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A winter's dawn: Frosty mist brings beautiful scenes... but sleet and gales are on the way

  • Rain, sleet and snow expected to hit the country by Thursday night
  • Fog predicted to choke up central and southern England tonight
  • Walker dies after slipping on Scafell, Cumbria this morning
  • Gale force winds of up to 50mph expected to hit the country from the West by Friday
  • Weather warning for icy roads this morning
It may be cold and frosty with sleet and gale force winds on the way... but the wintry weather has created some stunning scenery this morning. As Britain wraps up against the bitterly cold winds and frosty conditions, the weather looks set to turn from icy and dry to rain and sleet by Friday for the south and south west of England. But at least some good has come from the weather. Rocester, in Staffordshire, woke to see a gentle pink sky and their town cloaked in mist, while a brilliant crimson sun rose in Peterborough.

A sparkling frosty morning in Bristol was a delight for walkers, while choir boys enjoyed the chilly weather as they skated around an ice rink in Winchester, Hampshire. The frost coated Cheshire, lending the fields and plants a magical quality as they glittered in the bright winter light. But while the weather has brought picturesque scenes, many would happily forgo the wintry look if it meant avoiding the weather that is on its way.

While rain lashes the south, gale force winds will blow in from the West, expected to reach speeds of up to 50mph in coastal Devon, Cornwall and south Wales. And the appearance of waxwing birds could mean the bad weather is here to stay, if the old adage is true. Waxwings are believed to be harbingers of glacial weather. In the mid-1960s, when 11,000 visited, it was followed by one of the coldest winters on record. Two years ago, after another big influx, temperatures plummeted. Most years, only a few hundred arrive this month, returning to their breeding grounds in Scandinavia and Russia next spring.

A walker died after slipping on frozen snow and plunging 600ft on Scafell, in Cumbria. The man suffered serious injuries after falling from the Lord's Rake traverse path, in the Red Gill area, at around 10am today. Another man who was walking with him had to be rescued by an RAF Sea King helicopter after becoming stranded on crags. It is understood the two men are from outside Cumbria. Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team sent 17 of its members to the scene, while volunteers from Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team also helped.The RAF assisted mountain rescuers in recovering the deceased walker's body and winched the second man to safety in an operation which lasted around four hours.

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With state of the art technology and the latest info available at the flick of a switch I fail to see why the public should have to put up with out of date forecasts. In this fast moving situation its

I've only gone and done it. This went to the Press Complaints Commission this morning....         1i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including

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Couldnt help noticing on this program that they were talking about west yorkshire and hebden brige, and the map highlighted lancashire. you know a program about weather isnt going to be very good when they cant even get basic geography correct

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Freezing Fog And Frost Set To Disrupt Travel

Freezing fog and icy conditions after one of the coldest night's of the year will bring hazardous driving conditions and delays to flights across the country. Temperatures are expected to plunge as low as -11C in some areas of the UK. Sky weather producer Joanna Robinson said: "Expect icy patches, with dense freezing fog an additional hazard, mostly over England and Wales. "That fog may well give some travel disruption and will linger all day in places."

On its Twitter feed, Heathrow Airport said: "There may be some disruptions tomorrow morning (Wednesday) due to freezing fog tonight and tomorrow. Please check your flight status with your airline." British Airways warned that flights out of all London airports could be affected. The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for fog across much of South and Central England, which could persist throughout the day in the East. "Visibility will reduce to below 100m in places and therefore the public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel," it said. In the north of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland it warned that showers would bring an increased risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

The AA Special Operations Response Team said that the freezing temperatures and fog would make conditions particularly tricky for motorists. "Not the greatest driving conditions tonight! pls #drivesafe & leave more room than usual to the car ahead," it said on its Twitter account. The cold conditions come despite Britain being spared the worst of a brutal weather front dubbed the 'Beast from the East' The sub-zero conditions are expected to give way to a bout of milder weather later in the week, bringing torrential rain and gales creating gusts of up to 70mph.

Four flood warnings - the second highest alert available - and 17 less serious flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency. Sky weather presenter Isobel Lang said: "We are expecting an inch of rain in areas of the south, and possibly double that in higher areas, so that will obviously mean a risk of flooding."

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"The Plosky Tolbachik volcano, in the far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula is poring out an estimated 1,200 tons of lava every second.

The volcano which is one of the world's most volcanic regions has not erupted since 1976."

Hmmn any effect on the weather ??

