Heavy snow is set to bring disruption across south east England and East Anglia today.
Heavy snowfall to bring chaos across the South East of England: Bitterly cold winds are dominating much of the UK. Amber weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for London and the South East of England. There will be disruption to travel possible power cuts. The warning is in place for Sunday and Monday.
Forecasters say it will be “bitterly cold” due to winds from the Black Sea sweep across the country today. They also said that 30cms of snow is likely across the Downs of Kent and the North Downs. Warnings for snow and ice across eastern parts will last until Wednesday. According to Met Office reports, with high winds there is a strong possibility of drifting across the South East.
Meteorologist Sarah Kent said “There will be significant disruptive snowfall across the South East. Within this area, there is a small chance particularly over the Downs of Kent and the North Downs that you could see 25-30cm of snow. It is a small chance but the threat is there, up to a foot of snow potentially combined with extremely strong easterly winds. Even inland in that area, gusting could be 45mph and higher than that on the coasts.
This could lead to significant drifting of any lying snow and obviously blizzards for the snow coming past you for anyone who is attempting to travel. Sadly there will be people who have to make journeys for the emergency services and there are still lorries that have to go to the ports.
It is going to be really disruptive. With that sort of snowfall, you would expect some roads to be closed or blocked by the drifting snow, and long delays or some cancellations of public transport.”
She went on to say “We are only looking at significant snowfall tomorrow across the south-east of England, so while we have these cold easterly winds it is not as widespread as the Beast from the East in 2018. The easterly winds originate from Ukraine and the Black Sea – eastern Europe – the air will be cold but it will not be as bitingly cold as it was back in 2018.” The disruptive weather system, named Storm Darcy, will affected the areas of Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent and Essex. Public Health England (PHE) has also issued alerts for the whole of England from Sunday to Wednesday.
Dr Owen Landeg, from PHE, said “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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