Monday, 22 January 2018

More snow is on the way across large parts of Britain after the coldest night in almost two years


Snowy scenes at Kingussie in the Scottish Highlands

-Police are warning that icy conditions could mean disruption to roads and transport and they are  urging drivers to carry supplies.



-Saturday night's temperatures plummeted with a low of -13.5C (7.7F) recorded in the Highland  village of Dalwhinnie, while freezing temperatures were recorded as far south as Luton Airport.

-The extreme weather has seen five people injured in a crash involving two cars in the Highlands  with drifting snow reported in the region. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.   

A horse in snowy conditions near Swinithwaite in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Met Office updated a yellow "be aware" warning of snow and ice to cover much of Scotland, north Wales and England down to southern parts.

The warning, which was effective from 6am to 6pm on Sunday, predicted snow on higher routes and said that rain could fall onto frozen surfaces for a time.

People are being warned to take extra care as icy patches are likely on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

There is also a possibility of some disruption to journeys by road, bus and train on affected routes.

Another yellow warning for ice was issued by the Met Office, effective from 6pm on Sunday until 8am on Monday.

Icy patches are expected to develop on untreated surfaces in North East England and Yorkshire and Humber, the chief forecaster said.

Traffic Scotland said drivers should check their routes before setting off and make sure they are carrying emergency supplies in case they are stranded.

North Wales Police said conditions on the roads were poor because of snow and ice, particularly on routes in Snowdonia and on the Isle of Man.


Snowy conditions have seen crowds flock to Scottish ski resorts over the weekend.

On Friday in Glencoe, blizzard conditions hampered a rescue operation to save two skiers stranded without shelter at 3,000ft.

They were winched into a coastguard helicopter at first light on Saturday and taken to hospital by ambulance.


Skiers heading to resorts are being warned not to park on the verges after disruption on Saturday and warned that cars causing obstructions may be seized.

Skiers faced six-mile tailbacks on their way to the slopes at Glencoe Mountain Resort to take advantage of the snowy conditions.

Drivers were forced to abandon their cars on the roads as they tried to reach the resorts where car parks were full.



Saturday night brought the coldest temperature in the UK since 14 February 2016, when -14.1C (6.6F) was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire.

Homes have been evacuated and roads are blocked in north Devon following widespread flooding caused by heavy rain, police said.

People were forced to flee homes in Kentisbury, near Barnstaple, and other properties were flooded in Combe Martin on nearby Exmoor, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The A399 at Combe Martin has been closed following a landslide reported at 10.35am on Sunday with a police spokesman saying part of the carriageway has collapsed.

The A361 is also closed near Landkey in Barnstaple and mudslides have been reported at Muddiford, north of Barnstaple.

In Devon the Environment Agency has issued the alerts for the River Bray from Challacombe to Meethe, including Brayford and Clapworthy and the River Mole from South Molton to Newnham Bridge, including Alswear.

Glasgow Airport was temporarily closed on Sunday so the runway could be cleared after heavy snow.

Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said temperatures will pick up during the new week.



She added: "This is probably the last day of winter warnings.

"Any for the coming week will be wind and rain warnings. There could be some flooding from the combination of rain and snowmelt."

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