Snow Disrupts Travel at the Start of the ‘Coldest Week’ in the UK

February 5, 2018 Last Updated: February 5, 2018

Snowfall has caused travel disruption in some parts of the UK, with forecasters saying it could be one of the coldest weeks of the winter so far.

Police have urged motorists to drive carefully after snowy conditions on Monday morning triggered collisions on the M20 in southeast England.

Kent Police tweeted images of overturned cars on the motorway, and warned, “It’s now full on Millennium Falcon at light speed weather now over a lot of our network. So watch your speed and sudden road changes. Watch out for static vehicles and drive safely.”

Several warnings for snow, ice, and sleet are in place for much of the country for the rest of the week, with most people set to experience sub-zero temperatures.

The wintry conditions could cause travel disruption and lead to an “increased risk of injuries and accidents,” the Met Office warned.

One centimetre to 3 cm of snow could fall inland, while about 5 cm could accumulate on higher ground.

The Met Office said that the daytime temperatures are much colder than normal for the time of year.

People in the north of England, east and west Midlands, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland could experience snow and ice between 8 p.m. on Monday and 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be a cold week. Plenty of dry weather around, but many places will probably see some snow at some point—for a lot of us not really amounting to much at all,” Met Office forecaster Craig Snell told the BBC.

He added, “Don’t expect to build a snowman.”

He told Sky News it is likely to be “one of our coldest weeks of this winter so far.”

Motorists drive through snowy conditions in Pickering, northern England, on January 15, 2013. (Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images)