UK weather – Britain set for more snow with Met Office weather warnings until New Year as blizzards spark travel chaos

MOST of Britain is braced for snow until the New Year after -3C blizzards sparked travel chaos across the country.

The Met Office has issued snow and ice warnings for most of the UK for the next few days just hours after Storm Bella battered the country.

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Parts of England, Northern Ireland, most of Scotland and much of Wales have been slapped with yellow weather warnings.

Further warnings have been put in place for Wednesday and Thursday in southern England, including London, and Wales.

Up to 2-5 cm of snow could fall across parts of southern Wales, central and southern England, the Met Office warning says.

And there is a chance of 10-15 cm settling in a few places.

"It's cold and there's some sleet and snow to go with it," a Met Office spokesperson told Sun Online.

"On Wednesday afternoon, we will see a swathe of wet weather crossing southern England and Wales and there is a possibility it will bring some heavy snow in the latter part of Wednesday and overnight on Thursday.

"The warning stretches as far as London, so we could see some disruptive and significant snow building up.

"There's a high chance of seeing something wintry."

Snow had already fallen in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and England by Sunday afternoon, while more than 100 flood warnings were in place across England following days of stormy conditions.

Heavy snow fell overnight in Manchester, causing several crashes on the M6 last night – resulting in motorists caught in tailbacks.

Staffordshire Police also warned of "serious disruption", with several roads in the area impassable.

A thick layer of snow coated the M60 west near Sale and Barton Bridge.

Londoners woke up to freezing temperatures today and saw a maximum of just 5C, while the mercury reached the same high in Cardiff.

Heavy snowfall on Monday prompted Gloucestershire Police to warn members of the public to take care and to "only go out if it is essential to do so".

The force tweeted: "Heavy snow is starting to fall in the rural parts of the county. This will cause delays on the roads."

In the West Midlands, Dudley Zoo said it would be closed on Monday due to the snow.

With another cold day in store on Tuesday, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for most of the UK, from Weymouth in southern England to Thurso in Scotland.

"Some people will have some leftover snow on Tuesday. Across northern parts of England, people could wake up to 5-10cm across Pennines and Yorkshire Dales," a Met Office spokesperson said.

Temperatures will remain below average for the rest of the week, with the mercury expected to reach just 7C in south west England.

The Met Office said on Twitter: "Further wintry showers to come through this evening for some of us, with a chance of snow at times, especially over the hills.

"Many areas will however stay dry with clear spells. Icy surfaces developing in places, as temperatures dip close to freezing."

Wintry showers could see up to 10cm of snow over the Pennines.

Northern parts of England and the Midlands could see more snow on Thursday as temperatures remain below average.

The chilly temperatures follow several days of wintery weather over the Christmas period which brought flooding to parts of southern England before Storm Bella arrived on Boxing Day with winds of more than 100mph.

Flooding was also reported in parts of eastern England by Sunday morning, with kayakers taking to the roads in Norfolk in an attempt to traverse water-logged streets.

As of 4am this morning, 103 flood warnings remained in place across England calling for immediate action ahead of expected flooding, alongside 193 flood alerts.

More than 300 flood warnings were issued on Sunday as the Environment Agency said: “There continues to be a severe risk to life due to the challenging conditions.”

And people living in areas which faced huge floods as a result of the weather in the past few days will be among those to expect snow.

Despite the bad conditions, gales meant that for the first time ever more than half of Britain's electricity was generated by wind power on Saturday.

According to energy firm Drax, 50.67% of the country's power was produced by wind turbines on Boxing Day.

On Sunday, 1,300 homes near the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire were evacuated on Sunday as Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson said 40 properties had been damaged.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service also had to rescue two people trapped in their homes by floods.

Council workers handed out sandbags in Cirencester, Glos., while more than 70 homes were without power in the town, while forty homes in Witney, Oxfordshire, flooded.

The M25 QE2 bridge from Essex into Dartford, Kent, was shut and a string of other roads across the region were closed by floods or fallen trees.

In Wales, Western Power said Storm Bella had caused power cuts to around 21,000 homes.

The Welsh Grand National at Chepstow was called off due to a waterlogged course.

And in Cornwall, more than 100 homes were without electricity and 50 were blacked out in Bristol and Bath.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told people to check Government advice on staying safe as the Environment Agency urged everyone to avoid floods.

A spokesman said: “It is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car."

A number of people had to be rescued from vehicles in North Yorkshire after they became stranded in floodwater.

And in Aysgarth, a man and a woman were also rescued by boat from the roof of their car at 2.40am after they drove into deep floodwater.


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