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Last Updated: Wednesday February 23 2005 13:42 GMT

Snow gives lots of pupils day off

Cars in Kent drive carefully through the snow

Hundreds of children in the UK have been given the day off school as many schools have been forced to close due to heavy snow.

In Scotland all schools in Midlothian were shut on Wednesday, along with 113 in Fife and over 90 in Aberdeenshire.

And in north east England teachers at over 100 schools told pupils to stay at home because roads were too dangerous to travel safely on.

Forecasters have warned there is more heavy snow and bad weather on the way.

The Met office - the people who study weather patterns - have issued severe weather warnings, asking people to take care on Wednesday and Thursday.

The weather caused huge problems on roads in Kent when 30 vehicles were involved in an accident on the M2.

No-one was injured but some people were trapped in their cars and the road was closed.

And in Norfolk, a gritter lorry crashed through the wall of a pub on Wednesday morning, causing lots of damage.

Planes grounded

The freezing cold weather has also caused problems in sport.

Rugby fans hoping to fly to Paris to watch Wales play France in the Six Nations match this weekend have been grounded in Cardiff because of snow.

And football matches and racing events have also been disrupted due to frozen pitches and frost.