Snow-covered Britain braced for new threat as Storm Emma nears

Cheryl Sanders
March 2, 2018

She added that exceptionally high amounts of snow for eastern parts of Wicklow and southern parts of Dublin were forecast.

As heavy snow brought a second day of disruption to many parts of Britain, there were warnings that worse is to come with another severe weather system heading north from Europe.

Storm Emma, as named by the Portuguese Met service, is coming in from the south and is on collision course with the Beast from the East, looking set to drag more bitter weather to the United Kingdom on Friday.

"Temperatures will remain below freezing for the day". Around 1,000 vehicles were at a standstill, tailing back eight miles in both directions, Police Scotland said, although the road is expected to be cleared overnight. More than 150 flights were cancelled at Dublin airport.

People are advised to stay indoors during the Red Alert, and to avoid road journeys unless emergency.

A top level red alert, which indicates a danger of life, is in place for the central belt of Scotland until later on Thursday morning.

The Met Office website states: "Frequent and heavy snow showers are expected on Wednesday and Thursday leading to some significant accumulations developing".

She warned that Thursday night would feature penetrating low temperatures of -4 degrees dropping lower over lying snow. Even in London, which was not hit as hard as areas to the east and west, many normally packed streets were quiet.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "The RAF is assisting in helping to transport health staff to hospitals and support health workers in visiting vulnerable people in the community..."

Storm Emma arriving from the West before the Siberian blast nicknamed Beast of the East had left turned already terrible weather conditions even worse on Thurs.

Storm Emma is a weather system which originated in Portugal last week.

The cold spell, dubbed the "the Beast from the East", has been caused by a jump in temperatures high over the Arctic which has weakened the jet stream that brings warm air in from the Atlantic to Ireland and Britain.

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