United Kingdom 'not out of woods yet' as wintry weather causes power cuts

Sean Reid
March 3, 2018

As well as the red alert - which has never before been issued for Scotland, England or Northern Ireland - amber warnings have also been issued for the north-east of England and the central belt of Scotland, in place between 10am and 8pm on Thursday, and for south west England and south Wales from 12pm until 8am on Friday.

Most of the United Kingdom remains under severe weather alerts, with two red, two yellow, and two amber covering most of Britain - and the National Grid has revealed a gas shortage, admitting supply won't meet demand today.

Frequent and heavy snow showers are expected on Thursday, accompanied by strong winds in the south.

Sheffield schools closed again because of snowThe Met Office has this morning updated a weather warning relating to a band of snow moving north across the country this afternoon and this evening. Roads may become blocked by deep snow, with many stranded vehicles and passengers.

Tweets from Met Éireann's official weather forecasting partner in Britain confirm the damage Storm Emma and the Beast from the East are going to bring to Ireland.

The Met Office has urged those in affected areas to prepare for widespread heavy snow and very strong easterly winds, which will bring "blizzard conditions" and "severe drifting".

"Parts of southwest England and Wales could also see freezing rain for a time on Thursday night - a relatively rare weather phenomena in the UK".

The red warning for the south-west follows a similar one issued for Scotland, which has so far borne the brunt of the extreme weather so far.

Motorists have been warned to take extra care on the roads due to the snowy conditions, after four people died in vehicle crashes amid the heavy snow.

On Wednesday as icy blasts gripped Britain, a man in his 60s died after being pulled from a lake in Danson Park, south east London that he had fallen into.

- Hundreds of schools were forced to close, including more than 125 in North Yorkshire and more than 330 across Kent, giving thousands of children a second snow day.

According to the Met Office the temperature from midday on Friday will mainly be at 0° on what is set to be another cold, blustery day, dipping to -1° at 11pm.

Called the "Beast from the East" in the United Kingdom, the "Siberian Bear" in Holland, "Snow Cannon" in Sweden and "Moscow-Paris" in France, it has brought freezing temperatures and snow from Romania's Black Sea ports to Spain's Catalonia and France's Corsica and Biarritz.

Southern railway said disruption to services may continue until Thursday, with knock-on delays throughout Tuesday as trains ran at reduced speeds.

Edinburgh Airport said most airlines had cancelled flights from the airport until lunchtime.

The Met Office has information on what the three colour statuses represent.

"If you don't have to go anywhere over the next few days, stay at home", he warned.

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