Beast from the East 2.0

UK snowy

Snow covered highway near Okehampton, Devon, UK, 19 March 2018 (Keene/PA)


A blast of cold Siberian air – dubbed “Beast from the East 2.0” – has invaded the United Kingdom bringing heavy snow and icy conditions for the second time this month.

More than 10 cm snow fell in southwest England where a 100 km stretch of the A30 Highway was shut down forcing travellers to seek emergency shelter at a school in Okehampton.

Devon and Cornwall Police warned drivers to stay off the highways until snowplows cleared them and hundreds of schools were closed today.

Forecasters are watching for another wintry cold snap which could affect the UK during Easter weekend.

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UK calls in military for help in heavy snow

Snowy in Cargan, Northern Ireland, UK, 25 March 2013 (Reuters)

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.

Snow snarls travel in Western Europe

Snow being shoveled in Brighton, England, UK, 12 March 2013 (Reuters)

Snow being shoveled in Brighton, England, UK, 12 March 2013 (Reuters)

Snow and freezing conditions disrupted various forms of travel across Western Europe today.

Eurostar train service between London and Paris was halted and plows couldn’t keep up with the snow at Frankfurt Airport where hundreds of flights were cancelled.

Forecasters say the snow was the result of cold air from Russia colliding with a low pressure system over northern France.

Motorists were also stuck in their cars in southern England where as much as 15 cm of snow fell.

Britain battered by storms

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.