England was hit with catastrophic weather conditions from March the 1st.
The cold blast of air from Siberia mixed in with Storm Emma meant citizens faced blizzards, strong winds, and snow, which ultimately led to a week of destruction and mayhem.
Some areas in England experienced lows of -8C. London saw temperatures from 0. Even though the South of England was covered in red weather warnings, the majority of England was also covered in Amber alerts. This was because of the continuous snow showers which fed in from the East.
It was the worst weather that UK has faced since 1991. The Met office issued both red and amber warnings. The Met is the Meteorological office and is the United Kingdom’s national weather service.
Red alerts are the most severe weather warnings issued from the Met office. The red alert was issued after temperatures plummeted and the heavy snowfall started to spread across the country. People were left stranded after the red alert was issued.
It was advised by the Met office that civilians needed to keep themselves safe and also others from the impact of the weather. The red alert also forecast widespread damage, travel, power disruption and even risk of life.
Paul Gunderson, chief meteorologist at the Met Office said: “Parts of southwest England and Wales could also see freezing rain and for a time on Thursday night – a relatively rare weather phenomenon in the UK. This may lead to widespread icy stretches, especially on untreated surfaces, leading to difficult conditions for vehicles and pedestrians.”
Public transport was cancelled for most of the country, and it was advised to keep up with travel updates as well as following the advice of emergency services. It was also predicted that there would be passengers stranded due to roads being blocked by deep snow.
People over the age of the 65, young children and people with medical conditions were told to take extra care. People were advised to keep warm and most importantly to keep their house heated to at least 18C as this was seen as crucial to staying well through the harsh temperatures.
On Friday, the 2nd of March the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, opened emergency shelters to ensure that people who were sleeping on the streets had somewhere warm to stay.
Past storms which affected England include Hurricane Ophelia (Oct 2017) which caused significant flight and rail disruptions across Western England and Storm Angus (Nov 2016) which led to heavy flooding across South-west England. A ferry carrying 150 passengers was also stranded for over 24 hours. Rail lines were closed and more than 1000 households went without power.