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UK weather: Britons wake up to snow with nearly a FOOT more set to fall today

Tale of two torments: Drivers stranded, cars skid off icy roads and families dig themselves out of houses in Scotland and North of England while rising waters shut stations and motorways in flood-ravaged East

  • Amber weather warning covers parts of eastern Scotland, County Durham and Northumberland today
  • Overnight temperatures falling to -7C (19F) in eastern England while Scotland could plunge to -12C (10F)
  • Snow and ice is predicted through today down the length of the Pennines as far south as the Peak Distric
  • Rest of England will see heavy rain particularly in London and South East, while Wales will be mostly dry

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Britain was plunged into snow chaos today as buses skidded down icy roads, motorways were left underwater and elderly people due to receive a coronavirus vaccine in parts of Britain hit by blizzards were urged to rebook.

Much of northern England and Scotland experienced heavy snowfall throughout the day with more wintry weather now forecast for the weekend and into next week as temperatures plunge well below freezing to -12C (10F).

Severe conditions were witnessed on roads across West Yorkshire in the likes of Huddersfield, Halifax, Leeds and Bradford following multiple crashes in the snow, with traffic very slow on the M6, A57 and A672.

In Leeds, the council suspended rubbish collections for the rest of the day ‘in the interests of customer and staff safety’ amid blizzards, while public transport was disrupted after 11 buses became stuck in snow on Kirkstall Hill.

In Greater Manchester, there was heavy congestion after traffic was stopped on the M62 as heavy rain battered the region with queues stretching along two junctions due to bumps and stranded vehicles.

The heavy rain was also wreaking havoc in Essex, where a woman died after a crash in Corringham, the M11 was shut near Harlow after the road surface was damaged and c2c trains were delayed after flooding at West Horndon.

There were long delays on the M2 near Chatham in Kent after a vehicle overturned in heavy rain and a man was rescued through the roof by firefighters with cutting equipment, while flooding also closed some local roads.

Up to a foot (30cm) of snow is expected on high ground today with overnight temperatures falling to -7C (19F) in eastern England and the wind chill making it feel even colder, while Scotland could drop to -12C (10F).

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is operating one of England’s seven mass vaccination centres at the Centre for Life in the city, has urged the elderly to rebook to their jabs to avoid the treacherous conditions.

A trust spokesman said today: ‘We’re advising older people who are booked for their Covid-19 vaccine at the Centre for Life today to rebook for another day when the weather is better. It’s easy to do by calling 119.’

One resident of Bradford claimed Royal Mail said it could not deliver his post because his home was ‘inaccessible’, while the Met Office said 4in (11cm) of snow had already fallen in Perth and Kinross area by 9am. It comes as:

  • The Environment Agency imposed more than 100 flood alerts and warnings across England;
  • Flooding hit motorways in Greater Manchester including the M62 and deluged a pub in Kent;
  • Heavy snow is expected to continue until at least 9pm tonight before returning on Saturday;
  • Southern parts of England were hit by heavy rain and sleet is possible in London this weekend.

An amber weather warning covering parts of eastern Scotland, County Durham and Northumberland was in force until the mid-morning, amid fears of a second ‘Beast from the East’ this winter in the coming weeks.

Snow and ice is predicted through today down the length of the Pennines as far south as the Peak District, in Cumbria and the North York Moors, where a lesser, yellow weather warning applies until 9pm tonight.

The rest of England will see heavy rainfall, particularly in London and the South East, while Wales and Northern Ireland will stay mostly dry. Tomorrow will bring a foggy start with most areas becoming dry and bright later.

More than 100 parts of England are on flood watch, with 94 alerts and 17 warnings issued – while the Fenn Bell Inn pub in Hoo, Kent, was deluged after nearly a foot of water flooded inside with local properties also under threat.

A recovery vehicle tries to recover cars off the A640 on Saddleworth Moor near Marsden in West Yorkshire this afternoon

A recovery vehicle tries to recover cars off the A640 on Saddleworth Moor near Marsden in West Yorkshire this afternoon

A recovery vehicle tries to recover cars off the A640 on Saddleworth Moor near Marsden in West Yorkshire this afternoon

Ten buses have been stuck on Kirkstall Hill in Leeds, West Yorks, following heavy snowfall today

Ten buses have been stuck on Kirkstall Hill in Leeds, West Yorks, following heavy snowfall today

Ten buses have been stuck on Kirkstall Hill in Leeds, West Yorks, following heavy snowfall today

A row of cars are abandoned in Halifax today after drivers became stuck in the snow falling over West Yorkshire

A row of cars are abandoned in Halifax today after drivers became stuck in the snow falling over West Yorkshire

A row of cars are abandoned in Halifax today after drivers became stuck in the snow falling over West Yorkshire

A woman pushes a shopping trolley through snow in Hexham, Northumberland, this morning

A woman pushes a shopping trolley through snow in Hexham, Northumberland, this morning

A woman pushes a shopping trolley through snow in Hexham, Northumberland, this morning

Ten buses have been stuck on Kirkstall Hill in Leeds, West Yorks, following heavy snowfall today

