Bad weather is today causing chaos for millions of travellers heading home for Christmas.
The West Midlands seems to have escaped the worst of the treacherous weather but police are still warning people only to travel if it’s absolutely necessary.
An estimated 12 million drivers will take to the roads today and tomorrow to get home to friends and family.
The AA reported that it had already been called out 3,000 times by 9am with more than 50 calls to rescue people from deep snow in Scotland.
And at Prestwick Airport a Ryanair plane skidded off the runway after hitting a patch of ice and ended up in a field just after 9am.
No-one was injured and all the passengers were taken to the terminal building safely.
Travellers at Heathrow airport were hampered by early morning fog causing delays and the airport is today expected to handle about 193,000 passengers.
All the major UK airports are open today although many have reported disruption.
Eurostar bosses say they have cleared the backlog caused by the weekend’s breakdowns but will only be running a limited service until after Christmas.
The company said those wanting to travel from London to Paris and Brussels today should not go to St Pancras before 1pm to help relieve congestion at the London station.
Ferry services are reported to be running well.
South West Trains, Southern and Southeastern train companies have been badly hit by poor weather conditions and there have been a number of broken down trains across the south of the country.
Trains from London to Brighton had to be cancelled because of electrical supply problems.
The Met Office has said cold weather looks set to continue in the West Midlands with temperatures today only hitting a high of 2 °C.
Tonight there will be possible outbreaks of snow and the chance of freezing fog in the morning. Temperatures could go as low as -2 °C and aren’t expected to top 2 °C on Christmas Eve.