Temperatures are set to plummet to -10C in places as Storm Arwen clears out (Picture: PA / NNP)
Tens of thousands of people are heading into a third night without electricity as engineers struggled to repair the damage left by Storm Arwen this weekend.
Torrential rain and winds of over 100mph battered large parts of Scotland and northeast England, with three people killed by falling trees.
One of Scotland’s two main electricity suppliers said around 45,000 customers were still without power on Sunday, with large numbers of homes in northern England also affected.
Local authorities have been forced to supply diesel generators to community hospitals and care homes in Aberdeenshire, where one vaccination centre is expected to be closed on Monday.
Meanwhile, more than 60 people remain trapped at a pub in the Yorkshire Dales as a result of heavy snowfall, resorting to sleeping on makeshift beds and mattresses on the floor.
The Tan Hill Inn’s general manager, Nicola Townsend, 51, said: ‘The blizzards were horrendous, how the snow was drifting, it was going all the way up to almost the bedroom windows.’
A tunnel was dug out of the front door to allow mountain rescuers attend to one punter who required medical attention, but fallen power cables and snow have blocked off the roads, stopping guests from driving home.
The Met Office has warned parts of the UK face the ‘coldest night of the season’ with lows of -10C overnight on Sunday.
Yellow weather warnings for icy conditions were in place for eastern Scotland, where police earlier declared a major incident, and a stretch of England from the North East to the south coast.
North Yorkshire is one of several areas where temperatures are expected to stay below freezing (Picture: PA)
Forecasters warned accidents were ‘more likely’ due to icy patches on roads and pavements.
Met forecaster Tom Morgan said: ‘As Storm Arwen is clearing out to Europe, a cold northerly flow of wind has been left behind in the UK, causing some of the bitterly cold temperatures we’ve seen.
‘There is set to be further wintry weather on Sunday, with snow expected to fall across areas in Scotland and northern England, and even in parts of southern and central England.
‘Parts of Scotland and northern England, where snow is on the ground, will be very cold again tonight, with the temperature certainly falling below zero and even as low as minus 10C, which would make it the coldest night of the season so far.
Dozens of people are stuck in the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales (Picture: PA)
Guests have been kept entertained with buffet meals and pub quizzes (Picture: PA)
‘Though this is expected to be the exception rather than the rule, temperatures of below freezing will be widespread, including in London and the South East which could hit minus 2C.
‘Even if you do live in a city, you can expect to be scraping frost, ice or even snow off your cars on Monday morning.’
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