UK weather – Snow, ice and flood warnings across England as temperatures plunge to -15C on coldest night of the year

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SNOW and flood warnings are in place across the UK today after temperatures plunged to -15C on the coldest night of the year.

The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings for the South of England and Wales – with widespread travel disruption expected.

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Dramatic photos show huge waves crashing against popular beauty site Chesil Beach in Dorset during a brutal storm last night[/caption]

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The River Avon in Evesham, Worcestershire has burst its banks this morning as the level rose 3.24m above it’s usual height[/caption]

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The A835 at Loch Glascarnoch in Northern Scotland, where temperatures plunged last night[/caption]

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Flooding continues on the toe path near the River Thames near Whitchurch Bridge after heavy rain last night[/caption]

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A car became stuck on a flooded road near Ely in Cambridgeshire this morning[/caption]

Temperature maps from the Met Office showed the mercury plunging to -15C in rural areas of Northern Scotland last night
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Snow is expected in areas across the UK with temperatures set to fall as low as -15C[/caption]

Three yellow weather warnings are in place this morning

The Met Office last night warned Brits to wrap up warm ahead of the coldest night of the year so far.

Temperature maps from the weather agency showed the mercury plunging to -15C in rural areas of Northern Scotland, and as low as -6 in the North of England.

The lowest temperature recorded so far this winter is -13C in Dawyck Royal Botanic Gardens in the Scottish Borders, the Met Office said.

According to the forecaster, icy patches are likely on untreated roads and pathways and this could last into the afternoon – with drivers urged to take caution.

Dramatic photos also show huge waves crashing against popular beauty site Chesil Beach in Dorset during a brutal storm last night.

The iconic beach was besieged by strong winds, heavy rainfall and terrifying 23ft waves.

As of 11am this morning, a total of 82 flood warnings – and 199 flood alerts – meaning flooding is possible – remained in place across England.

Evesham, in Worcestershire, was battered with heavy rain overnight, causing the River Avon to burst its banks.

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Flood warnings are also in place across the country[/caption]

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Evesham in Worcestershire is seen completely flooded this morning[/caption]

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Floodwater sits on fields and has closed the road from Thorney to Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire[/caption]

Another warning for snow is also in place for South Wales until 6pm, with travel disruption expected.

Areas including Wales, the West Midlands, Oxfordshire, and London could see more snowfall in the coming days, while parts of the north are expected to get a heavy covering later in the week.

The cold snap is reportedly being caused by a “dense pool of cold air” from Scandinavia.

A second warning is in place across Orkney and the Shetland Islands, with ice expected to hit both and snow expected mainly across Shetland.

Roads and railways are also likely to be affected, with longer journey times expected for cars and buses.

Speaking to the Star, Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: “We’ve got this band of rain sleet and snow that’s moving across much of England and Wales through today. That is a real messy mix.”

He added that conditions are set to get even “more interesting as we go into Tuesday and the middle of the week”.


He said that a “much heavier” band of rain moving in overnight on Monday would “quickly turn to snow as it bumps up against cold air” on Tuesday.

He said that Wales and the north of England could see “pretty much anywhere” between 1cm and 5cm of snow in low areas and between 5cm and 10cm on higher ground.

He also said that the highest areas of the country could see up to 20cm of snow, meaning there could be some disruption on Trans-Pennine routes.

Flood warnings and alerts are currently in place across England
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Cars seen driving through floodwater in Gloucester[/caption]

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A flooded towpath in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire[/caption]

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A children’s playground in Tewkesbury underwater[/caption]

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More snow is expected to come next week[/caption]

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The cold snap is reportedly being caused by cold air from Scandinavia[/caption]

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