Vehicle stranded in snow on Highway A1, Peterborough, UK, 27 Feb 2018 (Giddens/PA)
The Siberian weather system dubbed “Beast from the East” bringing snow and strong winds is wreaking havoc in the United Kingdom and Ireland disrupting the transportation network.
Up to 50 cm of snow could fall in northern England and Scotland and temperatures could drop to as low as -15 C.
Schools have been closed and authorities have been busy responding to numerous highway crashes as drivers are being urged to stay off the roads.
The UK Met Office anticipates this will be the coldest week of the winter season.
Drivers deal with snow in Worcester, England, UK, 12 Dec 2017 (Sky News)
An Arctic chill lowered temperatures to -13 C in Shawbury near Manchester which was the lowest in the United Kingdom since -14 C in Braemar, Scotland in February 2016.
The cold comes after heavy snow fell with as much as 30 cm in parts of Wales knocking out power to tens of thousands.
Snow also fell in London where cancellations were reported at Heathrow Airport as plows cleared runways.
Snow and ice also delayed train schedules and created slick road conditions across the country.
Schools and businesses closed in Ireland when the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia brought destructive winds up to 160 km/h which downed trees and power lines creating widespread power outages.
Flights, ferries and even buses were cancelled and at least three deaths are attributed to the storm which officials say is the worst to hit Ireland in 50 years.
Strong winds also caused disruptions in Scotland and northern England where rail services were halted after fallen trees blocked lines.
Ophelia formed in the eastern Atlantic on 11 October and became a Category 3 hurricane three days later.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ophelia was the furthest east ever recorded for an Atlantic hurricane.
Snow covers a vehicle in Aviemore, Scotland, UK, 25 April 2017 (BBC Weather)
Arctic air has enveloped the United Kingdom with heavy snow in Scotland and northern England and near freezing temperatures as far south as London.
Forecasters say snow in late April is not uncommon and actually fell over parts of the country around the same time last year.
Temperatures struggled to reach 10 C today after a hard frost early this morning.
This cold snap is a far cry from record breaking heat earlier this month when the thermometer climbed to 26 C in southern England and a mild March which was the fifth warmest ever for the U.K.
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The North Pole climbs above freezing, deadly tornadoes strike Texas, extreme heat bakes Australia and historic floods hit Britain and the American Midwest – the world is filled with extreme weather as it welcomes 2016.
A powerful and destructive North Atlantic low-pressure system brought eastern Canada an unusually warm holiday period, climbing to a spring-like 16°C in Montreal on Christmas Eve.
This was followed by heavy snow from Ontario to the Maritimes.
In the United States, tornadoes and floods left almost 50 dead.
The mighty Mississippi River has already exceeded overflow levels by four metres in some areas.
Scientists say the common cause of these events is a strong El Nino, a weather phenomenon which emerges every few years on average.
Record rainfall has brought unprecedented flooding to England and Scotland and Britain’s mean December temperature was a record-breaking 8°C, smashing the previous high of 6.9°C set in 1934.
With El Nino showing little sign of running out of steam, many scientists say 2016 could be even warmer than 2015.
The coldest temperature ever recorded for 31 March was set in Braemar, Scotland with a low today of -12.5°C.
It was also chilly in London this morning with a low of -2.8°C, several degrees below normal.
The UK Met Office reports that the average monthly temperature across the entire United Kingdom was 2.5-3.0°C below normal – the coldest March since 1962.
Meanwhile in Greater Moncton, it was a pleasant Easter day with sunshine and a high of 10.0°C – the warmest daytime high of the month.
Snowy in Cargan, Northern Ireland, UK, 25 March 2013 (Reuters)
Heavy snow – as much as 30 cm or more – has blanketed parts of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England paralyzing travel.
A military helicopter was brought in to aid farms and families who were stranded in the unusual spring snowfall.
Many homes are still without power for a fifth straight day.
London has so far escaped the heavy snow but temperatures remain below freezing.
Prince Charles and Camilla (courtesy BBC)
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Saltcoats, Scotland, UK, 08 Dec 2011 (Rutherford photo)
Stormy weather is expected to continue across England and Wales this week while parts of Scotland have been issued snowfall warnings.
Strong winds brought down trees and power lines on Monday night as gusts reached 110 km/h in southern England.
The UK Met Office warned that snow could fall on higher ground in parts of central and northern Britain.
The unsettled weather follows storms last week which left thousands of homes without electricity and led to widespread school closures.