Parts of Britain were struck by more than a centimeter of snow at night when the Met Office spread ice warnings covering almost the entire UK, amid temperatures as low as -4C.Severe weather warnings were introduced to at least 11 this morning while an explosion of Arctic air is blowing through the country, announcing a deep monarch in many parts of Britain. Snow fell at night in the north of England and the Midlands, with areas such as Leicester that experienced gusts early in the morning. The worst affected areas will be in Scotland, where the snow is already settling over the western islands and expecting predictors within a period of 24 hours to 1.6 inches (4 cm) across the Highlands and Grampians. The Met Office said that some roads and railways are likely to be affected by longer travel times that are expected by bus and train, while some people may be injured by slipping and falling on icy surfaces.Scroll down for video
Snow showers hit the North Pennines along with strong winds. The Killhope mine was covered in snow this morning, with icicles hanging on the bridge
Parts of Britain were hit by more than an inch of snow at night, when the Met Office ice gave warnings (pictured) almost everywhere in the United Kingdom, amid temperatures as low as -3C
The snowy scene at Killhope Mine in North Pennines. Strict weather warnings have been drawn up to at least 11 o'clock this morning, while an explosion of Arctic air is blowing through the country and a deep frost is announcing in many parts of Britain.
The traffic drives yesterday through the Scottish Highlands on the A835 between Inverness and Ullapool in the snow
A MAN TG-M vehicle with a snow plow drives along the A832 at Dundonnell in the Highlands to remove the snow on Wednesday
Snow falls on the Scottish village of Dundonnell in Ross and Cromarty on Wednesday, on the south side of Little Loch Broom
A van drives past a warning sign for ice on the A835 at Braemore Junction in the snowy Scottish Highlands on Wednesday
Three vans drive on the A832 at Dundonnell in the Highlands on Wednesday while snow falls in the north of Scotland
Flights to Stornoway airport on the island of Lewis were delayed while the runway was cleared this morning
Surfers take over the big wave in Tynemouth yesterday, after the Met Office has issued a weather-alert for snow and ice
A snowy landscape at Lochs on the Isle of Lewis on Wednesday, where according to a local the conditions make the roads dangerous
Snow on the road this morning led to difficult conditions at Tarbert on the island of Harris in the Western Isles of ScotlandTemperatures will fall in the wake of a weather front that brings rain to many areas, with heights during the day as a result of halving from 10C to 11C (50F to 52F) today against a chilly 5C (41F) against tomorrow. Frost spots are expected tonight, with forecasters warning that & # 39; overnight lows & # 39; may drop to -5C (23F) or even -10C (14F) in very rural areas of Scotland. Cold air will initially come from the North Atlantic, but by tomorrow the wind will change directly from the Arctic. Average daytime temperatures in the south of England will be difficult to get above 6C (43F). Although this is an average for the time of the year, Metec predictor Bonnie Diamond said that the contrast after such a mild January will have people who want to reach warm coats: & # 39; We are really going to feel the transition to colder temperatures. The Met Office said there are signs that cold air from the east to the end of the month may reach its way to the UK, but it does not automatically mean the return of the last Year's Beast from the UK. East that has brought heavy snow. Forecasters predicts that cold conditions are likely to remain for the remainder of January & # 39 ;. A cold but changeable & # 39; look probably stays until mid-February, they add, with "spells of strong wind and rain, sometimes they turn to the snow."
