UK Snow warning: Snow ploughs deployed as -10C Arctic blast joins 100mph gale

Heavy snowfall lashed several parts of the UK last night as an arctic blast joined the 100mph gale from Storm Arwen early Saturday morning. Storm Arwen brought damaging gusts of wind across a wide swathe of the UK, causing massive traffic disruptions at major road junctions.

The country may witness six inches of snowfall over parts of the Pennines in the coming days as the strong winds continue to tear through the nation.

Western coasts of Wales, parts of Devon and Cornwall, as well as coasts of North Eastern England and Eastern Scotland may witness strong winds in the next few hours.

Steven Keates, Media Advisor and Marine Meteorologist at the Met Office told “The windiest weather on Sunday will be eastern England, but less windy generally than what we will see today.

“In terms of snow, northern Scotland will see more snow showers.

“Pennine areas will also see some more snow, and there is also likely to be some snow over parts of eastern, southern, and central England, mainly over the higher ground, but not exclusively so.”

According to the officials, the mercury levels plunged to -10C on Friday in the rural part of Scotland, making it the coldest day of the autumn season.

The weatherman predicted that these strong winds are likely to cause disruption in the day-to-day activities.

Mr Keates added: “Some of the problems we can (and already have) expect to see include fallen trees, disruption to travel, blocked roads, some issues with public transport including ferry services, disruption to power supplies, perhaps some minor structural damage.”

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Traffic police across the country have been issuing warning signals urging the drivers and motorists to stay away from the area with snow showers as mercury levels plummeted.

In a statement on Twitter, North Way Motorway Police said the M62 was closed in both directions between junctions 21 (Milnrow) and 22 (Denshaw) where more than 120 lorries were left stranded in the snow.

The Met office has waved off the red warning, however, the country continues to stay under amber and yellow warnings.

Mr Keates added that in the coming days, people should expect it to be “not just windy, but quite wet, with rain, sleet and snow, becoming confined to central, eastern, and southern England.

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“Most of the snow up on the hills, but some could fall to lower elevations at times.”

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