Storm Darcy tracker: 30cm of snow to blanket Britain – will it fall in your area?
Yellow and amber weather warnings in are in place for snow, with experts warning that the cold weather could impact travel plans and peoples’ health
7 FEB 2021
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Storm Darcy is expected to hit Britain with up to 30cm snow and heavy rain in the coming days bringing travel chaos.
The wild weather will be accompanied by a blast of air dropping as low as -10C, with fears a cold snap could be on the way.
Forecasters have said there could be a severe disruption on the roads, with people urged to only make absolutely necessary journeys.
Yellow weather warnings are in place for snow across Britain, with a more serious amber warning covering parts of Scotland.
But where and when do the alerts cover?
A yellow warning is in place for snow and ice in “many” northern and eastern parts of Britain, the Met Office has predicted.
This warning is in place throughout today
A yellow warning for heavy snow is also in place for London and the south-east, which ends at 6am tomorrow.
The Met Office said it could bring travel disruption.
A yellow snow and ice warning is then also in place across parts of the west of England, into the middle of the country and into Wales.
This ends at 10am.
Lastly, an amber warning is in place for a section of England’s east, from Norwich and down the coast.
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This is expected to last until 9am on Monday and the Met Office says there is “a good chance that roads may become blocked by deep snow, with many stranded vehicles and passengers likely”.
Forecasters say easterly winds from the Ukraine and Black Sea area today will also bring an intense chill but the air will not be as bitingly cold as it was with the Beast from the East in 2018.
The Met Office said there could be widespread travel disruption in parts of London, the east and south east of England after it issued a weather warning.
Various alerts for snow and ice across the eastern length of Britain are in place until Wednesday – with it feared 40-50mph wind gusts could cause snowdrifts from Sunday through to Monday morning.
Meteorologist Sarah Kent said: “There will be significant disruptive snowfall across the South East.
“Within this area, there is a small chance particularly over the Downs of Kent and the North Downs that you could see 25-30cm of snow.
“It is a small chance but the threat is there, up to a foot of snow potentially combined with extremely strong easterly winds. Even inland in that area, gusting could be 45mph and higher than that on the coasts.
“This could lead to significant drifting of any lying snow and obviously blizzards for the snow coming past you for anyone who is attempting to travel.
“Sadly there will be people who have to make journeys for the emergency services and there are still lorries that have to go to the ports. It is going to be really disruptive.
“With that sort of snowfall, you would expect some roads to be closed or blocked by the drifting snow, and long delays or some cancellations of public transport.”
She added: “We are only looking at significant snowfall tomorrow across the south east of England, so while we have these cold easterly winds it is not as widespread as the Beast from the East in 2018.
“Tomorrow’s events – the easterly winds originate from Ukraine and the Black Sea – eastern Europe – the air will be cold but it will not be as bitingly cold as it was back in 2018.”
The Met Office said the Dutch have named the low-pressure system that will bring strong winds and widespread snow to south-east England as Storm Darcy.
Places affected by the amber warning and expected to be hit by Darcy include Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent.
Roads may become blocked by deep snow, with the possibility of stranded vehicles and passengers.
Cold air emanating from Russia and Eastern Europe will move across the UK over the coming days, bringing “significant” snow to parts of Eastern England and Scotland, forecasters said.
Daytime temperatures will stay in low single figures for much of the country, with some places staying below freezing and the bitter winds making it feel even colder.
Check the forecast where you are.
Public Health England (PHE) has issued a cold weather alert for the whole of England until Wednesday.
Dr Owen Landeg, of PHE, said: “Cold weather isn’t just uncomfortable, it can have a serious impact on health.
“For older people and those with heart and lung problems, it can increase the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.
“So it’s really crucial at this time, especially ahead of a potentially very cold snap, to remember to check on frail or older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses.”
Coudy evening with thick cloud cover and daytime snow showers to continue across eastern areas. Overnight will continue to be largely cloudy with overcast skies however cloud will break across western areas. Snow will continue in the east and will be heavy across East Anglia. A few heavier snow showers may also reach other eastern and northern parts of England later on.
Overcast with thick cloud cover and there will be further outbreaks of snow across eastern areas which will be heavy at times. A mostly dry day for central and western areas with cloud cover breaking to reveal brighter spells across western Scotland and Northern Ireland
Cloudy skies and further spells of snow across eastern areas. Drier with sunny spells across western Scotland and Northern Ireland.Follow @DailyMirro