LONDON :The U.K. faces another week of travel disruptions as freezing weather, dubbed the “beast from the east”, is forecasted to spread further, with Scotland and eastern England expected to be hit the worst.
Train services have been delayed and roads in the hardest-hit areas have been blocked, hindering the daily commute people make to work and children to school, according to the Met Office. Furthermore, flights from a number of the U.K.’s busiest airports have been cancelled.
Speaking to The Guardian, Met Office meteorologist Emma Sillitoe said, “During the rush-hour, there will still be some really heavy showers around, making their way towards London. There will also be further disruption throughout the day as these showers become widespread across the country.”
With temperatures reaching as low as -4 degrees Celsius, the wintry weather is the coldest recorded in the last 27 years, with forecasters raising the warning level to “amber” – the second most severe warning.
In Yorkshire, north England, it has been reported that up to 40 cm of snow has fallen and dozens of schools have shut down, according to local reports.
In Cambridgeshire, east England, one person suffered life threatening injuries after multiple car accidents on the A47 motorway.
The icy cold weather the U.K., as well as much of Europe, is facing is due to freezing winds travelling west from Siberia, in the northeast of Russia.
While the U.K. and much of Europe are experiencing an extreme drop in temperatures, the Arctic, on the other hand, is experiencing one of its warmest winters ever.