Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1945)
Final blast of the big freeze to hit rush hour tonight with up to four inches of snowfall due across UK in 12-hour blitz before the thaw
Band of heavy snow will sit over Midlands, North, Wales and Scotland before temperatures rise overnight
Up to 7ins of snow will fall over high ground in parts of the country, with many areas getting 4ins by late tonight
But Saturday will see temperatures soar to as high as 9C when snow and ice will start to thaw
On Sunday rain warnings are in place for most of the UK and heavy rain is predicted to cause flooding
Deaths due to cold hits double figures after man found dead in freezing Suffolk woodland
By Larisa Brown and Anna Edwards
The cold-spell that has gripped Britain for more than a week will give a final ferocious bite this afternoon as a band of heavy snow will sit over much of Britain and dump up to 4ins (10cm) over many areas.
Roads are likely to be treacherous during rush hour for millions of motorists trying to get home for the weekend, while rail services and flights could also be disrupted.
The Met Office has put out amber warnings for the north of England, east of England and East and West Midlands, and much of Scotland, where there are already blizzards. Yellow warnings hang over Wales, south west England and London and the South East.
It warned that strong winds will also lead to drifting and blizzard-like conditions, particularly over higher level roads in the north. Head of special operations at the AA Darron Burness said: ‘It looks likely that the current cold spell will go out with a bang’.
This will be the final 12-hour blast of snow for most of Britain, with temperatures to reach up to 9C accompanied by gusts of wind reaching 50mph in exposed areas during a warmer spell lasting until at least Wednesday.
But forecasters now fear flooding tomorrow, as heavy rain moves in and rising temperatures spark a rapid thaw of the built-up snow and ice.
Actually has warmed up some here in the South. Was out chopping ice this morning but wasted time as had I waited a few hours, it was all to melt anyway. What the heck, needed xersice anyway.
The pictures are great - love them, but we are already talking about moving back to Texas - we’ve had enough of this thing called winter.
I like the squirrel pic best, though the wolves are great.
I’ve long wanted to build a fox den out back. I may have to overcome my laziness. I’ll put in a camera in case of kits, and a way to drive off other things like possums and raccoons.
A fox den?
Serious? Reason I ask is, some years ago we had a few of those critters in our back yard, but haven’t seen any in maybe 4 years. Possibly more. I guess new developments in the area have driven them out. Anyway, I’d love to attract the darn things if I knew how.
They are beautiful animals. We once saw one with three cubs here. It was a delight to watch the babies chase each other.
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