Large parts of Britain have been hit with heavy snow, tidal waters, and strong winds. Flights from Gatwick and Heathrow airports have been cancelled. Traffic has been severely delayed, and the Army is evacuating people on Britain’s east coast due to incoming tidal waters.
In London, queues on the M25 are forming in both directions, while roads in the capital are becoming unusable. Temperatures are dropping like a stone so much of the snow will turn to ice, making roads difficult to navigate and treacherous.
Another blast of snow is expected in Scotland and the south east of England tomorrow with much of it falling due to rush hour.
Three severe flood warnings have been issued by The Environment Agency. Severe means danger to life, and 55 lower grade flood warnings have also been issued along England’s east coast.
The east coast of England is particularly expected to flood. Fears are mounting that the waters will breech tidal defences causing localised flooding.
In Lincolnshire, the army is helping to prepare for flooding and residents have been told to evacuate their homes or move to the upper floors.
The towns of Jaywick, Mistley, Manningtree, Colchester, and Mersea in Essex are being evacuated due to the council’s concern that Friday’s 1pm high tide will bring floods.
Northern Ireland has been hit with heavy snow as have parts of Scotland. Travel network disruption has been severe and schools have been closed.
As well as Heathrow and Gatwick airports cancelling flights, other flight restrictions may be put in place at other airports. Right now, however, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast International and Belfast City airports are operating as normal.
English and Welsh local authorities said it was well prepared for the bad weather as they had stored up a full stock of grit, and up to 1.2 million tonnes of salt.