'Mini Beast from the East' to bring temperatures that feel -10C

Phillip Cunningham
March 19, 2018

"It's not common for these areas to see this type of snow - it won't be the same amount we saw a few weeks ago, but it is still likely to be enough to cause some problems".

Further accumulations of 1-4 cm of snow are likely, whilst greater amounts will occur locally, most of the heavy snow fall is in the south west area covered by the amber warning.

Southern and eastern regions look most vulnerable overnight and early on Sunday and then southwestern areas of England and south Wales into the daytime.

Met Office bosses issued more yellow be aware warnings for large parts of the country from 5pm on Saturday afternoon.

"There is a chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel".

The Cardiff City away game against Derby is also one of a number of events to be called off. Bristol airport was closed on Sunday morning but opened by midday.

"Make sure you keep your distance and reduce your speed if you need to travel, because, even in conditions that seem normal and when the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed or where fresh salt has not been worked into the carriageway". "As always, we advise passengers to check their flight status with their airline before coming to the airport".

Many councils, including Rhondda Cynon Taf, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan and Newport councils have gritted main roads overnight and said they would continue to try to clear roads throughout Sunday, but have warned people to take care on side roads.

Mark Wilson, a Met Office meteorologist, said: "It's going to be a very, very cold start, with a widespread frost and ice around as well".

More than 70 flights to or from Heathrow Airport on Saturday have been cancelled, mostly on short-haul routes, although British Airways services to NY and Chicago were among those affected.

Between 00:05 Monday 19th and 10:00 Monday 19th, ice is likely to form on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

Highways England has told motorists to avoid trans-Pennine roads if possible. "Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces are expected".

"It will stay windy, and it will stay very cold indeed".

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