Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Britons urged to avoid unnecessary travel as Storm Emma rolls in

Britons urged to avoid unnecessary travel as Storm Emma rolls in

Previously the western edge of Cumbria was not included in the warnings.

The forecasting service issued an amber warning for wind and snow in the capital later today, with conditions set to worsen from 2pm onwards.

The yellow warning was in force at 9.55am today and ceases at 11.55pm tonight.

There is further heavy snow forecast overnight for the North East and eastern parts of Scotland and isolated showers elsewhere, he said.

"Long delays and cancellations of public transport seem highly likely".

In Lincolnshire, police warned that "most roads" had become impassable, with the force's control room tweeting that it had received reports of some remote villages being "totally cut off under 2ft of snow". "Long interruptions to power supplies and other services".

Schools and universities were closed on Wednesday and to stay closed on Thursday while transport networks shut down on Wednesday afternoon.

Snowfall will grow heavier through Thursday afternoon and evening with 10-20cm likely to settle widely across red alert areas, Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said.

According to the UK Met Office, freezing winds from northern Scandinavia and northwest Russian Federation will mean temperatures will struggle to get above 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day and plunge as low as -8 degrees Celsius (17 degrees Fahrenheit) at night.

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As well as the red alert - which has never before been issued for Scotland, England or Northern Ireland - amber warnings have also been issued for the north-east of England and the central belt of Scotland, in place between 10am and 8pm on Thursday, and for south west England and south Wales from 12pm until 8am on Friday.

"So it just re-emphasises that message that people should ask themselves the question 'is this journey absolutely and utterly essential?' - if not, do not travel".

"The snow will be accompanied by very strong easterly winds leading to blizzards and considerable drifting".

Danish police yesterday said that two peope have died as a result of the extreme temperatures, while Sweden's emergency service said it had received about 550 calls regarding minor road crashes as of Thursday morning in the past three days, twice as much as for an ordinary winter day.

Major airports including Manchester, London Gatwick and Heathrow told passengers that cancellations loomed, while Glasgow Airport announced it was closed until 3pm.

The Met Office is also warning that the storm will continue to impact into Saturday.

Edinburgh Airport said most airlines had cancelled flights from the airport until lunchtime.

The Irish Republic is also on red alert after being hit by the worst snow in 35 years, with Evelyn Cusack, senior forecaster with Met Eireann, warning 40cm of snow could fall in parts of the east and south.

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