‘Risk to life’ warning extended as mini Beast from the East threatens more snow tonight

Parts of the UK could be buried beneath 30cm of snow overnight thanks to the mini Beast from the East.

Yellow and amber snow warnings have been issued, with the south west expected to bear the brunt of the bad weather.

The amber alert, which covers a small area in south west England, is the Met Office’s second most severe warning, and warns there is a ‘risk to life’ in affected areas.

Devon and Cornwall could be facing temperatures dipping below -10C and forecasters have warned that rural areas could be cut off because of the icy temperatures.

In certain areas in the south west with high ground, snowfall could reach between 20cm and 30cm, but this should be the last we see of the Beast from the East.

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For the rest of the country, it is going to be an icy start to the working week, but the snow should dry up overnight leaving frost behind for Monday’s commute.

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As the week progresses, we could be seeing up to 8C by Tuesday afternoon and 10C by Wednesday, indicating that spring might have finally arrived.

But don’t go getting rid of those brollies and warm clothes just yet.

Although the temperatures are set to rise, Thursday is looking to be a wet one as a band of rain moves in from the west and will most likely cover the whole of the UK.

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent told Metro: ‘Temperatures are well below average for this time of year.

‘It is going to keep snowing overnight but it’s good news by the time people wake up tomorrow morning, as most of the snow should have cleared.

‘But people will be waking up to some heavy frosts and temperatures could be as low as -5C.

‘By Tuesday, temperatures should be starting to recover and in some areas of the UK it could be reaching between 6-8C by the afternoon.

‘We will be losing those cold eastern winds and by Wednesday much milder winds will be coming in off the Atlantic.

‘By Wednesday the thaw will be taking place and some places could be seeing temperatures of up to 10C, just below the seasonal average, and we will be seeing a return of milder and more unsettled conditions.’

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