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Snow hits East Anglia as Met office issues AMBER weather warning for the South East

Up to three inches of snow fell in parts of the UK today and left some rural villages ‘cut off’ after the Met Office warned of road closures and power cuts. 

Drivers described ‘horrendous’ conditions on Britain’s roads as the wintry weather hit the Home Counties in the early hours and forecasters are now predicting snow will be replaced with torrential rain across the UK next week, as temperatures rise. 

A Met Office forecaster said: ‘Atlantic low-pressure systems are expected to cross the south of the county at times, bringing rainfall and periods of slightly milder temperatures, and there will be a risk of snowfall on the boundary between the mild and cold airmasses.’

An amber alert was in place for road closures and power cuts in Eastern England between 5am and 2pm covering Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk. Snow was expected this morning in London, Kent, Sussex and further north across East Anglia and the East Midlands. 

The South East of England and East Anglia saw snowfall between 0.8ins and 1.6ins with up to 3.2ins in parts of East Anglia. The lowest temperature was -5.4C at Redesdale Camp, Newcastle upon Tyne, with highs of 52.5F (11.4C) in Gosport Fleetlands, Hampshire. 

But Londoners were left disappointed when only a smattering of snow settled before melting away by 9am, and those in west London saw no snow at all.  

Londoners were left disappointed when only a smattering of snow settled before melting away by 9am, and those in west London saw no snow at all. Pictured: Runner in London 

Forecasters are now predicting snow will be replaced with torrential rain across the UK next week, as temperatures rise. Pictured: People in London

Forecasters are now predicting snow will be replaced with torrential rain across the UK next week, as temperatures rise. Pictured: People in London 

Heavy snow hit Hertfordshire early this morning. Radlett, Bushey, Watford, Borehamwood and Elstree all suffered

Heavy snow hit Hertfordshire early this morning. Radlett, Bushey, Watford, Borehamwood and Elstree all suffered

Heavy Snow at Hampstead, north London, as some parts of the UK were blanketed in snow and freezing conditions today

Heavy Snow at Hampstead, north London, as some parts of the UK were blanketed in snow and freezing conditions today

An amber weather warning was issued in Eastern England between 5am and 2pm covering Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk. Pictured, snow in London

An amber weather warning was issued in Eastern England between 5am and 2pm covering Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk. Pictured, snow in London

Drivers on the roads in the early hours warned of treacherous conditions on the M40 towards London. One Twitter user wrote: 'Horrendous journey into London. Crashed car across carriageway north of Cherwell Services on M40. (Called police). Further south, carriageway surface dangerous with falling snow.' Pictured, a snow-covered London street

Drivers on the roads in the early hours warned of treacherous conditions on the M40 towards London. One Twitter user wrote: ‘Horrendous journey into London. Crashed car across carriageway north of Cherwell Services on M40. (Called police). Further south, carriageway surface dangerous with falling snow.’ Pictured, a snow-covered London street

Heavy snow at Hampstead, north London, as large parts of the UK were blanketed amid an amber weather warning and freezing conditions

Heavy snow at Hampstead, north London, as large parts of the UK were blanketed amid an amber weather warning and freezing conditions

Parts of Kent woke up to the white stuff this morning. Yesterday the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice and warned motorists to take extra care on roads

Parts of Kent woke up to the white stuff this morning. Yesterday the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice and warned motorists to take extra care on roads

A car had an accident and skidded off the road in the snow in Snetterton, Norfolk, as the weather caused treacherous driving conditions on Saturday morning

A car had an accident and skidded off the road in the snow in Snetterton, Norfolk, as the weather caused treacherous driving conditions on Saturday morning

People walk in the rain over Millennium Bridge in London. Parts of eastern England saw up to three inches of snow

People walk in the rain over Millennium Bridge in London. Parts of eastern England saw up to three inches of snow

Drivers on the roads early this morning warned of treacherous conditions on the M40 towards London. One Twitter user wrote: ‘Horrendous journey into London. Crashed car across carriageway north of Cherwell Services on M40. (Called police). Further south, carriageway surface dangerous with falling snow.’

Highs of 7C (44.6F) are expected across London today after freezing temperatures overnight, with the mercury only dropping three degrees to stay around 4C (39.2F) tonight. The temperature could be about 0C in areas of eastern England and parts of Scotland for much of Saturday.

The Met Office said: ‘A band of rain, preceded by some snow, will clear quickly eastwards this morning, leaving a covering of snow across East Anglia. Brighter weather following, with showers affecting northwestern parts. Windy for many, with temperatures closer to average than recently.’  

Temperatures plummeted as low as -11.8C (10.8F) at Ravensworth, North Yorkshire, as the mercury took a dip in northern areas with lying snow yesterday. It was the coldest temperature recorded in England since January 31, 2019, when -13.2C (8.2F) was recorded in County Durham. 

The Met Office warns some rural communities – even in the South – ‘could become cut off’ and that there could be further treacherous travelling conditions today.   

