Beautiful pictures as 'once in a decade' Beast From The East II sweeps Europe and UK

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 A child rolls a snowball in the West Yorkshire village of Honley. Heavy snow fell overnight in West Yorkshire, causing dangerous driving conditions. (Photo by Adam Vaughan / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A child rolls a snowball in the West Yorkshire village of Honley. (PA)

The Met Office has issued severe amber weather warnings in South-east England for snow and ice as the “Beast from the East II” hits large parts of the UK and Europe.

Heavy snow forced the closure of coronavirus vaccination centres and caused widespread disruption to road and rail networks across the area.

Police in Kent, Essex and Norfolk have urged motorists to avoid travel while Southeastern trains announced several routes in Kent would remain closed until Tuesday.

The cold weather is a result of bitterly cold winds from Russia and Scandinavia combining with a weather front named Storm Darcy by the Dutch meteorological office. The Netherlands has described it has the worst snowstorm in a decade.

The weather has produced striking scenes from across parts of Europe.

Watch: Snow and ice bring disruption to parts of UK as people warned not to travel

Huge waves crash against the Heugh Breakwater at the Headland in Hartlepool, County Durham. (SWNS)
Huge waves crash against the Heugh Breakwater at the Headland in Hartlepool, County Durham. (SWNS)
Snow covers the seafront at Southend-on-Sea in Essex, after the Met Office issued a severe amber snow warnings for London and south-east England, where heavy snow is likely to cause long delays on roads and with rail and air travel. Picture date: Monday February 8, 2021. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Snow covers the seafront at Southend-on-Sea in Essex, after the Met Office issued a severe amber snow warnings for London and south-east England, where heavy snow is likely to cause long delays on roads and with rail and air travel. (Getty)

Forecasters are warning of a strong chance of roads becoming blocked by deep snow in the UK, “with many stranded vehicles and passengers likely”.

Snow accumulations of 5-10cm will be widespread in the affected area, and reaching up to 30cm in “a few sites”.

The first Beast from the East, the name given to significant snowfall in February 2018 when the UK experienced ten days of snow, happened when a sudden stratospheric warming event sent freezing winds from Siberia.

At least ten coronavirus vaccination centres in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk were shut today as Storm Darcy struck, along with schools in the areas which were open for the children of key workers.

A less intense yellow snow warning is in place across the eastern half of the UK until midnight on Wednesday.

Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale, said: “With cold air across all of the UK any precipitation will fall as snow. Snow showers will continue to feed into eastern parts through the week.

“Many places will see further snow accumulations with a few centimetres likely quite widely. Some areas will see larger accumulations with 20 cm or more possible for some.”

Temperatures will reach as low as -10°C as far south as East Anglia later in the week with strong winds.

The cold weather is expected to last until at least the middle of the week with snow affecting some western and southwestern parts of the country as Atlantic frontal systems push into the cold air.

Deer in the snow at Knole Park Kent. (SWNS)
Deer in the snow at Knole Park Kent. (SWNS)
A little girl is pulled along by a sled as the cold snap continues in Sevenoaks, Kent. (SWNS)
A little girl is pulled along by a sled as the cold snap continues in Sevenoaks, Kent. (SWNS)
A runner exercising with her dog in Richmond Park, London, the Met Office has issued a severe amber snow warnings for London and south-east England, where heavy snow is likely to cause long delays on roads and with rail and air travel. Picture date: Monday February 8, 2021.
A runner exercising with her dog in Richmond Park, London, the Met Office has issued a severe amber snow warnings for London and south-east England. (PA)

Meanwhile in Europe, the Netherlands is experiencing its most severe snowstorm in a decade, forecasters said, as the cold weather pushes through much of northern Europe.

Parts of Dutch and German cities were covered in a blanket of snow as temperatures reached as low as -5°C.

In the Netherlands, Storm Darcy packed winds of up to 90 kilometres an hour, prompting authorities to declare a rare “code red” emergency.

 A man cycling a bike on the snow covered bicycle lane. Blizzard from snow storm Darcy hits the Netherlands, the first heavy snowfall with intense strong winds after 2010. The country woke up on Sunday with a layer of snow covering everything. Many accidents occurred on the Dutch roads due to the storm and the icy condition, while there was a problem with trains as well. In the city of Eindhoven in North Brabant, rail and bus services stopped operating, the airport followed and air traffic was diverted. People went outside in the city center of Eindhoven to enjoy the white scenery and some used their sleigh. According to the forecast, the cold winter weather with subzero freezing conditions and the snowstorm will continue the following days, expecting temperatures below -10 C. (Photo by Nik Oiko / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Snow storm Darcy hits the Netherlands, the first heavy snowfall with intense strong winds in a decade. (Reuters)
A street view on the outskirts during heavy snowfall on December 11, 2017 in Amsterdam,Netherlands. The Dutch weather bureau issued a code red weather warning for many places in the Netherlands. (Photo by Paulo Amorim/Sipa USA)
A bicycle covered in snow in Amsterdam as the Dutch weather bureau issued a code red weather warning for many places in the Netherlands. (Getty)
 A man is seen skiing on a snow covered street. The Netherlands woke up with a layer of snow covering most of the country. The meteorological institute KNMI has issued a Code Red weather alert for the entire country. Groups of people and families were sledding in the snow at the Kronenburg Park in Nijmegen. In the eastern part of Gelderland and around Nijmegen the snow level will increase to around 25 centimeters of snow before the snow stops. (Photo by Ana Fernandez / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A man is seen skiing on a snow covered street in The Netherlands. (Reuters)
Germany, Berlin, February 08, 2021: A cyclist can be seen in Tiergarten Park during snowfall in Central Berlin. The German Weather Service warns of heavy snowfall with wind drifts at temperatures reaching levels well below the freezing point. (Photo by Jan Scheunert/Sipa USA)
A cyclist can be seen in Tiergarten Park during snowfall in Central Berlin. The German Weather Service warns of heavy snowfall with wind drifts at temperatures reaching levels well below the freezing point. (Getty)
 A child seen looking at the Waal river flooding. Heavy rainfall and melting snow have caused flooding and landslides in Germany. Water levels of major rivers have reached their highest levels. (Photo by Osama Faisal / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A child seen looking at the Waal river flooding. Heavy rainfall and melting snow have caused flooding and landslides in Germany. (Reuters)

In Germany, the heavy snowfall caused major disruption to traffic and rail journeys and schools were forced to close in parts of the southern state of Bavaria.

Belgian authorities have issued a Code Yellow warning for slippery conditions on Monday as heavy snowfall was reported around the country.

Watch: Heavy snowfall in northern Germany and Netherlands disrupt train and road networks

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