UK weather forecast LIVE – Snow and rain amber warnings across south TONIGHT as Beast From The East heads for Britain

AREAS in the south are under rain and snow warning until Saturday morning as the Beast From The East fast approaches Britain.

With much of the country having already experienced snow falls this week, the white stuff now appears to be moving south into the capital and surrounding towns and counties.

Meanwhile, back in the north, Leeds is also likely to get a dusting over the coming days too as the Met Office added a yellow weather warning for ice in the city.

Follow our weather live blog below for more information as well as all the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: WEATHER FORECAST FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 16

    UK weather forecast for Saturday 16 January – Significant snow and rain for most of the UK in the early morning followed by milder weather in the afternoon

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHAT'S HAPPENED DURING THE LAST BEAST FROM THE EAST?

    During the last Beast from the East in February 2018, winds swept in from Siberia – bringing 20in of snow and the coldest March day on record.

    The Beast from the East combined with Storm Emma to cause havoc in the UK for a month, bringing heavy snowfall to large areas.

    The Met Office issued red weather warnings of a danger to life as the storm's 70mph winds hit the polar vortex — bringing deadly snowdrifts and a -15C windchill.

    It took water companies days to restore supplies to most customers after weather-related problems.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHERE HAS THE BEAST FROM THE EAST COME FROM?

    The weather event happens when the temperature in the stratosphere soars by 50C.

    This reverses Britain's wind pattern – bringing in freezing blasts from Siberia, Russia.

    Winds from Siberia push in from the east, causing the mercury to plummet – with even daytime temperatures struggling to rise above zero.

    It generally takes two weeks to see the effects of a "sudden stratosphere warning" (SSW) which causes the Beast from the East.

    These "SSWs" cover a larger area and can move south to Canada, the USA and Europe, increasing the risk of air temperatures decreasing to potentially dangerous levels.

  • Joseph Gamp

    THE BEAST FROM THE EAST IS COMING…

    Meteorologists have confirmed a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event is happening over the Arctic, which is what happened before the Beast from the East three years ago.

    From January 15, unsettled conditions are forecast to develop across the UK, bringing spells of rain to many areas, perhaps, accompanied by strong winds, the Met Office said.

    It's possible temperatures will plunge further next week, one meteorologist added, saying there is “very much a possibility” of a Beast from the East 2 in the “middle of next week”.

    Paul Davies, the Met Office’s chief meteorologist, said: "We can’t completely rule out a signal for colder weather following this SSW event later in the month."

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE WARNS HEAVY RAIN AND SNOW WILL HIT SOUTHEAST ENGLAND TONIGHT

    The weather agency said rain a nd snow will move across the south east of England tonight and into Saturday morning.

    Parts of the south east have yellow and amber warnings for snow in Kent, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

    The Met Office tweeted: "Heavy #rain and #snow will move across southeast England tonight and Saturday morning, with an AMBER warning for snow in places."

  • Joseph Gamp

    SNOW AND ICE WARNINGS ISSUED FOR UK THIS WEEKEND AS COVID VACCINATIONS DISRUPTED

    A snow and ice warning has been issued for the UK this weekend as the wintry weather disrupts roads and vaccine roll-outs.

    Yellow weather warnings are now in place until the weekend across Scotland, northern and central England after plummeting temperatures sparked travel chaos up and down the country.

    In Scotland and nothern England, heavy snow and freezing rain has disrupted Covid-19 vaccination appointments.

    In Newcastle, hospital bosses have advised older people not to visit mass vaccination hub because of the weather, and to rebook their appointments.

    Newcastle upon Tyne NHS hospitals foundation trust tweeted: “We're advising older people who are booked for their COVID-19 vaccine at the Centre for Life today to rebook for another day when the weather is better.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE SAYS SNOW ON WAY FOR SATURDAY, SEVERAL WARNINGS IN PLACE

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK WEATHER FORECAST: FEELING COLD WITH FURTHER SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND

    UK weather forecast – Feeling cold with further snow over the weekend

  • Joseph Gamp

    700 HOMES IN YORKSHIRE LEFT WITHOUT GAS THIS MORNING

    Freezing fog patches and plummeting temperatures saw an icy start to Friday which led to a loss of gas supply to approximately 700 homes in the Hebden Bridge area.

    Water had got into the local gas network and frozen.

    Engineers from Northern Gas Networks who were brought out to try and restore the supply found a large plug of frozen water in one of the pipes.

  • Joseph Gamp

    LONDON COULD BE BLANKETED WITH SNOW ON SATURDAY

    According to reports from the Met Office, London is set to be blanketed with snow on Saturday.

    The forecasting comes amid weather warnings affecting many parts of the UK.

    The snowfall could begin in the capital "around three or four in the morning" and would continue into the afternoon.

    Speaking to the Evening Standard, Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge projected that between three to five centimetres of snow would fall in London on Saturday.

    Mr Patridge added that the snow would be followed by rain in the afternoon.

  • Alice Peacock

    RURAL COMMUNITIES COULD BE CUT OFF BY WEATHER

    Forecasters are warning that the incoming weather could cause travel chaos this weekend, with the potential to leave vehicles stranded and rural communities cut off.

    Early risers were seen scooping snow from their driveways in County Durham this morning, as drivers battled to steer through the white stuff in Northumberland and Yorkshire.

    In Leicester and Essex, cars faced a different struggle, making their way through floodwater after heavy rain fell in parts of the country overnight.

  • Alice Peacock

    BRITAIN BRACED FOR BITTERLY COLD WEEKEND

    Temperatures will likely drop as low as -9C in northern parts of the UK in the early hours of Saturday.

    The Pennines, the North York Moors, the high ground of Wales and parts of south-west England would likely see 2-5cm of snow, according to the Met Office.