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GET YOUR SKATES OFF! NOW FOR LASHING RAIN AND GALES

BRITAIN’S big freeze will give way to an onslaught of wind and rain as the chaotic winter weather rages on. The dramatic turnaround will be triggered by a blast of mild air from the Atlantic which will bring a week of snow, torrential rain and fierce 85mph winds, forecasters warn. The South and South-west regions hit by devastating floods last month are once again in the firing line with more than an inch of rain expected in a few hours. It comes as the UK is braced for the coldest temperatures of the year so far today when the “Beast from the East†bares its teeth.

Temperatures could plunge to -15C (5F) before an Atlantic low pressure system rolls in tomorrow. Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said: “Wednesday is going to be pivotal in terms of the cold weather with biting winds making it feel even colder. “Temperatures could well hit -15C in rural areas, with widespread frosts and ice causing travel problems. “Then we have an Atlantic system bringing torrential downpours with the threat of flooding again. There will be fierce winds around coastal regions which could reach 85mph.â€

There were warnings yesterday that more than 200 people could die every day in the cold. “The Department of Health said the number of cold-related deaths increases ‘substantially’ during severe weather. The Met Office has a Level 3 cold weather health alert in place across virtually all of the UK until tomorrow afternoon. It warns of a 90 per cent probability of severe cold, ice and heavy snow which could increase health risks to the elderly and vulnerable. Last night it issued severe weather warnings for rain in the North and the South-west on Friday.

The Met Office said “the Pest from the West†could bring more than an inch over high ground. Forecaster Dan Williams said: “When the milder air hits the cold air, there could be some snow on Friday which could cause travel disruption.†A man died yesterday when he slipped in snowy conditions and plunged 600 feet on Scafell in the Lake District. An RAF helicopter winched his friend to safety.

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Ice And Fog Hit Dozens Of Flights

Freezing fog has descended on parts of the UK, forcing airports to cancel flights - and more delays are expected. Heathrow Airport says 70 flights due to take off on Wednesday have been scrapped. A spokesman said further cancellations were likely as adverse conditions affecting large areas parts of the country worsen.Flights to Warsaw, Nice, Stockholm, Aberdeen and several German cities are among those cancelled. "We expect the fog to lift between 9am and 10am. Visibility is already improving," said a Heathrow spokeswoman.

"There have been some delays as well as cancellations. There is bound to be a bit of a knock-on effect during the day. Also, some European airports are also affected by the cold weather." There are also 20 cancellations at London City Airport. Passengers are urged to contact airlines to check details. Monday night was one of the coldest of the year, with temperatures falling as low as minus 10C (14F), with Scotland worst affected. After another bitterly cold night on Tuesday, much of the country woke up to sub-zero temperatures this morning. Fog, which has hit areas including central England, Wales and East Anglia, is expected to spread.

There was congestion on a number of major road routes, while a section of the A1(M) between junctions 39 and 40 in Yorkshire was closed. On the railways, overhead wire problems caused 50-minute delays in the rush-hour between Bedford and Luton, while a broken-down train at Watford Junction in Hertfordshire also caused hold-ups. An electrical supply problem led to delays to train services between Seaford and Lewes in East Sussex, while a signalling problem caused hold-ups to services in and out of another Sussex coastal station - Brighton. In Scotland, a broken-down train at Bathgate led to delays between Edinburgh and Airdrie.

On the Tube, there were severe delays on the Metropolitan line between Rickmansworth and Amersham and minor delays on the rest of the line due to a lack of trains. There were also severe delays between High Barnet and Finchley Central on the Northern line due to a signal failure at Woodside Park. Another signal failure - at Arnos Grove in north London - led to delays on the Tube's Piccadilly line between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters. The coldest spot in the UK on Tuesday night was Tulloch Bridge in the Highlands, where the temperature was minus 10.2C (13F).

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The Met Office have a warning out for Friday, I really cannot believe that the person responsible for drawing the polygons onto the UK map did not notice what they were doing - take a look for yourself - but if they do actually respond to my concerns and change it - it looks like this currently:

@alexdeakin I'll ask you too - please @metoffice to alter their warning slightly - this should NOT be on TV! pic.twitter.com/sKkzFGe1

— Andrew Jones-McGuire (@asjmcguire)

December 12, 2012
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Sub-zero Britain to warm up as fresh Atlantic front sweeps in... but it'll bring more rain and the wet weather could last until Christmas

Ice and freezing fog was causing travel chaos for air, road and rail passengers across Britain today. But while the weather was proving a real headache for many, it had an upside for others.