Weather warning today

Weather warning tomorrow

The Met Office issued warnings for ice today (left) and another three including an amber alert for snow tomorrow (right)

An early morning runner in the snow in Sevenoaks, Kent, looks flushed as she exercises in freezing conditions

An early morning runner in the snow in Sevenoaks, Kent, looks flushed as she exercises in freezing conditions

People walk in the rain over Millennium Bridge in London as heavy rain struck the capital on Saturday afternoon

People walk in the rain over Millennium Bridge in London as heavy rain struck the capital on Saturday afternoon

Snow covered streets in Enfield, London, early this morning, as an amber weather warning was put out by the Met Office

Snow covered streets in Enfield, London, early this morning, as an amber weather warning was put out by the Met Office

Heavy snow followed by freezing conditions left motorists facing treacherous driving conditions on the A1 in Northumberland today, with cars skidding off the A1 northbound at Stannington and crashing into a farmers field

Heavy snow followed by freezing conditions left motorists facing treacherous driving conditions on the A1 in Northumberland today, with cars skidding off the A1 northbound at Stannington and crashing into a farmers field

A patio and garden was completely covered in the white stuff in Enfield, London, early Saturday morning

A patio and garden was completely covered in the white stuff in Enfield, London, early Saturday morning

A snow covered street in Catterick, North Yorkshire. Parts of eastern England could see up to four inches of snow on Saturday as forecasters warned of the potential for 'significant disruption'

A snow covered street in Catterick, North Yorkshire. Parts of eastern England could see up to four inches of snow on Saturday as forecasters warned of the potential for ‘significant disruption’

Horse riders head through a waterlogged Wimbledon Common on a cold morning due to heavy rain this morning

Horse riders head through a waterlogged Wimbledon Common on a cold morning due to heavy rain this morning

The weather warning, which lasts until the evening, extends as far as Kent and the North Downs, and also includes Oxfordshire and the Chilterns.

Grahame Madge, Met Office spokesman, said: ‘We have a weather front moving across through the day, which will fall as heavy rain further west, where there is mild air, and turning to snow when it hits cold air in the East.’ 

But Londoners were left disappointed this morning when they woke up to ‘sneeze in the flour’ levels of the white stuff, after forecasters suggested there could be up to four inches.

One took to Twitter to write: ‘I am very jealous of all the snow in Leeds. We’ve had about 10 snowflakes on North London.’

Another said: ‘I genuinely woke up early so I could see some of the alleged “heavy snow” as I didn’t expect it to lie on the ground. Either it was over when I woke up or it never happened.’ 

One penned: ‘Very wet and but not so windy in London too – way before dawn today I was biking in fine snow drops, then it sleeted and finally turned to icy rain, which it’s still doing and sadly set in for the day.’

One added: ‘I was up at 7am in NE London and it was full on snow. Gone by 9am.’

‘This London snow looks an awful lot like your average day to day rain not gonna lie… my kids are furious, taking them hours to finish building this rain man,’ another said.   

Londoners were left disappointed this morning when they woke up to ‘sneeze in the flour’ levels of the white stuff

A postman braves the snow in his shorts as he made his deliveries in Maldon, Essex, this morning

A postman braves the snow in his shorts as he made his deliveries in Maldon, Essex, this morning

One took to Twitter to write: ‘I am very jealous of all the snow in Leeds. We’ve had about 10 snowflakes on North London’

A man jogs down a snow covered street in Catterick, North Yorkshire, as the north of England woke up to a blanket of snow

A man jogs down a snow covered street in Catterick, North Yorkshire, as the north of England woke up to a blanket of snow

Cars were coated in snow in Chesham

Houses are covered in a layer of snow in Chesham

Cars and houses were coated in a layer of snow in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, as cold weather continued south last night 

A Twitter-user in Enfield, London, took out a ruler to measure almost a centimetre of snow this morning. He wrote: 'It’s tried its best to settle on gritted roads but intensity is lowering now to 4/10 EN4 #uksnow ..embarrassingly this is probably the most snow here in almost 2 years (since early Feb 2019)'

A Twitter-user in Enfield, London, took out a ruler to measure almost a centimetre of snow this morning. He wrote: ‘It’s tried its best to settle on gritted roads but intensity is lowering now to 4/10 EN4 #uksnow ..embarrassingly this is probably the most snow here in almost 2 years (since early Feb 2019)’

Walkers shelter underneath the hoods of their coats and umbrellas as they head through heavy rain on Wimbledon Common

Walkers shelter underneath the hoods of their coats and umbrellas as they head through heavy rain on Wimbledon Common

Meanwhile, highway chiefs in Hampshire refused to stop salting icy roads in the New Forest despite a litany of tragedies including one in which four ponies were killed.

The ponies were eagerly licking freshly-laid salt on the B3078 Roger Penny Way, near Brook, when they were hit by a Land Rover Discovery. Three were killed instantly and the fourth died a few minutes later after being lured to their deaths by salt laid on the icy road. 

Horse and ponies love the tast of salt, and Hampshire county councillor David Harrison urged the authority to ‘look at the wisdom’ of treating New Forest roads, saying grit might be less likely to lead to tragedies.

But the council’s deputy leader, Coun Rob Humby, said salting would continue – to protect motorists. He said: ‘I fully recognise the uniqueness of the New Forest environment but the county council has a duty of care to take reasonable steps to keep the roads clear of snow and ice.’

The Met Office has warned drivers to accelerate their cars ‘gently’ and to leave a large gap between surrounding vehicles.

Parts of Wales and Northern Ireland will be mostly cloudy, with some bands of rain in the northern regions.

Greg Dewhurst, a Met Office forecaster said: ‘Areas in eastern England and around the M25 could see up to 8cm of snow, especially as Saturday progresses. Other areas in England and Scotland will see some snowfall here and there, with Saturday being the colder of the two days over the weekend.

‘Temperatures are unlikely to rise above 10C, with a lot of areas closer to freezing.’

There were also 25 flood warnings across England on Saturday, stretching from the South East to the North East, meaning ‘immediate action is required’, according to the Environment Agency.

This is expected to clear up in the evening, going into Sunday, when southern and eastern parts of the UK will see dry, sunny spells.

North-western regions are expected to see showers, with a ‘spell of more persistent rain’ later on in the day.

