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Beast from the East II: Return of Siberian snow to UK and Ireland

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Britain and Ireland urged to batten down the hatches as Met Office issues weather warnings

Spring has not yet sprung in Britain and Ireland as weather warnings have been issued warning about another Siberian chill heading towards the islands.

Following a bout of severe weather two weeks ago as the original Beast from the East met Storm Anna and caused serious disruption to flights, trains and roads, it looks as if there could be yet more chaos.

Britain’s Met Office has yellow weather warnings in place for Scotland and the east coast of England for snow and ice on Friday, and London and the south east for snow on Sunday.

The warnings state: “There is a small chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel. There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and services, such as mobile phone, may be affected.”

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Laura Paterson said: “Snow showers will become increasingly likely across eastern England on Saturday and then there is the potential for some significant snowfall in places, particularly in the south east of England, by Sunday. Yellow National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued.”

A yellow warning means severe weather is possible and travel delays and disruption may occur.

Shipping in Irish waters may be affected. However, while snow is expected across the country, there have been no warnings issued by Met Éireann.

Public Health England have issued a Level 2 cold weather alert for the coming weekend.

Dr Thomas Waite, a Consultant in Health Protection at Public Health England, said: “The weather has felt much milder for the last week or so but this weekend the forecasters tell us it will get much colder again. And that may come as a shock to the system for some whose bodies may struggle to cope in cold weather.

“It’s worth remembering that cold temperatures – indoors and outdoors – can affect health, particularly in young children, older people and those with heart and lung conditions.

“So if you know someone in any of these groups, and most of us do, please keep an eye on them over the coming days make sure they’re heating their homes to at least 18C and keeping an eye on the weather forecast.”

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