FORECASTERS issued an amber alert last night as more snow arrived – with eight inches expected to fall in hard-hit areas.
It comes as the Met Office warned towns could become “cut off” in a 40-hour ice blast.
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Inverness in Scotland is seen blanketed by snow this afternoon, with an amber weather warning issued for the area[/caption]
Meanwhile London saw heavy downpours as one walker takes shelter underneath an umbrella on Wimbledon Common[/caption]
The Met Office said the whiteout could cause travel mayhem – and even leave some vehicles stranded.
Delays and cancellations to rail and air are likely and some communities could become cut off, they added.
Forecaster Matthew Box said: “We could see up to 4in by Thursday morning.
“Temperatures are also going to be very cold with some places getting down to -4C.
“The snow will continue throughout the day. It’ll peter out in places as it moves south.
“By the afternoon we’ll see sleet and snow across the Midlands, parts of Wales and even further south.”
There will be some respite tomorrow before more snow grips the northern half of the country over the weekend.
Traffic on the A9 near Inverness yestetday was very light as Scots were told to remain inside[/caption]
A dog walker makes his way over Muggleswick Common in County Durham in deep snow yesterday afternoon[/caption]
The frosty outlook has led to increasing fears of another Beast from the East terrorising the country by the end of the month.
Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) – the weather event which led to 2018’s devastating Beast – took place in the atmosphere last week.
It could be two weeks before the impact of the SSW is felt at ground level but forecasters at the Met Office say it has “increased the chances”.
SSW effectively reverses Britain’s wind pattern.
Instead of drawing wind in from the warm west, it switches to haul bitterly cold gusts from Siberia in the east.
Although the weather event has taken place its impact will not be known for at least a week, according to the Met Office.
In 2018 the Beast sparked the worst snowstorms for decades, with 20in falling.
Hundreds of schools shut, the military mobilised to help the NHS and there were fears the nation could run out of gas.
Paul Davies, the Met Office’s Chief Meteorologist, said: “We can’t completely rule out a signal for colder weather following this SSW event later in the month.”
Snow on the ground in Allendale, Northumberland yesterday morning[/caption]
A light covering of snow fell on Wednesday night at Hawick Mair in the Scottish Borders[/caption]
A sunrise set against the backdrop of snow in Allendale, Northumberland was seen yesterday morning as temperatures dropped down[/caption]
Meteorologists have confirmed a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event is happening over the Arctic, which is what happened before the Beast from the East three years ago.
When this happens the warming can affect the jet stream which regulates much of the weather in the UK.
It if it heavily disrupted, or even reversed, it means Brits could be hit with the same chilly conditions currently north of Scandinavia.
A practically deserted and dull Blackpool Seafront was pictured yesterday[/caption]
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The Met Office’s long-range forecast predicts “significant snowfall on the boundary between milder and colder air masses” as we go into February.
The last Siberian weather front to be given the nickname hit in 2018 when snow blanketed large parts of Britain and temperatures plummeted to -10C.
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “The stratosphere above the North Pole has warmed, it started its process on the 4th of January and has been rapidly warming over the last few days.”
Up to 4 inches of snow is expected to fall in areas such as Inverness, the Met Office warned [/caption]