April 20, 2018

Health warning as ice and snow cause road chaos across the North

HEALTH warnings were issued yesterday as
freezing temperatures left parts of the UK
under a blanket of snow.

Heavy falls across the North brought traffic
on major routes to a standstill.

Forecasters warned of worse to come later
this week with lows of -10c (14F).

The snow will hit southern England from
tomorrow, with the worst disruption expected
on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Met Office issued a Level 2 cold weather
alert across much of England, warning of an
increased health risk to elderly and
vulnerable people.

It says there is a 60 per cent danger of
severe cold weather over the next four days.

Icy Arctic winds brought temperatures
tumbling to -8C in Scotland yesterday while
swathes of flood-hit Yorkshire and Cumbria
lay under several inches of snow.

Met Office forecaster Jenna Macgregor said:
“It is going to feel much colder from Tuesday
with widespread frosts likely on Wednesday

“We will see a mix of snow, sleet and hail
showers across the UK. It is likely we will
be issuing warnings for snow and ice this

Gary Rae, of road safety charity Brake,
warned: “Stopping distances can increase up
to tenfold in ice and snow.

“If you get caught out driving in bad weather
the critical thing is to slow right down and
keep your distance.”

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather,
said conditions would worsen through the week
with nowhere escaping the icy blast.

“From Wednesday through to next weekend we
expect widespread snow with notable
accumulations in parts.”

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