Parts of the UK will continue to be plagued by snow and ice on Tuesday. It could be the coldest night of the year for the second straight night in the country.
Another snow and ice warning covers the Shetland Islands until midnight tonight.
Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Oli Claydon said there would be another heavy snowfall in some areas on Tuesday.
“In effect from midnight tonight until lunchtime on Thursday, a massive snow and ice warning covers the north-east of England, the entire north of Scotland, and the Highlands and Islands,” he said.
He said “up to 15 to 20 centimeters of snow can be accumulated at high altitudes.”
Claydon said northern Scotland could see even colder temperatures on Tuesday after breaking record lows for the year on Monday.
“Regarding temperatures, we could have very cold nights, especially in parts of Scotland where there is a lot of snow,” he said.
“Last night was minus 15 degrees. Tonight could be as cold or even colder with some snowfall under clear skies.
“It was a very cold night, but very cold across the UK, with widespread sub-zero temperatures.”
Claydon urged commuters across the UK to “take a little extra time” and “take a little extra care” when driving.
Commuters faced travel disruptions after much of the UK was hit by ice, fog and snow on Monday morning.
RAC’s Rod Dennis said their team was “very busy” on Monday and helped more than 7,500 drivers with injuries. He added that this is 50% more than he is seen on a typical Monday in December.
Temperatures in northern Scotland dipped below -15 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest night yet.
Widespread snow has forced school closures in some areas across the country, with others warned they may have to comply Tuesday.
Abbey View School in Tewksbury, Gloucestershire, posted on Twitter: Please keep an eye on the Gloucestershire Closed Schools website or the school website for future updates. “
Edmonton Primary School in north London posted: “Even though school was closed today, Penguin class had fun in the snow!”
The lowest recorded temperature was -15.6C in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, and the next five lowest temperatures were recorded in Scotland, including -13.1C in Balmoral, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Meanwhile, three boys aged 8, 10 and 11 died after falling into Solihull’s frozen lake on Sunday afternoon.
A fourth boy, six, is in critical condition in hospital.
Richard Stanton, Regional Commander for the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service, said: Keep both adults and children away from open water. No matter how thick and safe this ice is, never step on it. “
Drivers on the northern leg of the M25 were stranded for several hours as traffic stopped.
On Monday morning, the UK’s busiest motorway was closed in both directions between junction 23 in South Mims and junction 25 in Waltham Cross.
Highways said the closure was due to “snow and jackknife trucks.”
Other roads in the region, including the M11, M2, A21, A27 and A249, experienced long delays.
National Highways said up to 25 glitters are processing the M25 at any time of the day on Sunday and Monday nights.
They sprayed 960 tons of salt and over 18,000 liters of antifreeze.
Several rail lines, including the Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink, will experience major disruptions until the end of Monday.
All lines except Waterloo & City Line, Elizabeth Line, Bakerloo, Circle and DLR are affected, and London Underground trains are experiencing minor to severe delays.
Parts of the London Overground have been suspended, including Watford and Euston, Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction and Sydenham to West Croydon.
More than 300 flights to UK airports were canceled from Sunday to Monday, affecting Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted and Bristol.
Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports were both open to the public on Monday, but chaos was brewing.
Gatwick tweeted, “The airport is open and flights are operating, but the cold weather will cause delays and cancellations for the rest of the day. Please check local travel conditions.”
Luton and Stansted also advised passengers to check flight status before leaving home.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/snow-scotland-england-met-office-south-east-b2243613.html A set of snow and ice continues and could be the new coldest night of the year