Storm Darcy set to bring heavy snow and gale force winds to parts of England

Storm Darcy will bring heavy snow and storm winds to parts of England, while the cold air from Russia makes the first weekend of February look anything but spring-like.

Forecasters have issued yellow warnings for snow covering the full length of the UK as of Saturday and a more serious warning of amber has been issued for Scotland’s central highlands.

The rain is expected to travel west across Britain throughout the day, with heavy falls early through Lancashire and over into the West Riding.

The storm has also resulted in the Met Office issuing an amber warning for snow in southeast England early Sunday morning.

There is a chance some places could see up to eight inches of snow, forecasters have warned.

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 within the amber warning that Darcy is likely to hit include Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Kent.

Roads can be blocked by deep snow, with the possibility of many stranded vehicles and passengers.

Cold air from Russia and Eastern Europe will move across the UK in the coming days, bringing “significant” snow to parts of Eastern England and Scotland, forecasters say.

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.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates joked that there appears to be a link between Jane Austen and the UK’s chilly weather. Storm Emma was 2018 and now Storm Darcy – both names are synonymous with the English writer.

He said the worst weather will be seen in parts of east Norfolk, east Suffolk, towards Kent and around the Thames Estuary.

Mr Keates said even central London could expect a few inches of snow.

Paul Gundersen, Met Office’s chief meteorologist, said: “The UK is facing a particularly cold and snowy period next week and the air will be very cold across the UK by Sunday.

“When there are showers, snow will accumulate in the eastern areas. More snow is expected within the Amber Warning Area and we were able to see 5-10 cm of snow for quite a distance, with the chance that some places could see 8 inches or more. “

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