'Beast from the East' cold snap threatens travel disruption and school closures

'Beast from the East' cold snap threatens travel disruption and school closures

The Met Office has issued amber and yellow warnings of snow for the East of England. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued amber and yellow warnings of snow for the East of England.



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Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend-on-SeaSuffolk & Thurrock are all expected to be affected.

  • There is a potential for up to 5cm of snow in some places by late evening.

Between 14:00 Monday 26th and 23:55 Monday 26th February

Snow showers, already affecting eastern parts of England early on Monday, are expected to become more persistent and more widespread through Monday afternoon and evening.

There is the potential for travel delays on roads, stranding of some vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel. Some rural communities could become cut off.

Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, maybe affected.

Between 02:00 Tuesday 27th and 12:00 Tuesday 27th February.

An amber weather warning has been issued for Essex, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock, Suffolk.

Further snow showers are expected through Tuesday, these likely to be heavy in places. There is the potential for 5-15 cm of powdery snow to accumulate in places in the morning, before easing during the afternoon. Meanwhile some nearby locations may see only small accumulations of 1-3 cm.

Between 00:05 and 23:55 Tuesday 27th February.

Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Central, Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk & Thurrock are expected to be affected.

Further snow showers are expected through Tuesday. Strong winds may lead to drifting of lying snow (and severe wind chill) especially over hills, with lightning perhaps an additional hazard near North Sea coasts.

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