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Over 100 cars stranded on A30 as snowbomb cause traffic chaos

Over 100 cars were stranded on a busy road as freezing temperatures caused traffic chaos.

Huge queues of vehicles were trapped on the A30 at Temple, in Cornwall, with many motorists waiting for hours until traffic was able to move.

Photos from impatient drivers show cars backed up for miles along the snow covered road.

The majority of road users had to move at a crawl to avoid skidding.

Multiple cars were abandoned as the roads became near impassable due to the adverse weather conditions.

As vehicles were at a standstill, police warned drivers in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset “to avoid all but ­absolutely essential travel”.

Gritters and a plough were sent to the major carriageway near the village of Temple in a bid to help motorists unable to continue their journeys.

But drivers vented their frustration at how long it took for gritters to arrive on the scene.

One motorist tweeted police: "What advice do you have for people who look likely to be spending the night on the #A30?

"How to keep warm? Should they keep the engine running? How long will that last for? How can they get water? Saying ‘we’re working as hard as we can’ is great, but need a bit more."

Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk, head of roads policing across Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, advised those who were stranded to remain patient as response teams worked to help them move on.

He tweeted: "For those stuck on the A30 in Cornwall, an intensive effort is under way to clear the carriageways of vehicles to allow the gritters through.

"Please stay with your vehicles and we will get to you."

With road conditions treacherous in the area, some motorists opted for shortcuts.

But one car ended up turning over in the snow due in a quieter section away from the A38 and A380.

A woman also gave birth to her baby in an Asda store today because the ambulance could not reach her due to the heavy snow, reports Cornwall Live .

The Met Office also reported snow measuring up to 12cm deep in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.

A crash also closed a stretch of the M6 near Wigan.

Further snow has been forecast into Friday, with up to four inches expected in Wales and South West England.

Other parts of southern England could be hit with up to three inches

Much of ­Scotland and the North East of England will also see snow showers, with warnings of ice until lunchtime.

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