SNOW warnings are in place until Saturday as Storm Darcy continues to wreak havoc across the UK.

Wednesday is set to be another bitterly cold day with some places struggling to get much above freezing, the Met Office said.

A yellow weather warning remains in place across eastern parts of the UK, with the Met Office warning "snow showers could bring disruption to travel". 

Last night saw temperatures plummet to as low as -17C in northern Scotland, making it the coldest UK night for 10 years.

And the cold remains so extreme this morning that several councils, including Rugby, Thurrock and Southwark, have been forced to cancel bin collections until things warm up.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    STRONG WINDS WILL MAKE FREEZING TEMPERATURES FEEL COLDER SAYS MET OFFICE CHIEF METEOROLOGIST

    Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri, said: “Weather for the rest of this week will continue to be very cold with daytime temperatures only reaching a degree or so above freezing at best for many and strong easterly winds continuing to make it feel even colder.”

    “Overnight temperatures have been notable with -17.1C recorded in the Highlands of Scotland, on Tuesday night.

    "While Wednesday night is expected to be the coldest night of the winter so far.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TEMPERATURES DROP TO 10-YEAR LOW OF MINUS 17.1C OVERNIGHT

    Temperatures fell to minus 17.1C overnight in the Scottish Highlands, setting a new 10-year low.

    And the cold snap is set to continue, with the Met Office warning that temperatures could drop even lower overnight on Wednesday.

    The temperature in Altnaharra overnight on Tuesday was the coldest since January 2010 when the temperature dipped to minus 22.3C.

    The same region of Scotland saw lows of minus 16.7C overnight on Monday.

    The Met Office said that Storm Darcy, which caused much disruption last week, has now "definitely" moved on.

    The NHS said that despite tough conditions many vaccination centres had remained open, and any missed appointments would be rescheduled.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    COLD WEATHER GIVES WAY TO MILDER CONDITIONS SAYS MET OFFICE

    Cold weather will continue for the rest of the week before milder air spreads in from the west.

    Snow and ice warnings have been issued for some parts of the UK for the rest of the week with further warnings possible.

    However at the end of the week milder air from the Atlantic will start to spread into the UK behind a series of weather fronts.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MORE SNOW FORECAST FOR PARTS OF THE UK TONIGHT

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TOMORROW'S FOREACST

    Scattered snow showers in the far northeast, isolated snow showers at first far south.

    Otherwise dry but cold. Cloudier in the southwest with some light sleet and snow possible later.

    (-Met Office)

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SECOND LION CUB DIES AT ANIMAL RESERVE AFTER SNEAKING OUT IN FREEZING CONDITIONS

    Two lion cubs have dies within days at a British zoo – because of the cold.

    Port Lympne Reserve has been left "incredibly upset" after the passing of a lion cub on Tuesday.

    It’s the second lion cub to die at the reserve near Hythe, Kent in recent weeks and follows some arctic weather conditions in Kent.

    Less than a month ago staff at the animal park announced that lioness Oudrika had given birth to three lion cubs in January.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHAT IS THE COLD WEATHER PAYMENT?

    When temperatures are recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees or below for seven consecutive days on average between November 1 and March 31, eligible Brits are entitled to extra money to heat their homes.

    You get £25 for every seven day period where the weather is below 0C during this time frame.

    You can check if your area has had a cold-weather payment by popping your postcode into the government's tool from November 1 onwards.

    In 2020, four weather stations in Scotland had cold weather payments triggered by the start of December.

    So far, the payments have been triggered by 29 weather stations in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales for more than 470 postcodes.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    FEEL THE HEAT

    Low-income households can get £25 a week to help with energy bills during the winter thanks to the cold weather payment scheme.

    Here, we round up who's eligible for the financial support by the government and how to apply.

    Freezing weather in certain areas of the UK has already triggered payment for many – and now even more areas are eligible now that Storm Darcy has hit.

    Last night, temperatures plummeted to as low as -20C in some places, while snow and ice warnings are expected to stay in place for another two days.

    For now, we take you through everything you need to know about the cold weather payment.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PARTS OF ENGLAND SEES SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL

  • Debbie White

    WINDS MAKE UK SHIVER IN -5C

    Yesterday's gale-force winds have calmed down, dropping to 20-30mph for Wednesday.

    The UK is shivering in frost, ice and snow today, with winds buffeting Brits from the east.

    Today's temperature will be 1C or 2C at most, but with the wind chill it'll feel like -4C or -5C.

  • Debbie White

    DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FOR ELDERLY BRITS

    Elderly people were this morning urged to avoid going out in dangerous conditions, even for vaccine appointments in some areas, as large parts of the UK face further heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures.

