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Britain prepares for Big Freeze as weather warnings are issued for snow and ice


Forecasters have issued weather warnings for snow and ice in the north. Parts of England are expected to experience a "hard frost," and more wintry showers will come this week as the beast sweeps in from the east.

Britain is gearing up for another big freeze as early morning temperatures could drop to -1 ° C in parts of Scotland and no more than 4 ° C for the rest of the nation and most of the rest of England and Wales today.

The frost will form in the northwest this morning with clear skies as some winter showers in other regions could see icy spots, the Met Office said.

Some areas, including parts of Northumberland, awoke to another blanket of white material this morning and snow plows were seen clearing the streets.

WXCHARTS, a weather company that predicts long-term weather trends, has warned of heavy snowfall that can drop as much as 30 inches in a day through Jan. 17, Der Spiegel reported.

Conditions are similar to those during the Beast from the East and while John Griffiths, a Met Office forecaster, told MailOnline the country should expect rain, sleet and snow for the next week, he said it was too early to be too say if it is sudden stratosphere warming (SSW) would cause the weather to repeat in February 2018.

A woman is out for an early morning walk with her dog. Both are wearing their warm winter jackets through the snow in Allendale, Northumberland this morning

As temperatures drop and areas in the north prepare for more wintry conditions, a plow clears snow from the streets in Allendale, Northumberland

As temperatures drop and areas in the north prepare for more wintry conditions, a plow clears snow from the streets in Allendale, Northumberland

A man takes his dogs for an early morning walk through the snow in Allenheads, Northumberland that has covered cars and the surrounding countryside

A man takes his dogs for an early morning walk through the snow in Allenheads, Northumberland that has covered cars and the surrounding countryside

A blanket of white powder covered the fields around a house in Allenheads, Northumberland this morning

A blanket of white powder covered the fields around a house in Allenheads, Northumberland this morning

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for several areas in the north. Drivers are advised to exercise caution as difficult travel conditions can be caused by icy spots and mountain snow

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for several areas in the north. Drivers are advised to exercise caution as difficult travel conditions can be caused by icy spots and mountain snow

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for several areas in the north. Drivers are advised to exercise caution as difficult travel conditions can be caused by icy spots and mountain snow.

The warning, which lasts until this morning, applies to Central, Tayside & Fife, the East Midlands, Grampian, the North East and North West of England, the South West of Scotland, Lothian Borders, and Yorkshire and Humber.

The Met Office warned of ice stains on untreated surfaces where snow fell yesterday and in areas where showers are expected tonight and overnight.

And some parts of the UK could be prepared for winter showers.

This can "mainly be in the interior of the country and especially over higher areas, where above 200 to 300 m more centimeters of snow are possible in places", says the warning.

The chill in the air is due to the high pressure in the north of the UK and the drawing in of air from the east, "which is cold at this time of the year," the Met Office said.

The yellow ice and snow warning covers much of the north of the UK. A woman takes her dog on an early morning walk through the snow in Allendale, Northumberland

The yellow ice and snow warning covers much of the north of the UK. A woman takes her dog on an early morning walk through the snow in Allendale, Northumberland

The warning, which lasts until this morning, applies to Central, Tayside & Fife, the East Midlands, Grampian, the North East and North West of England, the South West of Scotland, Lothian Borders, and Yorkshire and Humber. Pictured: A plow clears snow from the streets in Allendale, Northumberland.

The warning, which lasts until this morning, applies to Central, Tayside & Fife, the East Midlands, Grampian, the North East and North West of England, the South West of Scotland, Lothian Borders, and Yorkshire and Humber. Pictured: A plow clears snow from the streets in Allendale, Northumberland.

As a warning to those looking to ride in snowy conditions, Derbyshire police and volunteers had to rescue dozens of people trapped in a snow storm in the Peak District last night.

Officers were called to some of Derbyshire's highest elevation after sudden and heavy snow fell and people of the Goyt Valley remained trapped in their vehicles.

Earlier in the day, police said, up to 200 vehicles were parked at Snake Pass summit, a number the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team thought was busier than a summer holiday.

In a post on Facebook, an official on the team hit people for lack of common sense when going out and for not being prepared for the weather to turn as forecast.

