Beast from the East: ‘Potential risk to life’ as Met Office issues Amber weather warning for South Yorkshire

Predictions of extreme weather have prompted the Met Office to issue a warning of “potential risk to life”, with more snow expected across South Yorkshire this week.

A freezing weather system sweeping in from Russia – known as “The Beast from the East” – may cause travel delays, interruption to power, and risk to property.

For Tuesday morning, the Met Office has issued an Amber warning for the Doncaster area, where the heaviest, most persistent snow is expected. Around 5 – 10 cm of snow is predicted, which is likely to result in travel delays – and wind chill may cause temperatures to feel as low as -6C.

A Yellow warning is in force across South Yorkshire until Thursday, with snow showers set to become heavier and temperatures dipping below freezing this evening and overnight. The Met Office warns of potential delays on the roads and railways, and have warned that power cuts may also occur. Some rural communities could become cut off, and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.

Heavy snow showers are expected on Wednesday, with the potential for further disruption.

Sheffield City Council’s Streets Ahead Team have been out gritting priority routes ahead of the expected snow, and have advised people to take extra care when travelling.

The inclement forecast has also caused carriageway resurfacing works across Sheffield to be postponed.