'Beast from the East' - Updates for Wednesday 28th February

Parts of Cumbria and the south of Scotland are feeling the effects of the 'Beast from the East', with snow and freezing temperatures hitting the region overnight.

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The Met Office have issued their highest ever warning for SNOW.

The area takes in northern parts of the Scottish Borders.

Weather warning


Extreme weather is expected.

You should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather.

Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely.

You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.

Here's the detail:

Snow showers already affecting the area will become heavier and more prolonged later on Wednesday afternoon and at times through the evening and overnight period, with 5 cm of snow falling within an hour in some places and lying snow reaching 20-30 cm and possibly 40 cm in a few places by mid morning on Thursday.

Strong easterly winds will lead to significant drifting of lying snow.

– Met Office

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