The UK is about to be hit with a contemporary blast of ice and snow at present as temperatures plunge to under freezing throughout the nation, creating journey chaos as drivers are warned to solely journey if ‘completely important’.
Treacherous circumstances noticed greater than 100 automobile crashes in just some hours as drivers struggled to deal with the sudden change in circumstances.
The UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA), a Authorities well being company, issued a degree three chilly alert on Monday in response to ‘extreme winter climate’.
Cornwall has seen an enormous dump of snow in a single day, inflicting disruption on the roads there
Merseyside has additionally been hit by the chilly snap this morning as snow continues to fall
Locations together with Yorkshire, Northumberland and the north of Scotland have woken as much as big dumps of snow and frost this morning, with the chilly climate set to proceed all through this week.
Hundreds face journey chaos this morning as snow and ice cowl the roads in locations.
A piece of the A30 in Devon has been blocked up by snow, based on Cornwall and Devon police, affecting tens of hundreds of drivers.
In the meantime in Kent, a street was blocked by truck which misplaced management on the ice grew to become caught, stopping visitors in each instructions.
Avon and Somerset Police mentioned this morning they’re advising the general public to solely journey if important after the power obtained greater than 100 studies of road-related incidents in 5 hours.
A complete of 53 street visitors collisions had been reported to police between 6pm and 11pm on Monday night, with the bulk being a results of the freezing climate inflicting harmful driving circumstances.
The power mentioned seven of the incidents had been reported to have resulted in accidents however they aren’t regarded as severe.
An additional 67 calls had been obtained for different road-related incidents.
Superintendent Mark Runacres mentioned: ‘We’re advising the general public to solely journey the place completely important because of the treacherous driving circumstances.
A street in Kent has been blocked by a truck which misplaced management on the ice and skidded
A bike owner faces the freezing circumstances this morning in a frosty Blackheath Widespread in south London this morning
Snow covers the bottom in Cornwall the place temperatures plunged in a single day to under freezing
The sudden dump of snow and ice on the roads has brought on chaos in a lot of the south west of England at present
The Met Workplace has issued yellow warnings for snow and ice in southern England, north Wales, Northern Eire and northern Scotland
Temperatures plummeted throughout the nation final night time, with the coldest climate seen in Yorkshire the place it was -9.8C
‘If journey is critical, we ask the general public to take excessive warning and permit further time to journey.
‘We’ve got seen a considerably increased variety of road-related collisions and incidents up to now 12 hours, which has elevated the demand on police assets.
‘We’re working with native authorities and Nationwide Highways to make sure roads are correctly gritted forward of the push hour visitors to enhance driving circumstances.’
The Met Workplace has mentioned all of England will proceed to expertise chilly climate till 9am on Friday.
Forecasters issued a yellow warning for ice throughout southern England which is in place till 10am this morning, with ice prone to trigger troublesome driving circumstances.
A separate yellow warning for snow and ice can also be in place in Cornwall and Devon till 10am.
At simply after 3am, Devon and Cornwall Police tweeted: ‘Police are urging drivers to journey with warning as heavy snow showers sweep throughout the area.
‘£A30 Carland Cross close to Newquay is presently blocked attributable to snow, Highways are conscious. Please permit additional time for any journey and drive with care.’
Simply earlier than 4.30am, Cornwall Hearth and Rescue Service tweeted: ‘We have had studies that autos are getting caught in snow on the A39 at Trispen and A391 at Bugle.
A snow-covered graveyard in Cornwall this morning because the area is hit by the newest chilly snap
The acute temperatures are set to proceed, and will drop as little as -11C later this week
Forecasters issued a yellow warning for ice throughout southern England which is in place till 10am on Tuesday morning. Pictured: Blackheath Widespread, south London
Journey disruption is anticipated to proceed all through the week as temperatures stay low
Placing photographs present how the snow has blanketed elements of the nation after a dump final night time
‘Please take additional care on the roads as driving circumstances are hazardous. If obligatory, pull over whether it is unsafe to proceed.’
The Met Workplace has additionally issued a yellow warning for snow and ice throughout elements of Northern Eire, north-west England and Wales from 12pm on Monday till 12pm on Tuesday.
Separate yellow warnings for snow and ice are in place in Scotland till 9am on Tuesday.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan activated the capital’s Extreme Climate Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to offer emergency lodging for tough sleepers on Monday, as temperatures within the metropolis are anticipated to fall under 0C in a single day.
The Met Workplace has warned that ‘snow showers and icy stretches might deliver some disruption’ and will result in longer journeys for drivers and prepare passengers.
It mentioned treacherous circumstances may additionally result in slips and falls on icy surfaces, and urged drivers and cyclists to watch out for icy patches on untreated roads.
Components of the nation had been hit with freezing temperatures as little as -8C and -9C in south Wales and Yorkshire.
Temperatures may plunge as little as -11C within the subsequent few days as wintry circumstances return following weeks of gentle climate.
The acute forecast prompted the UK Well being and Safety Company (UKHSA) to urge folks to put on a number of skinny layers and eat loads of scorching drinks in the event that they’re feeling the coolness within the coming days, and to be conscious of weak relations, mates or neighbours who would possibly want checking on.
Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of utmost occasions and well being safety at UKHSA, mentioned: ‘Chilly climate can have a severe impression on well being, significantly older folks and people with pre-existing well being circumstances, because it will increase the dangers of coronary heart assaults, strokes and chest infections.
‘Throughout this era, you will need to verify in on household, mates and kinfolk who could also be extra weak to the chilly climate.
‘If in case you have a pre-existing medical situation or are over the age of 65, you will need to attempt to warmth your property to at the very least 18C in the event you can.’
An ice warning is in place for south England till 10am, with Cornwall additionally underneath a snow warning for a similar time interval as rain may flip to snow.
There’s a warning for snow and ice throughout north Wales, in addition to Merseyside, Cheshire, Higher Manchester and Lancashire, which is in impact till noon. The identical warning is in place throughout Northern Eire on the identical instances.
Giant elements of Scotland, together with the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and the Shetland Islands, are lined by a yellow snow and ice warning till 9am on Wednesday, with the Met Workplace warning snow may flip heavy at instances.
All these areas will see tough circumstances on the roads and on public transport, with folks being urged to take care when travelling.
Jason Kelly, the chief meteorologist on the Met Workplace, mentioned: ‘Chilly, icy and generally snowy circumstances are within the forecast this week, with the UK seeing extra of a north-westerly regime, with temperatures effectively under common for the time of 12 months.
‘Wintry showers are possible at factors by the week within the north of England. Warnings have been issued, and ice is prone to be a hazard for a lot of the week with some tough journey circumstances attainable.
‘Most temperatures will largely solely attain the low single figures, with temperatures under freezing by most nights this week.’