Beast from the East II looms over UK: Snow hits parts of the South East as Storm Darcy moves in

Snowy blizzards are set to cause travel chaos and power cuts to parts of Britain from today as Storm Darcy rolls across Europe from Russia and Ukraine and brings up to four days of freezing weather. 

The Met Office has warned of ‘significant disruptive snowfall’ in London and the South East, especially parts of East Anglia and Kent, as the ‘Beast from the East 2’ coats southern parts of England in snow.

Yellow and amber warnings for snow and ice for parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent will remain in place until 9am tomorrow as areas experience 20cm of snow – while 166 flood alerts and 41 warnings have been put out.

Bitterly cold 50mph winds from Ukraine and the Black Sea will tear across Britain, with temperatures plummeting to -10C as Storm Darcy, which was named by Dutch forecasters, sweeps across Northern Europe. 

Snow will continue falling over the North East of England, while higher ground in parts of Central and Eastern Scotland experience snowfall yesterday. Rain at lower levels in Scotland has caused some flooding already.

There will be further snow across South East England tonight, while snow showers are forecast to continue in the North East – with very cold gales and snow showers expected in the East and North East on Monday. 

CONSETT: Snow covered cars in Consett, County Durham this morning after overnight snowfall in the wake of Storm Darcy

CONSETT: Snow covered cars in Consett, County Durham this morning after overnight snowfall in the wake of Storm Darcy

CONSETT: Snow covered cars in Consett, County Durham this morning after overnight snowfall in the wake of Storm Darcy

Meteorologist Sarah Kent said: ‘There will be significant disruptive snowfall across the South East. There is a small chance particularly over the Downs of Kent and the North Downs that you could see 25-30cm of snow.

‘It is a small chance but the threat is there, up to a foot of snow potentially combined with extremely strong easterly winds. Even inland in that area, gusting could be 45mph and higher than that on the coasts.

‘This could lead to significant drifting of any lying snow and obviously blizzards for the snow coming past you for anyone who is attempting to travel.’

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: ‘The UK is in for a notably cold and snowy period over the next week, with very cold air in place over the whole of the UK by Sunday.

‘Showers will see snow accumulating across eastern areas. More widespread snow is expected and we could see 5-10 cm of snow quite widely, with a chance that a few places could see 20 cm or more. With such severe weather around it’s important to keep up to date with the latest forecast.’

There will be strong easterly winds during this period which may lead to blizzard conditions and blowing and drifting of lying snow at times. 

Daytime temperatures will stay in low single figures for much of the country over coming days, with some places staying below freezing and the bitter winds will make it feel even colder.

Cold Weather Alerts are in place across England, with temperatures across the UK falling as the cold air moves in, widespread overnight frosts and wind chill making daytime temperatures feel freezing. 

CANTERBURY: Blizzard conditions have caused a crash in Canterbury, Kent this morning as Storm Darcy lashes Britain

CANTERBURY: Blizzard conditions have caused a crash in Canterbury, Kent this morning as Storm Darcy lashes Britain

CANTERBURY: Blizzard conditions have caused a crash in Canterbury, Kent this morning as Storm Darcy lashes Britain

CANTERBURY: Blizzard conditions have caused a crash in Canterbury, Kent this morning as Storm Darcy lashes Britain

CANTERBURY: Blizzard conditions have caused a crash in Canterbury, Kent this morning as Storm Darcy lashes Britain

CANTERBURY: Blizzard conditions have caused a crash in Canterbury, Kent this morning as Storm Darcy lashes Britain

LYDDEN: A young girl rolls a ball of snow to make a snowman in Lydden, Kent as Storm Darcy lashes Britain

LYDDEN: A young girl rolls a ball of snow to make a snowman in Lydden, Kent as Storm Darcy lashes Britain

LYDDEN: A young girl rolls a ball of snow to make a snowman in Lydden, Kent as Storm Darcy lashes Britain

STOWMARKET: Stowmarket in Suffolk was blanketed in snow this morning as Storm Darcy rolls across Northern Europe

STOWMARKET: Stowmarket in Suffolk was blanketed in snow this morning as Storm Darcy rolls across Northern Europe

STOWMARKET: Stowmarket in Suffolk was blanketed in snow this morning as Storm Darcy rolls across Northern Europe

WASKERLEY: A cyclist rides along a snow covered road in Waskerley, County Durham this morning

WASKERLEY: A cyclist rides along a snow covered road in Waskerley, County Durham this morning

WASKERLEY: A cyclist rides along a snow covered road in Waskerley, County Durham this morning

