Beast of the East 2.0 to continue after weekend

Yellow weather warnings for snow & ice Saturday 17 March

Yellow weather warnings for snow & ice Saturday 17 March

Many of us thought it was a joke when reports of more snow circulated last week.

"The last couple of days have been quite mild across parts of the United Kingdom - we got to around 16C yesterday in Wales - but by tomorrow all of us will be back to very cold weather".

The UK's meteorological service has issued an amber (be prepared) weather warning for snow in southwest England for Sunday and Monday, while yellow (be aware) warnings have also been issued for the rest of England, Wales and eastern Scotland.

"'Bitterly cold' is the best way to describe it - temperatures on the face of it probably just around freezing, but with wind it's going to feel well below freezing".

Parts of Scotland and northern England woke up to snow this morning as forecasters predict up to eight inches (20cm) could fall in places over the next 24 hours.

During the cold snap earlier this month, motorists in two parts of the United Kingdom reported getting stuck for 17 or 18 hours as snow and high winds brought treacherous driving conditions.

Three snow ploughs have been dispatched to the M62 - England's highest motorway - after bad weather brought traffic to a standstill.

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Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said: 'It will be bitterly cold with some snow for many places over the weekend.

Sunday is also likely to see further snow, especially for parts of the South West, where as much as 25cm could fall on higher ground with lower levels also set for a smattering.

Drivers have been warned not to travel unless necessary due to snow and ice.

Heathrow Airport said "extreme wintry weather" is expected, adding: "In preparation, we've worked with our airlines to consolidate Sunday's flight schedule, moving passengers on to fewer flights".

Wintery scenes in Glasgow as the cold snap dubbed the "mini beast from the east" hits.

And Highways England ordered motorists to avoid trans-Pennine roads "if possible" - including the busy M62 and M1.

"Windy with significant wind-chill, as temperatures struggle to exceed freezing across many areas".

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