Temperatures will fall in the wake of a weather front that rains yesterday in many areas, with highs during the day as a result of half the job of headquarters meteorologist Dan Suri said: & # 39; From Thursday the colder Arctic air will land have spread, with temperatures that have difficulty reaching above 5C or 6C for most of us. What are the Met Office weather warnings? SNOW AND ICE WARNING – NORTH SCOTLAND until 12 noon today. Snow showers, with strong winds and icy conditions make traveling difficult, especially over the hills and in northern coastal areas. What to expect Some roads and railways are likely to be affected by longer journey times by road, bus and train routes.Some injuries from slipping and falling on icy surfaces. Probably some ice on some untreated roads, sidewalks and bike paths. Snow showers that affect some parts, especially hills, will appear more common later on Wednesday, after which they slowly become less frequent and less intensive. Thursday. The heaviest and most common snow will be over hills, mountains and in northern coastal areas. A few centimeters of snow are expected over the Highlands and the Grampians, while at a low level the snow cover will be smaller and more patchy in some places, especially coastal areas, which see little deceitful snow. The conditions will also be windy and ice-cold parts are still expected where snow does not come to rest.WARNING FOR ENGLAND, SOUTHERN SCOTLAND-WALES AND NORTHERN IRELAND Until 11 AM today Icy-patches that develop with winter rains that also some areas meet. What to expectSome injuries from slipping and falling on icy surfaces. Probably some ice on some untreated roads, sidewalks and bike paths. Ice caps or overnight stays in the south of Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to develop later on Wednesday nights and England and Wales in the early hours of Thursday. There will also be some winter showers, mainly over hills and mountains, but also at some lower levels, most likely in parts of Scotland and North, East and Central England. With the exception of high ground, most places will not see any snow. & # 39; This is close to the January average temperature for the UK – but since it has been a rather mild winter so far, many will notice the difference by the end of the week. It will feel very cold at night, with temperatures dipping close to or below freezing. "The colder weather brings with it a series of winter hazards, with widespread frost and ice expectation from Wednesday night and through the weekend, not much snow is expected during this period, although we will see snow showers in some areas on Wednesday night and Thursday. & # 39; Most snow showers will go over the hills and mountains, although the snow might fall to lower levels in the north, and also some eastern parts of the country during Thursday. & # 39; Different warnings for the cold weather are issued after consulting the Met Office to Public Health England.Dr Emer O & # 39; Connell of PHE said: "Experience tells us that every winter thousands of people are severely affected and even die from diseases related to the cold Protecting yourself from the cold may seem like common sense, but many people do not manage to keep themselves warm enough. & # 39; If you know someone at risk, someone older than 65, someone and with dementia or heart and lung disease, or a young child, check them and see if you can do something to help. We all need to heat our house to at least 18C, stay up to date with weather forecasts and plan our days around them – simple steps can really help protect against the cold. & # 39; Later in the future, Mr. Suri said: & # 39; Next week's forecast shows signs of a decrease in winds relative to our typical western direction, meaning that we are more likely to have cold winds from the north and east directions later in the week. & # 39; This does not guarantee a repetition of & # 39; Beast from the East conditions such as some media speculate – yes, it gets colder, but it is too early to make detailed predictions about the potential severity of the weather or snow amounts at this stage. We recommend that the public keep in touch with Met Office forecasts and warnings in the coming days and weeks so that you can be prepared for the cold weather. & # 39; Last month countless crashes were reported by Traffic Scotland as a result of frozen rain & # 39; and ice on the road. The Scottish Fire Department and Rescue Service added in a tweet: & # 39; Be on the road and when you're on the road, check the public transportation before you travel and make sure you're done. # 39; Special trains to keep the pipelines open as the temperature falls fleet of de-icing trains is used to keep the passenger services moving, because freezing weather will hit parts of Britain. Network Rail uses the trains to spray anti-icing fluid on lines to some of the busiest stations in the country, including London Waterloo and London Victoria. The government company hopes that this will prevent ice formation on electrical conductor rails that cause power trains.
Workers get snow from a number of points, in this photo published by Network Rail, taken during the Beast from the East last February
Trees and snow on the railway in Kyleum in 2016. A fleet of ice-free refueling trains was used to move passenger services. Southwestern railways will overnight nightly ghost trains to keep tracks free of snow and ice and will spray with train doors with de-icer to stop them. Service in February and March last year as a result of an explosion of snow and ice from the so-called Beast from the East. This contributed to punctuality and reached a 13-year low in 1308. The railway industry's strategy for this winter involves the use of 10 snow and ice treatment plants with devices such as hot air blowers, steam jets and brushes and a dozen snow plow locomotives for clearing deep snow.
Passenger trains can be equipped with snow plows that can clear up to 20 cm (20 cm) of snow. One is shown in Kingussie last February. Passenger trains can also be equipped with snow plows that can clear up to 20 cm of snow. Low temperatures can cause points – the movable sections of the track that trains use to move from one line to the other – to freeze and block certain routes or platforms to be used. Spirit levels and Nasa-quality insulation have been added to risk points to make them work. Network Rail uses a helicopter with thermal imaging cameras to identify heaters that do not work properly.
A snowy space train (pictured in 2016) is supplied with hot air blowers, steam jets, brushes, scrapers and antifreeze to clear the tracks. The manager of strategic operations, Andy Thomas, said: "We work closely with train operators to minimize the impact on passenger services during winter weather, such as snow and ice." We have additional teams of people on the ground to respond to incidents and regular to carry out inspections of our infrastructure. "When conditions are very serious, trains can go down, just as a car would drive on a road, so everyone can get to where they need to go."