The “Beast from the East” has arrived in the UK bringing a fresh blast of freezing air, ice and snow as much of the country continues to shiver in sub-zero temperatures.
The 4,000-mile wide plume of cold air has blown in from Siberia, sending the mercury way below freezing across eastern parts of the UK.
Severe weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued all the way down the east coast, from the tip of Scotland to Sussex today as forecasters continue to caution drivers to beware treacherous conditions.
A handful of schools were closed yesterday, when fresh snow fell on much of the country, including a dusting in London.
The village of Dalwhinnie, in the Scottish Highlands, endured -11C and it was just a few degrees warmer in Katesbridge, County Down, where the mercury plummeted to -8C.
Simon Partridge, a forecaster with the Met Office, said freezing winds in the “Beast from the East” would make temperatures feel even colder over the coming days.
UK weather in pictures: Snow blankets Britain
UK weather in pictures: Snow blankets Britain
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A deserted Goathland Station as blizzard sweeps through North Yorkshire
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A car gets stuck in the snow in Goathland, North Yorkshire
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Snow outside the Houses of Parliament in London
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The sun breaks through the clouds over a snow covered Bodmin Moor in Cornwall
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A man jogs through light snow in St James' Park, London
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Heavy snow on a car in Farncombe, Surrey
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People walking in the heavy snow that fell overnight in the Strathclyde region on January 29, 2015 in Glasgow Scotland.
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A horse stands in the snow in Langley
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A woman walks over the bridge covered in snow, in Langley
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The sun rises behind the Victora Tower on a snow covered Castle Hill in Huddersfield
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A stranded motorist makes his way over Dundrod on 29 January, in Northern Ireland
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Motorists make their way over Hannahstown Hill, near Belfast
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It's all good fun if you're off school
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Hector, a Spanish Water Dog, chasing a ball in the snow in Belfast
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A car in the snow near Worrall, South Yorkshire, as Britons were warned to brace themselves for fresh disruption today
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The sunrise over the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire, on 30 January
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A horse stands against the sleet and snow on January 29, 2015 in Belfast
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Snow ploughs have had their work cut out in Northern Ireland
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A snow covered Durham Cathedral
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Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport covered in a blanket of snow which has closed the airport, as schools, transport and mobile phone signals were disrupted after heavy snow hit parts of the country
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Tractors clear the snow from the runways at Manchester Airport's Terminal 1
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A cyclist makes his way through a blizzard in Durham
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Snow Blizzards on the A9 road near Blackford, Perthshire as snow blizzards sweep across the country
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Cars make their way through the snow in the Loxley area of Sheffield
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Snow covered graves at St Joseph's Church in west Belfast, as an orange weather alert is announced in Northern Ireland
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A snow covered farm near Crook
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A walker braves the bitter weather at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Cars covered in snow at the car park at Manchester Airport's Terminal 1
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A general view of Bradford and the surrounding hills covered in snow, following heavy snow showers
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Children play in the snow in the grounds of Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland
“There will be some cool air coming from central Europe and Scandinavia,” he added.
"Tomorrow and Friday, temperatures will get as low as 2C. With the cool winds as well, that will feel like minus -4C and any showers will fall as snow.
“You can really say there will be a bite in the air this week.”
Western England and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will see drier and brighter conditions as most showers stay in the east.
Scotland and Northern Ireland could see snow, sleet and rain overnight tonight as other areas get a hard frost.
Snow will lessen on Thursday, with showers mostly staying in south-east England, but temperatures will continue to feel very cold into the weekend.
The death toll of this winter’s cold weather is expected to top 40,000, the highest number for 15 years.
Some 28,800 deaths were registered in the fortnight ending January 23, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
This is 32% higher than the average for that period over the previous five years.
The ONS suggested that the flu virus and the cold snap could be to blame for the increased death rate.Reuse content