Brits braced for more snow as Met Office confirms -16C Arctic blast record

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    Snowstorms are set to hit large parts of England and Wales today (Thursday, March 9) after the coldest March temperature in more than a decade was recorded overnight.

    The Met Office has issued a flurry of yellow weather warnings for the UK as well as two amber warnings for “strong winds bringing blizzard conditions” – and up to 16in (40cm) of snow for an area stretching from Stoke-on-Trent to Durham, and North Wales.

    Widespread travel disruption is looking to be inevitable, as a consequence, with bus and train services subject to long delays or cancellations.

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    Power lines and phone network coverage are likely to be disrupted in the regions covered by the warnings.

    The amber “snow” alert for England lasts for 21 hours from 3pm on Thursday and covers major cities including Liverpool, Sheffield, Bradford and Leeds.

    Over Wales, the amber “snow and ice” warning is in place from noon until 9am on Friday, stretching from the north coast to Radnorshire.

    This comes after the coldest temperature of 2023 – minus 16C – was recorded at Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands last night.

    Met Office forecasters said this was also the lowest March temperature seen in the UK since 2010, when minus 18.6C was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire.

    The coldest March night on record was minus 22.8C at Logie Coldstone in Aberdeenshire on March 14, 1958.

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    For Thursday, forecasters have predicted daytime temperatures in the low single figures and sub-zero temperatures overnight for much of the UK, with slightly warmer conditions in the south.

    A yellow warning for “heavy snow” also covers Northern Ireland, most of Wales, and a large area between Glasgow and Birmingham until 2pm tomorrow (Friday, March 10).

    The Environment Agency has issued five alerts for locations on the south coast of England, and for residents between Putney Bridge and Teddington Weir along the River Thames in London, where flooding is “possible”.

    Natural Resources Wales has given two similar warnings for the North Wales coast, along with the Lleyn Peninsula and Cardigan Bay coastline.

    The Met Office has said an Arctic air mass from the north meeting mild air from the south is causing the turbulent weather over central areas.

    Snowy conditions on Wednesday disrupted flights at Gatwick and forced Bristol Airport to close.

    Bristol Airport has reopened, but departures are still being delayed by “low visibility and snow disruption” along with French air traffic control strikes, so passengers have been advised to contact their airline ahead of flying.

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