A garden was covered in a light coating of snow in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, early Saturday morning

A garden was covered in a light coating of snow in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, early Saturday morning

A dog walker braved the wet weather on Wimbledon common this morning. While snow coated parts of Hertfordshire and north London, other areas of the capital only saw rain

A dog walker braved the wet weather on Wimbledon common this morning. While snow coated parts of Hertfordshire and north London, other areas of the capital only saw rain

Snow in Enfield, London, as the sun started to rise early Saturday morning ahead of a day of wet and wintry weather

Snow in Enfield, London, as the sun started to rise early Saturday morning ahead of a day of wet and wintry weather

Mark Millins, of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, urged people to ‘take extra care’ when out walking or driving. 

Hold your horses… lots more snow on the way 

Heavy snow brought transport chaos but at least some had the horsepower to cope.

For Stephanie Anderson it was a chance for a gallop with Clydesdale horse Davie near their home at Westruther in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders.

The Clydesdales are working horses and help plough the land for her family’s market gardening business, and they are also used for events such as weddings.

On the hoof: Stephanie Anderson out for a gallop with her horse Davie near their home at Westruther in Berwickshire

On the hoof: Stephanie Anderson out for a gallop with her horse Davie near their home at Westruther in Berwickshire

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘The highest accumulations of snow were in North East England, where 15cm (6in) was recorded at Copley, County Durham.’ He said snow was recorded as far south as Lakenheath and Marham, in Suffolk.   

Main roads in Scotland were brought to a standstill on Thursday, particularly in areas with an amber ‘be prepared’ weather warning. In Dunblane, Perthshire, one resident said the only traffic was sledges.

In Renfrewshire, drivers abandoned their cars after a number of accidents blocked local roads. 

One motorist thanked locals on Church Road in Giffnock for bringing her tea following a dramatic three-car crash. She wrote on social media: ‘Don’t think I will see my car again.’

On the Stewarton Road, linking south Glasgow with Newton Mearns, cars were abandoned, while police used their vehicles to block off roads.

Train services between Glasgow and East Kilbride were suspended for a while after a vehicle crashed into a railway bridge in Busby.   

Heavy snowfall blocked the A9 southbound at Dunblane, with traffic being diverted through the town. Those aged over 80 had been invited to get their Covid vaccination in the town’s Victoria Hall but many thought it unsafe to leave the house.

Twenty Perthshire primary schools and nurseries closed and were unable to accommodate the children of key workers.

One Dunblane resident said: ‘We feel we have been cut off. There’s almost a foot of snow here. The only traffic moving on our street are the sledges.’ 

Traffic Scotland warned drivers of ‘difficult driving conditions’ on the A82 between Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy. An accident on the M9 closed the Friarton Bridge, with traffic being diverted through Perth.

Police Scotland’s road policing unit has warned against drivers travelling in the wintry weather.

Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock said: ‘Government restrictions on travelling remain in place across Scotland because of the ongoing pandemic.

‘People should not leave their homes unless for essential purposes and work from home where possible. The best way to stay safe is to stay at home.

‘In the current wintry weather please consider if your journey is exempt under the regulations and also if it really is essential and whether you can delay it until the weather improves.’  

The North has borne the brunt of heavy snowfall so far this week – but the wintry weather is set to hit the Home Counties today. Pictured: West Yorkshire yesterday

The North has borne the brunt of heavy snowfall so far this week – but the wintry weather is set to hit the Home Counties today. Pictured: West Yorkshire yesterday

The Met Office has issued a snow warning for South East England which will run from 3am to 8pm on Saturday

The Met Office has issued a snow warning for South East England which will run from 3am to 8pm on Saturday

After the latest weather front passes, Atlantic-dominated weather will become established, bringing moister and warmer air with rain dominating. This will confine snowfall to the highest elevations in the north.

Nick Silkstone, deputy chief meteorologist, said: ‘During Monday and Tuesday we will see large rainfall totals across the high ground of western Britain. This rainfall combined with snowmelt will lead to a high volume of water moving through river catchments in these regions.’

During Wednesday, an area of low-pressure anchored in the North Sea will establish a northerly air flow coming into the UK, heralding a return to colder conditions, with wintry showers over higher ground.

Those fearing a return of the Beast from the East – the Siberian weather system that brought heavy snow in February and March 2018 – can rest easy after the Met Office said it is unlikely to roar back in the coming weeks. 

Group of residents in snow-bound Yorkshire build 10ft fall snowman near their homes

A group of residents in snow-bound Yorkshire have spread a bit of joy by building a 10ft tall snowman near their homes.

Gemma Younger, 34, and her neighbours spent three hours building the ‘tallest snowman’ she’d ever seen in their shared garden on Thursday. The snowman, which was the first she had ever built, made her feel like she was ‘reliving her youth’.

A team of five people, including her neighbours Dawn, Darren and Jack Roberts, as well as her son Alfie, ten, moulded the snowman limb by limb in a joint effort in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

Jack, who is 6ft 3in, was tasked with completing the snowman’s head and was hoisted up in the air by his mother who held a small step ladder by the base of the snowman.

Gemma Younger, 34, and her neighbours spent three hours building the 'tallest snowman' she'd ever seen, in Catterick, North Yorkshire

Gemma Younger, 34, and her neighbours spent three hours building the ‘tallest snowman’ she’d ever seen, in Catterick, North Yorkshire

The friendly neighbours wore masks and maintained a 6ft (2m) distance between them at all times to comply with social distancing measures. Ms Younger said Alfie played in the snow for the whole day, from 9am until 6pm.

Ms Younger, who is originally from Brighton, said: ‘We saw the snow once we woke up, my son was straight out the doors making snowmen. My neighbour was clearing the path and my son started launching snowballs, as you do.

‘He said he was going to make a snowman, if we could help we were more than welcome to. It was challenging but fun. It was a team effort. It was just reliving our youths. It’s the first snowman I’ve ever made.’