As the country woke to thick frost and sub-zero temperatures, amateur photographers grabbed their cameras and dashed out to capture the beauty that such perilous conditions can create. In the coming days large swathes of the country are expected to experience adverse weather after one of the coldest nights of the year.

The temperature plummeted to minus 10C (14F) in some parts of the country overnight on Monday, with Scotland experiencing the lowest temperatures. Other overnight cold spots included Chesham in Buckinghamshire at -9C (16F) and Little Rissington in Gloucestershire where it was -8C (18F). Matt Dobson, a senior forecaster with the Press Association’s weather division, MeteoGroup, said: 'Some places where the fog lingers will struggle to get above freezing today.

London and the South East, where the sun will eventually come through, may reach around 3-4C (37-39F). But in places such as the Vale of York and in the Scottish Glens it may stay as cold as minus 3C (27F) in daylight hours. 'This cold spell won’t last. The fog will lift. But although the big change on Thursday night, with an Atlantic front moving in, will mean higher temperatures, there is likely to be a lot of wet weather. 'The south of England could be very wet on Friday and we are likely to see wet conditions all the way up to Christmas. The exception could be a short, cold snap in the weekend before Christmas.'

The RAC reported a 60 per cent increase in cold weather call-outs - mainly flat batteries. Bosses expected to attend 10,000 breakdowns today - the firm’s busiest day so far this winter. Spokesman Simon Williams said: 'We're exceptionally busy and expect to be flat out again on Thursday morning.' But Britain is getting of lightly compared to southern Russia and northern Kazakhstan, where temperatures are falling 25C below normal, with daytime peaks of a shuddering -30C. A gritting lorry was unable to escape the treacherous conditions when it overturned onto its side.

The lorry overturned on the B3351 Studland Road in Studland, Dorset, shedding it's load of salt and grit across the carriageway in the early hours. The route had to be closed in both directions to allow for a clean-up operation to take place. A spokesman for Dorset Police said: 'The state of the roads is icy due to a heavy frost overnight and are very treacherous in some areas.

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The big freeze! Brits bask in a winter wonderland

BRITAIN was turned into a winter wonderland today after overnight temperatures plunged to a teeth-chattering minus 10. The country is in the midst of a brutal cold snap dubbed the Beast From The East. Sub-zero temperatures have caused transport chaos for commuters and mums on the school run, who have had to deal with rail delays and tailbacks on icy roads. Airports have also been forced to cancel dozens of flights because of fog and thick ice. But early risers were treated to beautiful scenes this morning when they opened their curtains to a white-coated landscape.

Heavy overnight frost left the countryside looking like a scene from a Christmas card. And brave Brits wrapped up and ventured out to bask in nature's majesty. Walkers grabbed their dog leads and took their canine companions out for a crisp morning stroll - while tough as nails rowers in Cambridge shrugged off the chill and took the plunge in the River Cam. The frost wasn't enough for hardy hikers up north - who wrapped up and ventured into the snow-coated Pennines.

There's good news for those struggling to cope with the chilly conditions - the big freeze isn't here to stay. A Met Office spokesman revealed: "This cold spell won’t last. The fog will lift. But although the big change on Thursday night, with an Atlantic front moving in, will mean higher temperatures, there is likely to be a lot of wet weather." Better swap those snow boots for an umbrella!

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Brollies at the ready: Cold snap will end tomorrow but the 'Pest from the West' promises only heavy rain instead

A thick sparkling frost coated much of the UK today, leaving many places cold but with a winter wonderland look. But the festive appearance is about to melt away, as heavy rain and gale force winds are working their way from the Atlantic towards the UK. The western weather front is expected to bring winds reaching speeds of up to 50mph tomorrow across the UK, with wet spells estimated to produce 20-25mm rain in the south-west of England and south wales. A spokesman for the Met Office said: 'It's an area of low pressure that 's bringing the weather front from the west.

'Tomorrow will be much milder over the UK, with the temperature hitting highs of 7C to 11C. The south will see temperatures in double figures. 'It'll be a wet day for the south west of England.

'In eastern parts of Scotland, there is expected to be 20 to 40mm of rain. 'There will be gusts of up to 40pmh and 50pmh everywhere. 'Exposed southern coasts and higher grounds will see gusts of up to 60mph.' Today had been predicted to be the coldest day of the year, with temperatures last night dropping to -12C in Scotland.

