Snow warnings issued as Beast from the East edges toward Yorkshire

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

During the day on Monday, temperatures of 1°C (33.8°F) and 2°C (35.6°F) are expected across much of the country, while Northern Ireland will escape the worst of the cold due to its western position.

Power cuts and mobile phone services may also be affected.

"There is a very big, very cold pool of air that circulates around the North Pole - sudden stratospheric warming, as it says on the tin, is when the stratosphere suddenly warms", he said.

Met Office forecasters said: "There is a potential for travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays on cancellations to rail or air travel".

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Disruptive snow showers are also expected from next Tuesday onwards, particularly in the east and southeast.

The Met Office's chief forecaster said: "There is a lot of uncertainty in the extent and timing of snow during Tuesday". Those with ski vacations may find it hard to impossible to reach their destinations due to the sheer amount of snow, with skiing made more challenging due to frigid air temperatures and strong winds.

After a frosty start, a dry day with sunny spells is expected. Maximum Temperature 5 °C.

Tomorrow, Saturday will be dry with bright and sunny spells. On Sunday night, temperatures will fall to as low as -3C overnight with a widespread sharp to severe frost. No further snow is indicated for Thursday, March 1, but both days will be very, very cold with highs of just 1C during the day and -6C overnight.

"There is the potential for locally five to 10cm of snow across eastern parts however where showers become more organised there may be more widespread snow cover".

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