THE Met Office has issued snow warnings until THURSDAY as 10 inches of the white stuff is set to blanket parts of Britain today.
Towns could become “cut off” as Storm Darcy wreaks havoc across the UK – with travel chaos expected.
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A car snowed in in Harwood, County Durham, as Brits were urged not to travel across swathes of the countryCredit: PA:Press Association
One pedestrian using a snow pole in Saddleworth, LancashireCredit: AP:Associated Press
One brave shopper made her way outside despite the snow in Tomintoul, ScotlandCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Snow and ice warnings are in place across the UK today
Storm Darcy – dubbed the ‘Beast from the East II’ – has brought howling blizzards from Russia to the UK, with swathes of the country experiencing heavy snowfall yesterday.
A yellow weather warning for snow remains in place across the country until midnight on Wednesday, with the Met Office warning “frequent snow showers may lead to travel disruption in places”.
The alert covers most of the South East of England, as well as the Midlands, the North East and most of Scotland.
Meanwhile, a separate amber warning covers central parts of Scotland today, with up to 10 inches of snow forecast.
And temperatures are expected to plummet below 0C for most of the UK overnight.
Brits have been urged to stay inside, as the Met Office warned of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.
There are also fears that rural communities could become “cut off” amid heavy snowfall, with power cuts likely.
A man pulls children on a sledge over a snow-covered road in Sheffield amid heavy snowfallCredit: AFP or licensors
Snow covers fields alongside a stream in SheffieldCredit: AFP or licensors
A walker braves the perilous icy conditions in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester this eveningCredit: AFP or licensors
A closed road sign on the A939 towards the Lecht Ski centre in Tomintoul, Scotland as Brits were warned to stay off the roadCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Walkers make their way through the snow during a blizzard-like conditions in Saddleworth, Greater ManchesterCredit: AFP or licensors
A man clears the snow from a Ferrari in Sevenoaks, KentCredit: EPA
Kite Surfers made the most of the conditions as waves crashed into the beach at Tynemouth Longsands, North TynesideCredit: North News and Pictures
Meanwhile, health chiefs have issued a cold weather alert for the whole of the country, saying the chill could have “a serious impact on health”.
And emergency services have told people to stay away from the sea after a man who is believed to have been kite-surfing died on a Suffolk beach yesterday.
Yesterday, police forces in parts of Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex told drivers not to travel as roads became “impassable” due to settled snow.
Road closures were announced in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire and Hertfordshire.
Suffolk Highways said conditions were “worsening”, comparing the recent weather to the “Beast from the East” of 2018.
In Norfolk, one driver had to be dug out of his car after it got trapped in a snowdrift.
Meanwhile, National Rail has told train passengers that services across the country are likely to be affected by the conditions.
The firm said “it may be necessary to close some routes”, and urged customers to travel “later in the morning”.
Lorries were forced to park up on the A66 near Bowes in County Durham after the road shutCredit: PA:Press Association
Southend-on-Sea in Essex saw its beachfront carpeted with snowCredit: PA:Press Association
A man jogs in snow-covered St James’s Park, LondonCredit: Reuters
A car stuck in snow in Southrepps, NorfolkCredit: PA:Press Association
Tideswell in Derbyshire looked beautiful in the snowCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Chilly sheep huddled together in the Derbyshire Peak District this morningCredit: SWNS:South West News Service