The beautiful but deadly face of Britain’s winter

A LORRY driver died after his vehicle left a road as the first snows of winter hit the region.

Humberside Police said the white Scania lorry, which was fully loaded with meat, left the westbound carriageway of the A160 in South Killingholme, North Lincolnshire, at about 4.14am yesterday.

A spokes- woman said that road conditions in the area were “quite poor” at the time due to cold weather and hailstones.

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The driver, Mark Connor, 53, from Moston, Manchester, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is thought he may have fallen ill at the wheel.

The incident caused roads around the scene to be closed until 11am while investigations were carried out and the vehicle and its load were recovered.

Drivers were warned to take care as wintry showers fell intermittently across Yorkshire throughout the day, although there were no other reports of serious accidents.

The worst hit area of the country was Scotland, where heavy snow brought disruption to roads and closed schools. The Highlands, Lanarkshire, Central Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway and Aberdeenshire were hit by the overnight snowfall.

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Conditions in Yorkshire are expected to get milder during the week before turning colder again towards the weekend.

Andy Ratcliffe, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: “We will see more wintry showers with more snow over high ground in western areas.

“Northern England will see wintry showers but it will not be as badly affected as Scotland.”