(U.K.) #AceWeatherReport …….Snow caused chaos on Britain’s road this morning with several crashes reported and a gritter lorry overturning -and even London getting a dusting #AceNewsDesk report

#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. 

Snow on the roofs of houses in, Bristol, where snow fell overnight. Conditions are set to become more hazardous going into the final week of January
A spectacular snow smash this morning as a gritter trying to keep the roads safe overturned near the village of Holne on Dartmoor in Devon
A snow-covered London bus as the capital was battered by thick flakes of frost this morning, a scene repeated across the country
Snow in Grayswood, Surrey with cars covered. The scene was repeated all over Britain as an Arctic blast battered the nation
Residents are caught in a snow blizzard on Wimbledon common creating a winter wonderland scene in the capital this morning
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
Storm Christoph - which battered the country with a month's worth of rain in less than 48 hours - will be replaced by snow and ice as the Met Office issues a yellow warning for Scotland (pictured)

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

Gold Hill at Shaftesbury in Dorset is covered in snow at dawn after a heavy wintry shower overnight. Snow blanketed vast swathes of Britain this morning
Children sledge down Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Conditions are set to become more hazardous going into the final week of January
Snow blankets the woodlands on a cold morning in the countryside at Clayfield Copse, Berkshire, a sight repeated across the UK
People sledging on Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Britons enjoy the snow as it covers the nation this morning
Snowy conditions on the A46 near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Conditions are set to become more hazardous going into the final week of January as the Met Office gets ready to put in place five new weather warnings for snow and ice
Snow-topped houses in the Cotswolds this morning as snow continues to fall across the UK following last week's Storm Christoph
A view of a garden as the occupant wakes up to a fall of snow in South East Wales this morning with vast swathes across the UK
People enjoy the snow in Bristol this morning after Britons all over the country woke up to vast swathes of frost on Sunday
A driver tries to clear a thick layer of snow that settled on their car after a flurry this morning in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
People sledging on Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, Dorset this morning as they tried to get the most of the widespread snow fall
Snow on the roofs of houses in, Bristol, where snow fell overnight. This scene was repeated across the country this morning
The statue of Winston Churchill is seen, as snow falls in London this morning. Warnings are in place with forecasters telling the public to mind icy roads
Heavy snow and ice led to a crop of crashes this morning, including a lorry which jack-knifed in a spectacular accident in Norfolk
People walking in the snow in Battersea Park, London. 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

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.

Winston, an 8 month old Border Terrier, enjoys the snow for the first time near Windsor, Berkshire, a scene repeated across the country
Heavy snow falling in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. The heavy snow fell all over the country with Britons taking to social media to share photos
A gritter lorry on the A628 near Woodhead in South Yorkshire. Warnings are in place across vast swathes of the country following the snow
A gritting lorry in snowy conditions in Touchen-End, Berkshire. The Met Office put a yellow weather warning in place stretching from coast to coast in southern England and ending just below Manchester
Snow in the Cotswolds this morning. Forecasters said -7C blizzard conditions would hit many areas as a blast of Arctic air swept towards Britain
Many Britons will wake up to snow this morning, with the Met Office expecting low temperatures and frost across the country
Cars on a snowy A350 road near Hindon in Wiltshire. Conditions are set to become more hazardous going into the final week of January
Cars stuck in the snow on the A303 near to Cricklade in north Wiltshire in the early hours of Sunday morning with snow warnings in place across the country

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.

Snowy conditions on the A46 near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Britons across the country woke up to a blanket of snow today
Temperatures across the whole of the UK dropped below freezing last night, with the coldest temperatures in the Scottish Highlands at an icy -10C
The public were warned to expect some icy patches on untreated roads and pavements, with journeys by road and rail likely to be affected
Temperatures were expected to plummet to -7C in parts of northern England and -10C in Scotland
Dog walkers on a snowy Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Conditions are set to become more hazardous going into the final week of January
Snow is seen falling inside the stadium prior to The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Luton Town at Stamford Bridge
Two people walk on Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath this morning.  Parts of the country saw snow and icy conditions as arctic air caused temperatures to drop
A jogger taking his daily exercise, crosses Regent Street in London in the snow this morning with the capital seeing thick flakes
Pedestrians walk along Regent Street as the snow falls in London. The capital is one of several places that saw heavy snow fall this morning

‘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.

Environment Agency workers flood a storm basin ahead of a visit of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson near the River Mersey in Didsbury, Manchester, on Saturday
Flood-hit communities swamped by a month's worth of rain from Storm Christoph were warned to brace for fresh misery last night as a big freeze is set to grip the country today. Pictured: A man stands and looks out over the River Ouse in York as it floods following rain and recent melting snow

‘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.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Jan.24: 2021:

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