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Up to 10cm of snow ‘likely in just a few hours’ as weather warning upgraded

Cambridgeshire could be in line to face up to 10cm of snow in just a few hours on Tuesday morning (F..

By admin , in Cambridge , at February 25, 2018

Cambridgeshire could be in line to face up to 10cm of snow in just a few hours on Tuesday morning (February 27), according to the Met Office.

Forecasters have now upgraded a yellow 'be aware' weather warning for snow in the East of England on Tuesday to amber, meaning conditions are likely to be more severe than first thought.

Up to 10cm of snow is likely to fall in just a few hours, with Peterborough and the outskirts of Bedford looking set to be the worst hit.

A yellow weather warning for snow still remains in place across the region for tomorrow (February 26) and Wednesday (February 28).

And there is also the potential for strong icy winds and lightning storms.

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The amber 'severe' warning runs from 4am to 11am on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the Met Office said: Snow showers or longer periods of snow are expected on Tuesday, accompanied by very low temperatures.

"The heaviest, most persistent snow looks likely to cross the area during the morning.

The Met Office yellow weather warning has been upgraded to amber for the East of England on Tuesday (Feb 27) (Image: Met Office)

'Some rural communities could become cut off'

"There is the likelihood of travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

"Some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.

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"A more organised area of snow will push southwest during the morning, bringing 5 to 10 cm of snow in places in just a few hours.

"Strong winds may lead to drifting of lying snow (and severe wind chill) especially over hills, with lightning perhaps an additional hazard."

The lengthy cold spell is being attributed to a polar vortex hitting UK shores, with the first flurries of snow expected in the region from Monday morning (February 26).

Forecasters have warned the weather event, dubbed The Beast from the East , will halt warm air coming in from the Atlantic jet stream, allowing extremely chilly winds from Siberia to blast the country into well into March.

How cold will it be where I am?

Here’s everything you need to know about the big freeze, including what to expect and how to prepare, which areas in Cambridgeshire will be the worst affected – and just how cold it will feel where you are.

Monday 6am

At 6am in the morning, most people are beginning to get up and get ready for the day ahead of them.

The temperature is typically at its lowest at this point in the day and this week it will be even lower than normal.

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Coldest places:

  • Haverhill will be -3°C
  • Ely will be -2°C

  • Cambridge will be -2°C

  • Newmarket will be -3°C

  • Huntingdon will be -2°C

  • St Neots will be -2°C

(Image: Warren Gunn)

Monday midday

By midday, while temperatures will be slightly above zero, nowhere in the county will feel warmer than -2°C.

Coldest places:

  • Ely will be 0°C
  • Newmarket will be 0°C

  • Cambridge will be 0°C

  • Haverhill will be 0°C

  • St Neots will be 0°C

The morning after the snowfall of 2003

Tuesday 6am

It will be another cold one with freezing temperatures and much of the county below zero.

Coldest places:

  • Haverhill will be -3°C
  • Ely will be -2°C

  • Newmarket will be -3°C

  • Cambridge will be -2°C

  • St Neots will be -2°C

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Tuesday midday

At a point in the day when we would normally be experiencing temperatures of around 8°C or 9°C it will only be a fraction of that, and much of the county will struggle to get above 1°C.

Then overnight it will feel like -7°C.

Coldest places:

  • Haverhill will be 0°C
  • Cambridge will be 1°C

  • Newmarket will be 0°C

  • Ely will be 0°C

  • St Neots will be 1°C

Why is it so cold?

According to experts a blast of arctic air is what is to blame for the cold snap next week.

Eleanor Bell, principal meteorologist at The Weather Channel , said it will begin to feel much colder over the next several days with temperatures tumbling as the 'Beast from the East' takes charge.

She said: "Temperatures are expected to fall well below normal widely across Europe through this week and continue into the beginning of March.

"High pressure centred over Scandinavia and northeast Europe will dominate the weather pattern, dragging in bitterly cold air from the east.

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"It will feel much colder with a wind chill of -1°C to -8°C for Britain, -8°C to -14°C for central Europe but -15°C to locally -30°C for north-east and eastern Europe."

The forecaster added that up to 2-5cm of snow is possible over parts of east and south-east England early next week, with no thaw expected.

But at this stage, snow could fall almost anywhere in Britain.

(Image: Roger Arbon.)

How long will the big freeze last?

It’s hard to say exactly how long we will be facing these freezing temperatures, but it is likely to be more than just a few days.

In fact, forecasters have predicted the unusual cold weather could last into March.

The Met Office also said there could be some frosty nights, and warned that into next week even colder air from Russia could move across the country.

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