Snow falls begin across Leicestershire with drivers warned to avoid unnecessary travel

Snow has started falling in most parts of Leicestershire this morning, as a cold snap dubbed the “mini beast from the east” sweeps in.

The Met Office has issued warnings of snow and ice across most of Leicestershire until Sunday. Temperatures will be as low as -3C but could feel as low as -9C.

The Met Office said: “Early ice possible on untreated surfaces. Then strong, gusty and bitterly cold winds will bring snow showers, with sunny intervals in-between.”

“Significant snow accumulations will occur, especially but not predominantly over high ground, leading to drifting and temporary blizzard conditions.”

Drivers are also being warned to be careful on the roads with the possibility of icy surfaces.

Highways England’s Richard Leonard said: “Our gritter drivers will be out treating our roads around the clock but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.”

“Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel.”

Network Rail is running empty trains to help keep the network clear of snow.

The low temperatures will continue into the start of next week but are expected to be back around average from Tuesday.

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