I guess you already had your fair share of dramatic, negative or downright traumatic news for the day, but brace yourselves… There’s more, at least for those in the UK. In just a few hours, according to the Met Office, an intense storm will be hitting the British Islands, and snow has already begun falling in South-East England.
As Ladbible reports, the polar vortex was bumped from condition “Yellow” to “Amber”, which indicates a potential risk for life. The storm is primarily expected to hit Scotland, the Midlands, and England’s north.
“Heavy snow showers are expected on Wednesday. Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers. Some delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely. There is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts are likely and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected,” the Met Office said.
This could spell trouble for traffic, too. Southeastern Trains has even issued a warning to commuters to hop on anytime before 6 pm, as anything later than that means they can’t guarantee the schedule.
Even taking the train will be unpredictable. Here’s a full map of where the storm is expected to hit.
Citizens can expect between 5-10 cm of snow, with some places getting 20 cm in the center. The storm swept through Russia and Nothern Europe in the past several days, earning the nickname the ‘Beast from the East’. A fitting name for a storm that originated somewhere above Siberia.
Experts think it started as a “sudden stratospheric warming” which then, supposedly sparked a “kink” in the usual air jet stream. This stream circles around the upper-Northern Hemisphere, and this storm is riding its carousel. Which brings it to Britain.
Kinda scary when you think about it. Our planet is basically one giant, frozen fan, blowing ice in our faces.
Doctors are at the ready as well. Dr. Thomas Waite from Public Health England issued the following dire warning:
“Check on friends, family and neighbors who may be at risk and make sure they’re heating homes to at least 18°C, see if they need any particular help or just someone to talk to and keep an eye on the Met Office’s forecasts and warnings.”
And here’s some much-needed motivation, because temperatures could drop as low as -15°C!
This past weekend was also strangely cold on UK shores. According to forecasters, it was historically the coldest week before March since 1986, with temperatures plummeting to even -5°C in some areas of the United Kingdom.
Brace yourselves, citizens of the British Isles, because winter is really coming!