The hotel barmaid and married mother-of-two said: ‘There was so much snow, that’s all just from our back garden. Down south we never had snow like this, but moving up north I’ve seen more snow in three years than I’ve ever seen. 

‘It’s the most snow they’ve ever seen. My son didn’t come back in until 6pm, he was just playing with the snow all day. It was just a good laugh. We used a tape measure and he’s about 10ft tall. It’s the tallest snowman I’ve ever seen it.’  

 

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UK weather: Travel chaos warning over icy roads and freezing fog

Snow will fall in London tomorrow with up to four inches across the South East as Britons endured another day of icy chaos and temperatures plunged to nearly -12C (10F) on England’s coldest morning of the winter so far.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning from 3am to 8pm tomorrow covering the capital, with 1in (3cm) expected to fall widely over the South East with up to 4in (10cm) possible in East Anglia and over higher ground.

Covered by the warning are London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Buckinghamshire, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Surrey, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.  

Today, people travelling during the lockdown were told to expect more ‘tricky’ conditions as ice and freezing fog brought further hazards one day after heavy snowfall caused major disruption in northern England and Scotland.

The Met Office also put out an ice warning this morning for all of Scotland and most of England with the mercury plunging to -11.8C (10.8F) in the North Yorkshire village of Ravensworth by 9am today.

Forecasters said the rain, sleet and snow would be dying out, leaving icy surfaces and difficult travel conditions amid concerns of people falling over on slippery pavements and motorists skidding on untreated roads.

People across Britain awoke to a widespread frost and temperatures hovering around freezing this morning, with the mercury unlikely to get above 5C (41F) in London today before dropping back to 0C (32F) tonight.

A runner goes for a job in the snow in Leeds this morning as the country experiences further sub-zero conditions

A van stops in the snow in Leeds this morning as hazardous conditions continue to affect motorists in West Yorkshire

A van stops in the snow in Leeds this morning as hazardous conditions continue to affect motorists in West Yorkshire

Flooding at St Ives in Cambridgeshire this morning for the second time in a month after the River Great Ouse burst its banks

Flooding at St Ives in Cambridgeshire this morning for the second time in a month after the River Great Ouse burst its banks

The A1058 Coast Road between North Shields and Newcastle was closed after multiple crashes this morning amid black ice

The A1058 Coast Road between North Shields and Newcastle was closed after multiple crashes this morning amid black ice

Vehicles queue on the M61 southbound near Bolton in Greater Manchester this morning after a collision in the freezing fog

Vehicles queue on the M61 southbound near Bolton in Greater Manchester this morning after a collision in the freezing fog

Nearly 200 areas of the country remain on flood watch as well, with the Environment Agency issuing 144 flood alerts and 43 more serious warnings for England – while Natural Resources Wales has put out two alerts.

A further 18-hour weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for most of Scotland and northern England tomorrow, from 3am until 9pm, with the Met Office warning up to 8in (20cm) could fall on higher routes.

An area of rain pushing eastwards will turn to snow, with forecasters warning of travel delays of roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel and a chance of power cuts.

The rain will turn to snow as it encounters colder air across Scotland and parts of northern and eastern England, and at first the main hazard may be rain falling onto frozen surfaces leading to ice.

Snow will become more likely during the early morning, with heavier snowfall most likely above 650ft (200m) in Scotland and northern England, where 2in (5cm) to 4in (10cm) may accumulate, possibly 8in (20cm) even higher.

At lower levels and further south, up to 2in (5cm) may accumulate in places, but the Met Office said situation was ‘finely balanced’, with the chance that most lower-lying areas, especially in the east, will see rain or sleet. 

Vehicles being towed away and cars on the side verges in the Wallsend area of North Tyneside this morning

Vehicles being towed away and cars on the side verges in the Wallsend area of North Tyneside this morning

A beautiful misty sunrise behind Winter Hill and over low lying fog near Chorley in Lancashire this morning

A beautiful misty sunrise behind Winter Hill and over low lying fog near Chorley in Lancashire this morning

A van on a flooded road in Bottesford, Leicestershire, this morning as nearly 200 areas of the UK remain on flood watch

A van on a flooded road in Bottesford, Leicestershire, this morning as nearly 200 areas of the UK remain on flood watch

A horse in a frosty field on a cold morning in the countryside at Dunsden in Oxfordshire today

A horse in a frosty field on a cold morning in the countryside at Dunsden in Oxfordshire today

A Land Rover Defender drives through a flooded road in Bottesford, Leicestershire, this morning

A Land Rover Defender drives through a flooded road in Bottesford, Leicestershire, this morning

The A1058 Coast Road between North Shields and Newcastle has been closed today following multiple crashes

The A1058 Coast Road between North Shields and Newcastle has been closed today following multiple crashes

A car on a flooded road in Bottesford, Leicestershire, this morning as the country continues to experience severe weather

A car on a flooded road in Bottesford, Leicestershire, this morning as the country continues to experience severe weather

Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: ‘Saturday is the next day we could potentially see some snow.

2020 was the second hottest year on record 

Most of us didn’t manage a foreign holiday last year, but at least there was one consolation – it was the second hottest 12 months on record.

Global temperatures in 2020 were on average around 1.28C above those in the second half of the 19th century.

It was just a fraction of a degree below the record hottest year of 2016, when average temperatures were 1.29C above pre-industrial levels.

Under the international Paris Agreement, countries have pledged to limit warming to 2C above 1800s levels.

The analysis was carried out by the Met Office, University of East Anglia and the UK National Centre for Atmospheric Science. 

Dr Colin Morice, from the Met Office, said: ‘It is a sign of the continued impact of human-induced climate change.’

‘We may even see some temporary snow across parts of the South East, towards East Anglia but at the moment we’re not expecting to see the same amount of snowfall as we have had.’ 

