The UK is preparing for the coldest night of the year as icy Arctic winds grip the country, with forecasts of up to 20 cm of snowfall in some areas, according to Daily Mail.
Between Monday and Tuesday, temperatures are predicted to drop as low as -10°C in certain areas of the Scottish Highlands, covering almost the whole of Britain in below-freezing conditions.
According to forecasts, there might be transport havoc all night long due to “disruptive snow and ice” brought on by chilly Arctic air.
On Monday morning, commuters can find their surroundings buried in snow, and the warnings will last the entire week.
Expected conditions include gale force winds of up to 75 mph and lows of -4°C in Scotland.
A safety alert for the icy weather was released by the UK Health Security Agency. Chris Bulmer, Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, pointed out that snow showers are mostly focused on northern Scotland, but they can potentially reach the coasts that are exposed to northerly winds.
Snow and ice warnings are in effect for Scotland, northern England, parts of Wales, and the West Midlands from Tuesday. Some places could have up to 20 cm of snow, which could cause problems. Wild swimmers in West Lothian battled to break through the ice on a frozen Avon Lagoon earlier today.
A North Atlantic low-pressure system is expected to deliver a glancing blow, according to the Met Office, blanketing large parts of Scotland and northern England in 5 cm of snow by Tuesday night.
These regions, along with Wales and Northern Ireland, have been given yellow weather warnings due to snow, ice, and strong winds.
Southern areas are still “low risk” of snowfall due to the Arctic’s persistent cold air, but wintry weather is expected to gradually spread southward during the week.
Communities are still being impacted by Storm Henk’s aftermath, which is expected to have cost insurers £150 million in insured damages. PwC has noted that more rain and flooding may occur.