    Although people are keen for a break in the weather, there are more snow showers on the way, warn forecasters.

    Yellow weather warnings remain in place for snow and ice covering the eastern side of the UK, from the Scottish highlands to the south-east, and even London too.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    The NHS said that despite tough conditions many vaccination centres had remained open, and any missed appointments would be rescheduled.

    Yellow warnings for ice and snow were still present down the length of the UK on Wednesday, though some will remain in place in parts of northern England and Scotland on Thursday and Friday.

    The Met said that a "rash of snow showers" was expected through until Wednesday morning but that "erratic" weather fronts would dominate the rest of week.

    Daytime temperatures are forecast to hover in the single figures across the whole of the UK on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Several councils in England, including Rugby Borough Council and Southwark Council, in London, were forced to briefly suspend waste collection services due to the weather conditions.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TEMPERATURES DROP TO 10-YEAR LOW OF MINUS 17.1C OVERNIGHT

    Temperatures fell to minus 17.1C overnight in the Scottish Highlands, setting a new 10-year low.

    And the cold snap is set to continue, with the Met Office warning that temperatures could drop even lower overnight on Wednesday.

    The temperature in Altnaharra overnight on Tuesday was the coldest since January 2010 when the temperature dipped to minus 22.3C.

    The same region of Scotland saw lows of minus 16.7C overnight on Monday.

    The Met Office said that Storm Darcy, which caused much disruption last week, has now "definitely" moved on.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TEMPERATURES TO DIP AS LOW AS -5C TODAY

    Temperatures to reach as low as -5C today in Scotland with parts of England dipping as low as -1.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MARS AHOY!

    The United Arab Emirates' Mars mission has just resulted in success with the Hope probe now orbiting the planet.

    That means Hope has beaten other missions by the US and China that are also heading for the Red Planet.

    The three countries all launched their projects last July when Mars's orbit brought it close to Earth.

    The process for Hope to enter Mars's orbit began at around 15:30 GMT today.

    The success means the UAE has become the fifth country ever to reach the Red Planet's orbit with a spacecraft.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    OLD WEATHER ALERT ISSUED FOR WHOLE OF UK

    Health chiefs have also issued a cold weather alert for the whole of Britain, saying the chill could have “a serious impact on health”.

    A temperature of -16.7C was recorded in Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday morning – the lowest in the UK since December 2010.

    Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey said the “bitterly cold” winds could mean temperatures fall even further tonight, with more snow expected throughout the week.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PICTURED

    A groundsman look almost as if he is skis as he walks the grounds whilst forking the snow covered moat surrounding The Tower of London.

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  • Niamh Cavanagh

    FLOOD WARNINGS ISSUED IN PLACE ACROSS ENGLAND

    There are 12 flood warnings in place across England.

    To find whether you were are in an area with a warning click here.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TOMORROW'S FORECAST

    Thursday will bring a dry and bright start to the day with early sunshine.

    It will then continue to be dry with lengthy spells of sunshine for most however there will be a few snow showers in the east.

    It will turn cloudier in the west later bringing some sleet to western parts of Britain.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PICTURED

    A three-car collision occurred this morning on icy roads on the A12 on the Langham stretch just north of Colchester.

    Credit: JOHN McLELLAN
    Credit: JOHN McLELLAN
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WEATHER FORECAST – TONIGHT

    Remaining dry for most areas into the evening with lengthy clear spells and daytime snow showers across eastern Britain will turn increasingly patchy.

    Overnight will continue to be mostly dry with clear skies however a few snow showers will continue, these largely across eastern areas.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PICTURED

    A child admires a snowman made from the heavy snowfall in Victoria Park, London.

    Credit: AFP or licensors
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    All Edinburgh tram services are currently cancelled because of issues caused by the weather.

    Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said "temperatures will plummet wherever you are" on Wednesday, and "strong winds" and snow will be "disruptive across many areas" in the UK.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WARNINGS OVER TRAVEL AS TEMPERATURES DROP TO MINUS 16C OVERNIGHT

    A Met Office forecast has warned of extreme cold temperatures as most of Scotland is expected to sit below zero Celsius on Wednesday night.

    Temperatures as low as minus 11C are expected overnight in the Highlands, while the central belt can expect highs of minus 2C, to lows of minus 6C.

    On Tuesday night, temperatures dropped to minus 16.7C in Altnaharra in Sutherland.

    Transport services were disrupted on Wednesday morning due to the weather, with Stagecoach East Scotland cancelling many of its early morning Fife services.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WEATHER WARNINGS THIS WEEK

    There are snow and ice warnings in place for today and further yellow warnings in place until Friday.

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