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UK News: Cold snap to see temperatures plummet to -10°C as thousands still without power after Storm Arwen

Storm Arwen map: Latest UK weather forecast and when the Met Office says the year’s first named storm will hit

  Storm Arwen map: Latest UK weather forecast and when the Met Office says the year’s first named storm will hit The Met Office has issued amber wind warnings for north-east Scotland and north-east England with Storm Arwen set to hit on Friday afternoonWinds of around 75mph are set to batter the coastlines, but will also be felt inland.

Forecasters have predicted the coldest night of the season will hit parts of the UK overnight – with temperatures dropping to as low as minus 10°C in places – as the country recovers from Storm Arwen.

Britain is expected to be left shivering when temperatures drop to below zero in many parts of the country tonight, while the mercury is expected to plummet to minus 2°C in the late hours of the evening in the capital.

The Met Office issued two yellow weather warnings for ice, one which stretches across eastern parts of Scotland, and another running from the north east of England down to the south coast from Sunday afternoon.

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The warnings, set to last until Monday morning, say people should expect to see “icy patches” on roads and pavements, meaning accidents and slips and falls are “more likely”.

It comes after Storm Arwen battered the UK with gusts of wind reaching nearly 100mph alongside rain, sleet, and snow – causing tens of thousands of homes in Scotland and northern England to be without power – and claiming the lives of three people.

Energy company Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks confirmed about 45,000 customers were still without power as of 11am on Sunday, and many may not see their electricity restored “for several days”. There are also 60,000 energy customers affected in northern England.

Vehicles attempt to travel along the snow-covered A515 near Biggin, in the Peak District, Derbyshire, amid freezing conditions in the aftermath of Storm Arwen. (Photo: PA) © Provided by The i Vehicles attempt to travel along the snow-covered A515 near Biggin, in the Peak District, Derbyshire, amid freezing conditions in the aftermath of Storm Arwen. (Photo: PA)

Police in the north east of Scotland declared a major incident and warned disruption could last several days.

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At least three deaths have been linked to the cold snap.

A 35-year-old man died when his pick-up truck was struck by a falling tree on the B977 Dyce to Hatton of Fintray Road in Aberdeenshire at about 5.45pm on Friday.

A man from Lancaster also died in Ambleside after a tree fell on him just before 11pm, and in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, primary school headteacher Francis Lagan was killed when his car was hit by a falling tree.

In Yorkshire, 50 customers have been forced to spend two nights at the highest pub in the UK after fallen power line and snow blocked the main routes out.

By 9pm on Friday evening where drinkers at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales were watching an Oasis tribute band, it became clear they could not make the journey home – resulting in many having to sleep in makeshift beds on the floor of the bar.

When they awoke on Saturday morning the pub – which is 1,732ft above sea level – was buried in parts under snow drifts.

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Huge waves crash against the lighthouse in Seaham Harbour, County Durham, in the tail end of Storm Arwen which saw gusts of almost 100 miles per hour battering areas of the UK (Photo: PA) © Provided by The i Huge waves crash against the lighthouse in Seaham Harbour, County Durham, in the tail end of Storm Arwen which saw gusts of almost 100 miles per hour battering areas of the UK (Photo: PA)

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said they had been called to fallen power cables, in places including Hunmanby, Kilburn and High Birstwith.

P&O Ferries said it had been forced to halt sailing between Northern Ireland and Scotland and trains between York and Scotland have been cancelled as the the East Coast Mainline is closed between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Many parts of the country fell below freezing to around -4°C to -5°C overnight on Saturday, with Shap in Cumbria hitting -6.4°C.

Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan said: “As Storm Arwen is clearing out to Europe, a cold northerly flow of wind has been left behind in the UK, causing some of the bitterly cold temperatures we’ve seen.

“There is set to be further wintry weather on Sunday, with snow expected to fall across areas in Scotland and northern England, and even in parts of southern and central England.

“Parts of Scotland and northern England, where snow is on the ground, will be very cold again tonight, with the temperature certainly falling below zero and even as low as minus 10°C (14°F), which would make it the coldest night of the season so far.

“Though this is expected to be the exception rather than the rule, temperatures of below freezing will be widespread, including in London and the South East which could hit minus 2°C (28.4°F).

“Even if you do live in a city, you can expect to be scraping frost, ice or even snow off your cars on Monday morning.”

Additional reporting by Press Association

Power restored to all homes affected by Storm Arwen, SSEN says .
The army was deployed to help residents in north east Scotland.Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said power has now been restored to all 135,000 homes affected by the “once in a generation” weather event on November 26.

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