Beast from the East Part 2?

Snow and ice warnings have been issued across the country

Snow and ice warnings have been issued across the country

Further accumulations of 1-4 cm of snow are likely, whilst greater amounts will occur locally, most of the heavy snow fall is in the south west area covered by the amber warning.

A MET Office amber warning for snow has been extended as forecasters predict snow will continue to fall across Somerset. "Delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely", the Met Office said in a statement.

Temperatures could plummet to lows of -10C overnight across large swathes of the United Kingdom, with bitter wind chill making conditions feel even colder in places.

"The snow will ease at times through the evening, but further spells of heavier snow are possible until the early hours of Monday".

The "mini beast from the east" has seen temperatures fall a couple of degrees below zero overnight and a decent layer of snow descend on Deeside this morning. "Temperatures barely above freezing, and in the wind it will feel like it's well below freezing", he said.

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Mark Wilson, forecaster for the Met Office, said: "The best way to describe this is as a real return to wintry conditions".

Richard Leonard, Highways England's head of road safety, said: "Our gritter drivers will be out treating our roads around the clock but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast".

Yellow warnings for snow and ice cover much of the United Kingdom, and are in force for the whole of Saturday, while gusty winds of up to 70mph are forecast in northern England and parts of Wales.

The arrival of bitterly cold weather - only a few days before the vernal equinox, the official start of spring in Britain - could have serious consequences for wildlife, experts have warned.

A yellow warning of ice and snow remains in place across the region for the rest of today and into tomorrow morning.

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A yellow alert for wind in Wales warns of gusts of up to 70mph.

Wintery scenes in Glasgow as the cold snap dubbed the "mini beast from the east" hits.

"It's worth remembering that cold temperatures - indoors and outdoors, can affect health, particularly in young children, older people and those with heart and lung conditions".

Chance of showers in east. Snow will thaw in most places except across highest ground where temperatures remain below freezing.

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