UK weather: ‘Arctic Freeze’ coming to an end giving way to fewer ‘icy commuter headaches’

BBC Weather forecasts warmer conditions across UK

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Following the freezing overnight temperatures, the North West Motorway Police announced 120 lorries became “stuck in the snow” on the M62. The Met Office had also issued yellow ice warnings lasting from Sunday night until Monday morning which created “tricky travel”.

However, the “Arctic Freeze” appears to have begun to thaw as AccuWeather meteorologist Jim Andrews revealed to the weather in the UK is expected to return to “normal”.

He said: “For Tuesday, Britons can look forward to generally dry weather, even if sunshine pops out rather little.

“What is more, following a less cold night (compared to early Monday) with far fewer icy commuter headaches, high temperatures will run about 5C above what was registered on Monday.

“Put another way, highs on Tuesday will be about normal for the end of November and thus will mark an end to the ‘Arctic Freeze’.”

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The meteorologist continued to state a few showery outbreaks will be expected today along Cornwall, west Wales and Lancashire as well as eastern Scotland.

However, as Tuesday comes to a close, low pressure will sweep quickly across the UK bringing showery to rainy outbreaks, AccuWeather predicts.

On Wednesday, the chilly air will “not be a match” for the extremes felt over the weekend, though frosts will be common at night away from onshore winds.

It will be somewhat colder on Thursday, with a little snow expected in normally colder areas, but there will otherwise be showery outbreaks for most.

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The harsh weather over the weekend trapped at least 60 punters in UK’s highest pub in the Yorkshire Dales for three nights before a snow plough saved the group on Monday morning.

Pub-goers had gathered to see Oasis tribute band Noasis at Tan Hill Inn on Friday but they could not leave for three days after Storm Arwen left them snowed in.

Staff were tasked with keeping more than 50 people entertained during their prolonged stay, so they arranged a karaoke night, a pub quiz and even cooked a Sunday roast.

The cold weather has even interrupted ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity’ with Storm Arwen destroying the pop-up studios at Gwrych Castle.

The popular show had to be cancelled over the weekend after the vicious winds caused “significant damage” to the set in north Wales.


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