Ten buses have been stuck on Kirkstall Hill in Leeds, West Yorks, following heavy snowfall today

Ten buses have been stuck on Kirkstall Hill in Leeds, West Yorks, following heavy snowfall today

Two people push a stranded car on a snowy road in West Yorkshire today as motorists drive through Pool-in-Wharfedale

Two people push a stranded car on a snowy road in West Yorkshire today as motorists drive through Pool-in-Wharfedale

Two people push a stranded car on a snowy road in West Yorkshire today as motorists drive through Pool-in-Wharfedale

Ten buses have been stuck on Kirkstall Hill in Leeds, West Yorks, following heavy snowfall today

Ten buses have been stuck on Kirkstall Hill in Leeds, West Yorks, following heavy snowfall today

Ten buses have been stuck on Kirkstall Hill in Leeds, West Yorks, following heavy snowfall today

People sledge down a hillside at Butterley Reservoir in Marsden, northern England

People sledge down a hillside at Butterley Reservoir in Marsden, northern England

People sledge down a hillside at Butterley Reservoir in Marsden, northern England

A lorry sits jackknifed on the southbound A9 road near Gleneagles as heavy snow falls on parts of Scotland this morning

A lorry sits jackknifed on the southbound A9 road near Gleneagles as heavy snow falls on parts of Scotland this morning

A lorry sits jackknifed on the southbound A9 road near Gleneagles as heavy snow falls on parts of Scotland this morning

Twins Anna and Josh Ryan, 11, from Penicuik, sledging at Glencourse Golf Course near Penicuik in Midlothian today

Twins Anna and Josh Ryan, 11, from Penicuik, sledging at Glencourse Golf Course near Penicuik in Midlothian today

Twins Anna and Josh Ryan, 11, from Penicuik, sledging at Glencourse Golf Course near Penicuik in Midlothian today

A group of people help a car stuck in the snow at Halifax in West Yorkshire today as people struggle through the town centre

A group of people help a car stuck in the snow at Halifax in West Yorkshire today as people struggle through the town centre

A group of people help a car stuck in the snow at Halifax in West Yorkshire today as people struggle through the town centre

Residents clear thick snow from their driveways and vehicles in Consett, County Durham, today as the snow continues to fall

Residents clear thick snow from their driveways and vehicles in Consett, County Durham, today as the snow continues to fall

Residents clear thick snow from their driveways and vehicles in Consett, County Durham, today as the snow continues to fall

A group of people watch as a car is pushed out of the snow on a road in Halifax, West Yorkshire, today

A group of people watch as a car is pushed out of the snow on a road in Halifax, West Yorkshire, today

A group of people watch as a car is pushed out of the snow on a road in Halifax, West Yorkshire, today

A man brushes snow off a car in Braco near Dunblane this morning as parts of Scotland are hit by blizzards

A man brushes snow off a car in Braco near Dunblane this morning as parts of Scotland are hit by blizzards

A man brushes snow off a car in Braco near Dunblane this morning as parts of Scotland are hit by blizzards

A man in shorts and other passers-by help a car stuck on a hill in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, as heavy snow falls this morning

A man in shorts and other passers-by help a car stuck on a hill in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, as heavy snow falls this morning

A man in shorts and other passers-by help a car stuck on a hill in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, as heavy snow falls this morning

People walk through a park during heavy snow in Leeds this morning as the West Yorkshire city is hit by flurries

People walk through a park during heavy snow in Leeds this morning as the West Yorkshire city is hit by flurries

People walk through a park during heavy snow in Leeds this morning as the West Yorkshire city is hit by flurries

An ambulance makes its way along a snowy road today during blizzards in Leeds as flurries hit the West Yorkshire city

An ambulance makes its way along a snowy road today during blizzards in Leeds as flurries hit the West Yorkshire city

An ambulance makes its way along a snowy road today during blizzards in Leeds as flurries hit the West Yorkshire city

Council workmen clear snow from the high street in Consett, County Durham  this morning as the flurries continue

Council workmen clear snow from the high street in Consett, County Durham  this morning as the flurries continue

Council workmen clear snow from the high street in Consett, County Durham  this morning as the flurries continue

Traffic chaos in the village of Pool-in-Wharfedale near Leeds this morning as snow falls across West Yorkshire today

Traffic chaos in the village of Pool-in-Wharfedale near Leeds this morning as snow falls across West Yorkshire today

Traffic chaos in the village of Pool-in-Wharfedale near Leeds this morning as snow falls across West Yorkshire today 

Drivers are caught in the snow in the village of Ainley Top in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, this afternoon

Drivers are caught in the snow in the village of Ainley Top in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, this afternoon

Drivers are caught in the snow in the village of Ainley Top in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, this afternoon 

Met Office meteorologist Nicky Maxey said on Thursday that unsettled conditions are set to last into next week, and she urged people to be alert for new warnings from the forecaster.

She said: ‘We’ve seen snow leave the M62 Yorkshire area and journeying now into the Vales or Yorkshire. It will push further south as we go through the day, likely to go down to the Midlands but becoming less intense.

