Thursday, March 21st 2013, 10:12 AM EDT
BRITAIN shivered on the first day of spring yesterday as officials issued a health alert for extreme cold.
Forecasters warn of more heavy snow and blizzards amid an unrelenting bitter blast.
Yesterday parts of the North plunged to below-average temperatures of 6C (43F) while the South hovered around 8C.
It was a stark contrast to last year’s start of spring which saw highs of 17C in the South and 14C in the North.
Government forecasters last night issued a level-3 weather health alert for “severe cold weather, icy conditions, and heavy snow”.
The Met Office issued severe weather warnings for snow and ice across much of the UK for the next three days.
The South-west, which will escape the worst of the cold, is braced for heavy rain which is likely to bring the risk of flash flooding.
Met Office forecaster Helen Chivers said up to 10 inches of snow could fall over high ground in the North, while central and some southern regions could see four inches.
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Source Link: express.co.uk