Ms Mitchell continued: ‘Into next week it’s quite uncertain but it looks like temperatures will be around average to start with – so not particularly cold.

‘But, towards the end of the week there are signs we could potentially see further snowfall across northern parts of the country.’

It comes after up to 6in (15cm) of snow fell in the North of England yesterday, leading to picture postcard scenes but also crashes, skids and prangs. 

A double decker bus slid across a road in Halifax, West Yorkshire, while a car ended up wrapped around a pole in nearby Outlane.

More than 600 schools had to close and the weather brought havoc to the Covid vaccination drive, with some centres forced to shut or postpone appointments.

But for some it was a chance for a little fun in the snow, with youngsters leaping on toboggans in Penicuik, Scotland. Flurries fell as far south as Suffolk.

South eastern areas too mild for snow were not spared, as heavy rain led to flooding. Rivers including the Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire burst their banks.

Severe weather closed more than 600 schools which had stayed open for key workers’ children, mostly in West and South Yorkshire. 

Staff at the Fenn Bell Inn in Hoo, Kent, battled to salvage furniture after it was flooded. 

Connor Gordon, one of those trying to save the pub’s possessions, said: ‘The building is ruined, nearly a foot of water inside, it’s even deeper outside. The ditches are full and bursting, the roads are flooded and getting worse.’

Weather warning today

Weather warning tomorrow

The Met Office has issued weather warnings for ice this morning (left) and another for snow and ice tomorrow (right)

Elderly patients due to receive Covid jabs at Newcastle’s Centre for Life mass vaccination hub were advised to rebook their appointments to avoid the bad weather.

Hold your horses… lots more snow on the way 

Heavy snow brought transport chaos yesterday but at least some had the horsepower to cope.

For Stephanie Anderson it was a chance for a gallop with Clydesdale horse Davie near their home at Westruther in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders.

The Clydesdales are working horses and help plough the land for her family’s market gardening business, and they are also used for events such as weddings.

On the hoof: Stephanie Anderson out for a gallop with her horse Davie near their home at Westruther in Berwickshire

On the hoof: Stephanie Anderson out for a gallop with her horse Davie near their home at Westruther in Berwickshire

The Newcastle NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust tweeted: ‘It’s easy to do by calling 119. No need to risk travelling in the bad weather.’ 

And all vaccinations at the Priory Campus in Barnsley had to be postponed from 3pm, with patients advised not to travel. 

Snow caused problems for ambulance services in Yorkshire who struggled to keep up with the high demand.

Mark Millins, of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, urged people to ‘take extra care’ when out walking or driving. 

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘The highest accumulations of snow were in North East England, where 15cm (6in) was recorded at Copley, County Durham.’ He said snow was recorded as far south as Lakenheath and Marham, in Suffolk. 

Main roads in Scotland yesterday were brought to a standstill, particularly in areas with an amber ‘be prepared’ weather warning. In Dunblane, Perthshire, one resident said the only traffic was sledges.

In Renfrewshire, drivers abandoned their cars after a number of accidents blocked local roads. 

One motorist thanked locals on Church Road in Giffnock for bringing her tea following a dramatic three-car crash. She wrote on social media: ‘Don’t think I will see my car again.’

On the Stewarton Road, linking south Glasgow with Newton Mearns, cars were abandoned, while police used their vehicles to block off roads.

Train services between Glasgow and East Kilbride were suspended for a while after a vehicle crashed into a railway bridge in Busby.   

Heavy snowfall blocked the A9 southbound at Dunblane, with traffic being diverted through the town. Those aged over 80 had been invited to get their Covid vaccination in the town’s Victoria Hall but many thought it unsafe to leave the house.

Twenty Perthshire primary schools and nurseries closed and were unable to accommodate the children of key workers.

One Dunblane resident said: ‘We feel we have been cut off. There’s almost a foot of snow here. The only traffic moving on our street are the sledges.’ 

Traffic Scotland warned drivers of ‘difficult driving conditions’ on the A82 between Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy. An accident on the M9 closed the Friarton Bridge, with traffic being diverted through Perth.

Snow and black ice on the roads in Leeds this morning is causing hazardous conditions for people in West Yorkshire

Snow and black ice on the roads in Leeds this morning is causing hazardous conditions for people in West Yorkshire

Icy conditions this morning on the M1 in West Yorkshire as motorists were warned to take extra care on the roads

Icy conditions this morning on the M1 in West Yorkshire as motorists were warned to take extra care on the roads

Much of yesterday's snow in Leeds had frozen over by this morning bringing black ice on the roads for motorists

Much of yesterday’s snow in Leeds had frozen over by this morning bringing black ice on the roads for motorists

Police Scotland’s road policing unit has warned against drivers travelling in the wintry weather.

Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock said: ‘Government restrictions on travelling remain in place across Scotland because of the ongoing pandemic.

‘People should not leave their homes unless for essential purposes and work from home where possible. The best way to stay safe is to stay at home.

‘In the current wintry weather please consider if your journey is exempt under the regulations and also if it really is essential and whether you can delay it until the weather improves.’ 

Sunday should be mostly dry with isolated showers, but more snow could be on the way next week followed by a cold and unsettled remainder of the month.

However, those fearing a return of the Beast from the East – the Siberian weather system that brought heavy snow in February and March 2018 – can rest easy after the Met Office said it is unlikely to roar back in the coming weeks.

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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida Under Warning for Party Without Masks | The State

Rear entrance to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

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The winter residence and social club that the outgoing president, Donald Trump, owns in South Florida received a warning from local authorities after several attendees of the end of the year party did not wear masks, local media reported Thursday.

The authorities of the Palm Beach County sent a letter to the executives of Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s social club located in Palm Beach, in which they commended to follow the emergency ordinances due to the coronavirus and which includes the use of face coverings or masks.

