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BRITAIN will see 12 INCHES of snow dumped by the Beast From The East this week with snow blizzards and freezing winds to hit.

Tuesday is set to be another bitterly cold day with some places struggling to get much above freezing, the Met Office said.

Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent and Medway are all regions which that have been hit by an “area of widespread, persistent and occasionally heavy snow”.

An amber warning is in place until later today in the south east of England, which reads: “Accumulations of snow will be widely 5-10cm with 15-20cm in places and a small chance of 25-30cm for a few sites.”

Meanwhile, new warnings for snow and ice across eastern areas the length of Britain are in place until Wednesday.

The Met Office said Sunday started “on a wintry note in some areas, with rain turning increasingly to snow across the south-east of the UK, and snow showers feeding into the north-east.”

And there are warnings of widespread weather-induced power cuts across the country too.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • WATCH: GLASGOW RESIDENT APPLAUDS DRIVER AFTER DOUBLE DECKER STRUGGLES UP SNOWY STREET

    Glasgow residents applaud driver after double decker bus struggles up snowy street in treacherous conditions
  • EXPECT TO SEE MERCURY PLUMMET TO -10C

    “We can expect to see -10C as far south as East Anglia later in the week,” warns the Met Office’s chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale.

    He added: “With cold air across all of the UK any precipitation will fall as snow.

    “Snow showers will continue to feed into eastern parts through the week.

    “Many places will see further snow accumulations with a few centimetres likely quite widely.

    “Some areas will see larger accumulations with 20cm or more.”

  • PLEA TO MOTORISTS TO SLOW DOWN & USE LIGHTS

    Weather conditions across Essex “are not improving”, warns the North Essex Police Roads Unit.

    It tweeted this afternoon that on county roads “visibility is low with spray and snow flurries.

    “Yet there are a few drivers we are passing without any lights on, driving too close to the vehicle in front and too fast.”

  • 23-MILE-LONG TRAFFIC QUEUES IN GERMANY

    Freezing drivers were stranded for hours in 23-mile-long traffic jams in Germany as Europe has been pummelled by the heaviest snow in years.

    Some parts of Germany were cloaked in up to 50cm (20in) of snow by Tuesday afternoon, according to local media reports.

    Traffic on a motorway near the city of Bielefeld was brought to a standstill overnight Monday into Tuesday, with some drivers trapped for at least 16 hours.

    The bottleneck, caused by lorries stuck in the snow, stretched over 23 miles (37km), local police said.

    Video footage showed shivering drivers huddled in their vehicles, complaining of going for hours without food as temperatures plunged to minus 12 degrees Celsius (10 degrees Fahrenheit).

  • UP TO 20CM SNOW FORECAST – AMBER WARNING

    Further heavy snow is forecast to fall across Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth, Stirling and surrounding areas of Scotland.

    The Met Office still has an amber weather warning for disruption from snow in place until 9pm tonight.

    Up to 20cm (8in) more snow could fall on higher ground in these areas.

  • BEAST FROM THE EAST TWO – BRITS SHARE PICS

    The second ‘Beast from the East’ has prompted a flurry of snow pics from across the UK on Twitter – #BeastFromTheEast.

    Sharing everything from snow-covered sand circle on the beach, to a snap back in time – showing an airfield in 1940 – some Brits are clearly not minding a bit of snow.

    A number of National Severe Weather Warnings for snow are in force, with further warnings likely to be issued through the week.

     

  • OVERNIGHT TEMPS TO DROP THIS WEEK

    “Overnight temperatures will be notably low through the week, especially in areas with lying snow,” said the Met Office’s chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale.

    He added: “We can expect to see -10C as far south as East Anglia later in the week.

    “Daytime temperatures will also be cold, only reaching one or two degrees Celsius for many early in the week.

    “With strong winds as well the wind chill will make it feel much colder.”

  • CELTIC MIDFIELDER CRASHES CAR ‘DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER’

    Neil Lennon revealed Celtic midfielder Ismaila Soro will be assessed after crashing his car in shocking weather this morning.

