Car stuck as North Yorkshire is blanketed in snow
Temperatures fell to -10C last night following forecasts of the “coldest night of the season” for parts of the UK bringing snow and leaving some without power as the storm Arwen continued to hit the UK.
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings of severe ice over large swathes of England, including Newcastle, Manchester, London and Cardiff, following freezing temperatures overnight.
Northwest Highway police said 120 trucks were “stuck in the snow” on the M62.
Northern Powergrid, which supplies power to the North East, Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, said 240,000 customers had lost service but that supply was restored to 200,000 on Sunday.
Electricity North West, which supplies power to an area between the Scottish border and Stockport, said 67,000 of the 83,000 customers who lost power have had their supply restored.
Heavy snow has blocked trucks and used plows in a number of areas, with pub staff and the Oasis Noasis tribute group stranded since Friday at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales due to heavy snowfall .
Hello and welcome to The Independent’s live blog covering the latest UK weather conditions as the nation battles snow and ice after the “coldest night of the season”.
Thomas kingsleyNovember 29, 2021 7:31 AM
Forecast for ‘coldest night of the season’ as thousands still without power after Storm Arwen
Amid damage and disruption from Storm Arwen which left three dead, forecasters warned last night was the “coldest night” of the fall season with temperatures reaching -10C in parts from the United Kingdom.
The Met Office said it expected the mercury to drop below zero in many parts of the country, including cities like London, where it was predicted to be as cold as -2C in the last hours of Sunday.
Our reporters Grace Almond and Tom Batchelor have the full story below:
Thomas kingsleyNovember 29, 2021 7:45 AM
Met Office issues yellow ice warnings across UK
The Met Office has issued several yellow ice warnings covering eastern Scotland and stretching from northeast England to the south coast, including London.
The warnings, which are due to last until Monday morning, say people should expect to see “patches of ice” on roads and sidewalks, meaning that accidents, slips and falls are “more probable ”.
Thomas kingsleyNovember 29, 2021 8:00 AM
Storm Arwen: thousands of people still without electricity
Thousands of people across the UK are spending their third night without power amid the disruption caused by Storm Arwen. The storm, which killed three people, recorded gusts of up to 100 mph.
Nearly 40,000 customers were still without power in Scotland on Sunday, with large numbers also affected in England and Wales.
SP Energy Networks – which covers central and southern Scotland – said 6,000 customers were still assigned mainly to Dumfries, Fife, Lothian and Borders. The company also had 5,000 customers without electricity in England and Wales.
In its latest update, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) – which covers the north of Scotland – said around 32,000 customers were still without supply.
SSEN’s Director of Customer Operations, Mark Rough, called the incident “one of the most significant weather events we have seen in decades.”
Thomas kingsleyNovember 29, 2021 8:20 AM
Companies working “all night” to restore electricity hit by storm Arwen
SP Energy Networks, which covers the electricity supply to central and southern Scotland, said it worked through the night to restore power to 6,000 customers.
The provider shared on Twitter images of damaged utility poles hit by fallen trees amid Storm Arwen.
“We know there are still customers with no supply, and our teams are working through the night to get as many of them as possible,” wrote SP Energy Networks.
Thomas kingsleyNovember 29, 2021 8:36 AM
Storm Arwen traps guests in the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales for the third night
Staff at a snow-isolated pub were planning a karaoke night on Sunday as they expect guests won’t be able to escape for a third night.
More than 60 people spent two nights camping in Britain’s tallest pub due to heavy snowfall from Storm Arwen.
On Friday night, guests found themselves stranded at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales after going to watch an Oasis tribute band called Noasis. Those staying at the inn, located 1,732 feet above sea level, woke up to about 3 feet of snow.
Due to a downed power line and snow blocking the main roads, they have not been able to leave since.
Our reporter Sam hancock has the full story below:
Thomas kingsleyNovember 29, 2021 8:50 AM
5-day France weather forecast
According to the Met Office, today will see a cold start with icy expanses and patches of fog with clouds and rain to the northwest, with some snow on the leading edge above Scotland, moving south with strengthening winds.
It should be mostly cloudy and milder than recent nights this evening, with light rain at times for many. Rain more persistent in the northwest. Maybe an early frost in the southeast before getting milder.
Tuesday is expected to be cloudy with strong winds and rain, this becoming stronger and more prevalent during the afternoon in the north, then shifting to the southeast. Much milder than recently, especially in the south.
The rain is expected to start to dissipate from Wednesday morning with heavy showers in eastern areas on Thursday. Friday will then see the return of snow in the north.
Thomas kingsleyNovember 29, 2021 9:10 AM
A “Renowned” and “Dedicated” Director Among the Victims of Falling Trees During Severe Weather
Tributes were paid to Francis Lagan, a ‘renowned educator and civic leader’ who was one of three people in the UK killed by fallen trees in high winds caused by Storm Arwen.
The South Derry community has reportedly been ‘stunned’ by the sudden loss of Mr Lagan, who worked as principal at St Mary’s Primary School in Maghera.
He was killed on Friday when a tree struck his car as he was driving along the Dublin Road in County Antrim with his wife and two of their children.
Our reporter Andy Gregory has the full story below:
Thomas kingsleyNovember 29, 2021 9:25 AM
Will there be a white Christmas this year?
As the British braved the snowy weather and freezing temperatures this weekend, the prospect of a White Christmas began to excite many.
However, it is too early to start making any confident predictions but, interestingly, The mirror reports that uncertainty is now prevalent to such an extent that the Met Office and the BBC are said to be “at war” on the issue, as their respective forecasts are opposed.
While the former predicts months of mild weather to come “compatible with a warming climate,” the latter, which takes its information from the private contractor Data Transmission Network, says the UK is on the verge of be hit by a deep frost.
Our reporter Joe sommerlad has the full story:
Thomas kingsleyNovember 29, 2021 9:46 AM
Waze to alert UK drivers of road disruptions amid damage from Storm Arwen
The Waze live satellite navigation app will reflect weather disturbances on UK roads on its live map.
Through push notifications, it encourages its users to report bad weather hazards while using the app to help keep other drivers up to date with what to expect.
Ruairidh Roberts, UK Country Director at Waze, commented: “As parts of the UK have faced the effects of the Arctic dip and Storm Arwen, we urge motorists on essential journeys to be very diligent. ”
“At Waze, we expect delays across the country as turbulent weather causes chaos on UK roads. As a result, we have sent out push notifications to users of our apps, encouraging them to report dangers caused by the inclement weather, helping to keep other drivers safe and aware of what to expect on the roads.
Thomas kingsleyNovember 29, 2021 10:03 AM