The snowy end is in sight as Britain braces for milder temperatures and rain after a white weekend.
After a blanket of snow blanketed Britain on Saturday and Sunday, the cold snap will finally come to an end as milder air lifts the mercury.
The Met Office issued an amber weather warning for snow and ice from 3am to 9pm on Sunday, covering most of Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands.
Another snow and ice warning will cover most of southern England from 3am to 11am on Sunday.
Severe weather has caused significant disruption across the UK over the past week. Parts of the UK were completely blanketed in snow causing traffic chaos on the roads and even airport closures.
A temperature of -17.3°C was recorded in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, from Monday to Tuesday, breaking this year’s temperature record again.
Thousands of schools across the UK were closed for two days earlier this week due to widespread snow and ice and people have been warned to “stay at home” in combination with national rail strikes.
The Met Office has warned of travel delays, saying there is a risk some communities could be cut off due to power outages.
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Engineers have warned some people in Shetland could be without power by the weekend as they work to reconnect thousands who have endured their fourth day without power after significant snowfall.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) says progress is slow with 1,700 homes still without power as of Thursday evening.
It has been warned some homes won’t be reconnected until next week – seven days after losing power.
The heavy snow is disrupting travel in central Scotland, where a yellow weather warning is in effect.
The Met Office said 5cm to 10cm of snow could fall in two to three hours in some places and that travel delays and power outages are likely in some areas.
The Scottish Government declared a serious incident on Tuesday after thousands of homes in Shetland lost power on Monday afternoon when heavy snow brought lines down.
Traffic Scotland said on Friday morning snow was affecting many major roads and urged people to drive carefully.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution teams reconnected about 750 homes and businesses in parts of the western mainland Shetland Islands, Voe and Brae on Thursday.
Mark Macdonald, regional head at SSEN Distribution, said late Thursday evening: “I would like to thank customers for their continued patience and reassure them that we are endeavoring to restore supplies as soon as possible and provide support to those who need it.
“Armies of engineers have descended on Shetland over the past 48 hours to restore power to homes and businesses across the islands and more are on the way.
“We made significant progress today (Thursday) amid persistently difficult conditions, reconnecting 750 homes across the islands.”
SSEN said it expects to make further progress over the next 48 hours and is aiming to restore the vast majority of deliveries by Sunday.
Caroline Ritchie, 42, lives in Mossbank with her husband Eric and their two sons Eric, eight, and Tommy, six, and was one of many families without power for days.
This meant they were unable to heat their homes, cook hot food, and use electrical appliances.
Ms Ritchie said the family decided to move to a hotel on Wednesday night to warm up as their son Eric is disabled and on antibiotics.
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But after three days without electricity, they moved back into their house on Thursday afternoon after the restoration.
She said: “We booked for two [nights] but the power came back earlier so we just came home and asked the hotel to offer our room to someone else with no power tonight.
‘It was two and a half days of pure hell.’
She added: “On Monday we started snowing a bit heavily and then the power went out around teatime.
“I checked online and it said they were hoping to have it fixed by 11pm that evening and then it was updated to 11am the next morning.
“It’s never been this bad. We moved here 13 years ago and it has never been this bad since we’ve been here.
“We’ve lost power on occasion, the longest we’ve gone without it was maybe overnight until the next morning and that was it.
“But we spent three days without her.”
She added: “The spirit in the community was really high, you’ve got people with 4×4 cars that can get through the snow and they’ve been doing runs to the shops far away.
“They have some people that have electricity and they’ve invited people into their houses to cook dinner, make a cup of tea or charge their phones, and so do a lot of the local halls with the big power generators, they can do that too .
“There’s so many people banding together, I’m originally from Glasgow, me and my husband said you wouldn’t put this on the street, the amount of people banding together to help each other.
“Even strangers, if they had electricity or a gas stove, they would bring you in and help you in whatever way they can.”
“It was so cold, you could wear layers and layers, you could breathe and literally see your own breath in your house, it was so cold,” she said.
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Ellie Wilson, Met Office meteorologist, said: “A band of rain and snow will be moving north-east across the country through Sunday.
“It’s bringing milder air behind it, but that milder air meets the cold air, which is where we see where the snow is likely to fall.”
Ms Wilson said there could be up to 8cm (3 inches) over Wales and 15cm in northern Scotland.
She added: “Due to the current cold conditions that we have been seeing, any of these snowfalls will fall on cold frozen surfaces, so there is a risk of ice here until morning.
Ms Wilson said temperatures were “rising” from Sunday afternoon and are likely to reach 9-10C in the west and will have risen to 11-13C across the UK on Monday.
A yellow warning from the Met Office for snow and ice will remain in place across much of northern Scotland, including Shetland, and north east England, Yorkshire and the Humber until 11.59pm on Thursday.
Another yellow weather warning for snow and ice covering Shetland and Orkney comes into effect at 00:00 on Friday and is in effect until 10:00.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/12/16/milder-temperatures-forecast-for-next-week-after-more-snow-at-the-weekend-17948609/ After more snow over the weekend, milder temperatures are forecast for next week