The post says: “Presumably the occupants of these vehicles were out in the moor. It seems like many do not have the common sense to review the forecast, dress appropriately, verify that they have a capable vehicle and / or driving skills, not to mention the fact that they are following the advice of the government, so as not to overload our NHS. & # 39;

Similar situations existed in other parts of the Peak District.

Derbyshire Constabulary in the Goyt Valley at High Peak rescues people stranded in the falling snow overnight

Derbyshire Constabulary in the Goyt Valley at High Peak rescues people stranded in the falling snow overnight

According to police, up to 200 vehicles have been parked at the Snake Pass summit. The Derbyshire Rural Crime Team claimed it was busier than a summer holiday. Pictured: Police rescue people from stranded cars in the Goyt Valley

According to police, up to 200 vehicles have been parked at the Snake Pass summit. The Derbyshire Rural Crime Team claimed it was busier than a summer holiday. Pictured: Police rescue people from stranded cars in the Goyt Valley

It wrote: 'Never mind. Just call the police and expect them to come with you on their magical snowmobiles. Of course, with our superpowers we can deal with similar situations in Goyt Valley, Mam Nick, Curbar Gap and others at the same time. And we're kovid safe, didn't you know?

“Joking aside, please don't be stupid. It shouldn't need a bigger explanation. Hopefully the evening won't turn into a mass of emergencies.

"We're going to do what we can, but our underpants are not left out and we can only throw so much common sense back into society."

Officers from the Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit also participated in the fight to save people. The armed forces gathered the trapped and brought them to Buxton.

The cold easterly winds will develop next week and bring winter showers – especially in the eastern parts – while dangerous frost, frost and ice risks remain, forecasters say.

What is Sudden Stratospheric Warming?

Severe conditions hit the UK in February 2018 have been dubbed a "cocktail of weather events" by the Met Office.

The cold spell known as "the beast from the east", which also coincided with the arrival of Storm Emma, ​​was caused by a temperature jump high above the Arctic that meteorologists termed "sudden warming of the stratosphere".

The phenomenon that usually leads to cold spells in the UK starts 30 km in the atmosphere of the high altitude jet stream, which normally flows from west to east, bringing relatively warm and humid air from the Atlantic to the UK.

A disturbance hits the jet stream, pushing its waves towards the Arctic and reversing the stream from east to west. As the air over this area is compressed, it starts to heat up.

This creates high pressure over the North Atlantic and blocks the usual mild airflow that flows into the UK from the west.

Instead, colder air is being sucked in from the east over the British Isles, resulting in colder temperatures.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill said, “Obviously it's very cold and it will stay cold this week.

"While there will be some winter hazards, it's not really until the end of the week that we see significant snow."

The Met Office also advises that England, Wales and Eastern Scotland can expect a fairly cloudy day, with showers focusing on the coastal areas of the North Sea. It could be particularly difficult there and it could become wintry on the higher hills inland.

In the west there will be fewer showers, where more brightness is predicted, and in the north west of the UK it will be fine but very cold. The south of England will have a largely windy day.

The overnight showers continue to the east, with some trending even further west and seeing sleet or snow on higher ground. The north west of the UK will be very frosty, with the occasional freezing fog and sustained winds through the south.

A "sudden warming of the stratosphere" (SSW) event, as seen in the beast from the east, occurs when the temperature in the stratosphere rises by 50 ° C. This "reverses" the UK's wind pattern, from the warmer west in the Atlantic to the east – and into Siberia.

It can take two weeks for the effects of a pregnancy week to be felt. Such was the case with the infamous Beast from the East, which saw much of the UK suffer from travel chaos and school closings in heavy snow.

The Met Office had to issue a “code red” warning for snow for the first time in its history. Snow storms blew in from Russia in bitter winds, and drivers and passengers were stranded on snow-covered highways overnight.

Grahame Madge of the Met Office said, “Many weather agencies agree that this SSW will be next week. In this case – about 30 km in the stratosphere – our traditional wind pattern can be reversed.