The warning letter, sent on Tuesday and which was accompanied by a code violation notification, warned that if the mandatory use of masks the club could face fines of up to $ 15,000.

The letter and the notification refer to videos that circulated on social networks and that show many party-goers to say goodbye to 2020 without masks.

Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, did not attend that event, who returned to Washington that same day and earlier than planned, but the son of the outgoing president, Donald Trump Jr., did attend.

The notification to Mar-Lago for the party, in which they performed rapper Vanilla Ice and group Berlin, deserved that the state congressman Omari Hardy criticized last Wednesday night that the club has not been fined or temporarily closed.

“This is disappointing. Send a message that he can get away with violating our mask order. It’s not right, “said the legislator on his Twitter account.

On the same January 1, Hardy sent a formal complaint to the Deputy County Administrator, Todd bonlarron, in which he points out that the party, of which Trump hosts every year at Mar-a-Lago, could become a “super virus spreading event” in Palm Beach.

Days after that letter, the legislator denounced a racist insult that he received by email.

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Parler Suspended From Google Play; Apple Gives 24-Hour Warning


Alphabet’s Google on Friday suspended the Parler social networking service from its app store, citing posts inciting violence and demanding “robust” content moderation from the app favored by many supporters of US President Donald Trump.

Apple on Friday also gave the service 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation plan, pointing to participants using the service to coordinate Wednesday’s siege of the US Capitol building.

The actions by the two Silicon Valley companies mean that the network seen as a haven for people expelled from Twitter could become unavailable for new downloads on the world’s main mobile phone app stores within a day. It would still be available in mobile browsers.

Right-leaning social media users in the United States have flocked to Parler, messaging app Telegram and hands-off social site Gab, citing the more aggressive policing of political comments on mainstream platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Twitter permanently suspended President Trump’s account on Friday.

In suspending the service, Google, whose software powers Android phones, cited its policy against apps that promote violence and gave recent examples from Parler, including a Friday post that began “How do we take back our country? About 20 or so coordinated hits” and another promoting a “Million Militia March” on Washington.

Parler Chief Executive John Matze said in a post on Friday that Apple was applying standards to Parler that it did not apply to itself.

In a statement, Google said that “for us to distribute an app through Google Play, we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content. In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues.”

In a letter from Apple’s App Store review team to Parler seen by Reuters, Apple cited participants of the mob storming the US Capitol building on Wednesday.

“Content that threatens the well-being of others or is intended to incite violence or other lawless acts has never been acceptable on the App Store,” Apple said in the letter.

Apple gave Parler 24 hours to “remove all objectionable content from your app … as well as any content referring to harm to people or attacks on government facilities now or at any future date.” The company also demanded that Parler submit a written plan “to moderate and filter this content” from the app.

Apple declined to comment.

Matze, who describes himself as libertarian, founded Parler in 2018 as a “free-speech driven” alternative to mainstream platforms but began courting right-leaning users as prominent supporters of Trump moved there.

Those who have joined include commentator Candace Owens, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and right-wing activist Laura Loomer, who handcuffed herself to the door of Twitter’s New York office in November 2018 to protest a ban on her by the site. In November, conservative activist Rebekah Mercer confirmed that the she and her family, which includes her father and hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer, have provided funding to Parler.

“Apparently they believe Parler is responsible for ALL user generated content on Parler,” Matze said. “Therefor (sic) by the same logic, Apple must be responsible for ALL actions taken by their phones. Every car bomb, every illegal cell phone conversation, every illegal crime committed on an iPhone, Apple must also be responsible for,” he wrote. “Standards not applied to Twitter, Facebook or even Apple themselves, apply to Parler.”

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Solskjaer sends Diallo warning as winger completes Man Utd move

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits “it will take time” for Amad Diallo to settle into Manchester United life after the Ivorian winger completed his move to Old Trafford.

The teenager has signed a contract at United until 2025 after completing his switch from Serie A outfit Atalanta, and Solskjaer is delighted to complete the deal.

“As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years and having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game,” he told the United website.

“ Manchester United has such a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here.

“It will take time for him to adapt but his speed, vision and fantastic dribbling ability will stand him in good stead to make the transition.

“He is a player with all of the raw attributes that are needed to be an important player for Manchester United in the years to come.”

Diallo has signed a contract until 2025

Diallo himself is delighted with the move.

“After waiting since the summer, it is finally a dream come true to complete my move to Manchester United,” he said.

I am hugely ambitious and there is so much that I want to achieve in the game; when I spoke to the manager I knew that I had joined the perfect club.

“This is a really exciting squad with so many great players, I can promise that I will work hard every day to learn from them and give everything to develop my game. The coaches have been fantastic since I signed, we have been in touch regularly and they have already given me a lot of great advice.

“I have had time to prepare for this move, both physically and mentally, and I have worked really hard to be ready to make the step up to this amazing club.”

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Kim Kardashian’s family’s ‘dire warning’ over Kanye West marriage

When Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were first introduced by singer Brandy in 2003, the rapper became a good friend of the family.

Both knew the pain of loss. Like the Kardashians – whose father Robert died from oesophageal cancer in September 2003 – Kanye also lost his beloved mother Donda to complications from surgery in 2007.

And after Kim’s dramatic 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries ended in divorce in 2012, the clan was only too happy to welcome Kanye into the fold.

“We’ve known Kanye for like nine years,” her sister Khloe told Us Weekly at the time.

Kanye West was welcomed into the Kardashian-Jenner fold

“He’s great with the family, but again we’ve known him for so long. It’s not like some stranger getting into a hurricane.”

But all that reportedly changed after Kanye’s most recent outburst, which saw him call Kim and her mum ‘white supremacists’ and claim he’d been trying to divorce her for some time.

