BRITAIN’S big freeze is set to continue as snow sparked more travel chaos and temperatures plunged to -20C.
The Met Office had warned power cuts and disruption to travel will continue through to the weekend.
The driver of this lorry lost control of the vehicle on the A299 Thanet Way near Canterbury in Kent this morning[/caption]
Brits were warned of travel chaos as the UK was hit by -20C temperatures[/caption]
In Kent, police closed the A249 that is a major route form the M20 linking the M2[/caption]
Frozen roads sent this car skidding into a ditch on the A38 in Derbyshire[/caption]
Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are place across large parts of Britain today[/caption]
Police closed the busy A249 road in Kent overnight after snow and frozen roads caused lorries to jackknife.
Cars crashed into ditches on the A38 in Derbyshire after vehicles skidded across the tarmac.
Weather warnings for snow and ice are in place across large parts of the UK until Saturday.
The temperature overnight was the coldest in 11 years with when thermometers dipped below -20C in parts of Scotland.
The lowest recorded temperature ever in the UK for February was -21C, recorded in Woburn, Bedfordshire on February 25, 1947.
Brits have been warned of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces today and into the weekend.
Roads and railways are likely to be affected as the Baltic conditions cause misery for commuters.
The south, east and north east of the UK face yellow snow and ice weather warnings today.
There are also yellow warnings in place tomorrow across the South West, the south of Wales and the North East.
The fountains in Trafalgar Square, central London, frozen over following another night of sub zero temperatures in the capital[/caption]
Temperatures plunged to -6C in London overnight[/caption]
A natural ice sculpture has formed on bushes and hedges along a road in Leatherhead, Surrey[/caption]
Met Office weather maps show that up to 10cm of snow could fall over hills in Northern Scotland and the North West of England on Saturday.
The forecast prompted responses from local councils in England, with residents warned to take “extra care” while the cold snap lasts.
Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office, said: “The cold will begin to ebb away but it will be slow and quite erratic and there are still wintry hazards in the forecast.
“We’ve got potential for some more snow, heavy rain and also freezing rain.”
The sunset this evening over Balbardie Park in Bathgate, Glasgow is pictured after heavy snowfall[/caption]
People walking through snow fall in Clowes Wood, Kent[/caption]
A car is seen driving through the snow in Kelso, Scotland[/caption]
Health chiefs have also issued a cold weather alert for the whole of Britain, saying the chill could have “a serious impact on health”.
Dr Owen Landeg, Group Leader, Extreme Events and Health Protection at Public Health England, warned: “Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.
“So it’s really important during this particularly cold period, to keep checking on frail or older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses.”
Several councils in England, including Rugby Borough Council and Southwark Council, in London, were forced to briefly suspend waste collection services amid extreme weather conditions.
Thurrock Council, in Essex, said that more than 100 workers, mostly from street cleaning and waste collection teams, were diverted from regular duties to help clear snow from footpaths and routes to medical centres.
The low temperatures will cause pavements and roads to remain icy for the rest of the week, said Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office.
Meanwhile, vaccination centres in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and Clacton-on-Sea and Colchester in Essex were closed due to the severe weather.
Cars were buried in the snow and abandoned in Crete Road near Folkestone[/caption]
People sledging by Castle Rising in Norfolk which borders the Sandringham Estate[/caption]
A person walks past a frozen hedgerow in Darlington[/caption]
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An NHS spokesperson said: “The vast majority of vaccination centres have remained open despite Storm Darcy but where sites have had to close for safety reasons the vaccine intended for use there is redirected to an open site to ensure all available vaccine is used as quickly as possible.
“Any appointments which could not take place due to centre closures are being rescheduled.”
Cars were buried in the snow and abandoned in Crete Road near Folkestone yesterda[/caption]