UK Big Freeze

November 20, 2013 by  

UK Big Freeze, Severe weather warnings have been issued as freezing conditions continue to grip parts of the UK at the start of a two-week cold snap.

Plunging temperatures will bring icy blasts and snow showers to many parts, with the Met Office issuing warnings for most of Scotland and northern England.

Strong winds of 70mph will batter the north today, while higher ground in Scotland could be blanketed in up to 2in (5cm) of snow.

The Met Office warned the public that transport could be affected by the falling temperatures, which experts say are markedly lower than the average for this time of year.

‘The north or northwesterly winds will increase during the early hours of Wednesday, with gusts perhaps reaching 60-70 mph in places,’ it said.

‘The public should be aware that the winds are likely to be strong enough to cause some local disruption to travel, and possibly some minor damage to buildings and trees.’

Large parts of England will see temperatures reach minus -4C (24.8F) today, caused by cold winds from the north.

Alexi Boothman, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: ‘There will be really quite strong winds in the north, with wintry showers across central and northern England, turning into rain.

‘We are looking at wintry, breezy conditions that are not very nice, but snow is unlikely to settle in England, and conditions by the end of the week will be drier with lighter winds.’

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