In the midst of a bipolar episode, the rapper also claimed he and Kim had considered aborting their first-born daughter North in a move that is said to have left Kim ‘furious’.

Kim was later pictured in floods of tears as she met Kanye for crisis talks. And despite putting on a cosy display at Christmas, behind the scenes, sources claimed the ‘trust is gone’ and that her sisters have warned her to leave.

Kim and Kanye kiss in front of a flower wall at their wedding in 2014
Kim and Kanye tied the knot in 2014

“Kim’s family feels so bad for her,” the insider told The Sun.

“Kourtney and Khloe both want Kim to leave Kanye and told her she can raise her kids better without him being there because he is literally dragging her down now and he’s become a danger and a liability.

“The trust is gone. Kim‘s fairytale just came to an end and now she’s left with the choice of being a single 40 something year old mum with four kids or staying with her mentally unstable husband who doesn’t respect her.”

A rep for the family said the claims were “not true”.

The couple are said to have been living separate lives for ‘months’, with Kanye, 43, holed up at his ranch in Wyoming.

Kim poses on the red carpet with mum Kris Jenner and sisters Kourtney and Khloe
Kim’s family reportedly warned her about her future with Kanye

Sources have told the New York Post’s Page Six that ‘divorce is imminent’ and that Kim has ‘had enough’ of defending her husband.

“They are keeping it low-key but they are done. Kim has hired [celebrity divorce lawyer] Laura Wasser and they are in settlement talks.

“She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”

It’s a sad end to a love story that has spanned almost 20 years.

For Kanye, it was lust at first sight when he first met Kim – but she was married to Damon Thomas at the time.

He told E! True Hollywood Story: “Any time I was around her and I saw her, it was magnetic attraction to this force of energy.

“She was good, pure, happy, loving, brave, courageous, strong.”

Kim and Kanye go shopping in 2012
Kim and Kanye finally got together in 2012

But after her split from Damon, Kim didn’t get with Kanye, instead dating Brandy’s brother Ray-J, Reggie Bush, Nick Lachay and Nick Cannon.

The pair remained friends with Kanye convincing her to star in his hip hop puppet show, Alligator Boots, in 2007. And despite not knowing how to pronounce her surname, Kanye was hooked.

“I just knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time,” he told Ryan Seacrest in 2013.

“I remember I saw a picture of her and Paris Hilton, and I remember telling my boy, ‘Have you seen that girl Kim Kardijon?'”

But sadly for Kanye, it appeared Kim didn’t feel the same and she went on to tie the knot with basketballer Kris Humphries in a 2011 TV extravaganza – despite Kanye’s desperate pleas for her to back out.

In his song Cold, Kanye would later admit he’d fallen properly in love with Kim around the same time she met Kris. But at that time, Kim was set on a future with the sports star.

“Right before I got married to Kris Humphries we were talking and I just went a different direction,” she said. “I think I had to go through that to figure out what I wanted.”

But as luck would have it, their marriage lasted just 72 days and when it all fell apart, Kanye was waiting and offered to whisk her away to Paris to watch his fashion show.

“After my break up I was feeling really low and down,” she once said. “He jokes that he put on this whole fashion show just to get a date with me.”

But his huge romantic gesture paid off and finally sealed the deal.

“I went and I stayed with him and that’s where we started dating,” Kim continued.

“I swear from the moment I landed and was there, I fell madly in love with him and I thought ‘Oh my god, why didn’t I do this sooner? This is like what real life is like and love and fun and real support. This is what it is.'”

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EastEnders’ Jake Wood issues furious warning as imposter tries to scam his fans

Jake Wood was left furious when an imposter started posing as him on Instagram and messaging his fans.

The EastEnders star, who recently quit his role as Max Branning, issued a warning to his devoted supporters, asking them to report the fake account.

The 48-year-old wasn’t happy when he discovered the fake Jake was sending private messages.

He shared a screenshot of the account, with the handle @mr_jakewood, that was pretending to be the real deal.

The bio stated he was an actor and even linked to Jake’s boxing podcast and his representative to try and look more authentic.

The profile picture was of Jake but no other posts had been made when the star took a screenshot of it, and the account only had one follower.

Jake was furious about the fake account

But Jake was concerned that the person behind it was reaching out to his fans in direct messages.

He penned: “It has come to my attention that this cretin @mr_jakewood is messaging a lot of my followers pretending to be me. Please report & block. Thanks”

Fans told him that the account holder had tried to dupe them.

One wrote: “i had this too, my heart skipped a beat at the thought of you following me”

He asked his followers to report it
He asked his followers to report it

“Yer he messaged me,” another posted.

Many of his followers reported the account as he wished and it has since been removed from the social media site.

The drama comes not long after Jake stepped down from his role on the BBC soap.

On December 18, he shared a video from the set as he filmed his final scenes.

He wrote: “That’s a wrap. After 15 years on Albert Square it’s finally time to say goodbye to Max Branning today. I will miss Eastenders and the people here so much. Thanks to everyone for all your support”

Jake recently filmed his final EastEnders scenes
Jake recently filmed his final EastEnders scenes

Jake is far from the first celeb whose name has been used by imposters.

Sky News presenter and former Olympic gymnast Jacquie Beltrao also posted last night that a fake “private page” was messaging her followers and asking for money.

Sharing a screenshot of the account, she urged: “PLEASE everyone this is someone impersonating me for money – I do not have a private account – they have copied all my content please DO NOT interact with them – I have reported it to Instagram”

A similar thing happened to Gogglebox star Sophie Sandiford last month.

She sent out a message to her followers, saying: “Sorry if anyone has been receiving messages from a fake account this evening.

“Thankfully I think the account has been taken down.”

