'Beast from East' keeps Europe in deep freeze

BBC Weather snow scotland met office glasgow

A red weather warning - the second in 24 hours - expired at 2am, but amber warnings for snow are still in place for much of Scotland, the north-east of England, and parts of Northern Ireland, running until 10am, and for wind and snow in south western parts of the United Kingdom until 8am.

Yellow and Amber warnings for snow remain in place for the region and across the United Kingdom for tomorrow and into the weekend.

Further snow showers or perhaps longer spells of snow are likely at times through Friday.

The warning advises: "Widespread snow is expected to develop through Thursday afternoon and evening".

"Delays and cancellations to public transport are possible, as are delays to travel on roads; some stranding of vehicles and passengers could also occur".

"Roads will become blocked by deep snow, with many stranded vehicles and passengers". Some communities could become cut off for several days.

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The Met Office added long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities were also likely to occur, along with damage to trees and other structures due to heavy snow or ice.

Storm Emma, rolling in from the Atlantic, looks poised to meet the Beast from the East's chilly Russian Federation air - causing further widespread snowfall and bitter temperatures.

"Brisk winds will lead to some drifting of snow, as well as a severe wind chill, although these are expected to begin to ease through Friday".

"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".

Meanwhile hundreds of schools across the country were forced to close for the second day in a row, including more than 125 schools in North Yorkshire, more than 330 across Kent and all schools and colleges in the Republic of Ireland. "This warning has been updated to extend the area further west over parts of Scotland".

On top of the Amber snow warning in the south west, Mr Snell said there could be 50 to 60mph winds that will bring "blizzard-like conditions".

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Stein Connelly, of Transport Scotland, told BBC Radio Scotland: "We're seeing significant weather disruption on the network, we've got all our gritters out and ploughs working right throughout the day, right throughout the night, but we're still seeing significant challenges".

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.

Britain was hit by heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures Wednesday as the "Beast from the East" brought chaos to the country's infrastructure.

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

Forecasters warned that lying snow could reach 20-30cm and possibly 40cm in a few places by mid morning on Thursday.

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