(LONDON) #StormDarcy Report Met Office Issues AMBER Alert: Heavy snow that could bring significant disruption has hit the east and south-east of England: The Met Office said it was “bitterly cold” due to strong easterly winds and there were also snow showers elsewhere in the UK: An amber warning – meaning travel disruption and power cuts are likely – is in force until Monday morning #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – Feb.07: And less severe yellow warnings have been issued for much of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland: The cold snap has prompted:

After Netherlands hit by first snowstorm for a decade the UK braces itself with ‘Snow & Ice Warnings’ for England, Scotland and NI on Monday morning….after heavy snow hits east and southeast of England and temperatures plummet towards predicted -7 degrees with the closure of Covid vaccination centres in Essex and Suffolk.

A snowy scene in Dover in Kent
Dover in Kent is among the places to have seen snowfall overnight

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And Southeastern Rail has strongly advised passengers not to attempt to travel on its network on Sunday or Monday.

But the severe conditions are not expected to be as widespread as 2018’s Beast from the East, forecasters say.

BBC Weather forecaster Billy Payne said the cold weather would last until at least the middle of the week.

Temperatures would be below freezing during the day in some areas alongside a “severe wind chill,” he said. 

“It qualifies as a Beast from the East in my view – although it’s not ‘Beast from the East Two’ since we’ve had a number of cold easterly spells over the years.”

Walking Tractor/BBC Weather Watchers”Not quite Narnia yet but slowly getting there,” says a BBC Weather Watcher in Marlingford, Norfolk

Tyler/BBC Weather WatchersSnow stacks up against a house in Lumphanan in Aberdeenshire

Circumzenathal/BBC Weather WatchersThe beach at St Margaret’s at Cliffe, near Dover, Kent, was covered with snow on Sunday

Forecasters have warned that Storm Darcy will bring heavy snowfall, particularly to parts of East Anglia and Kent where there could be up to 30cm (12in) of snow and gale-force winds.

Snow showers are also expected along the eastern side of England and Scotland in the coming days, with a few moving into central areas including northern England.

The amber warning – which also means disruption to gas, telephone or mobile phone coverage is likely – covers parts of Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent and Medway and lasts until midday on Monday.

Yellow warnings – meaning there could be travel disruption and a slight chance of power cuts or communities being cut off – include:

  • snow in the East and South East of England and London until Monday at 06:00
  • snow and ice along the entire central and eastern length of Britainuntil the end of Wednesday
  • ice in the south east of Northern Ireland from 20:00 on Sunday, and then snow and ice from the late afternoons on Monday and Tuesday, until Wednesday

Heavy snow has been forecast in the south-east of England until Monday

Parts of Scotland have already been hit by heavy snow, while there has been heavy rain in other areas. 

In Cupar, Fife, homes have been inundated and a park flooded after the nearby River Eden burst its banks.

Glasgow City Council said it had sent out gritters on Saturday night to outlying priority routes and areas around vaccine centres.

There were 38 flood warnings across England, as of Sunday lunchtime.

victorthevole/BBC Weather WatchersWintry scenes have been photographed by BBC Weather Watchers, including in Burgh in Suffolk

@shamblesklutz/PA MediaPaddleboarders were later seen using the flooded park in Cupar, Fife, as a lake

ReutersSnow covers Moulin Moor near Pitlochry in Perthshire

Amid the warnings of travel disruption, Southern Railway cancelled trainson two of its routes and Southeastern Rail said the Maidstone East line would be closed on Monday.

Meanwhile, Public Health England has issued a cold weather alert for the whole nation through to Wednesday.

Dr Owen Landeg said it was “crucial” people looked out for those who may be vulnerable during the current cold snap, calling on the public to make sure those at-risk have enough food and drink to stay warm and well.

Storm Darcy: Netherlands hit by ‘first major snowstorm in decade’

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The Netherlands has been hit by its first major snowstorm in a decade, forecasters say, as cold weather pushes through much of northern Europe.

Dutch authorities have closed all coronavirus testing centres because of the extreme weather.

Transport has been disrupted and rail connections with Germany, where northern areas have also been blanketed by snow, have been suspended.

The cold snap is a result of Storm Darcy, which has also affected parts of the UK.

A “Code Red” weather warning was declared in the Netherlands for all of Sunday, meaning winds of up to 90km/h (55mph) and “bitter cold” were forecast.

Heavy snow fell throughout much of the day, leading to long delays on the roads. People were advised to avoid travelling and there were reports of dozens of cars skidding off streets.

Eindhoven airport closed and incoming flights were diverted to Germany, while Schiphol airport in Amsterdam warned that travellers could face delays.

EPASome people in the Netherlands managed to enjoy Sunday’s snowy conditions

EPAA snowball fight breaks out on a hill in Rotterdam

One Dutch weather forecasting website, Weer.nl, said the combination of strong winds and heavy snow had met the official definition of a snowstorm.

“It is the first snowstorm in a long time: the last snowstorm took place in January 2010,” it said. 

Most parts of the country had seen 5-10cm (2-4in) of snow by Sunday afternoon, but some had received more than 30cm.

Up to 10 days of sub-zero temperatures are expected in the Netherlands. On Sunday, the temperature dropped to -6C (21.2F) in the northern city of Groningen and it was a similar picture elsewhere.

ReutersThere have been road closures around northern Germany, as here in Dortmund

EPAA Sunday walk in the weather in Düsseldorf

In Germany, the snowfall caused major disruption to traffic and rail journeys in the country’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Some 222 traffic accidents have been reported there since Saturday afternoon, a police spokesman told the DPA news agency.

And German forecasters expect the snow to become even heavier overnight. 

In Belgium, the snowfall has been less severe but officials are preparing for temperatures to plummet throughout the week.

In the UK, forecasters have warned that Storm Darcy could bring heavy snowfall and gale-force winds to the east and south-east of England.

The cold weather is expected to last until at least the middle of the week.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Feb.07: 2021:

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