Yellow warning for snow in Crawley

Exceptionally cold weather is forecast for next week with significant wind chill and severe frosts.

A Status Yellow weather advisory warning has been issued for the entire country this afternoon.

Eleanor Bell, principal meteorologist at The Weather Channel, said it will begin to feel much colder over the next several days with temperatures tumbling as the "Beast from the East" takes charge.

"Disruptive snow showers are expected from Tuesday onwards, particularly in the east and southeast", it said.

The alert is in affect from today, Friday, February 23, to next Friday, March 2.

Saturday and Sunday will also be cold before temperatures plunge even further next week.

The government has warned health risks may arise as temperatures plummet across the United Kingdom, with the Met Office warning of snow in London and the south east next week.

"Over 65s, those with conditions like heart and lung diseases and young children, are all at particular risk in cold weather as their bodies struggle to cope when temperatures fall".

It will be "exceptionally cold."

It will be between 4C and 8C during the day, but it will drop to -2C in some areas that night. As a result, the increased likelihood of a cold spell of weather has been forecast for many days, but there is now greater confidence about the time scale and also the extent of snowfall.

Another cold, dry and largely sunny day is expected on Saturday. It will turn colder under the clear skies with lowest temperatures falling to between -2C and 1C and a widespread sharp frost, but a degree or so higher along southwestern coasts.

Sunday will be most sunny and dry with a high of around 6C.

Meanwhile, night-time temperatures on Saturday and Sunday are predicted drop sharply under clear skies, leading to widespread hard frost and unsafe icy conditions for many.

  • Valerie Cook