'Less clear is the long-term outlook for the impact of this event. Two out of three SSW events result in very cold episodes, but one in three has little effect. & # 39;

Snow-covered roofs in Thornaby, Teesside, yesterday after much of the northeast woke up to find a white ceiling after the snow overnight

Snow-covered roofs in Thornaby, Teesside, yesterday after much of the northeast woke up to find a white ceiling after the snow overnight

Walkers set out across a field at Limestone Corner near Hexham, Northumberland yesterday morning

Walkers set out across a field at Limestone Corner near Hexham, Northumberland yesterday morning

A couple made their way through a storm yesterday after snowfall hit Teesside overnight and covered branches with a layer of snow

A couple made their way through a storm yesterday after snowfall hit Teesside overnight and covered branches with a layer of snow

Simon Williams, spokesman for RAC Breakdown, said, “The message for those who need to drive is to adjust their speed to the conditions and allow extra braking distance so that 2021 doesn't start with an unwanted bump and insurance claim.

"Snow and ice are by far the toughest driving conditions, so if they can be avoided, this is probably the best strategy."

UK motorists are being warned to be on the alert for falling victim to the battery blues in the first week of work in 2021.

January 4th has been dubbed "Flat Battery Monday," which saw many key and critical employees making important trips stranded because their cars refuse to start after being idle over Christmas and recent lockdowns were carried out.

Halfords warned that millions of drivers have used their cars far less than normal, and with many still avoiding public transit, it means that many motorists have not used their cars in a few weeks or even months.

Heavy snow is falling in Saltburn on the North Yorkshire coast that yesterday covered a car with a layer of white material. Tracks in the snow show how hikers enjoyed the colder weather

Heavy snow is falling in Saltburn on the North Yorkshire coast that yesterday covered a car with a layer of white material. Tracks in the snow show how hikers enjoyed the colder weather

The snowfall left roadsides covered with a layer of white cloth over Teesside in northern England overnight on Friday

The snowfall left roadsides covered with a layer of white cloth over Teesside in northern England overnight on Friday

The branches were covered in snow after customs fell on Friday evening and Saturday morning. In the picture a car that was driving on a street in Teesside yesterday morning

The branches were covered in snow after customs fell on Friday evening and Saturday morning. In the picture a car that was driving on a street in Teesside yesterday morning

The combination of lockdowns that forced most people to stay home and the colder and wet weather has resulted in pouring rain and plummeting temperatures on many vehicles – compounding the problem.

Laura Walsh, Halfords Winter Auto Expert, says, “The combination of locking out when vehicles have only been used for important journeys and rain, moisture and frost is a recipe for battery problems.

Drivers tend to use their lights, de-misters, and fans much more frequently at this time of year, putting additional stress on the electrical systems and if the battery is old or in poor condition, failures are more likely.

Battery failure is one of the main reasons to call an outage service at this time of year. It is worth giving your car a quick health check before hitting the road again or visiting us, where we can check out for free. & # 39;

Research by Halfords found that a surprising 20% ​​of drivers never had their battery checked, despite recommending regular checks.

People enjoying the snow in South Park, Darlington yesterday morning before temperatures dropped to -12 ° C overnight in parts of Scotland

People enjoying the snow in South Park, Darlington yesterday morning before temperatures dropped to -12 ° C overnight in parts of Scotland

Parts of the northeast woke to snow yesterday morning as temperatures plummeted and brought winter wonderland scenes to the region. This picture shows walkers near South Park, Darlington

Parts of the northeast woke to snow yesterday morning as temperatures plummeted and brought winter wonderland scenes to the region. This picture shows walkers near South Park, Darlington

Halfords advises motorists who need to make important journeys to complete basic checks to avoid frustrations on their return.

The latest cooler conditions come as leading bookmaker Coral cut its chances of winning this winter to 1-2 (from 4-6) as the coldest on record started in the UK as temperatures continue to drop.

Coral is now offering 4-6 for this month to turn into a record breaking January after a cool start to the new year.

The winter of 1962-63, known as the 1963 Big Freeze, was one of the coldest winters in Britain. Temperatures reached such low levels that lakes and rivers began to freeze.

It remains the coldest winter, defined as December, January and February, recorded in all areas of the United Kingdom since at least 1895, with the exception of Northern Scotland, which had two colder winters in 1978-79 and 2009-10.

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