Sheffield braced for Beast from the East blizzards with UK set for 6 days of snow

South Yorkshire looks set to be battered with three days of snow and ice after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning amid a possible repeat of 'Beast from the East'.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 10:57 am

There are currently three yellow weather warnings in place beginning Saturday for Sheffield while other northern parts of the UK face five days of snow and ice as heavy rain could cause problems further south.

The weather warnings mean drivers risk becoming stranded and power cuts are possible as cold conditions will persist through the weekend and into the following week.

The Met Office said 10cm to 20cm of snow could fall on higher ground, with 40cm predicted to fall over the Grampians.

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Heavy snow in Sheffield.
Heavy snow in Sheffield.

There is also a yellow warning for rain covering lower parts of Scotland and Northern England in force until midday on Saturday, meaning localised flooding is likely.

Mark Sidaway, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said: “Into the weekend, snow will continue across much of Scotland, and is likely to increasingly fall to low levels before beginning to move south into northern and eastern England.

“We are likely to see some very large accumulations across higher parts of Scotland especially, with strong winds leading to significant drifting and blizzard conditions at times.”

There are also ongoing flood issues, with the Environment Agency issuing 43 flood warnings in England, meaning immediate action is required.

It has been reported that Sheffield may face Beast from the East in the coming week as cold air from Scandinavia is expected to push across the whole of the UK.

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