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Van de Beek sent Netherlands warning and is urged to consider move away

Former Netherlands star Ronald de Boer admits Donny van de Beek may have to leave Manchester United if he has any European Championship ambitions.

The Dutchman moved to Old Trafford from Ajax in the summer but has struggled for opportunities.

Most of his minutes have come as a sub but he wasn’t selected for any of the games over Christmas or New Year.

It has come as a surprise with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regularly having to defend his decision to omit van de Beek.

De Boer’s brother, Frank, leads the national team and Ronald fears he will soon be faced with a decision as he prepares for the tournament in the summer.

Donny van de Beek has been unable to nail down a first team spot at Man Utd

The Dutch are in a group with Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia.

They may not be blessed with the talent they once were, but it remains a precarious predicament for van de Beek.

De Boer has suggested crunch talks between the 23-year-old and the club which may result in him seeking pastures new.

He told AD : “The European Championship is coming, he will undoubtedly want to be there.

“Maybe it would be good for him to discuss with the club exactly what they want with him.

“If the view on playing time does not improve, he may have to declare that he should be rented or even sold.

The midfielder’s international place could be under threat

“You have to be lucky every now and then. Of course it doesn’t look great now, but with a great performance it can suddenly change completely.

“We also don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.

“Perhaps they have made certain agreements with his transfer, they will get him ready for next year this season. That always remains a bit of a guess.”

Solskjaer though has highlighted the time needed to settle in the Premier League.

The United boss also cited the amount of midfielders he has to pick from as a reason behind his lack of minutes.

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All 10 living former Defense Secretaries deliver extraordinary warning to Trump in scathing op-ed

All 10 living former Defense Secretaries deliver extraordinary warning to Trump in scathing op-ed denouncing the prospect of military involvement in election dispute as ‘dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional’

  • All former US Defense Secretaries signed their name on the op-ed, which was published in The Washington Post on Monday 
  • The group consisted of both Democrats and Republicans; Mark Esper and James Mattis, who both worked under Trump, notably put their names to the op-ed  
  • The piece comes amid calls from some of the President’s allies to bring in the military in a last minute bid to block Joe Biden from taking the White House
  • Trump has been disputing the results of the election citing widespread fraud; his legal team have not been able to produce any such evidence  

All 10 living former Defense Secretaries have delivered an extraordinary warning to President Trump in an op-ed denouncing the possibility of military involvement in the current election dispute. 

The piece was published in The Washington Post on Monday, following calls from the Trump’s allies to bring in the military in a bid to block Joe Biden from becoming the next Commander-in-chief. 

The 10 Defense Secretaries, who are both Republican and Democrat, did not mention Trump’s name in the piece, but clearly intended for the President to heed their message. 

‘Our elections have occurred. Recounts and audits have been conducted. Appropriate challenges have been addressed by the courts. Governors have certified the results. And the electoral college has voted. The time for questioning the results has passed,’ the group wrote. 

Efforts to involve the U.S. armed forces in resolving election disputes would take us into dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory. 

The 10 living former Defense Secretaries were listed as alphabetically as the authors of the piece. 

They are Ashton Carter Dick Cheney, William Cohen,  Mark Esper, Robert Gates, Chuck Hagel, James Mattis, Leon Panetta, William Perry and Donald Rumsfeld. 

All 10 living former Defense Secretaries have delivered an extraordinary warning to President Trump in a joint op-ed in which they denounced the possibility of military involvement in the current election dispute. The Pentagon is pictured 

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Georginio Wijnaldum sent transfer warning by former Liverpool man Ryan Babel

Former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has warned ­contract rebel Gini ­Wijnaldum that there is no better place than Anfield.

Babel, 34, who is now back at Ajax after a career spent in ­England, Germany, Turkey, Abu Dhabi and Spain, still regrets forcing his departure from the Reds in 2011.

His Dutch international team-mate Wijnaldum has threatened to quit ­ Liverpool on a free when his contract expires at the end of the season if they fail to meet his pay demands – and Ronald Koeman wants to take him to Barcelona.

But Babel said: “I spent almost four years at ­Liverpool under Rafa Benitez and Kenny Dalglish.

“When I left to go and play in Germany, where TSG ­Hoffenheim had become a big force, it was to become the ­biggest regret of my career.

Georginio Wijnaldum is yet to decide on his Liverpool future

“The only reason I left was because I wanted to have more playing minutes to keep my place in the Holland team.

“But you don’t realise how dominating the playing style is at Liverpool until you play in a different team and league.

“I was brought up with really attacking football at Ajax. In the academy, you learn to play that way. When I moved to ­Liverpool, it was exactly the same. It is in the DNA of the club to play attacking football.”

It seemed Wijnaldum was on his way to the Nou Camp when he rejected Liverpool’s contract offer in the summer.

The Kop club were unwilling to meet his wage demands – or his wish to be handed a ­three-year deal for a player who has turned 30.

But Jurgen Klopp refused to let the midfielder leave – and the belief at Anfield is that Wijnaldum now wants to stay.

Ryan Babel spent four years at Liverpool

He will be in the Liverpool squad for tomorrow’s clash with Southampton at St Mary’s.

Wijnaldum was signed from Newcastle in 2016 for ­£25million and has helped Klopp lift the Champions League and Premier League in successive seasons.

And Babel has told him to be ­careful what he wishes for.

The winger arrived with a big reputation in an £11.5m deal from Ajax in 2007. He left three-and-a-half years later, frustrated by a lack of game time.

Babel said: “I loved every ­minute I was at Liverpool. ­Fortunately, Dirk Kuyt was at Liverpool and he was a massive support to me.

“As a Liverpool player you are always in the spotlight. The club is massive.

“Scoring the winning goal against Manchester United at Anfield was the highlight of my time.”