HURRICANE Alex is blowing Arctic winds across Britain causing temperatures to plummet, The Sun reports. The people of Moscow awoke to -10C while Brits started the day in temperatures as low as -11C. Britain dropped well below freezing last night, turning the heavy snow into hazardous ice.
They also issued a yellow weather warning for ice and snow covering the north of England and Scotland. Network rail announced it is preparing for an onslaught of travel chaos as forecasters predicted more snow in the early hours of tomorrow morning. They tweeted from the official account “#UKSnow Please check before you travel as rail services may be affected by adverse weather.”
As this settles upon the already frozen ice, thicker deadly sheets could be formed which disrupts vehicles and walkers alike. Unusually, meteorologists predicted commuters in some of the countries key cities London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield may be the worst affected. Coastal areas of East Anglia and Lincolnshire were also pinpointed as potentially troublesome regions.
Police in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Cumbria have urged drivers to be on the ball if they are going outside, and coastal areas The Arctic ice blast is expected to continue into mid next week, when a new warmer system will defrost the country. Although the slippery fun won’t be over, as the ice will be replaced with gale force winds and rain across large parts of the country.
Meteorologist at The Weather Channel UK, Leon Brown: “The middle of next week will still be cold with frosts, but turning a lot milder by Thursday to Friday with strong south westerly winds and perhaps gales again over the north and west. “Some heavy rain is also likely too. Temperatures by the end of the week will be back up to 12C to even 14C in the south.”
An army of gritters will be salting the roads tonight, however weather experts warned they may be in effective in the coldest parts of the country as grit stops working efficiently at -5C and is ‘virtually ineffective’ at -10C. The Met Office said in a statement that those heading outside should be aware of icy paths and snow on the roads.
They commented: “Please be aware of the potential for tricky winter driving conditions.”