UK is set for more snow and freezing conditions

UK is set for more snow and freezing conditions
UK is set for more snow and freezing conditions

Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice as freezing conditions continue to sweep across the UK in the aftermath of Storm Arwen.    

The Met Office has warned of a risk of 'wintry showers and icy stretches' after 100mph winds and snow wreaked havoc across the country this week, causing damage to buildings, road closures and train delays. 

Temperatures are expected to plunge in some regions across the country, with -1C (33.8F) forecast in Manchester and Newcastle, and snow showers expected to become more extensive over parts of Scotland and the North West of England. 

Today, snow covered fields were spotted in the village of Stainton in North Yorkshire, and abandoned vehicles were covered in snow and ice near Consett, in County Durham, after heavy snowfall in the area overnight.

It comes as forecasters predict further wintry showers in the east and a band of rain, sleet and snow for parts of Scotland.  

The showers will continue to move across western areas of the country on Thursday before a warmer air mass brings heavy showers on Friday - which is expected to continue into the weekend.  

A cold weather alert issued by the UK Health Security Agency on Friday is set to remain in place until Monday, prompting advice to people to try to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of the chilly conditions such as the elderly and anyone with heart and lung problems.

The cold spell comes after three people were killed when trees were blown over in strong winds as Storm Arwen hit on Friday.   

A person walks across a snow covered hill near the Angel of the North in Gateshead as the North East continues to experience freezing conditions

A person walks across a snow covered hill near the Angel of the North in Gateshead as the North East continues to experience freezing conditions

A group of joggers take in the chilly climate as they go for a run in Richmond Park south-west London this morning

A group of joggers take in the chilly climate as they go for a run in Richmond Park south-west London this morning

Snow covered fields are spotted in the village of Stainton, North Yorkshire, amid freezing conditions in the aftermath of Storm Arwen

Snow covered fields are spotted in the village of Stainton, North Yorkshire, amid freezing conditions in the aftermath of Storm Arwen

A motorist stands by the side of the snow-covered A515 near Biggin, in the Peak District, Derbyshire, amid the freezing conditions

A motorist stands by the side of the snow-covered A515 near Biggin, in the Peak District, Derbyshire, amid the freezing conditions

Motorists  gather by a stuck HGV along the snow-covered A515 near Biggin, in the Peak District, Derbyshire, as forecasters issue snow and ice warning

Motorists  gather by a stuck HGV along the snow-covered A515 near Biggin, in the Peak District, Derbyshire, as forecasters issue snow and ice warning

A  swimmer from West Lothian Dippers takes a dip in the icy water in Winchburgh, West Lothian, as the UK braces itself for more snow

A  swimmer from West Lothian Dippers takes a dip in the icy water in Winchburgh, West Lothian, as the UK braces itself for more snow

Swimmers face the icy waters in Winchburgh, West Lothian,  as forecasters warm of a risk of 'wintry showers and icy stretches'

Swimmers face the icy waters in Winchburgh, West Lothian,  as forecasters warm of a risk of 'wintry showers and icy stretches' 

On Friday, around 50 punters at Tan Hill Inn, Britain's highest pub, in Richmond were trapped in overnight after an icy blizzard dumped 5ft of snow after they travelled there to watch an Oasis tribute band called 'Noasis' perform.

By 9pm it became clear that nobody would be able to make the journey home and many had to sleep in makeshift beds on the floor of the bar. 

The 17th Century Tan Hill Inn is around 10 miles from the nearest main roads, but the lanes leading to it had been blocked by snow or fallen power lines.

Pub owner Mike Kenny said: 'We recommended anyone in the pub to stay out rather than endanger life on the snow covered moors. No one is going anywhere yet. The police advised we all stay out for now. Our snowplough is snowed in!'

Punters accused of faking injuries by Wetherspoons pub

A Wetherspoons pub accused customers of faking injuries when a bar ceiling collapsed during Storm Arwen.

Customers fled the historic building of The North and South Wales Bank pub in Wrexham, North Wales, when chunks of plaster fell from the ceiling.

The pub chain giant alleged two customers 'pretended' to have been injured in the Friday night drama as Storm Anwen rocked the area.

A spokesperson for JD Wetherspoon said: 'At 10:23pm the ceiling inside the N&S Wales Bank to the right of the bar collapsed. Staff called the emergency services and evacuated the pub immediately.

'No customers or staff were injured although two customers pretended they had been hit but when confronted by the police and Wetherspoons staff looking at CCTV it showed clearly that no customers were struck by any debris.'

The pub remained shut over the weekend for safety checks.

The historic building built in 1905 was a major bank in the town before becoming a Wetherspoon's pub.

Wetherspoons has confirmed no staff or customers were injured during the incident.

On social media on regular said: 'There was a big bang and a lot of dust. But I didn't see anyone hit by the plaster.'

The Welsh Ambulance Service said they were called to the scene at 10.26pm following reports of two potentially injured customers.

But it said the 'potentially injured' customers had left by the time paramedics arrived and the team was stood down.

Footage filmed inside the pub shows customers rushing to get out of the way of the falling debris. 

The pub will remain closed until further notice while a structural engineer, builder and architect assess the damage.

 

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At least one couple were rescued after they tried to camp outside the pub and the Inn's BnB guests were advised to keep their bags packed in case a plough makes a path so they can try to escape.

The Met Office's rare red weather warning expired early on Saturday, but the forecaster said that amber and yellow warnings for wind remained in place.

Police said one storm victim, from Lancaster, was killed at around 11pm on Friday night on Vicarage Road in Ambleside, Cumbria. 

And another person was killed when a tree fell on his car on the B977 in Aberdeenshire around 5pm on Friday. 

Francis Lagan, head teacher of St Mary's Primary School in Maghera, died after a falling tree struck his car in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on Friday. 

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