Trial over Libby Squire’s death is called off for the day due to heavy snow

The trial of a butcher accused of raping and murdering 21-year-old student Libby Squire has been called off for the day because of the snow.

In the case of Pawel Relowicz, three jurors could not get to Sheffield Crown Court due to the weather, the judge told the members of the panel who could make it in.

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‘It becomes more patchy and the chances of it sticking reduce. When we go into tomorrow there may well be an ice warning issued, we are certainly looking at some potential for frost.

‘With the temperatures warming up through the day there’s potential the snow starts melting. If it freezes overnight there’s a chance of frost and ice tomorrow morning.’ 

In Scotland, families were urged to stay indoors amid a countrywide white-out. Police asked drivers not to travel unless essential and the Government advised those who are on the move to pack warm clothes and food supplies.

The Met Office warned that there is ‘no doubt’ there will be travel disruption in Scotland amid concern for motorists on motorways including the M8, M9, M90 and M74, which lie at the heart of the amber warning area.

Areas such as the Highlands, Grampian, Tayside, Central, Fife, the Lothians, Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders are set for even more severe blizzards.

Oliver Claydon of the Met Office said: ‘These are significant accumulations of snow we are predicting. There is no question we will see travel disruption, particularly on higher routes.’

Local authorities deployed their fleets of gritters in anticipation of the snowfall. Cabinet Secretary for Transport Michael Matheson said: ‘The Met Office is telling us to expect a period of challenging weather.

Temperatures will be in the low single digits for most of England today, although the South West will get up to 9C

Temperatures will be in the low single digits for most of England today, although the South West will get up to 9C

Temperatures will be in the low single digits for most of England today, although the South West will get up to 9C

Pedestrians walk along snow covered pavements in Auchterarder as heavy snow falls in parts of Scotland this morning

Pedestrians walk along snow covered pavements in Auchterarder as heavy snow falls in parts of Scotland this morning

Pedestrians walk along snow covered pavements in Auchterarder as heavy snow falls in parts of Scotland this morning

Michael McInally and Katie Black sledging at Glencourse Golf Course near Penicuik in Midlothian this afternoon

Michael McInally and Katie Black sledging at Glencourse Golf Course near Penicuik in Midlothian this afternoon

Michael McInally and Katie Black sledging at Glencourse Golf Course near Penicuik in Midlothian this afternoon

KFC workers struggle to clear snow to enable customers to access their drive-thru today in Consett, County Durham

KFC workers struggle to clear snow to enable customers to access their drive-thru today in Consett, County Durham

KFC workers struggle to clear snow to enable customers to access their drive-thru today in Consett, County Durham

A truck makes its way through the Pass of Drumochter in Scotland today as heavy snow falls in the area

A truck makes its way through the Pass of Drumochter in Scotland today as heavy snow falls in the area

A truck makes its way through the Pass of Drumochter in Scotland today as heavy snow falls in the area

A man struggles to push his car at a busy junction in Halifax, West Yorkshire, today

A man struggles to push his car at a busy junction in Halifax, West Yorkshire, today

A man struggles to push his car at a busy junction in Halifax, West Yorkshire, today

The LNER Inverness train makes its way through the Pass of Drumochter in Scotland today

The LNER Inverness train makes its way through the Pass of Drumochter in Scotland today

The LNER Inverness train makes its way through the Pass of Drumochter in Scotland today

A man walking in the snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as severe weather conditions continue

A man walking in the snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as severe weather conditions continue

A man walking in the snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as severe weather conditions continue

A woman photographs a polar bear snow sculpture in her garden in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today

A woman photographs a polar bear snow sculpture in her garden in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today

A woman photographs a polar bear snow sculpture in her garden in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today

A FedEx truck and other vehicles make their way through the A9 road at the Pass of Drumochter in Scotland today

A FedEx truck and other vehicles make their way through the A9 road at the Pass of Drumochter in Scotland today

A FedEx truck and other vehicles make their way through the A9 road at the Pass of Drumochter in Scotland today

A person shovels snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today after the area is hit by severe weather

A person shovels snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today after the area is hit by severe weather

A person shovels snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today after the area is hit by severe weather

Snowy conditions in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as heavy snow and freezing rain batters the UK

Snowy conditions in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as heavy snow and freezing rain batters the UK

Snowy conditions in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as heavy snow and freezing rain batters the UK

Snow covers a road in Monk Bretton, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, today after the Met Office issued an amber snow warning

Snow covers a road in Monk Bretton, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, today after the Met Office issued an amber snow warning

Snow covers a road in Monk Bretton, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, today after the Met Office issued an amber snow warning

A woman out jogging in the snow at Braco in Scotland today as warnings were issued over power cuts and travel delays

A woman out jogging in the snow at Braco in Scotland today as warnings were issued over power cuts and travel delays

A woman out jogging in the snow at Braco in Scotland today as warnings were issued over power cuts and travel delays

A lorry drives through snow on the A69 near Newcastle this morning as the UK faces severe weather conditions today

A lorry drives through snow on the A69 near Newcastle this morning as the UK faces severe weather conditions today

A lorry drives through snow on the A69 near Newcastle this morning as the UK faces severe weather conditions today

