BRITAIN was thought to have suffered its coldest night in five years last night with temperatures as low as -15C.
Parts of the UK were expected to be colder than Moscow in the early hours of this morning with the Russian capital enjoying a relatively balmy -4C by comparison.
The country was battered by snow storms on Sunday which left more than 2,000 schools closed and transport links disrupted.
Forecasters warned that clear skies overnight could see temperatures drop as low as -15C in Wales and central England, potentially beating Sunday night’s low of -11.6C in Chillingham Barns, Northumberland.
The Met Office has extended its yellow weather warnings for snow and ice until 11am on Tuesday to cover vast swathes of the country, including London and the South East, much of the Midlands, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as the eastern coast of England and parts of Scotland.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “It was chilly in Chillingham Barns, but it wasn’t the coldest night of 2017 – that was Saturday night when temperatures went down to minus 12.4C.
“We could well beat that and could go as low as minus 12C and even minus 15C.”
Thousands of passengers were left stranded at Heathrow Airport as ‘Black Monday’ snow and ice brought travel chaos.
Heathrow bosses warned passengers on dozens of cancelled flights not to travel to the airport in the hope of getting on a plane.
The airport said the disruption is “due to crew and aircraft being out of position”.
British Airways says it has reduced its flight schedule from Heathrow due to the forecast of continued bad weather.
Meanwhile, the snow and ice has also caused delays and cancellations at Stansted, Luton, Manchester and Edinburgh airports.
And the weather chaos also impacted travel hubs in Europe including Holland’s Schiphol Airport which had passengers camping in terminals after their flights were cancelled.
More than 10,000 homes were left without power amid a day of chaos as ‘Black Monday’ began with an overnight deluge of snow.
Around 12 inches of snow fell in some parts of the UK overnight, leaving treacherous driving conditions and flights grounded across the country.
Parts of Britain were plunged into temperatures of -12C overnight and remained well below freezing this morning.
More than 10,000 homes were left without power in the Midlands, South Wales and the South West and Oxfordshire this morning and work to restore electricity to the properties will continue throughout the day.
There were five yellow warnings for ice covering northern Scotland and Northern Ireland, Wales, the east coast of England and London and the south east.
Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said: “Over the rest of the day we’re going to see plenty of rainfall and wintry showers across the south east as well as the snow which we’ve already seen in many parts of the country.
“Overnight we’ll see temperatures as low as -10C in areas such as Herefordshire and a number of ice warnings will remain in place into tomorrow.
“Conditions could mean more significant travel disruption and the risk of injury on footpaths and pavements and we would urge motorists and pedestrians to remain cautious.”
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