Rural communities could be cut off on Monday after the mini Beast from the East covered much of Britain in a blanket of snow.
South West England bore the brunt of the weekend’s weather and villages in Dartmoor and Exmoor may wake up on Monday to find themselves unable to travel to due to inaccessible country roads.
Forecasters warned temperatures would feel as low as -10c across the entire country for the start of the week and said villages in Devon and Cornwall may find themselves facing burst pipes and power outages.
The rest for the country will see an icy start but high pressure is expected to pick up and clear away the snow as temperatures pick up to around 5c.
But temperatures in Devon and Cornwall will stay at around -3 on Monday and forecasters believe the snow will refuse to melt.
The weekend saw between 5cm and 25cm of snow fall across the country as the beast from the east reared its head for the second time.
Forecaster Steven Keates said: “Amber weather warnings will remain in force across the south west with persistent snow spreading westwards across the region which means rural communities run the risk of being cut off on Monday.
“There is the potential for power outages and as snow thaws you would not want to rule of the possibility of a burst pipe.
“Parts of Dartmoor and Exmoor will see stronger winds and country roads could be inaccessible and major roads could see issues so there is a good chance of transportation disruption.
“It is going to be a very cold and quite icy start to the week for the south west and there will be a lot of lying snow across many parts of the country.
“It is the worst combination of wind, cold temperatures and snow.
“Our advice is to not travel unless absolutely necessary, it will stay quite cold and it will be very icy on Monday morning in many parts of the country.
“At the very least the Monday morning commute will start by scraping off your car but in the south west there will be ongoing transport issues.”
Meteorologist Matthew Box added: “Unless local country roads have been cleared there is a possibility that villages could but cut off.
“Temperatures are not expected to increase in the south west and the morning commute could be tricky for rural communities in the south west.
“On Monday morning temperatures will stay below freezing overnight on Sunday and there will be a severe frost across England, Wales and Scotland.”
Over the weekend supermarket shelves were stripped bare as families in the south west and Wales began panic buying bread and milk amid fears they could be cut off.
Tesco, Lidl, Asda and other supermarkets were working desperately to get deliveries back on track after the snowfall left many roads impassible for trucks.
Stores in Hayle and Truro, Cornwall, were running low on bread and milk and one Asda bakery department manager in Hayle said panic buying was “manic”.
He said: “We still have bread and milk in the store and there are still several
pallets out back but I don’t know how long it’s going to last as people are panic buying.”
Earlier this month Cornwall experienced the heaviest snowfall for at least a decade when the Beast from the East collided with Storm Emma and snow fell for two days, leaving rural supermarkets unable to restock the shelves.
Article Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/18/uk-weather-forecasters-warn-heavy-snow-means-rural-communities/