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Weather Warning: The Worst Is Yet To Come
Large swathes of the UK have been hit by heavy snowfall causing travel problems for motorists and rail users.
Weather forecasters say the worst is yet to come with up to 10cm (4in) of snow expected to fall on high ground.
The snow and ice led to more than 20 motorists being rescued by the AA after their cars got stuck, while one rail operator has introduced speed restrictions.
Sleet and snow fell in many parts of England on Monday morning and a second, heavier band is moving south and east.
The worst affected areas are expected to be East Midlands, eastern England, the North East and Yorkshire, for which the Met Office has issued amber warnings.
There are also eight yellow warnings covering parts of England and Scotland, to make people aware of possible disruption.
The second highest ice and snow alert - level three - is in force for the whole of England - with a 90% chance of severe cold conditions between now and Friday and temperatures falling to below zero overnight.
Sky News weather producer Joanna Robinson said: "Eastern Britain will have further sleet or snow overnight but it will turn increasingly showery form the north.
"Five to 10cm (2 to 4in) of snow is expected across parts of Lincolnshire and East Anglia. About half that amount is possible across the far south-east of England later.
"Further west, evening showers will tend to die away to leave most places dry. There'll be a widespread frost, giving icy stretches."
The AA said it had attended around 9,000 breakdowns including 23 cars stuck in snow - mainly in the Grampians in Scotland, Oxfordshire and the East Midlands.
A spokesman said breakdowns were coming in at more than 1,100 every hour, having peaked at around 1,750. It expected to attend more than 16,000 for the day, compared to around 10,500 on an average Monday.
Rail operator Greater Anglia warned of disruptions to services after placing speed restrictions on some lines because of snow.
It said trains between London Liverpool Street and Cambridge, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich may be delayed by up to 30 minutes, while some early evening services faced cancellation.
Leeds Bradford Airport said severe weather had disrupted its flight schedule for a while but services were now back to normal.
The Highways Agency has warned motorists to take extra care overnight and into the early hours on roads made slippery by frozen snow and sleet.
With temperature set to drop to minus 8C (17.6F) on Wednesday night, the agency said it was "well prepared" for any adverse winter conditions to come.
A spokeswoman said: "We have a fleet of 500 state-of-the-art winter vehicles on standby, supported by tried-and-tested winter resilience plans.
"We have reviewed salt stock levels and taken action where needed to enhance our resilience and we have again established a reserve salt stock to help ensure that there is enough salt to deal with severe winter.
"Our roads will be treated whenever there is a risk of ice or snow. However, even when roads have been treated, drivers should still take care, especially on stretches where the local road layout or landscape means there could be a greater risk of ice forming."
Looking ahead to Tuesday, Robinson said: "Eastern coastal counties of Britain will see showers moving southwards, allowing northern parts to have a drier and brighter afternoon.
"Eastern Britain will see an additional 2 to 3cm (1in) in a few places.
"Elsewhere, it'll be mainly dry with good spells of sunshine, but north-west Scotland and west Wales will see the odd wintry shower. It'll remain very cold just about everywhere."
Robsinson added: "Wednesday and Thursday will be a cold and bright for many places, but Ireland will be cloudier and wetter.
"By Friday, south-west Britain could have some snow although at this stage there's a great deal of uncertainty."
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what do you think?
Doh.no snow here yet in n devon.
In fact its blooming miserable again.
it allways rains in Devon Shaun .Wettest place in England
I think your find that the lake district and pennine countys are wetter nick.
Snow in Shakespeare country! . . . Of course I use the word snow in its broadest literal meaning. . . Got about enough to make a snowman's arm. . . Still, Meon Hill looks even more mystical and beautiful than usual. More snow please
WHAT SHOCK HORROR.are you saying you havent got the usual bland weather there in shakespear country.and that william might approve.
Yes Shaun, its amazing I know! I've been that shocked ive almost not been able to drink my milk stout for breakfast. . . Almost. More snow please. As for william approving - not too sure. To be honest I've always prefered Byron's poetry. More snow please
OMG Snow In Shakespeare country. I need counselling :)
I ve already spoken to my councillor, told him the news in shakespear country, then he had some sort of breakdown.
Shaun I've heard the chemists are having a run on Valium because of all the stress. Snow in Shakespeare country. I can't believe it!!!!
The local gp here tried to get valiam himself but were out of stock but managed get some diazapam.
