UK weather warning: GET HOME NOW or you'll never home at all commuters warned

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Southern Rail, which moves tens of thousands of commuters into and out of London every day stressed that people HAD be home by 3pm – as worsening weather conditions would put the rail service under massive pressure.

A Tweet from Southern Rail said: “We are advising passengers to complete your journey BEFORE 15.00 today.

“While a good service is currently running on most routes, the weather is expected to deteriorate this afternoon and we may be prevented from running services on some routes.”

In the South West,  where five trains were stranded overnight on the route between London and Weymouth, bosses also warned travellers to get home now or preferably not travel at all. South West Rail are CANCELLING ALL TRAINS from 8pm tonight.

A Network Rail spokesman said: "We are asking people not to travel across the South Western Railway network today unless absolutely essential. Services across the route will also be stopping early this evening.

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"We'd like to apologise to passengers trapped on trains overnight on the South Western Railway network due to extreme weather.

"All passengers were removed from trains earlier this morning, but the ongoing extreme weather meant emergency services were not able to evacuate people sooner.”

 A spokesman for South Western Railway added: "The forecast this afternoon is for further severe snow and high winds.

"We are urging you not to attempt to travel. If you have already travelled, please return as early as possible.

"Our service will be closing down early today. We will confirm what time trains will stop running on our network as soon as we can."

South Western Railway said multiple incidents were affecting its services, warning that trains may be cancelled or severely delayed, with disruption expected until the end of the day.

Nearly all train operators across the UK are experiencing disruption today, with no services to Scotland on Virgin Trains.

The whole of Britain was braced for another snow deluge today driven by hurricane-force winds as Storm Emma rips through the country.

Weather charts were threatening a DOUBLE-STRENGTH storm monster with a snow storm in the south west joining forces with another pressure system.

Gusts of more than 80mph will be whipped up around the churning union putting most of Britain in the firing line for gales and heavy snow.

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The Met Office has issued further severe weather warnings for wind and snow today bringing to an end a week of winter hell.

A warning for winds of between 60mph and 70mph is in place across the East Midlands; North-west England; Wales; The West Midlands; Yorkshire and the Humber.

Another warning for snow and ice has been issued across Scotland; north-east England; northwest England; Yorkshire and the Humber this morning.

And the BBC were already reporting 'significant flooding' in Cornwall, saying fire crews from Penzance were assisting with floods in Porthallow, Cornwall.

Penzance Fire Station said the flooding was caused by "high river levels, large seas and high winds".

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