UK weather brings -5C ice and snow blast so cold that mobile phones could be cut off as half term begins with a chill

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ICE storms are set to sweep Britain today as the country is plunged into another big freeze so cold it could disrupt mobile phone signal.

Phone reception could fall victim to the -5C cold snap as snow and ice also wreaks havoc on the roads and railways for the start of half-term.

 An isolated house stands surrounded by a blanket of white near Alston, Cumbria

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An isolated house stands surrounded by a blanket of white near Alston, Cumbria

The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings as snow showers batter the country and keep things chilly.

The warning, in place for much of the UK for today, warns: “Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”

This is due to icy winds drying moisture in the air onto power cables.

The cables can then break in the chilly weather and cause outages and loss of signal.

 A white blanket of snow stretches across Huddersfield this morning

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A white blanket of snow stretches across Huddersfield this morning
 A chilly message was traced onto a car covered in snow in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire this morning

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A chilly message was traced onto a car covered in snow in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire this morning
 A man walks his dog yesterday past a snow covered building in Nenthead, Cumbria

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A man walks his dog yesterday past a snow covered building in Nenthead, Cumbria
 A motorist digs snow from around his car near Alston, Cumbria

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A motorist digs snow from around his car near Alston, Cumbria

How can the weather affect your mobile phone coverage?

The Met Office explained how wintry weather can see you cut off from using your phone.

Bad weather can have a detrimental effect on mobile reception if it is very windy, there is heavy rain or thick snowfall.

This is due to icy winds drying moisture in the air onto power cables.

They can then break in the chilly weather and cause outages and loss of signal.

 Heavy hail and snow showers are expected during Monday morning

Met Office

Heavy hail and snow showers are expected during Monday morning

Parents hoping to make the most of the half term break will be left disappointed as heavy rain and snow gear up to batter Britain for nearly all of this week.

The Met Office Chief Forecaster said: “Showers of hail and snow are expected through Monday morning.

“The showers will be heaviest and most frequent across western and northern Scotland where 2-5 cm of snow is likely to accumulate relatively widely, with some areas, particularly above 150 m, possibly seeing 6-10 cm of snow.”

“The showers will gradually become less frequent and heavy from the south through Monday morning.

Brits are braced for travel chaos, with icy roads and strong winds set to bring traffic to a standstill in places.”

A calm but cold day today will be followed by four days of heavy rain and bitter wind as the temperatures plunge towards freezing.

Met office weatherman Craig Snell said: “Unfortunately it’s not shaping up to be a great half term.

“Most of us will see snow and rain, and there’s going to be a lot of wind.

“It’s going to feel very cold for all of us. Even if the temperatures don’t hit freezing, the wind will make it feel like we’re in the minuses.

 

“People need to be careful on the roads and make allowances for long journeys.”

Public Health England forecasters have extended a cold weather health alert until Tuesday and today swathes of the country were hit by wind and even some snow.

Winds of around 45mph are also predicted to hit parts of the country in the coastal regions.

Video footage shows snowfall across the UK as Britain’s temperature drops

 


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2018-02-12 07:18:55

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