    He said: “Soro had a prang in his car this morning due to the adverse weather conditions. He looks OK. So we are just checking on him, making sure he is alright. He missed a large part of the session.”

    Ahead of the Scottish Premiership game against St Mirren on Wednesday night, Celtic boss Lennon said the 22-year-old Ivorian had missed a large part of the training session but should be OK for the trip to Paisley.

    “Apart from that James Forrest is back in training but obviously tomorrow night is too soon for him. So that’s a welcome boost to the squad.

    “Shane Duffy had a bit of a bug in the last couple of days but trained today so he should be available for selection. Ryan Christie is fit and back in the squad as well,” he added.

  • MET OFFICE: ‘STAY WEATHER AWARE’

  • MORE SNOW TRAVEL DISRUPTIONS

    FURTHER travel disruption from snow and ice has hit the UK.

    Hundreds of schools and some Covid vaccination centres remain shut, with police warning people not to travel.

    There is more snow its way with yellow warnings in place for parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    A temperature of -16.7C was recorded in Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday morning, the lowest it’s plummeted in the UK since December 2010.

  • WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A COLD WEATHER PAYMENT?

    You’re eligible for the cold weather payment scheme if you’re in receipt of one of the following benefits and meet certain criteria:

    • Pension credit
    • Income support
    • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
    • Income-related employment and support allowance
    • Universal Credit
    • Support for mortgage interest
  • WINTER WELFARE – COLD WEATHER PAYMENT CHECKER

    Cold weather payments give low-income households a £25 boost if they’ve experienced freezing temperatures.

    Brits are entitled to an extra £25 to help heat their home when the temperature in their area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees or below for seven consecutive days on average.

    You can check if your area has had a cold weather payment by popping your postcode into the government’s tool.

    If you’re eligible, you should receive payments within 14 working days.

    This year’s cold weather payment scheme will run from November 1, 2020, until March 31, 2021.

  • OVER 100 FLOOD ALERTS STILL IN PLACE

    As if Brits don’t have enough to contend with – given the snow, ice and Covid lockdown – there are still over 100 flood alerts in place.

    The Environment Agency has issued 19 flood warnings and 106 flood alerts for today.

    For example at Colne Brook, Colnbrook, the EA advises: “Following wet weather over the last week, river levels remain high but steady on the Colne Brook.

    “River levels are expected to remain high throughout the day, Tuesday 9 February. Property flooding remains possible.”

  • WRAP UP WARM IF YOU’RE HEADING OUTSIDE – IT’S FREEZING!

    Caring Met Office forecasters have told Brits to “wrap up warmly if you’re heading out on an essential journey this afternoon.

    “Not only will there be further snow showers in places, but the wind will make it feel well below freezing for everyone.”

    Brits have been urged to stay inside, as the agency warns of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

    There are also fears that other rural communities could become “cut off” amid heavy snowfall, with power cuts likely.

  • COVIDIOTS SLAMMED FOR COAST TRIP IN STORM DARCY

    A pair of covidiots were fined after their 280-mile, six-hour round seaside trip sparked a full-scale coastguard search operation during the raging Storm Darcy.

    The couple from London left their car unattended by a Norfolk beach for four hours, causing concern among the emergency services given the severe weather.

    Coastwatch volunteers spotted the walkers parking their car – however when they failed to return in hours, the alarm was raised.

    Four different coastguard boats headed into the water, putting crews’ lives at risk in the worst conditions seen for 20 years, with 20ft waves crashing against their vessels.

    The couple were eventually found, and said they had been for a walk through the seaside village of Winterton, Norfolk, after leaving London on Saturday afternoon – despite the national lockdown.

  • STORM DARCY BRINGS BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FOR UK

    Storm Darcy – dubbed the ‘Beast from the East II’ – has brought howling blizzards from Russia to the UK, with swathes of the country experiencing heavy snowfall yesterday.

    A yellow weather warning for snow remains in place across Britain until midnight on Wednesday, with the Met Office saying “frequent snow showers may lead to travel disruption in places”.

    The alert covers most of the south east of England, as well as the Midlands, the North East and most of Scotland.

