UK weather: Storm Darcy brings snowfall and gale force winds

Significant “disruptive snowfall” and gale force winds are anticipated to affect south-east England and East Anglia as Storm Darcy brings bitterly cold conditions to much of the nation.

Amber and yellow weather cautions of snow have been provided by the Met Office for Sunday and Monday morning, recommending there might be extensive travel issues and possible power cuts in parts of London, the east and south-east of England.

Places impacted by the amber warning consist of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Kent, which could see “widespread, persistent and sometimes heavy snow”, along with 40-50mph gusts that could cause snowdrifts through to Monday early morning.

Strong easterly winds from Ukraine and the Black Sea location spilling across the UK on Sunday will feel “bitterly cold”, but the chill will not be as bitingly sharp as it was with the “Beast from the East” in 2018, the Met Office stated.

The forecasters anticipated as much as 30cm of snow in the Kent Downs and the North Downs, while numerous parts of Scotland and north-east England might be hit by 2-5cm of snow, with 10-15cm possible in greater areas above 200 metres.

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

Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent said: “There will be considerable disruptive snowfall throughout the south-east.

” Within this location, there is a small opportunity especially over the downs of Kent and the North Downs that you might see 25-30cm of snow.

” It is a little opportunity but the risk exists, approximately a foot of snow potentially combined with incredibly strong easterly winds. Even inland in that location, gusting might be 45mph and higher than that on the coasts.

” This could cause substantial drifting of any lying snow and clearly blizzards for the snow coming past you for anyone who is attempting to travel.”

Kent added that it was to be anticipated that some roads would be closed or blocked by the drifting snow, and stated long delays or some cancellations of public transportation were likely.

Roadways may become blocked by deep snow, with the possibility of stranded automobiles and guests.

Daytime temperatures will remain in low single figures for much of the country, with some locations staying listed below freezing while the strong winds will make it feel even colder.

Public Health England (PHE) has provided a winter alert for the entire of England from Saturday through to Wednesday.

Dr Owen Landeg, of PHE, said: “Winter isn’t just unpleasant, it can have a severe influence on health.

“For older people and those with heart and lung issues, it can increase the risks of cardiovascular disease, strokes and chest infections.

“So it’s truly essential at this time, particularly ahead of a possibly very cold snap, to bear in mind to examine frail or older neighbours or family members, particularly those living alone or who have severe health problems.”

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