 in London, England. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    Models pose around a plastic palm tree in the snow in front of Tower Bridge in central London on January 21, 2013, during a 'pop-up beach resort' promotion on the day that many consider to be the most depressing day of the year. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has schools closed and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A woman walks a dog through a snow covered Rose Garden at The Arno in Birkenhead, northwest England, on January 21, 2013. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has left closed schools and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People walk a dog through a snow covered Arrowe Park in Birkenhead, northwest England, on January 21, 2013. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has left closed schools and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER-SNOW

    A woman walks a dog through a snow covered Rose Garden at The Arno in Birkenhead, northwest England, on January 21, 2013. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has left closed schools and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Canada Geese fly past the snow covered banks of the River Trent on January 21, 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: A man walks on The Blue Bridge over the partially frozen lake in St James's Park on January 21, 2013 in London, England. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER-SNOW

    People walk a dog through a snow covered Arrowe Park in Birkenhead, northwest England, on January 21, 2013. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has left closed schools and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER-SNOW

    Models in swimwear pose in the snow at a 'pop-up beach resort' promotion in front of Tower Bridge in central London on January 21, 2013. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has schools closed and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Pigeons look for food in a snowy St James's Park on January 21, 2013 in London, England. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Pigeons try to keep out of the snow by resting on a signpost in St James's Park on January 21, 2013 in London, England. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)