A thick blanket of snow has enveloped Chester and Ellesmere Port after the Beast from the East hit overnight.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as freezing air from Siberia makes its way across the UK.
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A weather warning will remain in force until 11.55pm, so please take care if you’re out and about on the roads tonight.
Quite literally a cool cat...
Good news if you travel by bus
Confirmation of gritting overnight
This is the regional forecast for the North West as things stand
There will be more persistent snow early this morning. It will soon clear to the southwest though, and will be replaced by sunny spells. Into the afternoon further snow showers are likely though, interspersed with some sunshine. Maximum temperature 3 °C.
The snow showers will continue tonight and they will be occasionally heavy. There will be a sharp frost, with the clearest skies in the west. Minimum temperature -7 °C.
Well they certainly look the part!
The latest from the Met Office
Met Office Chief Forecaster, Laura Patterson, said: “This spell of weather is the coldest parts of the country have seen since at least 2013, and there is the potential for disruptive snowfall in many parts throughout the week. Transport disruption is likely in areas with significant snowfall and the cold could have an impact on people’s health.
Low temperatures mean snowfall is likely to be powdery, bringing the risk of drifting in the strong easterly winds. The areas affected by snow will vary from day to day and so will the areas at the risk of major impacts.
With the weather so severe at the moment it is really important that everyone keeps up to date with the forecast and warnings in their area, check for local travel information and follow the advice of local authorities and emergency services.”
We love this moody shot of Bridge Street
How you can help the homeless in this severe weather
Share Shop Chester, the pop-up charity hub and coffee shop on Northgate Street, has urged people to call the following emergency numbers if you see a homeless person trying to sleep rough in the current temperatures:
Cheshire West & Chester 0300 123 1562
Manchester 0161 2345339
Liverpool 0300 1232041
You can also report someone in need to Streetlink which processes information about rough sleepers and refers them to suitable agencies.
StreetLink has an online form to fill in which lets them know when and where someone is sleeping rough.
You can visit the website here.
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Bus services running well
Uh-oh, the snow's coming down again
The million dollar question... Will we get more snow?
A yellow weather warning for snow remains in place until just before midnight tonight (Tuesday February 27) with snow showers and longer periods of snow are expected to last for most of the day.
However, there are no weather warnings currently scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday but heavy snow looks likely to return on Friday, accompanied by strong winds that will affect much of the country.
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Looks like the snow's starting to melt
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Chester Town Hall in the snow
Weather warnings updated
The Met Office has updated its weather alerts for this week.
Wrap up warm!
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Chester city centre looking pretty in the snow
Warning from Public Health England
The Met Office has repeated warnings that all parts of England are experiencing cold conditions and has described the weather as ‘exceptional’.
Dr Thomas Waite of the Extreme Events team, said: “With many places facing severe weather it’s really important people do what they need to, to stay warm – especially with the cold forecast to stay for several days.
“Heating homes to at least 18C will help keep you healthy. Also make sure you eat warm food, move about at home and wear several thin layers instead of fewer thicker ones.
“Those of us who are fit and well can also do lots to help others – and with weather like this some will need help. If you’re able to, consider clearing snow or ice from pavements and paths, see if friends, family or neighbours who are left housebound by the weather need anything fetching and if you know anyone over 65, or with young children or with heart or lung conditions check to see if they’re ok.
“Cold temperatures inside and out can make you ill and can even kill. Prolonged cold weather like this can be a challenge to all of us; remember that staying warm helps keep you healthy.”
Safety fears at St Oswald's CE Primary School
Parents and staff have expressed their concerns over the state of the roads near the school.
Hazardous conditions on the A55
Travel site Inrix says: “Hazardous driving conditions due to snow on A55 in both directions between J8 A5025 / Lon Pant (Llanfair P.G. Pant Lodge) and J38 A483 Wrexham Road (Posthouse roundabout).”
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Delays to flights at Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Officials at Liverpool John Liverpool Airport have confirmed that all flights are now operating as normal but there will be some delays as they deal with the backlog after earlier cancellations.
As always the advice is to check with the airline who have the final say.
High school sending pupils home
St David’s High School in Saltney has shut for the day.
A statement said: “Due to continuing weather conditions the school is closed. Buses are due at 9:30am to transport pupils home.”
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Countess of Chester Hospital extremely busy
People are being urged not to attend the hospital’s A&E department unless it is an emergency as the wintry weather is putting extra pressure on the service.
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