Snow, Record Cold in UK; More in Store

November 29, 2010; 1:41 PM ET
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Heavy snow and record cold have struck the United Kingdom, and more of both are on the way.

Heavy snow began falling in eastern Scotland and northeastern England and, as of Monday, highest snowfall of at least 15 inches had been measured.

Media reports told of widespread road accidents and even road closures.

Flight delays and cancellations have also occurred at several airports. On Monday, for instance, the Edinburgh airport was closed by heavy snowfall.


Visible Satellite Shot of British Archipelago amid Cold, Snow on Nov 29, 2010(Credit: U.K. Met Office)

Snowfall has topped 1 foot at Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands. About 1 foot of snow blanketed the hills of Northumberland, northern England, Monday.

Significant snowfall slicked roadways as far south as Lincolnshire and Norwich, east England, and as far south as southern Wales and even normally mild Cornwall in the west.

Snow also covered areas of Ireland.

According to the U.K. Met Office, the low temperature of 0 F at Llysdinam, Powys, reached early on Sunday, proved to be the lowest November temperature on record in Wales.

Northern Ireland also had its lowest November reading on record with 15 F at Loch Fea.

The Met Office said that the all-time November low, minus 10 F, was set at Braemer, in the Scottish Highlands, on November 14, 1919.

Underpinning the major cold wave and snow has been an arctic outbreak reaching the British Archipelago out of Scandinavia. Moistening off waters of the North Sea has bolstered heavy snow over eastern Scotland and northeastern England, especially.

The overall setting of arctic cold from the northeast will hold through at least late this week, thereby yielding further outbreaks of snow, resulting travel disruption.

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