#AceNewsReport – Jan.24: By mid-morning on Sunday, the flakes were falling thick and fast in the capital and elsewhere, with meteorologists warning drivers to take care on icy roads.
Snow causes chaos on Britain’s roads as even a GRITTER lorry overturns
The Met Office has put a yellow weather warning in place stretching from coast to coast in southern England and ending just below Manchester.
Forecasters previously said blizzard conditions would hit many areas as a blast of Arctic air swept in, sparking fresh misery for communities ravaged by Storm Christoph. Temperatures were expected to plummet to -7C in parts of northern England and -10C in Scotland.
Heavy snow and ice led to a crop of crashes this morning, including a lorry which jack-knifed in a spectacular accident in Norfolk. The vehicle skidded out of control and ended up sideways across the A148 at Hillington, near King’s Lynn. Miraculously it didn’t hit any other traffic and the driver escaped shaken but unhurt.
Another incident saw two people cut out of their car with hydraulic rescue equipment by firefighters. The vehicle had collided with a tree in the early hours amid wintry conditions, leaving the driver and their injured passenger trapped in the freezing cold, police said.
Meanwhile, a gritter lorry trying to keep the roads safe overturned near the village of Holne on Dartmoor in Devon and blocked the road.
The public were warned to expect some icy patches on untreated roads and pavements, with journeys by road and rail likely to be affected. A similar warning is in place down the east coast of Scotland and covering most of the island of Ireland.
The showers of sleet and snow are expected to die out, with a heavy frost due to set in across most parts of the country on Sunday evening. The wintry showers will continue in north and western parts of the UK.
This morning’s chaos comes after last week’s storm continued to cause chaos yesterday.
Forecasters previously said blizzard conditions would hit many areas as a blast of Arctic air swept in, sparking fresh misery for communities ravaged by Storm Christoph
Temporary barriers along the River Severn in Worcestershire were breached, with residents describing the surging floodwaters as a ‘tidal wave’.
Defences at the riverside town of Bewdley failed, leaving homes and businesses under water and residents devastated.
Irene Buxton, 70, who lives near the defences, said she was woken by a ‘crash’ as the barriers collapsed on Friday night.
‘I looked out of the window and it was like a tidal wave going towards the town,’ she said.
‘The water is in my hall and in my kitchen and we’re just battling to keep it out of the living room.’
Hereford and Worcester rescue teams were out in force, rescuing a man and his two dogs from Bewdley’s floodwaters, which were expected to peak at 5.53m, just shy of the November 2000 record of 5.56m.
Further warnings were issued along a stretch of the Severn, including Ironbridge in Shropshire and Stourport-on-Severn in Worcestershire, which saw severe flooding during Storm Dennis last year.
Environment Secretary George Eustice warned of more ‘challenges’ in parts of England as a blanket of snow was predicted.
The Met Office said a band of rain will cross the South West of England and turn to snow as it moves eastwards. Up to 2in of snow could settle, but areas above 300ft could see as much as 10in.
Temperatures across the whole of the UK dropped below freezing last night, with the coldest temperatures in the Scottish Highlands at an icy -10C.
Elsewhere, London and Manchester got down to -3C overnight and Bristol, Belfast and Glasgow dropped to -2C.
Frosts are expected overnight on Monday and Tuesday.
Martin Bowles, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: ‘The biggest hazard over the next couple of days is going to be ice because we’re getting these snow showers which will all freeze overnight.
‘Obviously roads tend to be quite well gritted, especially main roads, but I would warn people to be careful on pavements, minor roads that don’t get gritted or city roads.’
The Met Office’s first warning for snow and ice is already in place in north-west England, but four more will be in place by tomorrow morning.
Areas being placed under warnings are Northern Ireland, south-west England and South Wales, the Midlands, and south-east England.
Mr Bowles said the cold spell would continue until about Wednesday before being replaced with milder temperatures in the final days of the month.
‘That’s not to say that that’s the end of all cold weather for winter, it isn’t, we’ve just got a mild spell coming up,’ he said.
Despite people being urged to heed flood warnings into the weekend, Mr Bowles said they were ‘gradually reducing’ and that more heavy rain was not expected until Wednesday night or Thursday.
‘We’re hopeful that the river levels will fall quite significantly before that so we’re not expecting any significant flooding problems over the next few days, apart from in areas where the warnings are already in place,’ he said.
The Environment Agency previously warned of ‘exceptionally high river levels’ following days of heavy rainfall in the wake of Storm Christoph, with hundreds of properties across the country flooded.
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