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UK weather: People in some areas warned not to travel as Storm Darcy shows no sign of relenting

Written by on 9 February 2021

People in parts of the UK are being warned not to travel as Storm Darcy shows no sign of relenting.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow until Wednesday across much of eastern England including London, the South East and the North East, where heavy snowfall is likely to cause delays on roads as well as affecting rail and air travel.

Around 5cm-15cm (2in-6in) is set to hit these regions, while in central parts of Scotland where a more severe amber warning is in place for Tuesday, the snow could reach up to 25cm (10in) in the worst-affected areas.

  Icicles form on a statue that is part of the fountains in Trafalgar Square during storm Darcy. (Photo by Dave Rushen / SOPA Images/Sipa USA) Image: Icicles form on a statue that is part of the fountains in Trafalgar Square

Transport Scotland has warned of long delays as well as cancellations to bus and rail services.

Police forces in parts of Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex have told drivers not to travel as roads have become “impassable” due to settled snow.

The cold snap, dubbed the Beast From The East: The Sequel – in a nod to a similar cold spell in 2018 – is set to continue into the middle of the week with plummeting temperatures, coupled with strong winds leading to a significant wind chill.

Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said temperatures would dip to -10C and more weather warnings would inevitably follow.

He said: “Many places will see further snow accumulations with a few centimetres likely quite widely.

“Some areas will see larger accumulations with 20cm or more possible for some.

“Convergence lines, where showers organise into bands, becoming heavy and persistent, are likely to drive these larger accumulations and further warnings are likely to be issued as the locations affected become clearer.”

Sky’s weather producer Chris England said: “There will be further snow showers overnight (into Tuesday), concentrated over eastern Britain, where significant falls are still possible.

“It will stay very cold, with an extensive frost bringing a risk of ice, but it will not be quite as windy inland. Snow showers will continue through Tuesday morning.

“They will be mostly in the east, frequent and heavy over central Scotland, but there will be a scattering in the west as well.”

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Snow covers southeast England

He added: “It will be cold again, with a raw wind in the south bringing a significant wind chill. There will be little change through the afternoon, although the showers will become more isolated later.

“Wednesday will be drier overall, but there will be further snow showers for eastern England in particular. It will be cold, after a frosty start, but not quite as cold or as windy as recently.”

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