Snow warnings until THURSDAY as 10in to blanket parts of ice-ravaged Britain today and 'cut off' towns

THE Met Office has issued snow warnings until THURSDAY as 10 inches of the white stuff is set to blanket parts of Britain today.

Towns could become “cut off” as Storm Darcy wreaks havoc across the UK – with travel chaos expected.

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Storm Darcy – dubbed the 'Beast from the East II' – has brought howling blizzards from Russia to the UK, with swathes of the country experiencing heavy snowfall yesterday.

A yellow weather warning for snow remains in place across the country until midnight on Wednesday, with the Met Office warning “frequent snow showers may lead to travel disruption in places”. 

The alert covers most of the South East of England, as well as the Midlands, the North East and most of Scotland.

Meanwhile, a separate amber warning covers central parts of Scotland today, with up to 10 inches of snow forecast.

And temperatures are expected to plummet below 0C for most of the UK overnight.

Brits have been urged to stay inside, as the Met Office warned of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

There are also fears that rural communities could become “cut off” amid heavy snowfall, with power cuts likely. 

Meanwhile, health chiefs have issued a cold weather alert for the whole of the country, saying the chill could have "a serious impact on health".

And emergency services have told people to stay away from the sea after a man who is believed to have been kite-surfing died on a Suffolk beach yesterday.

Yesterday, police forces in parts of Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex told drivers not to travel as roads became "impassable" due to settled snow.

Road closures were announced in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire and Hertfordshire.

Suffolk Highways said conditions were "worsening", comparing the recent weather to the "Beast from the East" of 2018.

In Norfolk, one driver had to be dug out of his car after it got trapped in a snowdrift.

Meanwhile, National Rail has told train passengers that services across the country are likely to be affected by the conditions.

The firm said "it may be necessary to close some routes", and urged customers to travel "later in the morning".

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