UK & World News
Weather Warning: Heavy Snowfalls All Over UK
Large swathes of England and Wales will see up to six inches of snow by the weekend as forecasters warned of plunging temperatures.
Travel disruption is expected when the severe winter weather hits on Friday.
Sky News weather presenter, Isobel Lang, said: "An active frontal system pushes in from the southwest bringing in rain and snow with strong south to southeast winds.
"Although some southern and western coastal counties are likely to see rain rather than snow, many parts of England and Wales could see around four to six inches of snow."
Patchy fog and ice is expected over the next day or so, when any snow is likely to be confined to either East Anglia and Kent or across the western fringes of Britain.
But many places will see temperatures barely rise above freezing. Parts of Scotland, northern England, Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia will be looking at maximum temperatures of -1C or zero.
It comes after a bitterly cold night for much of the UK, with average temperatures between -3C and -7C, and -3C in London.
The lowest temperature so far this winter was recorded in the early hours of Wednesday in Marham, Norfolk, where -13.1C beat the -12.9C recorded in Braemar on December 16.
The freezing weather has already caused havoc on transport networks, with a six-vehicle pile-up leaving three people injured on Tuesday and the AA reportingabout 1,000 breakdowns an hour.
In Norfolk, 262 schools have closed due to the weather and freezing fog has made conditions hazardous in the Midlands, East Anglia and central and southern England.
A helicopter crashed in central London when it hit a crane on a high building in foggy conditions, killing two people.
what do you think?
Snow in winter..Whatever next?..
Bring it on. Snowmen and snowball fights. Midnight walks through snow laden woods - then hot crumpets and a good port before a roaring log fire. . Sweet.
you cant beat hot crumpet before a roaring fire
I'll join in!
Evidently you don't need to actually go anywhere if you welcome the snow. Nothing but inconvenience.
Just woke up to learn that apparently it's 1886. Who's the Prime Minister?
William Ewart Gladstone is our wonderful Prime Minister. Can't stop I'm parlour maid up at the big house. I'll be whipped if I don't turn up. Just going to hitch a ride on a passing horse and cart :)
Nice, Valerie :-D
thanks Louisa xx lol
oh no! it must be winter! shall hav to put my flip-flops away for a few days!*
I pity the emergency services. They have to get to work no matter what and then go out in it and assist idiots who really didnt have to be out in it.
It makes me angry too but employers expect you to turn up so people are forced out in it.Two years ago we had three feet of snow and could not get out the street. My partner missed three days at work as he can't get there by public transport. There ws no public transport or taxi moving anyway as we were completely snowed in. He was disciplined when he got back to work - with a previously clean record he was given a final written warning, A taxi, if there had been any would have cost £ 130 round trip! For three days that would have cost £390 but that was what they expected
That's awfull Louisa, but all the boss's think about are hitting targets and making money, not their staff's safety outside the work place.
He was never off sick or anything. It makes me so angry EA, but he has another job now, thank goodness,
Woke up this morning to a covering,managed to walk to town and back without slipping.It has nearly gone now.
Lucky you ;-)
Louisa, you inspired me I put ice grippers on my boots and took my dog for a lovely winter wonderland walk here in Lincolnshire. Blue skies, sparkling snow and four swans flew overhead a perfect day, thanks for making me think positively. Hope you enjoy the snow if you get some in your part of the country.
I love it but none here yet Susan, Supposed to arrive tomorrow but i'm running out of hope that we'll see any. Glad you and your doggie enjoyed the walk and it did indeed sound bonnie. I have a pair of "Monkey boots" from the eighties ( anyone remember them?) and they are skite proof. ("skite" means slide here)