A lorry drives through snow on the A69 near Newcastle this morning as heavy snow falls in parts of the North East

A lorry drives through snow on the A69 near Newcastle this morning as heavy snow falls in parts of the North East

A lorry drives through snow on the A69 near Newcastle this morning as heavy snow falls in parts of the North East

A member of staff from Tesco Extra shovels snow outside the store in Hexham, Northumberland, this morning

A member of staff from Tesco Extra shovels snow outside the store in Hexham, Northumberland, this morning

A member of staff from Tesco Extra shovels snow outside the store in Hexham, Northumberland, this morning

Cars make their way along the road during snowfall  in Leeds this morning as motorists are warned to take extra care

Cars make their way along the road during snowfall  in Leeds this morning as motorists are warned to take extra care

Cars make their way along the road during snowfall  in Leeds this morning as motorists are warned to take extra care

A shopper struggles to drag their trolley through thick snow at Consett in County Durham this morning

A shopper struggles to drag their trolley through thick snow at Consett in County Durham this morning

A shopper struggles to drag their trolley through thick snow at Consett in County Durham this morning

A train arrives at Hexham train station in Northumberland this morning as heavy snow and freezing rain batters the UK

A train arrives at Hexham train station in Northumberland this morning as heavy snow and freezing rain batters the UK

A train arrives at Hexham train station in Northumberland this morning as heavy snow and freezing rain batters the UK

A person brushes snow off a car in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this morning as blizzard conditions continue

A person brushes snow off a car in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this morning as blizzard conditions continue

A person brushes snow off a car in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this morning as blizzard conditions continue

‘The conditions will likely cause difficult driving conditions and disruption to the wider transport network, so it’s important that anyone that has to make an essential journey during the warning period plans their journey. 

‘Pedestrians should also be aware that pavements are likely to be affected by ice, so make sure you use the appropriate clothing and footwear if you have to go out for an essential purpose.’

Police Scotland warned against travelling in the wintry weather. Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock said: ‘Government restrictions on travelling remain in place across Scotland because of the ongoing pandemic.

‘People should not leave their homes unless for essential purposes and work from home where possible. The best way to stay safe is to stay at home.

‘In the current wintry weather please consider if your journey is exempt under the regulations and also if it really is essential and whether you can delay it until the weather improves.’ 

A man clears snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this afternoon

A man clears snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this afternoon

A man clears snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this afternoon

A Waitrose delivery van makes its way along a snowy road in Leeds this morning as West Yorkshire faces flurries today

A Waitrose delivery van makes its way along a snowy road in Leeds this morning as West Yorkshire faces flurries today

A Waitrose delivery van makes its way along a snowy road in Leeds this morning as West Yorkshire faces flurries today

Rhea Black, 10, (left) and Carmyn McInally, 10, sledging at Glencourse Golf Course near Penicuik in Midlothian today

Rhea Black, 10, (left) and Carmyn McInally, 10, sledging at Glencourse Golf Course near Penicuik in Midlothian today

Rhea Black, 10, (left) and Carmyn McInally, 10, sledging at Glencourse Golf Course near Penicuik in Midlothian today

A pedestrian walks along a snow-covered pavement today in Auchterarder, a town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland

A pedestrian walks along a snow-covered pavement today in Auchterarder, a town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland

A pedestrian walks along a snow-covered pavement today in Auchterarder, a town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland

A tractor makes its way through snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this afternoon

A tractor makes its way through snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this afternoon

A tractor makes its way through snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this afternoon

Very snowy conditions in Leeds this morning as much of northern England is placed under a Met Office weather warning

Very snowy conditions in Leeds this morning as much of northern England is placed under a Met Office weather warning

Very snowy conditions in Leeds this morning as much of northern England is placed under a Met Office weather warning

A group of people push a car up a snowy road in Halifax, West Yorkshire, today as the area faced blizzard conditions

A group of people push a car up a snowy road in Halifax, West Yorkshire, today as the area faced blizzard conditions

A group of people push a car up a snowy road in Halifax, West Yorkshire, today as the area faced blizzard conditions

A war memorial covered in snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as the UK faces severe weather

A war memorial covered in snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as the UK faces severe weather

A war memorial covered in snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as the UK faces severe weather

A group of people help a car stuck in the snow today on a road in Halifax, West Yorkshire

A group of people help a car stuck in the snow today on a road in Halifax, West Yorkshire

A group of people help a car stuck in the snow today on a road in Halifax, West Yorkshire

A person walks her dog through snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this afternoon

A person walks her dog through snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this afternoon

A person walks her dog through snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this afternoon

A couple walk through the snow in Auchendinny, Midlothian, today as heavy snow batters parts of the UK

A couple walk through the snow in Auchendinny, Midlothian, today as heavy snow batters parts of the UK

A couple walk through the snow in Auchendinny, Midlothian, today as heavy snow batters parts of the UK

A snow plough clears the A69 at Stocksfield near Newcastle this morning as the area is hit by blizzard conditions

A snow plough clears the A69 at Stocksfield near Newcastle this morning as the area is hit by blizzard conditions

