Flights and trains cancelled as a mega snow storm dubbed “the beast from the east” hits the England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The unusually severe storm is caused by warming temperatures in the arctic dragging colder Siberian weather towards Europe.
The snow storm hit Europe earlier this week, blanketing the streets of Rome where dozens of roads were closed and more than 100 train services were cancelled. Germany’s meteorological office recorded a temperature of -30C at the country’s highest peak – Zugpitze.
The UK Met Office warns that snow is expected in England, Scotland and Wales until Saturday. Forecasters predict up to 10 cm of snow to fall in southern England and up to 40cm in Scotland. Temperatures are expected to dip as low as -10C.
British Airways cancelled several flights from Heathrow airport yesterday. Easy Jet has warned that disruption to flights can be expected.
Southern Railway says disruption to services is expected to continue until Thursday. Trains are currently running a limited speeds.
Great Northern Railways have advised any passengers to complete their journey “as soon as possible” to avoid cancellations or delays.
Of course, many Brits are taking the storm in their stride. Pictures posted on social media show people skiing in the street and enjoying snowball fights.
Australians caught in the storm travel chaos are advised to contact their travel agent or insurance company for assistance to rearrange travel plans.
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