Heavy snowfall will disrupt southeast England and east Anglia as bitter cold winds sweep much of the nation.
Yellow weather warnings of snow, suggesting widespread travel disruptions and possible power outages in parts of London, east and south-east England, were issued by the Met Office for Sunday and Monday morning.
It will feel “bitterly cold” when the strong easterly winds from Ukraine and the Black Sea region blow across the UK on Sunday.
But the cold won’t be as snappy as it was with the beast from the east in 2018, the Met Office said.
The forecasters have warned of “significant disruptive snowfalls” and stormy winds in the south-east of England, with up to 30 cm of snow possible in the Downs of Kent and the North Downs.
Various snow and ice warnings are in place in eastern Britain through Wednesday.
Glasgow City Council said it sent its shakers to priority routes and areas around vaccination centers on Saturday night in light of the “cool” time.
It gets to the point that 2 to 5 cm of snow can be seen in many parts of Scotland and the northeast of England, with 10 to 15 cm possible in regions over 200 m.
According to the Met Office, heavy disruptive snow is expected in the south-east of England, along with gusts of 40 to 50 mph that can cause drifting snow from Sunday to Monday morning.
Meteorologist Sarah Kent said: “There will be significant disruptive snowfalls in the southeast.
“In this area, especially over the Downs of Kent and North Downs, there is little chance of seeing two to four inches of snow.
“It’s a small chance, but the threat is there, up to a foot of snow, possibly combined with extremely strong easterly winds. Even inland in this area the gust could be 45 miles per hour and higher than on the coast.
“This could result in lying snow and blizzards drifting off significantly for the snow that passes you for anyone trying to travel.
“Unfortunately there will be people who have to travel for the emergency services and there are still trucks that have to go to the ports. It’s going to be really annoying.
“With this type of snowfall, one would expect that some roads would be blocked or blocked by the drifting snow and that there would be long delays or public transport failures.”
She added: “We are only seeing significant snowfall in the south east of England tomorrow. While we have these cold easterly winds, it’s not as prevalent as the beast from the east was in 2018.
“The easterly winds come from Ukraine and the Black Sea – Eastern Europe – the air will be cold, but it won’t be as bitingly cold as it was in 2018.”
The Met Office said the Dutch called the low pressure system that will bring high winds and widespread snow to southeast England on Sunday as Storm Darcy.
Locations affected by the amber alert and expected to be hit by Darcy include Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent.
Roads can be blocked by deep snow, with the possibility of vehicles and passengers being stranded.
Daytime temperatures remain in the low single digits for much of the country, with some places staying below freezing and the bitter winds making the feel even colder.
Public Health England (PHE) issued a cold weather alert for all of England from Saturday to Wednesday.
Dr. Owen Landeg of PHE said, “Cold weather is not only uncomfortable, it can have serious health effects.
“For the elderly and people with heart and lung problems, this can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.
“So at this point it is very important to remember to look for frail or elderly neighbors or relatives, especially people who live alone or have serious illnesses, before taking a potentially very cold snapshot.”