Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Beast of the East II causes chaos on mid Wales roads

Beast of the East II causes chaos on mid Wales roads

After snow caused disruption over the weekend following the arrival of a weather pattern dubbed the "mini beast from the East", England and parts of Wales and Scotland have been warned of ice and further light snow.

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"Coastal areas could see between 5-10cm of snow, but in land areas will be less affected".

Most of the United Kingdom will experience a second dose of "unusually cold air" while it is expected to remain bitterly cold and windy everywhere.

"We'll start off on Monday with still chilly temperatures across the British Isles".

Tonight, there will be a chance of isolated sleet showers with temperatures lurking around -3C.

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Highways England issued a severe weather alert for snow and advised road users to check the forecast and road conditions before travelling. It will weaken as it does so.

The warning, which has been issued by the MET Office, covers all areas in Gwent and is in place from 7pm this evening to 9am tomorrow.

Conditions are "extremely unlikely" to get as fierce as a fortnight ago, when some areas had 19in of snow, 20ft drifts left villages cut off for a week, thousands of schools closed and hundreds of flights were cancelled. Strong easterly winds will result in some drifting of lying snow, and lead to a significant wind chill. Staying windy and bitterly cold'.

By the end of the day, most places will have seen some snow, with the potential for up to 10 inches to fall on higher ground in the South West on Sunday.

The snow should clear across the South West through Sunday evening into Monday.

Tmperatures are slowly rising today and will rise rapidly through next week to 10C by Thursday.

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