BBCBBC Weather forecast issues staggering SNOW warning- find out if you're affected HERE
02 March, 2018, 05:18
The cold spell, dubbed the "the Beast from the East", has been caused by a jump in temperatures high over the Arctic which has weakened the jet stream that brings warm air in from the Atlantic to Ireland and Britain.
Road closures, stranded vehicles and cancellations are widespread due to snow and ice.
Gatwick Airport said it was expecting a large number of cancellations and delays to flights.
"I would urge people to follow police advice and avoid travel in those areas affected by the red and amber warnings".
A red weather warning has been issued for Fife and Tayside as the cold front from Siberia grips the country.
'Some rural communities might be cut off for several days.
It comes as the amber weather warning for snow remains in place for parts of Scotland and the North East between 6am on Wednesday and 6pm on Thursday.
This warning has been updated to extend the validity period into Friday morning as well as to extend the area further south across more of northern England'.
It said on its Facebook page: "Centre now closed as we have an inaccessible auto park and we have to be able to have emergency vehicle access and staff are struggling to get to site".
Disruption across the country's rail and road network is expected to ensue throughout rush hour on Thursday as wintry conditions continue to blight Britain.
There is also a yellow warning for snow in place for the North East for the remainder of tomorrow and Saturday.
NHS 24's Medical Director, Dr Laura Ryan advises people to keep warm and stay indoors if possible but if they feel unwell to check NHS 24's health information service at www.nhsinform.scot: "Because the weather is making it so hard to get out, we would urge people to check NHS inform if they feel unwell".
"We would advise passengers not to travel to the airport and anyone with travel plans should contact their airline directly for specific flight information".
Meanwhile, in Rome, residents were seen skiing and sledding as the Italian civil protection agency was mobilized to help clear the snow from streets.
Disruption to travel is expected to continue throughout rush hour on Thursday.
Glasgow Airport said there would be no flights until 11am, while Edinburgh Airport tweeted to say most airlines had cancelled flights from there until lunchtime.
Rail services have also been mired by delays with Paddington Station announcing it will be closed from 8am due to severe weather conditions.
It is the first time we have ever had a red weather warning for snow in Scotland.
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