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

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'Risk to life' warning extended as mini Beast from the East threatens more snow tonight
A car gets stuck in snow in Hayfield in Derbyshire (Picture: PA)

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.

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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.

Weather Warning Sunday 18/03/2018
An amber weather warning has been issues for the south west of England for Sunday (Picture: Met Office)
Weather Warning Monday 20/03/2018
Monday will see the amber weather warning continue (Picture: Met Office)

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Horses are covered in snow on the hills surrounding Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, as the wintry snap dubbed the "mini beast from the east" keeps its grip on the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 18, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Snow. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Horses are covered in snow on the hills surrounding Merthyr Tydfil in Wales (Picture: PA)
Wintery scenes in Glasgow, as the wintry snap dubbed the "mini beast from the east" keeps its grip on the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 18, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Snow. Photo credit should read: John Linton/PA Wire
Wintery scenes in Glasgow (Picture: PA)
A stranded coach on Blackstone Edge near Littleborough in Greater Manchester where snow fell overnight as the wintry snap dubbed the "mini beast from the east" keeps its grip on the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 18, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Snow. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
A stranded coach on Blackstone Edge near Littleborough in Greater Manchester (Picture: PA)

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.

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.

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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.co.uk: ‘Temperatures are well below average for this time of year.

A snow plough on Blackstone Edge near Littleborough in Greater Manchester where snow fell overnight as the wintry snap dubbed the "mini beast from the east" keeps its grip on the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 18, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Snow. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
A snow plough on Blackstone Edge near Littleborough (Picture: PA)
Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Thomas Beresford/@bezberesford of a car in a snow drift in Thwaite, North Yorkshire as the wintry snap dubbed the "mini beast from the east" keeps its grip on the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 18, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Snow. Photo credit should read: Thomas Beresford/@bezberesford/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
A Mini in a snow drift in Thwaite, North Yorkshire (Picture: PA)
Gardner Chris Orton tends to the Crocus garden at Wallington Hall in Northumberland as the wintry snap dubbed the "mini beast from the east" keeps its grip on the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 18, 2018. See PA story WEATHER Snow. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Gardner Chris Orton tends to the Crocus garden at Wallington Hall in Northumberland (Picture:PA)

‘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.

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‘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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