A snow plough clears the A69 at Stocksfield near Newcastle this morning as the area is hit by blizzard conditions

An Asda supermarket delivery van drives through snow in Braco near Dunblane in Scotland this morning

An Asda supermarket delivery van drives through snow in Braco near Dunblane in Scotland this morning

An Asda supermarket delivery van drives through snow in Braco near Dunblane in Scotland this morning

A snow plough clears the A69 in Stocksfield near Newcastle-upon-Tyne as heavy snow and freezing rain batter the UK

A snow plough clears the A69 in Stocksfield near Newcastle-upon-Tyne as heavy snow and freezing rain batter the UK

A snow plough clears the A69 in Stocksfield near Newcastle-upon-Tyne as heavy snow and freezing rain batter the UK

A woman braves the blizzard conditions in Consett, County Durham, this morning  as the snow continues to fall

A woman braves the blizzard conditions in Consett, County Durham, this morning  as the snow continues to fall

A woman braves the blizzard conditions in Consett, County Durham, this morning  as the snow continues to fall 

A woman walks through the snow in Braco near Dunblane in Scotland this morning as severe conditions continue

A woman walks through the snow in Braco near Dunblane in Scotland this morning as severe conditions continue

A woman walks through the snow in Braco near Dunblane in Scotland this morning as severe conditions continue

A tractor pull a car up a snowy road in the West Yorkshire town of Halifax today amid the severe weather conditions

A tractor pull a car up a snowy road in the West Yorkshire town of Halifax today amid the severe weather conditions

A tractor pull a car up a snowy road in the West Yorkshire town of Halifax today amid the severe weather conditions

Two women walk through the snow in Halifax today as the area faces severe weather conditions

Two women walk through the snow in Halifax today as the area faces severe weather conditions

Two women walk through the snow in Halifax today as the area faces severe weather conditions

A car crashed into a truck after it skidded down a road in Halifax, West Yorkshire, today

A car crashed into a truck after it skidded down a road in Halifax, West Yorkshire, today

A car crashed into a truck after it skidded down a road in Halifax, West Yorkshire, today

Snow covers the church and graveyard in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as the severe conditions continue

Snow covers the church and graveyard in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as the severe conditions continue

Snow covers the church and graveyard in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as the severe conditions continue

The snowy A9 road at the Pass of Drumochter in Scotland is pictured today following blizzard conditions in the area

The snowy A9 road at the Pass of Drumochter in Scotland is pictured today following blizzard conditions in the area

The snowy A9 road at the Pass of Drumochter in Scotland is pictured today following blizzard conditions in the area

People in the snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as blizzards and freezing rain batter the UK

People in the snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as blizzards and freezing rain batter the UK

People in the snow in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland today as blizzards and freezing rain batter the UK

A man sweeps snow off his car windscreen with a broom while wearing only his shorts and shoes in Wakefield today

A man sweeps snow off his car windscreen with a broom while wearing only his shorts and shoes in Wakefield today

A man sweeps snow off his car windscreen with a broom while wearing only his shorts and shoes in Wakefield today

A snowplow drives down a rural road in West Yorkshire today as parts of Britain are hit by severe weather

A snowplow drives down a rural road in West Yorkshire today as parts of Britain are hit by severe weather

A snowplow drives down a rural road in West Yorkshire today as parts of Britain are hit by severe weather

A man clears snow from his car in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this afternoon

A man clears snow from his car in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this afternoon

A man clears snow from his car in Braco, near Dunblane in Scotland this afternoon

Looking ahead, a further warning has been issued for heavy snow this weekend as far south as Leicestershire and Lincolnshire during a warning on Saturday from 3am until 9pm – and some sleet is expected in London.

The heaviest snowfall on Saturday is likely in areas at least 650ft (200m) above sea level, where up to 8in (20cm) could fall. At lower levels, up to 2in (5cm) snow could accumulate – while lower-lying places will see rain.

At the weekend, snow is likely across the whole of northern England, Yorkshire and down through the East Midlands. The Met Office predicts flurries as a band of rain pushing eastwards is due to turn to snow.

Travel disruption, power cuts and disruption to mobile phone coverage are also possible. In its warning for Saturday, which also covers most of Scotland, the Met Office said: ‘A band of heavy snow may lead to disruption.

‘There is a small chance of travel delays on roads with some vehicles and passengers becoming stranded, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel. There is a small chance that power cuts will occur.’

