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Colder than Moscow: Thousands of homes without power and drivers stranded as Britain is battered by blizzards and gale-force winds

Up to 48,000 homes were without power as blizzards, gale-force winds and torrential rain hit both Scotland and Northern Ireland, knocking down power lines and causing widespread transport havoc.

In the worst-hit part of the province, around 300 people – including children on a school bus – had to be rescued from vehicles trapped in snow overnight on the Glenshane Pass near Londonderry. Read more