Saturday, March 23rd 2013, 7:53 AM EDT
BRITAIN is in the grip of the worst spring snowstorm for decades with the extreme cold set to last until Easter.
As forecasters last night predicted another 10 days of freezing temperatures, experts warned gas supplies could run out within days because of a surge in demand.
Stocks have fallen to 10 per cent and extra gas will have to be bought in from Norway, sparking fears that energy prices could rocket. Up to a foot of snow fell yesterday with more expected today. Blizzards are forecast this weekend, adding to travel chaos.
The energy crisis escalated last night after Sellafield nuclear power station in Cumbria was shut down temporarily as a precaution due to the Arctic weather.
The Met Office said further heavy snowfalls were expected overnight and this morning, with virtually the entire country at risk.
The South-west, which escaped yesterday’s snow, was lashed by torrential rain, triggering devastating flash floods.
In Looe, Cornwall, a woman died when her block of flats was hit by a landslide. The Environment Agency last night warned further downpours in the area threatened to cause further flooding and “significant disruption”.
Severe weather warnings for snow are in place today and tomorrow with a more serious amber alert for central regions.
Up to 16ins of snow could fall over high ground. Met Office forecaster Graeme Anderson said the Midlands and North were expected to be worst hit but the snow could reach as far south as London.
“It is looking pretty bad already and we are expecting more snow to arrive overnight Friday and into Saturday morning,” he said. “Quite widely we could see 6ins and this could cause some problems. People should be prepared for disruption.”
Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said there would be no let-up to the cold until Easter with lows of -15C (5F) possible all next week.
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