Wintry weather strands some motorists in the UK

People look at frozen water in the Caen Hill Locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, near Devizes, in Wiltshire, England, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Hundreds of drivers in Britain spent the night trapped in cars or sheltered in pubs and schools after heavy snowfall hit much of the country. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)
A duck waddles on ice in front of a canal boat at the Caen Hill Locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, near Devizes, in Wiltshire, England, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Hundreds of drivers in Britain spent the night trapped in cars or sheltered in pubs and schools after heavy snowfall hit much of the country. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)
Snow covers houses in Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England Friday Feb. 1, 2019, after snowfalls overnight brought widespread disruption. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
People head out to sledge in the Blue Bell Hill area near Maidstone, England, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

LONDON — Wintry weather brought traffic to a halt in some parts of Britain, as sleet, snow and ice trapped motorists in their cars for hours.

Drivers were stranded early Saturday in southern England, leading to perilous conditions. Police in Kent say the night proved incredibly busy and that there were a number of accidents.

London City Airport shut down its runway briefly Friday night because of heavy snowfall, leading to some flight diversions. Service was back to normal Saturday.

U.K. meteorologists put out warnings for snow and ice and advised the public to "take care if you're heading out and about."

The freeze is expected to continue, with warnings that parts of Scotland could see lows -16 C (3.2 F) over Saturday and into Sunday.

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