UK weather: Travel mayhem caution over icy roadways and freezing fog


Britons dealt with another day of icy mayhem today after temperatures plunged to nearly -12 C (10F) on England’s coldest morning of the winter so far and an additional 18-hour snow warning was provided for this weekend.

Individuals travelling throughout the lockdown were alerted to expect more ‘difficult’ conditions as ice and freezing fog brought further threats one day after heavy snowfall triggered major disruption in northern England and Scotland.

The Met Workplace put out an ice caution until 10am today for all of Scotland and the majority of England with the mercury plunging to -11.8 C (10.8 F) in the North Yorkshire town of Ravensworth by 9am this morning.

Forecasters said the rain, sleet and snow would be passing away out, leaving icy surface areas and hard travel conditions amid issues of individuals tipping over on slippery pavements and drivers skidding on untreated roads.

Individuals across Britain woke up to a prevalent frost and temperatures hovering around freezing today, with the mercury not likely to get above 5C (41F) in London today prior to hanging back to 0C (32F) tonight.

Snow and black ice on the roadways in Leeds this morning is causing dangerous conditions for individuals in West Yorkshire

Vehicles queue on the M61 southbound near Bolton in Greater Manchester this morning after a crash in the freezing fog

A horse in a wintry field on a cold morning in the countryside at Dunsden in Oxfordshire today

A lovely misty dawn behind Winter Hill and over low lying fog near Chorley in Lancashire this morning

Nearly 200 locations of the country stay on flood watch also, with the Environment Firm releasing 144 flood alerts and 43 more severe warnings for England – while Natural Resources Wales has actually put out two informs.

A further 18-hour weather warning for snow and ice has actually been provided for the majority of Scotland and northern England tomorrow, from 3am up until 9pm, with the Met Office warning up to 8in (20cm) could fall on higher paths.

A location of rain pressing eastwards will turn to snow, with forecasters alerting of travel hold-ups of roads with some stranded cars and guests, in addition to delayed or cancelled rail and flight and an opportunity of power cuts.

The rain will rely on snow as it comes across colder air across Scotland and parts of northern and eastern England, and at first the main risk may be rain falling onto frozen surfaces leading to ice.

Snow will become more likely throughout the morning, with much heavier snowfall most likely above 650ft (200m) in Scotland and northern England, where 2in (5cm) to 4in (10cm) may accumulate, potentially 8in (20cm) even greater.

At lower levels and further south, up to 2in (5cm) might accumulate in places, however the Met Office stated scenario was ‘finely balanced’, with the opportunity that the majority of lower-lying areas, specifically in the east, will see rain or sleet.

A car on a flooded road in Bottesford, Leicestershire, this morning as the country continues to experience serious weather condition

Much of yesterday’s snow in Leeds had actually frozen over by today bringing black ice on the roadways for vehicle drivers

A van on a flooded roadway in Bottesford, Leicestershire, this morning as nearly 200 locations of the UK remain on flood watch

Icy conditions this morning on the M1 in West Yorkshire as vehicle drivers were alerted to take extra care on the roadways

Met Workplace meteorologist Becky Mitchell stated: ‘Saturday is the next day we could possibly see some snow.

2020 was the 2nd hottest year on record The majority of us didn’t handle a foreign holiday last year, however a minimum of there was one alleviation– it was the 2nd most popular 12 months on record. International temperature levels in 2020 were on average around 1.28 C above those in the second half of the 19th century. It was just a portion of a degree listed below the record hottest year of 2016, when average temperature levels were 1.29 C above pre-industrial levels. Under the worldwide Paris Arrangement, nations have pledged to restrict warming to 2C above 1800s levels. The analysis was carried out by the Met Office, University of East Anglia and the UK National Centre for Atmospheric Science. Dr Colin Morice, from the Met Workplace, said: ‘It is a sign of the ongoing impact of human-induced environment change.’ Advertisement

‘ We might even see some momentary snow throughout parts of the South East, towards East Anglia but at the minute we’re not expecting to see the exact same amount of snowfall as we have actually had.’

Ms Mitchell continued: ‘Into next week it’s rather uncertain but it appears like temperatures will be around typical to begin with – so not especially cold.

‘ But, towards the end of the week there are indications we might possibly see additional snowfall throughout northern parts of the nation.’

It follows up to 6in (15cm) of snow fell in the North of England the other day, leading to image postcard scenes however likewise crashes, skids and prangs.

A double decker bus slid across a roadway in Halifax, West Yorkshire, while a cars and truck ended up twisted around a pole in close-by Outlane.