  • COLD AND SNOWY WEEK AHEAD – MET OFFICE

    Cold air is now “firmly in place across the whole of the UK”, with wind chill making conditions feel even colder, says the Met Office.

    Snow showers will continue to feed into eastern parts of the UK bringing further snow this week, it adds.

    Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale, said: “With cold air across all of the UK any precipitation will fall as snow.

    “Snow showers will continue to feed into eastern parts through the week.”

  • MET OFFICE UPDATES WEATHER WARNINGS – 25CM SNOW TODAY

    The Met Office has just updated its weather warnings for Tuesday.

    It says there will be heavy snow across central parts of Scotland until 9pm tonight – “up to 25cm in places”.

    Power cuts could happen, while “some rural communities could become cut off and travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers” the agency says in its amber warning.

  • HOW TO AVOID INVALIDATING CAR INSURANCE WHILE DRIVING IN SNOW

    Your car insurance will still be valid if you take it out in the snow.

    But, if your insurers believe you have negligently put your car in harm’s way, then any claim could be questioned, warns Uswitch.

    To stay safe, it recommends:

    • Don’t leave your car unattended when defrosting
    • Clear all snow off the roof and windows
    • De-ice your licence plate
    • Check your engine oil before leaving the house
  • TEMPS TO STAY AT SUPER CHILLY SUB-ZERO TUESDAY

    Temperatures in the UK will ‘struggle to get to freezing today’, said Good Morning Britain.

    “Some stay below freezing all day long – that’s called an ice day.

    “But when you add in the wind of 40-50mph, it’ll feel like -5/-6C,” the show reported.

    Tonight will see gale-force winds pummel the south coast.

  • MORE SNOW ON THE WAY TODAY

    After the coldest night of winter so far – when the mercury plummeted to nearly -16C – more snow is on the way today.

    It’ll come from the East, with warnings in place from the Met Office, particularly for the central belt of Scotland.

    Strong easterly winds are sweeping in ‘bands of snow’, reported Good Morning Britain.

     

  • RAC TIPS FOR DRIVING IN SNOW

    Before driving off, completely clear your car of snow and demist the windscreens fully, advises the RAC.

    When on the road, use a cautious driving style and be as gentle as possible on both the accelerator and brake.

    In a manual car, aim to change up the gears as soon as possible to reduce the chances of tyre spin and if your car offers a winter mode, make sure it’s switched on.

    Stopping distances should be increased by up to ten times, and keep your speed down.

  • 70CM OF SNOW DUMPED

    TV weatherman Sean Batty has reported that Braemar in Aberdeenshire has had record levels of snow.

    In a tweet, he said: “Now recording about 70cm (27.6in) of snow lying in Braemar.

    “Record we hold for Braemar is 68cm (26.8in) back in 2001, so looks like that’s gone.

    “We’re not going to stop there either, still more to come tonight and tomorrow. Stay safe.”

    Not going anywhere...snowed in at Braemar
    Not going anywhere…snowed in at Braemar
  • TEMPERATURES PLUMMET TO -18C

    Parts of Scotland reached as low as nearly minus 18C on Monday night, as the country faced Storm Darcy.

    Bus and rail travel has been disrupted with an amber weather warning in place for much of the central belt.

    The Met Office forecasts that snow showers will continue during the day on Tuesday and into the evening across most of Scotland.

    Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, Transport Scotland manager Stein Connolly said: “We had 146 gritters out last night.

    “All the trunk roads are open, but there are some places where it’s just passable.”

  • ‘STAY AT HOME BEST OPTION’ – RAC LATEST ADVICE

    “Where roads remain open, conditions are challenging.

    “Unless you can be confident both you and your car are up to the task of some seriously wintry driving, staying at home is definitely the best option,” advises RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis.

    There have videos and pics showing cars skidding out of control down hills, or crashing on roads because of the icy conditions.

    “As well as extra snow showers through the next few days, overnight freezing will mean laying snow will turn to ice and mean some roads will be like ice rinks.

    “Drivers probably won’t be out of the woods with the difficult driving conditions before the end of the week at least,” he added.

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