London set for icy rainfall as heavy snow to batter North – Evening Standard



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emperatures are set to plunge across the UK from today, bringing heaving snow and freezing rain across swathes of the country.

Londoners should brace for unrelenting icy rainfall on Thursday with the mercury expected to hit lows of -1C later in the day.

Meanwhile, northern England and Scotland are braced for up to 20cm of snow, with the Met Office issuing amber weather warnings for these areas.

Deep snow could leave vehicles stranded as roads are blighted, according to the alert, while there is a “good chance” that some rural communities could become cut off.

The amber warning – stretching from the Borders to the Scottish Highlands – which came into force at 3pm on Wednesday is due to last until 10am today.

UK snow December 28 – In pictures

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Lizzy and daughter Connie, 6, are chased down a snow covered hill by their golden retriever Pippa in a park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

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Maddie takes a tumble in Newcastle-under-Lyme

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A child walks through the snow in Keele, Staffordshire

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Daniel Brym, aged 8, and his sister Emma, aged 4, sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool

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People sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool

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Horses on the gallops in the snow at Sam Drinkwater’s Granary Stables in Upper Strensham, Worcester

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People enjoy the snow in Keele, Staffordshire

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Camp Hill in Woolton

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Rooftops are covered in snow in Keele

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A family play in the snow on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool

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People enjoying the snow in Keele, Staffordshire

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A woman walks across a snow covered park in Knutsford

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Christmas tree balls are covered in snow in Keele

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A message written on a car window after a snowfall in Liverpool

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A youth walks across a snow covered park in Knutsford

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People walk through the snow in Keele

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A girl sledging in the snow in a park in Newcastle-under-Lyme

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People make the most of a snow downfall on Camp Hill, Woolton

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A woman walks across a snow covered park in Knutsford

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Burford in West Oxfordshire looks picture-postcard-perfect

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Snow covering the village of Oulton in Staffordshire

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Snow covering the village of Oulton in Staffordshire

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William sledges in the snow in Burford

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However, a yellow weather warning for snow and ice, extending from Greater Manchester to northern Scotland – will remain in place until 9pm tonight.

John Griffiths, a Met Office forecaster, dismissed any link to the widely reported “Beast from the East 2”, simply saying the conditions are “normal” for the winter weather cycle.

He said: “On Thursday a band of rain, sleet and snow will hit parts of Scotland and northern England, which will slowly extend south to the Midlands as the day progresses.

“It is expected to be very cold in these areas, dropping below 0C (32F) in Scotland and parts of northern England.

“This will start to gradually ease and die out during the evening, with frost and freezing fog coming in.”

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Mr Griffiths said Friday will “start cold and foggy”, with most areas becoming dry and bright over the rest of the day.

He said a yellow weather warning is also in place on Saturday, which could see heavy snow across parts of Scotland to central parts of England.