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UK weather: Sudden snowfall sparks MULTIPLE crashes on M20 involving around 15 vehicles

Mirror logo Mirror 05/02/2018 Vicky Smith

a lit up city at night: Credits: Twitter/@kentpoliceroads © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Twitter/@kentpoliceroads  Snowfall has sparked multiple crashes on the M20 motorway amid weather warnings for much of Britain.

Police in Kent said there at least three or four crashes involving up to six vehicles in each one.

At least one has ended up on its roof.

a car at night: Credits: Twitter/@kentpoliceroads © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Twitter/@kentpoliceroads It has led to parts of the motorway being closed near junctions 8 and 9.

There are thought to be no serious injuries and motorists have simply been caught out by icy conditions on a stretch of road less than a mile long.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for most parts of the country including the north west, the north east and Wales.

Up to 3cm of snow was expected.

a lit up city at night: Credits: Twitter/@kentpoliceroads © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Twitter/@kentpoliceroads It comes as Brits are set to shiver in what could be the coldest night of the year on Tuesday with snow and wintry showers expected to blanket the entire country this week. 

The UK will plunge into a big chill with snow forecast to fall on much of the country this week.

a crowd of people: Credits: Nigel Robinson / SWNS.com © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Nigel Robinson / SWNS.com The mercury could plummet to -14C overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, and is set to become the coldest night of winter so far. Thermometers in parts of Scotland fell to -13C on January 20.

While Scotland and rural areas will see the worst of the sub-zero temperatures this week, nowhere is immune from the icy blast - and the outlook for the weekend shows the big chill is here to stay.

Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice were in place for Scotland, Wales and much of the North Sunday night, ending at 10am Monday. A similar warning for ice was also in place for London and the East of England.

a truck that is lit up at night: Credits: Twitter/@kentpoliceroads © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Twitter/@kentpoliceroads But there is no respite from the big freeze, with further yellow warnings in place from tomorrow at 8pm until 3pm on Tuesday.

This covers the north east and north west of England, Central, Tayside and Fife, East Midlands, Grampian Highlands and Eilean Siar,Northern Ireland, South West Scotland, Wales, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and Humber.

Up to 5cm (nearly 2 inches) of snow could fall in parts, while ice is likely to develop across western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Another weather warning for Tuesday from 5am to Wednesday and 9am covers Northern Ireland, South West Scotland, South West England, Strathclyde, and Wales.

The Met Office warns: “Following a band of rain, sleet and snow, clearing southeastwards, rain, sleet and snow showers are likely to increasingly affect western parts of the UK.

“Snow showers are likely to be frequent in western Scotland and northern Northern Ireland, where hail and thunder are also possible.”

animal on the snow: Credits: Nigel Robinson / SWNS.com © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Nigel Robinson / SWNS.com Up to 10cm of snow could fall on higher ground, with around 5cm elsewhere in affected areas. Highs of 6C are expected in London tomorrow, with the rest of the country expecting up to 3C.

Met Office spokesman Becky Mitchell said: “Monday morning will be a cold start for everyone, with overnight temperatures down to freezing for most. We’re looking at down to around -4C for rural spots “People could be scraping their cars for ice if they are heading out to work.

“It’s a largely dry start for most places but we do have some showers pushing in, mainly for Eastern parts of the UK.

“There could be snow on the ground for some people first thing tomorrow.”

While most of the country can expect a chilly evening tonight, the frost really tightens its grip on Tuesday.

Another band of snow will pass over the country from the North West, though it is expected to “fizzle out” before it hits the Midlands and South West of England. However it may leave a trail of sleet in its wake.

Ms Mitchell added: “It’s staying largely dry on Tuesday, with a few showers pushing into Western parts. It’s still very cold with maximum temperatures of 5C in the South West of England.

a field with a mountain in the background: Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA “The coldest night so far was -13.7C. That could potentially be achieved Tuesday to Wednesday when we might see the coldest night of winter so far. We may see -14C potentially somewhere on the higher ground of Scotland. “But there will be widespread overnight lows of zero to -3C.”

Similar bands of snow will pass over the country on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Ms Mitchell added: “We will potentially see snow somewhere in the UK every day during the next week.

“It’s going to be a cold old week and there’s not much of a sign of things warming up by the weekend either.”

Although snow is expected to fall widely, woolly hat-clad children hoping to build a snowman may be disappointed.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell added: “Quite a lot of the UK will see some snow as we head through Tuesday but as it ventures into the Midlands, South West England and eventually later in the day across South East England, it’s just going to be a few flakes of snow.

“So many people will see some snow but don’t expect to build a snowman.” 

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