Temperatures plunge as 'beast from the east' takes hold of country

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Rural areas are at risk of being cut off as widespread snowfall and severe wind-chill temperatures are blown into Yorkshire in a storm dubbed The Beast from the East.

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Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "During the day, temperatures will struggle to rise above 0 and in the wind will feel like -4 or -5".

A cold snap is set to hit Ireland over the coming days and disruptive snow showers are likely, according to Met Eireann.

Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may 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.

The Met office is working with partners in road, rail and air transport to help minimize the impacts on the public.

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"Sea-effect snow will stream from east to west over the U.K. Monday into Thursday", Roys said. 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.

Negative phases of the NAO are typically associated with colder and snowier-than-average conditions on both sides of the Atlantic, but in this case it's mainly going to affect Europe, at least at first.

Another cold, dry and largely sunny day is expected on Saturday.

It will remain dry and cold overnight, with clear spells developing.

We still have a weekend before the snow is set to fall and if you're planning to be out and about, you can expect crisp blue skies on Saturday - though temperatures will steadily be dropping by Sunday.

Wednesday will see some more snow showers. Further snow showers follow Monday and Tuesday, perhaps heavy at times.

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