UK snow warning: Powercuts and ‘up to 30cm of snow’ as Storm Darcy whips through Britain

BBC Weather issues amber warning as 30cm of snow hits UK

Amber weather warnings of snow, which suggest there could be widespread travel disruption and possible power cuts in parts of London, the east and south-east of England, have been issued by the Met Office for Sunday and Monday morning. It will feel “bitterly cold” as the strong easterly winds from Ukraine and the Black Sea area spill across the UK on Sunday. But the chill will not be as bitingly sharp as it was with the Beast from the East in 2018, the Met Office said.

BBC reporter Simon Jones said: “The snow started falling at around 4am. Initially it was pretty wet snow but it is starting to settle.

“You can see on the road surface and there’s a layer of snow on the field.

“I think travel on the main road between Canterbury and Dover is going to be pretty tricky.

“We’ve got an amber weather warning in place for all of today covering Kent and also large parts of the southeast and East Anglia.

“That means potential disruption to travel and potential powercuts too.

“We’re told there could be up to 30cm of snow in some places in Kent.

“Pretty much the whole of the east of the UK has a weather warning for snow or ice.

“Here already the wind is whipping up, we’ve got Storm Darcy rolling through that could bring winds of 50mph.”

BBC Weather: ‘Heavy snow’ and ‘blizzards’ to hit UK

The forecasters have warned of “significant disruptive snowfall” and gale force winds in the south-east of England, with up to 30cm of snow possible in the Downs of Kent and the North Downs.

Various warnings for snow and ice across the eastern length of Britain are in place until Wednesday.

Glasgow City Council said it had sent its gritters on Saturday night to outlying priority routes and areas around vaccine centres in light of the “chilly” time ahead.

It comes as many parts of Scotland and north-east England could see 2cm to 5cm of snow, with 10cm to 15cm possible in regions above 200m.

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Heavy disruptive snow is expected in south-east England along with 40-50mph wind gusts that could cause snowdrifts from Sunday through to Monday morning, according to the Met Office.

Meteorologist Sarah Kent said: “There will be significant disruptive snowfall across the South East.

“Within this area, there is a small chance particularly over the Downs of Kent and the North Downs that you could see 25-30cm of snow.

“It is a small chance but the threat is there, up to a foot of snow potentially combined with extremely strong easterly winds. Even inland in that area, gusting could be 45mph and higher than that on the coasts.”

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