The Met Office has issued fresh weather warnings, indicating imminent snow showers that might intensify significantly by tomorrow.

Starting at 4 am on Monday, a yellow warning will be active, signaling the likelihood of snow and ice affecting transportation networks in parts of Greater London, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex, and West Sussex. Simultaneously, an amber cold-health alert has been issued for the North West of England, West Midlands, East Midlands, and South West of England, continuing until Friday. Additionally, a yellow cold-health alert persists for the North East of England, Yorkshire and the Humber, East of England, South East of England, and London for most of the upcoming week.

These warnings come in the wake of Storm Henk, which caused widespread flooding and casualties. Despite recovery efforts, over 170 flood warnings remain in effect.

According to the Met Office, temperatures are expected to plummet close to zero early on Monday, accompanied by sleet and snow showers. Forecasters predict the heaviest snowfall to hit the North Downs in Sussex. Commuters are cautioned about potential travel disruptions and advised to allocate extra time for journeys, preferring main roads for walking or cycling.

The cold air moving into southern areas might result in sleet or snow showers, especially over elevated terrain. With temperatures hovering near freezing, even urban areas face the risk of showers freezing instantly on surfaces and turning into ice.

The yellow ice warning expires at 10 am on Monday.

Amidst concerns about cold weather impacts, the UK Health Security Agency urges individuals with pre-existing medical conditions or over 65 years of age to take precautions, including heating rooms where they spend most of their time.

Already, parts of England experience travel disruptions, with major delays in rail services between London Paddington, Heathrow Airport, and Reading due to damaged overhead wires, leading to hour-long delays and revised timetables.

The Environment Agency (EA) reports 172 flood warnings and 176 flood alerts across England, with fears of increased flooding as river levels remain high and more rainfall is expected.

Following Storm Henk’s impact, there’s mounting pressure on the government to address climate change-induced extreme weather events. Over 1,800 properties have been flooded, prompting the government to allocate financial aid for affected areas.

Be safe!

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