The whole country is in crisis because of snow in Shakespeare country and the Prime Minister will be holding a press conference later :(
Yes everyones walking around in a zombie like state.theres even rumours that shakespear himself has risen from the grave.
No snow here in bristol but we did have some snow showers last night but turned to rain now
Same here up in the north Tina, snow last night but now rain.
Without meaning to sound slushy( pun intended) please drive carefully over this cold spell.imagine what your family would do without you.always better to be late than never at all for the sake of taking your foot off the accelerator.
Excellent advice Shaun. I rolled a Daihatsu jeep on the ice, if it wasn't for the robust construction of the car I wouldn't be here now.
All we have had in Shrewsbury this morning is rain and lots of it.Shaun can I add to your message take care walking as well
i go out to the industrial estate and slide the car around learning how to get out of skids when on the open road.
Indeed, though my stupid rear-wheel drive stupid car will not even stupid well try to move in ice or snow!
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Plenty of snow here in Durham
Enjoy it, I am jealous.
Very very light snow in midllands how are you shaun. ORANGE MODS WOTS WRONG WITH THAT
Sorry mark, im not sure what you mean.
I put a post on before asking how you are and orange removed it.jane said you were not very well
Oh blooming jane.
The way she put it you were. In itu or ready for pine coat
No, ive been in hospital to have a lump removed in my back.its going for tests and stuff but im all right.out later today.i didnt have my phone in hospital didnt know whether you were allowed them so didnt know what was said.
Oh sorry shaun i posted a get well message on here and said what the doctors are testing for a couple of days ago.hope i havent said anything wrong .
Yes ive now guessed something like that.im okay though.no sign of septacemia coming back still got to have strong pencillin and got a big hole in back thats apparently been stuffed with seaweed.so big plaster.which is itching like hell at the moment.the worst thing though is because i kept wandering off the ward the nurse this morning took both my pajama bottoms and trousers of me to stop me.and she didnt come back with them neither.so was trapped in bed.waiting for lift home now.
Get well soon, also. I know some people who have had pieces cut out. I had to help my mum wash and dry her hair after she had pieces cut out. I hope the tests go OK.
Sorry mate. Did not mean the pine coat joke had to have ultra sound scans my self a year ago turn out a cyst GOOD LUCK MATE
Shaun, hope you feel better.Bet you can't wait to get home. Xxxx
Are you home now shaun
Thanks mark adrian and diane.no im not jane.they had to change plaster as i was allergic to other ones.this delayed things.hopefully tomorrow morning.
What all this got to do with the weather?
No Snow in Bournemouth just rain we dont get much
one inch of snow in worcestershire
Found it Kely!
Yep, the snow arrived Here over night but there wasn't much this moring.I think there will be more tomorrow as it's been snowing nearly all afternoon.Although,we don't usually do too badly here.
Cripes: "temperatures falling to below zero overnight". I'm off to prepare the igloo for these potentially apocalyptic conditions. And the picture is ultrapants! Not even a proper covering of snow there! It's raining here, of course...
I could predict the weather! On Tuesday it could be sunny, raining, snowing. Temp to be between -4 to 10 degrees Celsius!!! No wind, slight wind or breezy!!! Can I get a job at the met office???
my banana crop is ruined
we have potential snow falling on merseyside--just that it hasnt turned white yet. Today was heavy showers, sunshine, sleet, hail, sunshine and rain again. no wonder the country has problems if as in the video clip we are relying on men loading flatbeds with shovels and guys fitting snow ploughs to front of cars
No snow in crawley,just freezing,stay safe everyone,it you have old people living near you,check on them,. ...
This is getting quite hilarious. Where is this snow? 99% of us still haven't got any lying snow. So much for the Russian beast from the east! I'm unimpressed!
We have some snow here in Lincolnshire Louisa, but yes they do exagerate in these reports are they trying to scare people? I saw that beast from the east report in a rubbish newspaper before Christmas that came to nothing. I'm nervous on the ice though , fractured my leg in 2010 had to have a plate & screws. So headlines like this tend to make me feel panicky!
I love the snow Susan and would welcome some. However i do sympathise with what happened to you - it must make you nervous, having had such a bad fall. I have weak bones and have to be careful so have a pair of slip proof boots for when i go out for my snow walk - on crutches!
I know what you mean Louisa it looks lovely, a winter wonderland. here at the moment. You are very brave going for a snow walk on crutches, take care. I'll have to take a leaf out of your book and ignore these scare headlines.