More than 600 schools needed to close and the weather brought havoc to the Covid vaccination drive, with some centres required to shut or postpone visits.

But for some it was a possibility for a little fun in the snow, with children leaping on toboggans in Penicuik, Scotland. Flurries fell as far south as Suffolk.

South eastern areas too mild for snow were not spared, as heavy rain resulted in flooding. Rivers consisting of the Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire rupture their banks.

Severe weather condition closed more than 600 schools which had actually stayed open for key workers’ kids, primarily in West and South Yorkshire.

Staff at the Fenn Bell Inn in Hoo, Kent, fought to restore furniture after it was flooded.

Connor Gordon, among those trying to conserve the club’s ownerships, stated: ‘The structure is destroyed, nearly a foot of water inside, it’s even much deeper outside. The ditches are complete and bursting, the roads are flooded and becoming worse.’

The Met Office has actually issued weather condition cautions for ice this morning (left) and another for snow and ice tomorrow (right).

Elderly clients due to get Covid jabs at Newcastle’s Centre for Life mass vaccination center were recommended to rebook their appointments to avoid the bad weather.

Hold your horses … lots more snow en route Heavy snow brought transportation mayhem the other day however a minimum of some had the horse power to cope. For Stephanie Anderson it was a chance for a gallop with Clydesdale horse Davie near their home at Westruther in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders. The Clydesdales are working horses and help till the land for her family’s market gardening business, and they are likewise used for occasions such as weddings. On the hoof: Stephanie Anderson out for a gallop with her horse Davie near their house at Westruther in Berwickshire Advertisement.

The Newcastle NHS Hospitals Structure Trust tweeted: ‘It’s simple to do by calling 119. No need to risk travelling in the bad weather condition.’.

And all vaccinations at the Priory School in Barnsley had to be held off from 3pm, with clients recommended not to travel.

Snow caused problems for ambulance services in Yorkshire who struggled to keep up with the high need.

Mark Millins, of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, prompted individuals to ‘take additional care’ when out walking or driving.

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘The greatest accumulations of snow were in North East England, where 15cm (6in) was tape-recorded at Copley, County Durham.’ He said snow was tape-recorded as far south as Lakenheath and Marham, in Suffolk.

Main roads in Scotland yesterday were brought to a grinding halt, particularly in locations with an amber ‘be prepared’ weather condition warning. In Dunblane, Perthshire, one citizen stated the only traffic was sledges.

In Renfrewshire, chauffeurs abandoned their vehicles after a number of accidents obstructed local roadways.

One motorist thanked residents on Church Roadway in Giffnock for bringing her tea following a remarkable three-car crash. She wrote on social media: ‘Don’t think I will see my cars and truck once again.’.

On the Stewarton Roadway, connecting south Glasgow with Newton Mearns, vehicles were abandoned, while authorities used their vehicles to obstruct off roads.

Train services in between Glasgow and East Kilbride were suspended for a while after a lorry crashed into a train bridge in Busby.

Heavy snowfall blocked the A9 southbound at Dunblane, with traffic being diverted through the town. Those aged over 80 had actually been welcomed to get their Covid vaccination in the town’s Victoria Hall however lots of thought it unsafe to leave the house.

Twenty Perthshire primary schools and nurseries closed and were unable to accommodate the children of essential workers.

One Dunblane local stated: ‘We feel we have actually been cut off. There’s practically a foot of snow here. The only traffic moving on our street are the sledges.’.

Traffic Scotland alerted chauffeurs of ‘challenging driving conditions’ on the A82 between Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy. A mishap on the M9 closed the Friarton Bridge, with traffic being diverted through Perth.

Yesterday: A recovery car attempts to recover cars and trucks off the A640 on Saddleworth Moor near Marsden in West Yorkshire.

The other day: A row of vehicles are deserted in Halifax after chauffeurs ended up being stuck in the snow tipping over West Yorkshire.

The other day: More than ten buses were stuck on Kirkstall Hill in Leeds, West Yorkshire, following heavy snowfall.

Cops Scotland’s road policing unit has actually cautioned against chauffeurs taking a trip in the wintry weather condition.

Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock stated: ‘Federal government constraints on travelling remain in location across Scotland because of the continuous pandemic.

‘ People ought to not leave their homes unless for vital purposes and work from house where possible. The best method to remain safe is to stay at home.

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

Sunday needs to be mainly dry with separated showers, but more snow might be on the way next week followed by a cold and unsettled rest of the month.

Nevertheless, those fearing a return of the Monster from the East– the Siberian weather system that brought heavy snow in February and March 2018– can rest easy after the Met Office said it is not likely to holler back in the coming weeks.

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