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Londoners wake to snow as "Beast from the East" sweeps Britain


Snow hits the capital: Londoners wake up to unload the white material when "Beast from the East" sweeps Great Britain – while drivers are warned of icy roads after the onset of the 11th century

  • Snow fell in the southeast this morning, including Sevenoaks, Kent, and Orpington, London
  • It comes amid yellow weather warnings for ice that is currently stretching from Nottingham to Edinburgh
  • The Met Office forecast wintry showers in the east and southeast with single-digit temperatures this evening

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Londoners woke up to snow this morning as ice warnings blanketed northeast England – amid predictions that Britain could see a return of the "beast from the east" if temperatures dropped to -11 ° C.

There was light dusting on the M25 at Orpington and the M26 at Sevenoaks this morning, and more wintry showers were predicted for the southeast and London this evening.

Others in nearby Biggin Hill, as well as in south London and Gloucestershire, began to see deposits of the white material.

Elsehwere in the Midlands, Birmingham, has seen storms across the country after another cold winter night.

It comes as temperatures dropped to -8 ° C yesterday in Kinbrace, Scotland, while in other parts of the country temperatures dropped to 11 ° C today.

It is because conditions could follow those of the "beast from the east" – a 2018 cold spell that brought freezing temperatures and blizzards to Britain.

Biggin Hill in Bromley woke to snow this morning as the white stuff fell over the southeast this morning – with more wintry showers forecast tonight

Today marks the official start of England's third lockdown amid growing Covid-19 measures. Birmingham saw thunderstorms this morning as winter arrived

Today marks the official start of England's third lockdown amid growing Covid-19 measures. Birmingham saw thunderstorms this morning as winter arrived

Experts say it is too early to predict whether "sudden warming of the stratosphere" would bring about similar conditions seen during the Beast from the east in February 2018

Experts say it is too early to predict whether "sudden warming of the stratosphere" would bring about similar conditions seen during the Beast from the east in February 2018

Earlier this week, Met Office forecaster John Griffiths told MailOnline it was too early to determine if "sudden stratospheric warming" would bring conditions similar to three years ago.

Temperatures are not expected to exceed 5C this morning – and they will likely stay in the single digits for most of this week.

There is currently a yellow ice warning that stretches from Nottingham to Edinburgh, as well as Aberdeen and Belfast.

The Met Office has warned that people could be injured from slips and falls, adding that there will be some "icy spots" on untreated roads, sidewalks and bike paths.

After another cold night for the UK, storms hit Birmingham this morning with ice warnings for the northeast

After another cold night for the UK, storms hit Birmingham this morning with ice warnings for the northeast

Biggin Hill welcomed its first snowfall of the New Year this morning as the city on the edge of south-east London woke to a cold morning on Wednesday

Biggin Hill welcomed its first snowfall of the New Year this morning as the city on the edge of south-east London woke to a cold morning on Wednesday

There was also snow dust in Gloucestershire today as ice warnings are in place in the east of the country

There was also snow dust in Gloucestershire today as ice warnings are in place in the east of the country

The Met Office warns motorists to be careful on the roads after snow has fallen on the M25 and M26, while ice warnings are in place from Nottingham to Edinburgh

The Met Office warns motorists to be careful on the roads after snow has fallen on the M25 and M26, while ice warnings are in place from Nottingham to Edinburgh

A forecast from the Met Office for today read: “Many central and northwestern parts are drying out with sunny phases, while more winter showers affect the east.

Rain, sleet and snow later reach the north-west of Scotland. Cold.

& # 39; Winter showers east and south-east. Clear spells elsewhere with frost severe in the central parts. Rain, sleet and snow move southeast over Scotland and Northern Ireland and become icy in places. & # 39;

A wet and snowy week is predicted in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Northern England for the remainder of the week.

It is expected that the weather in the north will warm up slightly on weekends, but in the south it will be largely dry and cold.

That will be a disappointment for teenage ice skater Demi Lang, who earlier this week used the street outside her home as a makeshift ice rink.

Snow and rain frozen her street in Motherwell on Monday, giving the 13-year-old the perfect opportunity to put on her skates.

Her mother Laura, a 33-year-old supporter, said: "Demi is absolutely delighted. I have to scratch her from the ceiling when she actually comes back into the house.

"When she realized how slippery it was, she almost had a moment with a lightbulb and asked if I think she could put on her skates.

"I said try it and that's it. She went out there, it worked and she started screaming" I can skate, I can skate "."

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