BRITS are bracing for a wave of snow and ice dubbed a “risk to life” as weather warnings are ramped up ahead of a weekend of freezing temperatures and blizzards.
A “mini Beast from the East” is forecast to bring a dumping of 20cm of snow and a wind chill of -7C to leave people shivering over the next few days.
As Siberian air pushes across the UK there are yellow weather and amber warnings in place for snow and ice from today until midnight on Sunday, as the Met Office predicts travel disruption and power cuts.
Amber warnings have been issued for tomorrow for the East Midlands, North West England, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, the East of England, London and South East England.
The Met Office warns of slips and falls on icy surfaces as “strong easterly winds will lead to some temporary blizzard conditions and drifting of snow”.
Today will see Scotland and the east coast of England battered with snow and rain, leaving treacherous icy conditions in its wake and the potential for floods.
London and other southern parts will reach a high of 14C today before plummeting down to freezing this evening, as other areas such as Norfolk will see a similar drop, falling to a chilly -1C this evening.