Traffic chaos in the village of Pool-in-Wharfedale near Leeds this morning as a car becomes stuck

Traffic chaos in the village of Pool-in-Wharfedale near Leeds this morning as a car becomes stuck

Traffic chaos in the village of Pool-in-Wharfedale near Leeds this morning as a car becomes stuck

Rail workers checking the points at Hexham station in Northumberland in the snow today as a train travels through the area

Rail workers checking the points at Hexham station in Northumberland in the snow today as a train travels through the area

Rail workers checking the points at Hexham station in Northumberland in the snow today as a train travels through the area

Firemen from Consett Fire Station dig themselves a path out the building in Consett, County Durham, today after heavy snow

Firemen from Consett Fire Station dig themselves a path out the building in Consett, County Durham, today after heavy snow

Firemen from Consett Fire Station dig themselves a path out the building in Consett, County Durham, today after heavy snow

Residents of Consett in County Durham woke to a whiteout scene this morning following heavy snow overnight

Residents of Consett in County Durham woke to a whiteout scene this morning following heavy snow overnight

Residents of Consett in County Durham woke to a whiteout scene this morning following heavy snow overnight

A vista of white snow covers a main road in the County Durham town of Consett today as flurries continue this morning

A vista of white snow covers a main road in the County Durham town of Consett today as flurries continue this morning

A vista of white snow covers a main road in the County Durham town of Consett today as flurries continue this morning

Fire crews from Consett Fire Station dig themselves a path out the building in the County Durham town today after snowfall

Fire crews from Consett Fire Station dig themselves a path out the building in the County Durham town today after snowfall

Fire crews from Consett Fire Station dig themselves a path out the building in the County Durham town today after snowfall

A pedestrian walks across a road during blizzard conditions in Consett, County Durham, this morning

A pedestrian walks across a road during blizzard conditions in Consett, County Durham, this morning

A pedestrian walks across a road during blizzard conditions in Consett, County Durham, this morning

A road in the County Durham town of Consett is under a blanket of snow this morning following overnight flurries t

A road in the County Durham town of Consett is under a blanket of snow this morning following overnight flurries t

A road in the County Durham town of Consett is under a blanket of snow this morning following overnight flurries t

Crews from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service dig out Consett Fire Station in the snow this morning

Crews from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service dig out Consett Fire Station in the snow this morning

Crews from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service dig out Consett Fire Station in the snow this morning

A snow plough clears the A69 at Stocksfield near Newcastle this morning as heavy snow and freezing rain batter the UK t

A snow plough clears the A69 at Stocksfield near Newcastle this morning as heavy snow and freezing rain batter the UK t

A snow plough clears the A69 at Stocksfield near Newcastle this morning as heavy snow and freezing rain batter the UK t

A shopper makes her way across the Morrisons car park in Consett, County Durham, as the snow continues to fall today

A shopper makes her way across the Morrisons car park in Consett, County Durham, as the snow continues to fall today

A shopper makes her way across the Morrisons car park in Consett, County Durham, as the snow continues to fall today

A mother and her toddler battle the elements as snow starts to fall in Leeds with more flurries on the way today

A mother and her toddler battle the elements as snow starts to fall in Leeds with more flurries on the way today

A mother and her toddler battle the elements as snow starts to fall in Leeds with more flurries on the way today

Snow falls in Leeds this morning with more flurries on the way as the wintry weather continues in West Yorkshire

Snow falls in Leeds this morning with more flurries on the way as the wintry weather continues in West Yorkshire

Snow falls in Leeds this morning with more flurries on the way as the wintry weather continues in West Yorkshire

The snowy approach to Heddon On The Wall St Andrews Church of England First School in Newcastle-upon-Tyne today

The Met Office also warned people could become injured from slips and falls on icy untreated pavements and footpaths. There will be a brief respite during Sunday, which is set to be mostly fine and dry.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for snow today

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for snow today

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for snow today

But northerly winds through next week will then bring ‘cold conditions from Scandinavia’, the Met Office said.

Its forecast for next week said: ‘Rainfall is also expected for the north with a risk of organised snowfall especially over high ground. Drier in the south with the potential for frontal bands bringing rain and or snow at times. Temperatures are most likely to be rather cold for much of the UK.’

The chilly forecast follows atmospheric changes similar to those which brought the spell of extreme wintry weather known as the Beast from the East three years ago, which brought a lengthy spell of wintry weather and severe snowfall which left Pennine villages cut off.

An unusual meteorological event known as sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) was detected above the North Pole on January 5.

Dr Richard Hall, an expert in SSWs from the University of Bristol, said it ‘loads the dice’ or ‘tips the odds’ in favour of another blast of heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures from Siberia.

During an SSW the stratosphere – the layer six to 31 miles above the Earth’s surface – can increase in temperature by up to 50C over a matter of days. 

Three young children and their mother are rescued by crews from Essex Fire and Rescue Service today near Chelmsford

Three young children and their mother are rescued by crews from Essex Fire and Rescue Service today near Chelmsford

Three young children and their mother are rescued by crews from Essex Fire and Rescue Service today near Chelmsford

Flooding in the village of Finchingfield in Essex today as much of the South East experiences high levels of rainfall

Flooding in the village of Finchingfield in Essex today as much of the South East experiences high levels of rainfall

Flooding in the village of Finchingfield in Essex today as much of the South East experiences high levels of rainfall

Flooding in the Cambridgeshire village of Alconbury today after the River Great Ouse burst its banks

Flooding in the Cambridgeshire village of Alconbury today after the River Great Ouse burst its banks

Flooding in the Cambridgeshire village of Alconbury today after the River Great Ouse burst its banks

The Fenn Bell Inn pub in Hoo, Kent, was deluged this morning after nearly a foot of water flooded inside

The Fenn Bell Inn pub in Hoo, Kent, was deluged this morning after nearly a foot of water flooded inside

