Beast From The East – What Has Been Happening?
Europe has seen temperatures plunge this week following a ‘flood’ of cold air moving in from Russia in the east. This has lead to the fitting name ‘Beast From The East’. Even Rome has seen snow during this temperature plunge, the first in 6 years.
Beautiful shot of the Colosseum covered in snow during a rare snowfall in Rome, Italy. (Photo: Angelo Carconi) pic.twitter.com/5O4yRxD57b
— Meredith Frost (@MeredithFrost) February 26, 2018
In the central belt yesterday we had a light dusting. However, the weather was still mild and a lot of people were sceptical about warnings not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
We've had the Minister for Transport and Islands @HumzaYousaf at the Traffic Scotland National Control Centre getting a overview of the preparation for the forecast weather and travel warnings in place across Scotland@newsfromfta @RHANews @transcotland
Here's some advice 👇 pic.twitter.com/geo51rAcQ7
— Traffic Scotland (@trafficscotland) February 27, 2018
However, we all woke up to 10-15cm of snow and horrendous driving conditions.
Who Has Been Affected?
Many schools and public services were closed today, alongside loads of local businesses.
You can check all UK school closures on the gov.uk website.
Many airports across the UK have temporarily suspended flights.
Due to the continued and extreme weather conditions we have had to extend the suspension of all services until 1pm. We will continue to provide regular updates via our social channels and website. Please contact your airline for specific flight info before travelling to airport.
— Glasgow Airport (@GLA_Airport) February 28, 2018
The whole country is not at a standstill however. The gritters are out on force. Remember, all gritters in Scotland have GPS trackers (and some even have names!) so you can check what roads have been gritted here if you absolutely have to travel.
We have to take our hats off the our gritter force!
#TheSnowBuster is loading up ready to head back onto the #A90. Teams have been working round the clock to keep routes clear, 36 gritters still out working hard in North East just now. AMBER warnings for #snow in place – please #BePrepared & #PlanAhead! https://t.co/AcjQVVBto2 pic.twitter.com/SIzhzdHPMx
— BEAR NE Trunk Roads (@NETrunkRoads) February 28, 2018
Key public services remain open. Hats off to vital services like the NHS who are pulling through today.
— NHS Million (@NHSMillion) February 27, 2018
Met Office Warnings
The met office has released an amber warning for most of Scotland and large parts of England and Wales. Keep up to date on Met Office updates here. Remember to only travel if it is absolutely necessary.
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 28, 2018
What People Are Saying
We are putting together a picture of what is happening across the country. We would love to hear how the weather is affecting your landscaping projects. Please get in touch or drop us a tweet @PrioryBridge and stay safe!
Apparently it’s a good day to be a penguin:
— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) February 28, 2018
We enjoyed this dog playing in the snow:
— Philip Vincent (@PulhamHerefords) February 27, 2018
And of course, the inevitable…
— Flint Bedrock (@flintbedrock) February 28, 2018
Let us know how the weather is affecting you and stay safe!