Heavy snow and icy conditions have hit parts of the UK, as strong easterly winds from Ukraine and the Black Sea area spill across the country.
The Met Office has issued amber weather warnings for snow in parts of London, the east and southeast of England stretching from Norwich down to Canterbury and lasting until Monday lunchtime.
There are also warnings of possible widespread travel disruption and power cuts resulting from the bitterly cold conditions.
Yellow warnings for snow and ice, covering the entire length of the UK, are also in place until Wednesday evening.
Forecasters have warned of “significant disruptive snowfall” and gale force winds in the southeast of England, with up to 30cm of snow possible in the Downs of Kent and the North Downs.
Reporting from a deserted beach in Felixstowe, Suffolk, Sky News correspondent Emma Birchley said: “Horizontal snow, biting winds and an absolutely wild sea caused by the winds that are coming in from Russia and Eastern Europe and bringing these incredibly cold temperatures.
“When you look at the temperature gauge it actually says zero but it’s that ‘feels like’ temperature which is around -10C (14F) and near gale force gusts which are making it feel so biting”.
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Sky’s Emma Birchley was in Felixstowe, Suffolk and had an update on the weather warnings across the UK.
Sunday daytime temperatures will stay in low single figures for much of the country, with some places remaining below freezing.
Glasgow City Council sent its gritters out on Saturday night to outlying priority routes and areas around vaccine centres in light of the “chilly” time ahead.
It comes as many parts of Scotland and northeast England could see 2cm to 5cm of snow, with 10cm to 15cm possible in regions above 200m.
Storm #Darcy has been named by the Dutch Met Service, KNMI, and is set to bring strong winds and heavy snow to southeast England late on Saturday and on Sunday, this easing through Monday
⚠️⚠️Met Office warnings are already in force⚠️⚠️
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 5, 2021
Heavy disruptive snow is expected in southeast England along with 40-50mph wind gusts that could cause snowdrifts from today through to Monday morning, according to the Met Office.
Meteorologist Sarah Kent said: “There will be significant disruptive snowfall across the South East.
“Within this area, there is a small chance particularly over the Downs of Kent and the North Downs that you could see 25-30cm of snow.
“It is a small chance but the threat is there, up to a foot of snow potentially combined with extremely strong easterly winds. Even inland in that area, gusting could be 45mph and higher than that on the coasts.
“This could lead to significant drifting of any lying snow and obviously blizzards for the snow coming past you for anyone who is attempting to travel.
“Sadly there will be people who have to make journeys for the emergency services and there are still lorries that have to