Brits have been warned to get home as early as possible tonight as a snow blizzard is set to batter the UK.
The so-called ‘Beast from the East’ will generate four days of snow, with temperatures set to drop to as low as -15°C in certain areas of the country.
Train operators Southeastern and Great Northern have urged their customers to get home early tonight, ideally before 6pm, amid fears that severe weather conditions could shut down transport.
Rail operator Southeastern said in a statement on Twitter:
Temperatures are falling over the coming week, with snow expected in the South East from Monday.
We are working closely with Network Rail to keep the rail network open, and will be running a full service on Monday morning.
With heavier snow expected from 6pm on Monday, services may be disrupted. We advise you to check before you travel and allow additional time for your journey.
We recommend that where you can, you should complete your evening journey before 6pm to avoid possible disruption.
It will get colder in the coming week, with snow expected from Monday. We'll be working closely with @NetworkRailSE to keep the network open, but please check before you travel. #UKSnow pic.twitter.com/RdHRepdqsF
— Southeastern (@Se_Railway) February 25, 2018
Great Northern also said their services will be disrupted adding:
With predicted snow and icy conditions, an amended timetable with be implemented which will affect services from today onwards.
You are advised to travel as early as possible on Monday evening.
Due to predicted snow and icy conditions we may be running a reduced or altered services from Tuesday morning.
❄️ – Services are running as normal this morning however disruption is expected this evening, especially to services to Cambridge and King's Lynn.
— Great Northern (@GNRailUK) February 26, 2018
The Met Office has put in place amber warnings for the East Midlands, East of England, North East, West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber on Tuesday (February 27) with rising concerns over the impact of snow.
Three other yellow weather warnings are in place from today, (February 26) to Wednesday, (February 28) across the UK and the Met Office are reporting the weather will bring with it risk to human life.
Wednesday and Thursday are set to be the coldest days with temperatures dropping to the double-minus figures overnight.
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 25, 2018
The east of England will bear the brunt of the ‘Beast’ with the snow starting to fall from today.
By Wednesday it’s predicted there’ll be seven inches of snow in some eastern counties of England, as well as parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Met Office has predicted up to 11 inches of snow could fall in certain areas in the North East by the end of the week.
To keep up to date with the weather warnings for your area, please check the Met Office’s website.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.