Supermarkets had to cancel online grocery deliveries after heavy snow and ice caused travel chaos to areas of the UK amid fears that temperatures could drop to -10 ° C overnight.
Drivers have been told to stay clear of the roads under the treacherous conditions predicted by the AA when the thawing snow turns to ice overnight. In some areas, the British will have to reckon with ice-cold clouds of fog that will only clear up slowly.
More than 8 inches of snow could fall before New Year's Day. The difficult conditions for online purchases raise concerns that vulnerable and self-isolating families could get by without supplies.
Shoppers who filed their frustration online said orders were canceled only to find slots for re-delivery. They were not available for several weeks.
In Congleton, Cheshire, a Tesco customer told how she received a text stating that her delivery was canceled due to "bad weather" when one of the supermarket vans passed her house.
Heavy snow is falling in Edinburgh this morning as the storm brought dangerous conditions to the roads
Snow covered fields near the village of Oulton in Staffordshire yesterday that turned into a winter wonderland
A snow plow drove down a road in Keele, Staffordshire yesterday as wintry weather hit parts of the West Midlands
Alice Harrison, 37, said she has since had problems finding another delivery point for her shielding parents. Found it pretty early, it was due at 2pm, and the streets were just muddy when I got the text, they are completely melted now. & # 39;
A Sainsbury customer wrote on social media that he and his wife, who are over 70 years old and unable to drive for health reasons, had to cancel their delivery due to "light snow".
Age UK expressed concern about older people being cut off by the storm and urged the public to look for neighbors at risk.
Caroline Abrahams, Age UK Charity Director, said: “We take for granted easy access to food and other essentials, but a number of factors stand in the way this Christmas.
"Bad weather, the pandemic and the disruption of utilities from Europe make for a perfect storm where even the most organized of us can find that we are unexpectedly cut off from the things we need."
Tesco said less than 1 percent of Monday's orders were affected. A spokesperson added, “Our colleagues are working hard to deliver more online orders than ever before.
A man cycled through the snow in winter conditions yesterday in Mortimer Forest near Ludlow in Shropshire
Heavy snow and slow traffic on the M5 motorway near the first junction at Bromsgrove in Worcestershire yesterday
An easyJet aircraft is pictured at Manchester Airport under the snow conditions in parts of northern England yesterday
& # 39; Due to the difficult weather conditions in some parts of the country, we only had to cancel a very small number of deliveries today. We apologize for the inconvenience this caused and would like to apologize to the customers concerned. & # 39;
The cold snap is set to spread across the UK today and temperatures could drop as low as -10 ° C in parts of the country.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow and ice in much of England, Wales and parts of Scotland after a day of heavy snowfall in some areas. More winter weather is expected tomorrow and Thursday.
It has been said that to this day nighttime temperatures "are falling towards freezing and may drop as low as -10 ° C in western Scotland, where there is a blanket of snow".
In winter showers, up to 10 cm of snow could fall over the moors of Pennines and North York, according to the weather warning, which runs until 10 a.m. today.
The Met Office said most locations will see little or no snow, but "in some spots, light coverage of about an inch is possible".
The Met Office has issued snow and ice warnings today (left) and tomorrow (right) for much of the UK.
Ben Sheridan of the AA said: "Thawing snow, rainfall and freezing temperatures overnight creates challenging driving conditions with roads likely to be icy in the morning."
However, the AA added that regional restrictions imposed due to Covid-19 result in streets being quieter than normal.
Much of London, the Midlands, the south, the southwest and the east of England and Wales have also been warned that snow and ice could fall tomorrow and Thursday.
The Met Office's yellow warning indicates that parts of South Wales, Central and Southern England can fall as much as 2 inches of snow and in some places there is little chance of 4 to 6 inches settling. most likely on a hill over 200 m.
It comes after much of England and Wales experienced a cold and frosty bank holiday on Monday.
Large parts of the country awoke to a fairytale sight yesterday after an icy explosion brought showers of snow.
But despite the beautiful snow scenes, the freezing temperatures brought chaos to roads and railways – with forecasters warning of further dumping.
The festive thunderstorms came after parts of the UK were flooded as Storm Bella brought 100 mph storms and heavy downpours.
Heavy snow caused Gloucestershire Police to advise the public not to go out unless clearly necessary.
A similar warning was issued in much of the Midlands after a series of accidents. Incidents yesterday included lines of the M5, M6 and M54. In some areas, temperatures dropped to -6.4 ° C.
On a magical escape from the pandemic, kids and families packed up and went outside to slide down hills, build snowmen, and enjoy snowball fights. And it hasn't stopped swimmers from taking a dip in freezing lakes across the country.
The yellow warning covers East of England, London and the South East, North West, South West, Midlands and Wales.
The icy conditions made driving conditions difficult, with many being forced to park their cars.
In Staffordshire, drivers faced long delays, some of which were stranded for three hours when traffic stalled at Basford Bank. The council said its spreaders had been outside overnight but the snow was heavier than forecast and in some places three inches fell.
In Liverpool, a driver got lucky after his car overturned on an icy stretch of the M57 at lunchtime yesterday, causing delays.
Photos showed the red Fiat 500 lying on its side with its windshield broken after plowing in crash barriers on the side of the road near Prescot. Police said the driver had only minor injuries.
Delays have also been reported in rail traffic through Stoke-on-Trent from both Manchester Piccadilly and Birmingham New Street, while a landslide caused by pouring rain blocked railway lines and disrupted train traffic between Reading, Wokingham, Aldershot and Guildford .
There have also been delays on southeast trains heading for London between Maidstone East and West Malling due to ice causing electricity problems.
In the meantime, the bad weather has further affected the electricity supply. 273 homes were blacked out near Penzance and 300 in Launceston, Cornwall, and another 300 families trembled with no heating or light near Worcester.
The weather also resulted in the closure of Dudley Zoo while a football game between Kidderminster Harriers and AFC Telford United was canceled.
Traffic Scotland reported an accident blocking the A74 (M) northbound carriageway during a white-out between Johnstonebridge and Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.
But it wasn't all doom and darkness. Swan Pool Park in Stourbridge was busy with tobogganing all day yesterday, while skiers in Scotland enjoyed the slopes at Lecht ski area, open to locals living in Moray and Aberdeenshire.
Elsewhere, rugged swimmers brave freezing conditions to bathe in Derwent Water in Keswick in the Lake District.
Gales meant that on Saturday, for the first time ever, more than half of Britain's electricity was generated from wind power.
According to energy company Drax, 50.67 percent of the country's electricity was generated by wind turbines on Boxing Day.
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