Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Drivers warned not to travel as more snow forecast for Leeds

Drivers warned not to travel as more snow forecast for Leeds

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: "The best way to describe this is as a real return to wintry conditions".

Drivers have been warned not to take routes across the Pennines and airports are preparing for flight disruption as more snowfall is expected to hit the United Kingdom on Sunday.

An amber warning for snow - meaning there is a potential risk to life - remains in place for Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset until 3am, with up to a foot (30cm) expected in parts of Dartmoor.

Britain was braced for further travel disruption as the "mini beast from the east" was expected to bring up to 25cm of snow to parts of the UK.

Snowfall has also been causing disruption across parts of Ireland, with a status orange snow-ice warning extended to 6pm for seven counties, including Dublin.

Meteorologist Martin Bowles called this weekend's weather a "mini Beast from the East", as it will be less severe than the storm that battered the United Kingdom a few weeks back.

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government said all relevant agencies had severe weather emergency plans in place.

Meanwhile, bosses at London's Heathrow Airport cancelled 70 flights ahead of the Siberian blast. Those taking flights were advised to check with their airlines before travelling on Sunday.

Nicola Maxey from the Met Office said: "It's a good idea to keep an eye on the latest Met Office forecast and warnings for your area to ensure you're up to date with the latest situation".

"We've worked with our airlines to consolidate Sunday's flight schedule, moving passengers on to fewer flights", a spokesman said.

Driving conditions are hazardous and dozens of bus services were suspended this morning after heavy snow continued overnight.

The Met Office said the daytime high at Great Dun Fell, in Cumbria - at a height of 847 metres - reached -7.1C, but with wind gusts in excess of 85mph, there was a "feels like" temperature of -22C.

A yellow warning for ice is in place right through until 10am on Monday morning.

"This increases the risk of accidents, as well as injuries due to falls".

Richard Leonard, head of road safety at Highways England, said: "Gritters will be out treating our roads around the clock, but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast".

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