A barrage of heavy snow from the Beast from the East 2 is set to continue across many parts of the UK with thousands warned to avoid travel.

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Today will be another bitterly cold day with temperatures to plummet to well below freezing as Storm Darcy continues to pummel the country.

Severe weather warnings remain in place for snow spanning the entire length of Britain until midnight tomorrow.

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The Met Office is warning of ‘frequent snow showers’ leading to travel disruption with as much as 25cm of snow likely to build up in some areas.

Power cuts and injuries from falls have also been warned along with icy patches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

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Temperature will plunge to well below freezing again today

The wintery conditions have now sparked a warning from local police and transport bosses who are urging people to stay indoors or face getting stranded.

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Police forces covering Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex have all warned drivers not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Transport Scotland has also warned of long delays as well as cancellations to bus and rail services.

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Sasha the blue Border collie,9 having fun in the snow as Stowmarket in Suffolk
The best from the East 2 is bringing heavy snow to many parts of the UK

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Abandoned cars in a snow filled ditch in Needham Market in Suffolk
Thousands are being warned to travel only if necessary or face being stranded

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Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “We’re being warned that parts of Scotland are expected to face another period of challenging weather, with the Met Office issuing an amber snow warning for Tuesday.

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“The current Covid-19 restrictions mean you should only be leaving your home for an essential purpose, so please consider if your journey is absolutely necessary before setting off.

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People are seen making their way through the snow on February 8, 2021 in Tomintoul, Scotland
Heavy snow has already draped large swathes of the country

A snow plough clears snow covered roads on the Yorkshire Moors on February 08, 2021 in Castleton
Forecasters said the wintery weather will stay for the next few days at least

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“The forecast conditions will likely cause difficult driving conditions and disruption to the wider transport network.”

Flooding in some areas also remains a concern after homes and businesses were inundated in recent weeks.

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The Environment Agency currently has 28 flood warnings as well as 123 flood alerts.

Met Office forecasters said that snow showers will continue today, with some large build-ups in some parts of central Scotland.

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Across the country up to 15cm is expected to fall on Tuesday while it could reach 25cm in some areas.

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A severe weather warning is in place and stretches the whole length of the country until tomorrow
Weather warnings stretch the whole length of the country until tomorrow

An illustration of the weather across the UK today
Freezing temperatures will be felt in most parts and some areas will plunge to well below freezing

A more severe amber weather warning for snow is in place until 9pm today for an area around Perth and Stirling in Scotland.

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The Met Office says temperatures could fall to around minus 12C around Grampian into Tuesday morning, while later in the week it could fall as low as minus 15C.

Luke Miall, forecaster, said: “Later in the week we start to see the strong easterly winds come down a little.

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“When you have lighter winds it’s better for getting accumulations of snow.

“It’s probably going to be Wednesday night into Thursday where we could see temperatures as low as minus 15C.

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“Certainly somewhere like Braemar, that could be one of the coldest, but it’s going to be cold everywhere.

“We barely got above freezing across Scotland today.”

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Today:

Strong easterly winds will make it feel very cold across southern UK, with further snow showers feeding westwards. These showers merging into some longer spells of snow over some eastern areas, whilst generally drier and brighter in western parts.

Tonight:

Some clear intervals, but often a good deal of cloud giving a few light snow showers in the west, but more frequent and heavier in some eastern areas.

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Wednesday:

Further snow showers in the east, whilst many western parts will be dry with some sunshine, but very cold again. Less windy.


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