Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Brits Easter Arctic Freeze On Way

BRITAIN was last night warned to prepare for Easter chaos as an Arctic blast threatened heavy snow.

Emergency services and transport chiefs are on alert for travel mayhem over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Motorists were told to expect treacherous roads as temperatures plunge to -8C, while rail bosses added to the predicted misery by preparing to close a large part of the train network for engineering work. Tens of thousands of passengers are likely to be hit by disruption to both west and east coast mainlines, wrecking Easter holiday plans for thousands of families.

Snow showers and freezing winds will spell misery on the roads, with chronic traffic jams expected for millions over the four-day holiday.

The weather warnings could see air and sea ports handling record numbers of travellers, with millions opting to spend the break abroad in Spain, Portugal, Florida and the Caribbean.

The Siberian cold snap is due to hit the country on Thursday and is expected to keep the nation shivering until Sunday.

Snowfalls are likely to blanket many areas of the country, with temperatures over the Bank Holiday break due to drop as low as -8C when wind chill is taken into account.

Experts predict the worst-affected areas will be the Midlands, North-east, North Wales and Scotland.

But most areas will experience sub-zero temperatures and the threat of snow showers.

This news has disturbed our early Canna preparations, which traditionally start at Easter. Looks like we will be indoors most of the holiday.

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