Uk Weather Snow Alert For Much Of Britain As Ice And High Winds Threaten Travel Chaos
Many parts of the UK are on snow alert as wintry showers threaten to cause travel chaos.
Frequent blasts of sleet and snow were forecast in Scotland and Northern Ireland into Tuesday and expected to affect northern England later, as winds of up 113mph brought down power lines in Scotland, cutting to 120,000 homes in Scotland.
The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for snow and ice across the Scottish mainland and Western Isles, in Northern Ireland, the North East and North West and the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Forecasters said the public should be aware of the potential risk of transport disruption.
HEMEDIA / SWNS GroupWeather: At the height of the bad weather on Monday night, 120,000 homes in Scotland
Flood alerts were meanwhile in place across the South and South East following heavy rain showers, with up to 30mm expected to fall in some parts by early Tuesday.
And the wintry storms are forecast to move south across most of the British Isles on Wednesday Further yellow weather warnings, for snow, rain, ice and high winds, have been issued for most reasons by the Met Office for Wednesday and Thursday.
At the height of the bad weather on Monday night, 120,000 homes in Scotland lost power and a number of lorries overturned on motorways. Power company SSE said on Tuesday morning that power had been restored, just as snow continued to fall.
In Brighton, two men were swept out to sea in gale-force conditions and three people had to be rescued after being stranded in a blizzard in the Cairngorms.
Meanwhile, a woman in her 70s died after she was hit by a falling shop sign.
The tragedy happened around 5:30pm on Monday when the woman walked past Waterstone’s Bookshop in Blackpool.
HEMEDIA / SWNS GroupForecast: Snow has been forecast for most of Britain this week
The Met Office snow and ice alert said: "Accumulations of 2-4 cm (0.8 to 1.6ins) of snow are likely above about 100m, but also to low levels locally, and more widely over the northern half of Scotland, where more than 10cm (4ins) is likely above 300m.
"During Tuesday the risk of snow extends into northern England, especially across the Pennines and higher parts of Cumbria. Meanwhile, a more persistent spell of sleet and snow may settle at low levels across Scotland on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.
"The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to transport."
ReutersStorms: Ferry and bus services have been cancelled and delayed
The high winds were stirred up by an extra-powerful jet stream in the Atlantic, itself triggered by plunging temperatures in the United States hitting warmer air from the south, according to forecasters.
Ferry and bus services have been cancelled and delayed and restrictions have been in place on many bridges, including the Skye Bridge, A9 Kessock Bridge, A9 Dornoch Bridge and Forth Road Bridge.
Last night the Environment Agency had more than 60 flood alerts in place, mainly in the South East and South West.
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