There was a dusting of snow in the northern parts of Scotland, but most of the country only experienced a glittering frost and some fog last night and the early part of this morning. But the Met Office revealed that it had been mild compared to the sub-zero conditions in February, where a temperature of -15C was recorded in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, making that that the coldest date of the year so far. The spokesman said: 'This year's winter is only 12 and bit days old, so it's been the coldest day of the season so far.' Today the thermometer will hover between 2C and 4C in most places - although cities including Liverpool and Birmingham will feel the chill as the temperature does not reach any higher than 1C.

But after the wet and windy conditions tomorrow, at least the weekend will bring a welcome rise in temperature, and even some sunny spells. The spokesman said: 'The weather will be milder, there will just be showers around the country. 'There will be some dry spells. It will be generally cloudy with some sunny spells.' Yesterday freezing fog and ice brought beautiful scenes to the countryside but transport chaos in many cities yesterday as temperatures plummeted to -10C. About 200 flights were cancelled as airports struggled to deal with the treacherous conditions, while major roads were jammed and rail users faced delays after the country woke to a thick blanket of frost and fog. The River Thames froze at Wargrave, Berkshire, and canals iced over in London, Birmingham and Stockport.

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So far this month we've had "The Beast from the East" and now "The pest from the West" from the Mail what next from them?

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Britain is on flood alert this morning as high winds and heavy rainfall begin to sweep in from the South West.

The Environment Agency has warned residents - many still mopping up after last month's widespread flooding - to brace themselves for a combination of heavy rain and storm surges.

Thirteen flood warnings have been issued across the South West and Wales, while a further 47 areas across Scotland, England and Wales have been told to prepare for possible flooding.

The Environment Agency has also issued a flood alert near Swansea and Port Talbot.

The ground in parts of south and west Wales remains saturated from last month's heavy rainfall, the agency said.

Between 20mm and 30mm of rain is expected to fall over the next 24 hours in the South West and Wales.

High winds of up to 60mph will affect much of the UK, reaching up to 70mph in north-east Scotland.

Heavy rain has already started to fall across the South West, which will bear the brunt of the severe weather.

The public have been advised to stay away from seafronts, quaysides and jetties along the south coast to avoid powerful waves.

Nick Roseveare, of the Environment Agency, said: "We are keeping a close eye on conditions around our coastline and will issue flood warnings if the risk of flooding increases.

"The critical periods will be the early morning tides over the next three days.

"If they coincide with rain, there's a risk of tide-locking, where water is held in rain-swollen rivers and cannot escape into the sea because of the high tides. This could result in localised flooding."

Those in areas of risk have been urged by the Environment Agency to check their website and Twitter feed for the latest updates, or to call the floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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NOW 85 MPH WINDS TO BLAST IN

BRITAIN is braced for a “chaotic battering†with Atlantic storms bringing torrential downpours, blizzards and gale-force winds. Much of the country faces driving rain and winds of up to 85mph from today (Friday) with heavy snow and blizzards in the North. Forecasters warned more than an inch of rain could fall in regions still recovering from the last onslaught raising fears of more flooding. The South-west and South-east, devastated by relentless heavy rain at the end of last month, are expected to be worst-hit over the next 24 hours. Experts said coastal regions will be battered by fierce gusts which could whip up huge sea waves leading to coastal flooding. The Met Office last night issued severe weather warnings for heavy rain and strong winds today and tomorrow.

Forecaster Sarah Holland said: “We are seeing a return to much wetter weather. “A band of heavy rain will move north-eastwards through Friday with the South-west affected in the morning.

“We could see 30mm locally [1in] and there are also going to be some very strong winds which could lead to coastal flooding and travel disruption. “In the North very strong winds and snow will lead to blizzard conditions , and it is going to be a blustery mix over the weekend.†The Environment Agency has issued 19 flood alerts and six more serious flood warnings for much of the UK.

A spokesman said: “The weather system could bring gale force south-easterly winds, large waves, and a moderate storm surge during Friday and Saturday, which would coincide with the peak spring tides. “Large waves and strong winds could result in minor disruption inland, with some impact from spray or wave overtopping.“We would definitely urge people to star away from the sea fronts and highways near coasts.â€

Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, warned up to three inches of rain could fall today with gusts of 85mph in exposed regions. He said: “There is a chaotic weather battering on the way, as a low pressure system comes in from the Atlantic. “The South-west will be particularly badly-hit, of course where the rain hit last time, we are looking at some very severe flooding likely once again. “There is also the chance of some very strong winds reaching up to 85mph in exposed regions, which could do some structural damage.†It comes as Britain shivers in a bitter Arctic blast bringing some of the lowest temperatures of the year so far. The mercury plunged to a frosty -12.5C in Scotland, on Wednesday night with temperatures plunging well-below freezing across the UK. Roads, airports and railways ground to a halt as freezing fog and ice blanketed most of the country this week. Much of the Midlands and the North shivered in sub-zero temperatures for two days after the third coldest December in 30 years.