The Fenn Bell Inn pub in Hoo, Kent, was deluged this morning after nearly a foot of water flooded inside

The Cambridgeshire village of Alconbury Weston, pictured today, has been flooded for the second time in two weeks

The Cambridgeshire village of Alconbury Weston, pictured today, has been flooded for the second time in two weeks

The Cambridgeshire village of Alconbury Weston, pictured today, has been flooded for the second time in two weeks

There were long delays on the M2 motorway near Chatham in Kent this morning after a vehicle overturned in heavy rain

There were long delays on the M2 motorway near Chatham in Kent this morning after a vehicle overturned in heavy rain

There were long delays on the M2 motorway near Chatham in Kent this morning after a vehicle overturned in heavy rain

Cars pass through a flood along Hamilton Road in Leicester this morning as parts of Britain are hit by severe weather

Cars pass through a flood along Hamilton Road in Leicester this morning as parts of Britain are hit by severe weather

Cars pass through a flood along Hamilton Road in Leicester this morning as parts of Britain are hit by severe weather

An ambulance heads through flood water in the village of Finchingfield in Essex this afternoon

An ambulance heads through flood water in the village of Finchingfield in Essex this afternoon

An ambulance heads through flood water in the village of Finchingfield in Essex this afternoon

A car passes through a flooded road in Folkestone, Kent, during heavy rain this afternoon

A car passes through a flooded road in Folkestone, Kent, during heavy rain this afternoon

A car passes through a flooded road in Folkestone, Kent, during heavy rain this afternoon

Flooding in the village of Alconbury in Cambridgeshire this morning after the River Great Ouse burst its banks

Flooding in the village of Alconbury in Cambridgeshire this morning after the River Great Ouse burst its banks

Flooding in the village of Alconbury in Cambridgeshire this morning after the River Great Ouse burst its banks

Pedestrians walking on a grey and cold rainy morning on a waterlogged Wimbledon Common in South West London today

Pedestrians walking on a grey and cold rainy morning on a waterlogged Wimbledon Common in South West London today

Pedestrians walking on a grey and cold rainy morning on a waterlogged Wimbledon Common in South West London today

Commuters cross London Bridge in the heavy rain this morning on what was a very wet start to the day in the capital

Commuters cross London Bridge in the heavy rain this morning on what was a very wet start to the day in the capital

Commuters cross London Bridge in the heavy rain this morning on what was a very wet start to the day in the capital

Flooding in the village of Finchingfield in Essex today after much of the South East had high levels of rainfall

Flooding in the village of Finchingfield in Essex today after much of the South East had high levels of rainfall

Flooding in the village of Finchingfield in Essex today after much of the South East had high levels of rainfall

A man with an umbrella walks through a near empty Piccadilly Circus in London this morning

A man with an umbrella walks through a near empty Piccadilly Circus in London this morning

A man with an umbrella walks through a near empty Piccadilly Circus in London this morning

Flooding was also wreacking havoc in Essex, with delays causes to c2c trains following a deluge at West Horndon today

Flooding was also wreacking havoc in Essex, with delays causes to c2c trains following a deluge at West Horndon today

Flooding was also wreacking havoc in Essex, with delays causes to c2c trains following a deluge at West Horndon today

Cars pass through a flooded road in Loughborough this afternoon, as heavy rain falls in much of England today

Cars pass through a flooded road in Loughborough this afternoon, as heavy rain falls in much of England today

Cars pass through a flooded road in Loughborough this afternoon, as heavy rain falls in much of England today

An aerial view of the flooded High Street in the village of Alconbury Weston in Cambridgeshire this afternoon

An aerial view of the flooded High Street in the village of Alconbury Weston in Cambridgeshire this afternoon

An aerial view of the flooded High Street in the village of Alconbury Weston in Cambridgeshire this afternoon

Cars pass through a flood along Hamilton Road in Leicester today as the country is hit by severe weather conditions

Cars pass through a flood along Hamilton Road in Leicester today as the country is hit by severe weather conditions

Cars pass through a flood along Hamilton Road in Leicester today as the country is hit by severe weather conditions

A man holding an umbrella as he walks across Westminster Bridge in London in the heavy rain this morning

A man holding an umbrella as he walks across Westminster Bridge in London in the heavy rain this morning

A man holding an umbrella as he walks across Westminster Bridge in London in the heavy rain this morning

Cars make their way past a van stuck in floodwater after rain caused flooding on the A127 near Brentwood in Essex today

Cars make their way past a van stuck in floodwater after rain caused flooding on the A127 near Brentwood in Essex today

Cars make their way past a van stuck in floodwater after rain caused flooding on the A127 near Brentwood in Essex today

A man holding an umbrella as he walks across Westminster Bridge in London in the pouring rain this morning

A man holding an umbrella as he walks across Westminster Bridge in London in the pouring rain this morning

A man holding an umbrella as he walks across Westminster Bridge in London in the pouring rain this morning

A busy M1 into Leeds this morning as road conditions worsen due to freezing condition and snowfall in West Yorkshire

