Heavy snow from Storm Darcy to last 4 days as ‘Beast from the East 2’ hits

Thick jumpers, gloves, scarves and hats are recommended for all as a bitterly cold weather front is set to spread across the UK for the next few days.

Storm Darcy swept across the British isles this weekend – sending temperatures plunging to minus 10C and bringing blizzards with it as winds and snow blast in from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Forecasters have warned of “significant disruptive snowfall” in the coming days – with up to 30cm of the white stuff predicted to fall in parts of the country.

The biting winter weather front is being dubbed the Beast from the East 2 – a weather based sequel to a similar cold snap that gripped the nation in 2018.

The Met Office said Sunday started "on a wintry note in some areas, with rain turning increasingly to snow across the South East of the UK, and snow showers feeding into the North East".

Members of the public should expect severe disruptions to road travel and recommends restricting travel to only absolutely necessary journeys.

The icy blast is expected to last at least four days.

Snow and blizzard conditions have caused disruption across most of the South East.

Images from across the country have shown towns, villages and areas of the countryside transformed into winter wonderlands as snow blankets fields, trees, streets and rooftops.

The Met Office has explained Storm Darcy as a low pressure system that is bringing heavy snow and strong winds to the South East of England.

An Amber weather warning in place across Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent and Medway predicts an "area of widespread, persistent and occasionally heavy snow" through to Monday.

While significant snowfall is also anticipated in parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent.

Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued across the entire east coast of the main British island and enveloping Shetland.

The South East of Northern Ireland has also issued a yellow warning in terms of ice.

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The snow and ice warnings are to cross all those regions and extend up to the Shetland Islands as of Monday and last until Thursday.

The warnings state: "Accumulations of snow will be widely 5-10cm with 15-20cm in places and a small chance of 25-30cm for a few sites.

"Very strong easterly winds with gusts of 40-45mph inland and 50-55mph along North East facing coasts will also lead to drifting of lying snow.

"During Monday morning the snow will turn more intermittent before gradually easing."

Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent said: "The air will be cold but it will not be as bitingly cold as it was back in 2018."

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There are concerns the winter blast could pose a risk to life, with Dr Owen Landeg, of Public Health England, warning: "Cold weather isn't just uncomfortable, it can have a serious impact on health.

"For older people and those with heart and lung problems, it can increase the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.

"So it's really crucial at this time, especially ahead of a potentially very cold snap, to remember to check on frail or older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses."

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