LONDON: Snowfall on Hampstead Heath as Storm Darcy brings snow to large parts of the South of England

LONDON: Snowfall on Hampstead Heath as Storm Darcy brings snow to large parts of the South of England

LONDON: Snowfall on Hampstead Heath as Storm Darcy brings snow to large parts of the South of England

LONDON: People walking their dogs as they battle heavy snow flurries on Wimbledon Common

LONDON: People walking their dogs as they battle heavy snow flurries on Wimbledon Common

LONDON: People walking their dogs as they battle heavy snow flurries on Wimbledon Common

CASTLESIDE: A dog walker enjoys a walk in the snow in Castleside, County Durham this morning after overnight snowfall

CASTLESIDE: A dog walker enjoys a walk in the snow in Castleside, County Durham this morning after overnight snowfall

CASTLESIDE: A dog walker enjoys a walk in the snow in Castleside, County Durham this morning after overnight snowfall

CASTLESIDE: Snow covered rooftops in Castleside, County Durham this morning after overnight snowfall

CASTLESIDE: Snow covered rooftops in Castleside, County Durham this morning after overnight snowfall

CASTLESIDE: Snow covered rooftops in Castleside, County Durham this morning after overnight snowfall

LONDON: A gritting lorry spreads salt during a snow shower Blackheath Common

LONDON: A gritting lorry spreads salt during a snow shower Blackheath Common

LONDON: A gritting lorry spreads salt during a snow shower Blackheath Common

CONSETT: A gritter travels along a snow covered road in Consett, County Durham this morning

CONSETT: A gritter travels along a snow covered road in Consett, County Durham this morning

CONSETT: A gritter travels along a snow covered road in Consett, County Durham this morning

WASKERLEY: Dog walkers enjoy a walk in the snow in Waskerley, County Durham this morning

WASKERLEY: Dog walkers enjoy a walk in the snow in Waskerley, County Durham this morning

WASKERLEY: Dog walkers enjoy a walk in the snow in Waskerley, County Durham this morning

IPSWICH: Snow falls on the A14 near Ipswich, with heavy snow set to bring disruption to South East England and East Anglia

IPSWICH: Snow falls on the A14 near Ipswich, with heavy snow set to bring disruption to South East England and East Anglia

IPSWICH: Snow falls on the A14 near Ipswich, with heavy snow set to bring disruption to South East England and East Anglia

CANTERBURY: Snow on the A2 near Canterbury as Storm Darcy brings up to four days of freezing weather to Britain

CANTERBURY: Snow on the A2 near Canterbury as Storm Darcy brings up to four days of freezing weather to Britain

CANTERBURY: Snow on the A2 near Canterbury as Storm Darcy brings up to four days of freezing weather to Britain

CANTERBURY: Snow in Canterbury, Kent this morning as Storm Darcy - dubbed the Beast from the East 2 - hits parts of Britain

CANTERBURY: Snow in Canterbury, Kent this morning as Storm Darcy - dubbed the Beast from the East 2 - hits parts of Britain

CANTERBURY: Snow in Canterbury, Kent this morning as Storm Darcy – dubbed the Beast from the East 2 – hits parts of Britain

CONSETT: A motorist clears snow from a car in Consett, County Durham this morning after overnight snowfall

CONSETT: A motorist clears snow from a car in Consett, County Durham this morning after overnight snowfall

CONSETT: A motorist clears snow from a car in Consett, County Durham this morning after overnight snowfall

CLACTON: Walkers trudging through the snow in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex after overnight snow as Storm Darcy strikes

CLACTON: Walkers trudging through the snow in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex after overnight snow as Storm Darcy strikes

CLACTON: Walkers trudging through the snow in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex after overnight snow as Storm Darcy strikes

CLACTON: Walkers trudging through the snow in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex after overnight snow as Storm Darcy strikes

CLACTON: Walkers trudging through the snow in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex after overnight snow as Storm Darcy strikes

CANTERBURY: Snow falling in Canterbury, Kent as Storm Darcy rolls across Northern Europe from Russia and Ukraine

CANTERBURY: Snow falling in Canterbury, Kent as Storm Darcy rolls across Northern Europe from Russia and Ukraine

CANTERBURY: Snow falling in Canterbury, Kent as Storm Darcy rolls across Northern Europe from Russia and Ukraine

Yellow and amber warnings for snow and ice have been issued for parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Kent

Yellow and amber warnings for snow and ice have been issued for parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Kent

Yellow and amber warnings for snow and ice have been issued for parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Kent

