Heavy snow hits London as Brits set for -7C temperatures and severe flooding
Londoners have woken up to snow this morning, as the Met Office warns of a weekend of wild weather.
The hilly village of Hampstead, in north London, got a rare heavy dumping overnight that had locals breaking out their umbrellas this morning.
And one early bird finishing up a night shift captured a lucky snap of a snow flurry in Trafalgar Square.
Journalist Zora Suleman tweeted a wintry clip of snowflakes falling through the Christmas lights still bedecking the central London attraction.
Parts of Kent, Colchester and Maldon in Essex, and the Hertfordshire towns and villages of Radlett, Bushey, Watford, Borehamwood, and Elstree also got snowfall.
Scenes from Colchester and Sevenoaks, Kent showed tthe snow settling deep enough for residents out exploring to make footprints.
Snow continued to fall in some parts of the south east as the day broke.
Hilly parts of the capital got a rare covering in this morning’s chill, after recent weeks’ predictions for snow failed to deliver.
Pictures from Hampstead at sunrise showed snow falling and coating roads and rooftops.
Locals carried umbrellas as vehicles carved their way carefully through the blanketing.
The Parliament Hill lookout at Hampstead Heath still had a partial snow covering as the sun rose over the popular beautyspot.
And residents of other parts of north London tweeted pictures and video of snow falling in their gardens.
While northern England and Scotland seen heavy snowfall in recent weeks, the capital has not seen widespread settling since the ‘Beast from the East’ of 2018.
Parts of southern England including Essex – on the capital’s fringe – got light snowfall during the festive period, making for a rare ‘White Christmas’.
Elsewhere on Saturday, temperatures are set to drop as low as -7C.
The Met Office issued amber weather warnings for parts of Essex, the Home Counties and East Anglia.
The warning, which covers large areas of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, will be in place until 2pm today.
Rain, ice and snow were forecast to wreak havoc that could potentially cut off some areas and create slippery roads throughout the day.
Forecasters on Friday warned of the potential for ‘significant disruption’ ahead for the weekend ahead, as snow melts and gives way to ice and sludge.
Temperatures are expected to hover around 2C in the east of England by the afternoon, and up to around 11C in the south west.
The amber weather alert, which began from 5am, warned travel delays on roads would be likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers.
The forecast said the snow, followed by a band of rain in the south, would quickly clear eastwards by the afternoon.
And East Anglia could get a covering of snow that lingers well into the afternoon, the forecast said.
Brighter weather was predicted to follow the early morning snowflakes.
But with showers and wind affecting northwestern parts of England but with milder temperatures across the board than in recent days.
The challenging weather conditions on Friday disrupted the UK’s vital coronavirus vaccine roll-out effort.
Snow warnings and icy conditions sparked delays to plans to vaccinate over-80s in Newcastle, who were offered the chance to rebook to avoid a freezing wait.