London to be blanketed in six inches of snow

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The cold snap, which has been named the ‘Troll from Trondheim’, has seen the Met Office issue seven weather warnings for Monday and a number carrying on to Thursday. Travel chaos is set to continue throughout Monday as people are advised to only travel if necessary following abandoned vehicles and hours-long queues as traffic became gridlocked due to snow and ice.

The highest number of vehicle breakdowns in the UK is predicted to be seen on Monday with 30,000 motorists needing assistance.

The yellow weather warnings in place across most of the United Kingdom warns of snow, ice and fog which will make some journeys challenging and may lead to accidents.

The Met Office said: ‘Some rural communities could become temporarily cut off” and there will be “possible travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel.”

Following snowfall of up to 10 centimetres in some places, Gatwick Airport and Stansted Airport closed their runways on Sunday night after a Met Office meteorologist admitted more snow had fallen than was predicted.

Meteorologist Ellie Wilson said on Sunday: “Today’s been a bit more snow than we were originally thinking.”

As forecasters now predict that some areas could see up to six inches of snow, those with air travel plans are advised to check with the airport amid severe delays and cancellations as some inbound flights turned back while in the air.

Gatwick Airport tweeted: “Snow and freezing weather may cause disruption at the airport.

“Passengers are advised to check flight status with their airline – and also local travel conditions – before departing for the airport.

“Some flights were delayed due to a shortage of ‘de-icing rigs’.

“This situation has improved, however, continued freezing weather is causing further delays and same cancellations”.

Meanwhile, drivers have been warned by police forces to stay off the roads as temperatures are set to plummet to -12C over Sunday night.

Gloucestershire Police said there was “an unprecedented amount” of issues they were dealing with due to the weather and told motorists to avoid the roads.

Up to six inches of snow was predicted to fall in London and Essex on Sunday night as a band of sleet moved its way over Kent, Essex, and London.

The weather warnings put in place for London and South-east England on Sunday are set to last until 9am Monday with one in Scotland lasting for 24 hours until 12pm Monday.

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Many areas in England have been warned that visibility may be low with some places only having 50m of visibility.

The Met Office said: “It’s looking to stay quite chilly through next week with frost overnight and some cold temperatures in the day as well.

“Through Sunday and into Monday, there is chance the southeast of England could see a little bit more in the way of snow although there’s a little bit of uncertainty there.”

According to the weather service, the cold snap may last until January with forecaster Steve Willington saying: “It is staying cold, with daytime temperatures only a few degrees above freezing in many places and overnight temperatures dropping to -10C or lower in isolated spots.”

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