Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Storm Emma: Snow continues to cause chaos across Wales

Storm Emma: Snow continues to cause chaos across Wales

She said the midlands would also be badly affected.

Schools across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland remain closed today as a result of Storm Emma and the Beast from the East.

The warning is valid from 11pm on Wednesday until 3pm on Friday. She said the precipitation ahead of Storm Emma would turn into snow. However, British Red Cross emergency response volunteers were at the airport supplying bedding for up to 100 people in case they were stranded overnight.

The snow will be accompanied by very strong easterly winds leading to severe drifting.

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A top level red alert, which indicates a danger of life, is in place for the central belt of Scotland until later on Thursday morning.

Despite Thursday being the first day of the meteorological Spring, there is a chance that the United Kingdom could record lowest-ever March daytime values with temperatures below the -4.6C in Cassley, northern Scotland, on March 2, 2001.

Essential travel only is recommended in many areas of Britain. "We have the right people with the right training to respond to a range of contingencies". So named by the Portuguese weather service, Storm Emma is a weather system originating from out in the Atlantic that brings the risk of substantial snow, blizzards, wild gales and freezing rain.

An amber warning is scheduled until Friday afternoon whilst there is a yellow warning for snow and ice in force afterwards.

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As Storm Emma, nicknamed The Beast from the East, continues to dump snow on Ireland and the United Kingdom, locals are on red alert.

The cold weather in Britain and northwestern Europe is to some extent a mirror image of the "sudden stratospheric warming" in the arctic, experts say, referring to a disturbance in the polar jet stream that has alarmed scientists and forced some to reconsider even the most pessimistic forecasts for climate change.

She said there remains the possibility of snow lying through Friday and Saturday with isolated snow showers over the weekend.

Winter is "still firmly in charge", a Met Office forecaster has said as Britain prepares for another day of sub-zero temperatures, icy blasts and "blizzard-like conditions".

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