  • Alice Peacock

    AMBER ALERT ISSUED FOR LARGE PART OF ENGLAND TOMORROW

    An Amber weather warning has been issued for parts of south east England tomorrow, with residents urged to stay alert to potential hazards.

    A band of heavy snow expected to hit the Norwich area, down to Chelmsford, was likely to bring disruption as it moves eastwards on Saturday.

    Elsewhere in the UK, from Glascow and Edinburgh down to Nottingham and Oxford, a Yellow alert had been issued for Saturday.

    This meant there was a moderate chance that snow and ice would disrupt travel, power and phone coverage.

  • Alice Peacock

    2020 CONCLUDED EARTH'S WARMEST 10-YEAR PERIOD

    Met Office has announced the 2020 global annual temperature figure, which shows last year was 1.28C above pre-industrial levels.

    This makes it the second warmest year in the dataset's record.

    You can read more about the latest global temperatures below.

  • Alice Peacock

    LONDON COULD BE BLANKETED WITH SNOW ON SATURDAY

    According to reports from the Met Office, London is set to be blanketed with snow on Saturday.

    The forecasting comes amid weather warnings affecting many parts of the UK.

    The snowfall could begin in the capital "around three or four in the morning" and would continue into the afternoon.

    Speaking to the Evening Standard, Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge projected that between three to five centimetres of snow would fall in London on Saturday.

    Mr Patridge added that the snow would be followed by rain in the afternoon.

  • Chris Bradford

    AFTERNOON FORECAST: DRY BUT CLOUDY

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    IN PICTURES: FLOODS HIT LOUGHBOROUGH, LEICESTERSHIRE

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    PRECAUTIONARY INSPECTION CALLED FOR MARKET RASEN AMID THREAT OF WINTRY WEATHER

    Market Rasen's racing meet will be subject to a precautionary morning inspection on Saturday because of the threat of further wintry weather overnight.

    But, clerk of the course Jack Pryor remains confident that the seven-race card will beat the cold snap.

    The ground is currently described as soft, heavy in places at the Lincolnshire venue – where the inspection will take place at 8am.

    Mr Pryor said: "The track is perfectly raceable at the moment.

    "We've had no frost, no snow – I know a lot of Lincolnshire have had snow, but it's absolutely fine here this morning.

    "It's just that the forecast is suggesting that there are potentially some wintry showers around tomorrow morning, and we just didn't want to get caught out if the snow did start to settle in the early hours."

  • Chris Bradford

    ICY START LED TO LOSS OF GAS SUPPLY TO 700 HOMES IN YORKSHIRE

    Freezing fog patches and plummeting temperatures saw an icy start to Friday which led to a loss of gas supply to approximately 700 homes in the Hebden Bridge area.

    Water had got into the local gas network and frozen.

    Engineers from Northern Gas Networks who were brought out to try and restore the supply found a large plug of frozen water in one of the pipes.

  • Chris Bradford

    WEATHER WARNING

    A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued across vast swathes of the UK.

    The warning will come into force from midnight tomorrow and remain in place until 6pm.

    An area of rain pushing eastwards is likely to turn to snow in places.

    Snow is likely to fall to low levels across eastern Scotland and northern England.

    One to three centimetres is possible at low levels but 5-10cm could accumulate on ground 200m above sea level.

    There is a chance of snow in the south but rain is the most likely outcome.

  • Chris Bradford

    'BEAST FROM THE EAST' COULD HIT UK NEXT WEEK

    Forecasters are warning that there is "very much a possibility" of a Beast from the East 2 in the middle of next week.

    The first Beast from the East, in February 2018, happened when a sudden stratospheric warming event sent freezing winds from Siberia.

    The Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill told the Guardian it was possible temperatures could plunge further next week.

    For such weather to occur, Burkill said there would need to be a "blocking area of high pressure" particularly to the north of the UK.

    "That would then drag in that cold easterly wind," he said.

  • Alice Peacock

    WEATHER DISRUPTS VACCINE ROLL-OUT

    In Newcastle, hospital bosses have advised older people not to visit mass vaccination hub because of the weather, and to rebook their appointments.

    Newcastle upon Tyne NHS hospitals foundation trust tweeted: “We're advising older people who are booked for their COVID-19 vaccine at the Centre for Life today to rebook for another day when the weather is better.

    "It's easy to do by calling 119. No need to risk travelling in the bad weather."

  • Alice Peacock

    'BEAST FROM THE EAST' COULD HIT UK NEXT WEEK

    Forecasters are warning that there is "very much a possibility" of a Beast from the East 2 in the middle of next week.

    The first Beast from the East, in February 2018, happened when a sudden stratospheric warming event sent freezing winds from Siberia.

    The Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill told the Guardian it was possible temperatures could plunge further next week.

    For such weather to occur, Burkill said there would need to be a "blocking area of high pressure" particularly to the north of the UK.

    "That would then drag in that cold easterly wind," he said.

  • Alice Peacock

    CHILLY TEMPERATURES HERE TO STAY

    Temperatures in the Greater London area are expected to drop to 1C on Friday and parts of the South East could fall to an icy -2C.

    Temperatures of as low as -8C were recorded in the Richmondshire district, in North Yorkshire, on Friday morning.

  • Alice Peacock

    FLOOD WATCH FOR UK

    While the iciness of the morning may have worn off, nearly 200 areas of the country remain on flood watch.

    The Environment Agency has issued 126 flood alerts for England and another 27 flood more serious warnings.

    The rain had petered off over many parts of the country, but Matt Taylor told BBC Breakfast that another weather system would make its way across the UK tonight.

    "It will bring more rain across Northern Ireland and western parts of Scotland, Wales and western England," he said.

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