According to Met Office figures the average temperature this month is 2.5C, 2.4C below normal beaten only by the bitter cold Decembers in 2010 and 1995. The RAC said staff were “flat out†yesterday with an extra 1,200 cold weather breakdowns expected by last night. Spokesman Simon Williams said: “Now we’re preparing for increased wet weather calls.†Netweather said heavy rain in the South-west is expected from this morning bringing the risk of icy roads. Forecaster Paul Michaelwaite said: “The wintry spell of weather is coming to an end though, with an Atlantic system waiting in the wings to push milder, wetter and windier weather up across the whole country from the southwest. “Temperatures will start to rise from the southwest though, with heavy rain arriving during the early hours - ahead of it those wintry showers may just pep up across parts of England and Wales too.

“As the rain moves in, there is an ice risk as it falls onto still frozen surfaces, and as it pushes further north into the morning and through the day sleet and snow is likely to affect the hills and mountains of Northern England and Scotland as well, with blizzards possible for a time.†MeteoGroup forecaster Matt Dobson said Britain faces a wet and rainy picture right up until the end of the month. He said: “The South of England could be very wet on Friday and we are likely to see wet conditions all the way up to Christmas. “The exception could be a short, cold snap in the weekend before Christmas.â€

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Brollies at the ready: Cold snap will end tomorrow but the 'Pest from the West' promises only heavy rain instead

A thick sparkling frost coated much of the UK today, leaving many places cold but with a winter wonderland look. But the festive appearance is about to melt away, as heavy rain and gale force winds are working their way from the Atlantic towards the UK. The western weather front is expected to bring winds reaching speeds of up to 50mph tomorrow across the UK, with wet spells estimated to produce 20-25mm rain in the south-west of England and south wales. A spokesman for the Met Office said: 'It's an area of low pressure that 's bringing the weather front from the west.

'Tomorrow will be much milder over the UK, with the temperature hitting highs of 7C to 11C. The south will see temperatures in double figures. 'It'll be a wet day for the south west of England.

'In eastern parts of Scotland, there is expected to be 20 to 40mm of rain. 'There will be gusts of up to 40pmh and 50pmh everywhere. 'Exposed southern coasts and higher grounds will see gusts of up to 60mph.' Today had been predicted to be the coldest day of the year, with temperatures last night dropping to -12C in Scotland.

There was a dusting of snow in the northern parts of Scotland, but most of the country only experienced a glittering frost and some fog last night and the early part of this morning. But the Met Office revealed that it had been mild compared to the sub-zero conditions in February, where a temperature of -15C was recorded in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, making that that the coldest date of the year so far. The spokesman said: 'This year's winter is only 12 and bit days old, so it's been the coldest day of the season so far.' Today the thermometer will hover between 2C and 4C in most places - although cities including Liverpool and Birmingham will feel the chill as the temperature does not reach any higher than 1C.

But after the wet and windy conditions tomorrow, at least the weekend will bring a welcome rise in temperature, and even some sunny spells. The spokesman said: 'The weather will be milder, there will just be showers around the country. 'There will be some dry spells. It will be generally cloudy with some sunny spells.' Yesterday freezing fog and ice brought beautiful scenes to the countryside but transport chaos in many cities yesterday as temperatures plummeted to -10C. About 200 flights were cancelled as airports struggled to deal with the treacherous conditions, while major roads were jammed and rail users faced delays after the country woke to a thick blanket of frost and fog. The River Thames froze at Wargrave, Berkshire, and canals iced over in London, Birmingham and Stockport.

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So far this month we've had "The Beast from the East" and now "The pest from the West" from the Mail what next from them?

I'm sure their reporters have been looking on the MOD thread.....i can't remember who, but a poster named our current weather pattern as 'the pest from the west' a few days ago!!

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You've really got to laugh http://www.express.c...w/364613/364613

Ah yes the Daily Excrete and it weather headlines. Wrong 99% of the time and not entirely correct the other 1%.

wow it got down to minus 12 in the coldest village in the highlands in a winter month how unusual.

I could wallpaper my house with their front pages weather stories that never came true.

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