The Environment Agency has put out 166 flood alerts and 41 warnings as Storm Darcy lashes the UK

The Environment Agency has put out 166 flood alerts and 41 warnings as Storm Darcy lashes the UK

The Environment Agency has put out 166 flood alerts and 41 warnings as Storm Darcy lashes the UK

Pictured: Sunday forecast

Pictured: Sunday forecast

Pictured: Monday forecast

Pictured: Monday forecast

Pictured: Met Office forecasts for Sunday (left) and Monday (right) as temperatures stay in the low single figures

Dr Owen Landeg, Group Leader, Extreme Events and Health Protection at PHE, said: ‘Cold weather isn’t just uncomfortable it can have a serious impact on health. For older people and those with heart and lung problems it can increase the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.

‘So, it’s really crucial at this time to remember to check on frail or older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses. 

‘Make a call, or socially-distanced doorstep visit if they live close by, to remind them of some simple but important health tips such as heating their home to at least 18C and to keep up to date with the forecast. 

‘It’s also helpful to check they have enough food and drinks and any medicines they need. This will help them to stay warm and stay well.’

The cold air is likely to remain in place through next week, bringing the continued risk of snow showers, particularly in the east.  

Last year KNMI – the national weather forecasting service in the Netherlands – joined the Met Office and Met Éireann in the west Europe storm naming group. 

Other European countries to name impactful storms include France, Spain and Portugal in South West Europe and Sweden, Norway and Denmark in Northern Europe.

IPSWICH: The Met Office tweeted photos of a snowy street in Ipswich this morning

IPSWICH: The Met Office tweeted photos of a snowy street in Ipswich this morning

IPSWICH: The Met Office tweeted photos of a snowy street in Ipswich this morning

IPSWICH: The Met Office tweeted photos of a snowy street in Ipswich this morning

IPSWICH: The Met Office tweeted photos of a snowy street in Ipswich this morning

CLACTON: Residents in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex film videos of the snow this morning after an overnight blizzard

CLACTON: Residents in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex film videos of the snow this morning after an overnight blizzard

CLACTON: Residents in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex film videos of the snow this morning after an overnight blizzard

CLACTON: Snowfall in Clacton, Essex this morning as Storm Darcy sweeps across Northern Europe and lashes Britain

CLACTON: Snowfall in Clacton, Essex this morning as Storm Darcy sweeps across Northern Europe and lashes Britain

CLACTON: Snowfall in Clacton, Essex this morning as Storm Darcy sweeps across Northern Europe and lashes Britain

WHITSTABLE: Snowfall in Whitstable, Kent this morning as the 'Beast from the East 2' lashes Britain for the next four days

WHITSTABLE: Snowfall in Whitstable, Kent this morning as the 'Beast from the East 2' lashes Britain for the next four days

WHITSTABLE: Snowfall in Whitstable, Kent this morning as the ‘Beast from the East 2’ lashes Britain for the next four days

HEALEYFIELD: Sheep gather on snow covered fields in County Durham this morning as Storm Darcy rolls across Britain

HEALEYFIELD: Sheep gather on snow covered fields in County Durham this morning as Storm Darcy rolls across Britain

HEALEYFIELD: Sheep gather on snow covered fields in County Durham this morning as Storm Darcy rolls across Britain

HEALEYFIELD: Snow scenes in Healeyfield, County Durham this morning following a night of snowfall

HEALEYFIELD: Snow scenes in Healeyfield, County Durham this morning following a night of snowfall

HEALEYFIELD: Snow scenes in Healeyfield, County Durham this morning following a night of snowfall

STOWMARKET: Snow falls on the A14 near Stowmarket, with snow set to bring disruption to South East England

STOWMARKET: Snow falls on the A14 near Stowmarket, with snow set to bring disruption to South East England

STOWMARKET: Snow falls on the A14 near Stowmarket, with snow set to bring disruption to South East England

IPSWICH: Snow falls on the A14 near Ipswich, with heavy snow set to bring disruption to South East England and East Anglia

IPSWICH: Snow falls on the A14 near Ipswich, with heavy snow set to bring disruption to South East England and East Anglia

IPSWICH: Snow falls on the A14 near Ipswich, with heavy snow set to bring disruption to South East England and East Anglia

ALDERTON: A walker trudging through snow in Alderton, Gloucestershire uploaded photos to Twitter this morning

ALDERTON: A walker trudging through snow in Alderton, Gloucestershire uploaded photos to Twitter this morning

ALDERTON: A walker trudging through snow in Alderton, Gloucestershire uploaded photos to Twitter this morning

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