A busy M1 into Leeds this morning as road conditions worsen due to freezing condition and snowfall in West Yorkshire

A busy M1 into Leeds this morning as road conditions worsen due to freezing condition and snowfall in West Yorkshire

Cars pass through a flood along Hamilton Road in Leicester today as the severe weather conditions continue

Cars pass through a flood along Hamilton Road in Leicester today as the severe weather conditions continue

Cars pass through a flood along Hamilton Road in Leicester today as the severe weather conditions continue

A car passes through a flooded road in Folkestone, Kent, during heavy rain this afternoon

A car passes through a flooded road in Folkestone, Kent, during heavy rain this afternoon

A car passes through a flooded road in Folkestone, Kent, during heavy rain this afternoon

A wet morning in Cheltenham this morning as rain falls across southern England with more downpours on the way today

A wet morning in Cheltenham this morning as rain falls across southern England with more downpours on the way today

A wet morning in Cheltenham this morning as rain falls across southern England with more downpours on the way today

This disturbance can travel down through the atmosphere to the Earth’s surface and cause shifts in the jet stream, the fast-moving air currents that cool Europe.

Dr Hall said an SSW happens ‘every two years in three’ and one is ‘taking place at the moment’. In 2018, there was an SSW event two weeks before the ‘Beast from the East’ brought 20in (50cm) snowfalls.

But John Griffiths, a Met Office forecaster, has dismissed any link between this week’s weather and the ‘Beast from the East 2’, simply saying the conditions are ‘normal’ for the winter weather cycle.

He said: ‘On Thursday a band of rain, sleet and snow will hit parts of Scotland and northern England, which will slowly extend south to the Midlands as the day progresses.

‘It is expected to be very cold in these areas, dropping below 0C (32F) in Scotland and parts of northern England. This will start to gradually ease and die out during the evening, with frost and freezing fog coming in.’ 

What a shower of snowflakes! Royal Mail posties refuse to deliver package due to a light dusting of snow 

Royal Mail workers are refusing to deliver post to areas that have been deemed ‘inaccessible’ due to snow.

One social media user from Bradford Valley, West Yorkshire, tweeted a tracking update from the postal service, reading: ‘Delivery attempted – address inaccessible’.

Alongside the screenshot, he posted an image showing a light dusting of snow on his road, captioning: ‘Apparently a couple of centimetres of snow has rendered my address inaccessible to Royal Mail.

‘Hope Ocado are made of sterner stuff later!!!!’ 

It follows the courier revealing 28 delivery ‘blackspots’ which are suffering from limited postal services as more of its workforce is affected by Covid-19. 

Meanwhile, parts of northern England and Scotland woke up to heavy snowfall this morning with more wintry weather forecast for the weekend and into next week.

One social media user from Bradford Valley, West Yorkshire, tweeted a tracking update from the courier, reading: 'Delivery attempted - address inaccessible' (tweet above)

One social media user from Bradford Valley, West Yorkshire, tweeted a tracking update from the courier, reading: 'Delivery attempted - address inaccessible' (tweet above)

One social media user from Bradford Valley, West Yorkshire, tweeted a tracking update from the courier, reading: ‘Delivery attempted – address inaccessible’ (tweet above)

Other Twitter users also complained to the postal service about their addresses being labelled as ‘inaccessible’, with one posting: ‘Notification from Royal Mail that they are unable to deliver today as my address is inaccessible.

‘But moments before the large council recycling lorry managed to access my street and address. I would’ve expected better.’

Another wrote yesterday: ‘Royal Mail is my worst enemy rn. How is the address inaccessible two days in a row but the item is being delivered to a POST OFFICE?’

A third added: ‘Absolutely adore to shell out for next day delivery and then have Royal Mail tell me that my office address is ‘inaccessible for delivery’, and yet somehow deliver all of my post except the parcel I paid for… love that for me’.

However, a fourth shared an image of snow blanketing cars outside, captioning: ‘When you’re about to call Royal Mail with a long complaint about how they are morons for not being able to deliver but quickly pull out when you look outside.’ 

Other people took to social media to say their addresses had been deemed 'inaccessible'. It follows parts of northern England and Scotland waking up to heavy snowfall this morning

Other people took to social media to say their addresses had been deemed 'inaccessible'. It follows parts of northern England and Scotland waking up to heavy snowfall this morning

Other people took to social media to say their addresses had been deemed ‘inaccessible’. It follows parts of northern England and Scotland waking up to heavy snowfall this morning

In a statement published with the list on its website, Royal Mail previously said it was ‘working hard to deliver the most comprehensive and high quality service we can to all our customers’.

‘The combination of greatly increased uptake of online shopping, and the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, mean that all delivery companies are experiencing exceptionally high volumes,’ the statement said.

‘Despite our best efforts and significant investment in extra resource, some customers may experience slightly longer delivery timescales than our usual service standards.

‘This is due to the exceptionally high volumes we are seeing, exacerbated by the coronavirus-related measures we have put in place in local mail centres and delivery offices to keep our people and customers safe. In such cases, we always work hard to get back to providing our usual level of service as quickly as we can.’

MailOnline has contacted Royal Mail for comment. 

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