Public Health England issues MAJOR warning as United Kingdom braces for BIG FREEZE

Public Health England issues MAJOR warning as United Kingdom braces for BIG FREEZE

Temperatures are set to plummet with snow and ice expected in parts of the country this weekend.

From 4pm tomorrow to 9am on Sunday, there is an amber warning for snow and ice.

This potentially means cancelling plans, having to deal with travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.

Highways England has also issued an amber "be prepared" alert for the North which will come into force at 7pm tonight (Friday) and run until 5am on Saturday morning, with up to 10cm of snow expected on higher routes.

The snowstorm has also prompted the Met Office to bump up its alerts to yellow and amber as a blanket of snow sweeps in from the East threatening to paralyse the United Kingdom and bring the country to a total standstill.

A statement from the authority said: "The 11 cold weather beds are provided in partnership with Genesis Housing Association at Cavendish Lodge".

The cold weather is only expected to last a few days - by Tuesday temperatures will be getting back to average for the time of year.

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Public Health England has issued a Level 3 cold weather alert for this weekend.

David Edwards, consultant in health protection at PHE East, said: "The weather has felt much milder for the last week or so in the east of England but this weekend the forecasters tell us it will get much colder again".

He recommended keeping an eye on young children and older people in particular, as well as those with heart and lung conditions, to make sure their homes are being heated to at least 18 degrees. Especially on the eastern side of Ireland, 1C to 2C with a significant wind-chill factor. Any melting of lying snow will lead to an ice risk on untreated surfaces on Saturday morning and night.

Night-time temperatures as low as -4c will move in over the bank holiday, so take that into account if you're out celebrating late.

He added: "The other thing to note is that will be quite windy and that will enhance the cold feel".

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: "The best way to describe this is a real return to wintry conditions".

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