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Snow Warning: New Cold Snap Brings More Misery
Britain was bracing itself for more cold weather tonight as Scotland and the north of England were once again battered by snow.
Temperatures will drop well below zero overnight and forecasters warned another six inches of snow could fall amid Arctic winds.
Many areas, particularly the higher ground in eastern Scotland and North East England, will see up to 15cms (six inches) of snow and the central band of Scotland could be hard hit into Tuesday.
The cold weather also meant more misery for road and rail travellers on Monday morning with serious disruption on a number of key commuter routes.
The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for tomorrow, urging those in the regions likely to be affected by snow to be aware.
The Grampians, eastern parts of the Southern Uplands, the Lake District and the Pennines are expected to be hit hard.
Wales, the Midlands, East Anglia and parts of the South East may also wake to a covering of up to one inch of snow on Wednesday morning and overnight frost is expected throughout the country.
The frost has caused problems for some south-east England train companies that were hit by a build-up of ice on the "third rail" from which trains get their power.
Services in Hampshire, Surrey and Kent were particularly affected, with a number of trains being delayed and cancelled, while passengers were left waiting for trains between Rugby, Northampton and London, and signalling problems in Glasgow led to delays.
Meanwhile, flights in and out of Leeds-Bradford Airport were halted on Monday morning after about 3cm of snow fell.
The A66 across the Pennines between Bowes, County Durham, and Stainmore, Cumbria, was also closed because of heavy snow.
Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said the wintry weather would continue even as the spring equinox takes place.
"Snow and strong, cold east winds will cause disruption across eastern Scotland later on Monday and into Tuesday," she said.
"Over 10cm to 20cm (4in to 8in) of snow is forecast, with the highest accumulations over hills. It will feel freezing cold.
"Snow is likely in other areas too, for example across the Cumbrian Fells and Pennines today, and perhaps across eastern England later on Tuesday too.
"Drier, clearer weather midweek will lead to some widespread sharp frosts with lows of minus five to minus 10 Celsius."
Lang said the current conditions are in marked contrast to those last year when high pressure brought a settled and sunny period to much of the UK.
She explained: "Temperatures popped up to 22.8C at St James' Park at the end of the month, and broke Scottish records for March when Aboyne in Aberdeenshire hit 23.6C on March 27."
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what do you think?
Snow here, snow here, snow here, been waiting for snow all winter.
You can have some of ours we just got rid of the white stuff thanks to a very rainy weekend now it's back!
20cm of snow ? Scary stuff. . They get 8 metre snowdrifts in Canada and Russia. . Everybody gets on with it and the weather never reaches news headlines.
Well it wouldnt do would it.
Thought this others cope myth had be put to bed once and for all only last week Germany brought to a standstill by snowfall. Canada 2nd largest country in the world, population 35 million, UK 80th largest country in the world ,population 63 million doesnt need much working out who will suffer the most disruption during bad weather
Fost on third rail? Frost is water, water is a conductor, so what is the problem? Explain please.
Got a dump of the stuff on Sat night but it had gone by mid morning
Been snowing here since Friday but too warm to lie very well
I've been saying to my mum for ears, the winters seem to be getting later by one month per year and this simple, natural fluctuation in the yearly weather statistics could explain strange events such as the historical London middle ages ice age?
We had a unexpected load on Saturday evening went by Sunday evening. Not to late, it snowed in April 32 years ago when our eldest daughter was born think thats why she likes it so much.
My youngest was born at the end of March 1995, We had loads of snow the first week of April - I remember looking out the hospital window and wishing we could get out for a walk in it, as the hospital was so hot!
That's what I did. Also in May about 35 years ago my parents got stuck on a motorway coming home from a works retirement club, police came to let me know and got them on their way
Have known it to snow in June, met. office got confused coz they didn't know if it was last of the old winter or first of the coming winter.