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Snow Sweeps Across South East England as Winter Officially Begins

The South East of England woke up to a winter wonderland today as snowfall blanketed the region. This marked the official arrival of winter after Britain experienced its coldest night in nine months, with temperatures plummeting to nearly -10°C (14°F).
Forecasters predicted that nearly one inch (2cm) of snow would accumulate along the east coast of England, spanning from north Northumberland down to Kent, between 5 pm today and 10 am tomorrow. A Met Office warning, also covering northern Scotland, stated that wintry showers would affect coastal districts and could fall onto frozen surfaces, leading to the formation of icy patches. Inland areas were expected to receive snow showers, primarily over hills, resulting in accumulations.
A separate warning for snow and ice was in effect until 11 am today for most of the UK’s eastern coast, stretching from the Highlands down to Essex. In this area, forecasters anticipated up to 2 inches (5cm) of snowfall over higher ground in the morning, with up to 0.8 inches (2cm) possible inland from the Humber northwards.
Further ice warnings were imposed in South West England and Northern Ireland until 10 am, expressing concerns about slippery pavements.
In Kent, Southeastern rail commuters faced disruptions as ice prevented trains from receiving electricity through the third rail between Dover Priory and Canterbury East.
The lowest temperature recorded this morning was -9.4°C (15.1°F) at Shap in Cumbria, making it the coldest night in Britain since mid-March. Yesterday, Santon Downham in Suffolk experienced the coldest November night in seven years, with temperatures falling to -6.6°C (20.1°F).
As meteorological winter officially began today, the Met Office suggested that temperatures could reach as low as -10°C (14°F) tonight in Scottish glens with snow cover, potentially dropping to -12°C (10°F) tomorrow night.
In response to the freezing conditions, London Mayor Sadiq Khan activated a ‘severe weather emergency protocol,’ providing accommodation for rough sleepers in the capital. Cornwall Council also initiated its severe weather protocol for the homeless.
Amidst the cold snap, Toolstation reported a surge in sales of heating products, with smart heating devices like panel heaters witnessing a 323% increase in sales week-on-week. Sales of portable heating products, including oil-filled radiators and convector heaters, rose by 202%. Radiator valve sales increased by 73%, radiators by 46%, and boilers by 115%.
Oxfordshire experienced its earliest November snowfall in 15 years, with at least a centimetre of snow, a rare occurrence for the region.
As winter tightens its grip, residents across the South East of England are bracing for more cold weather and the potential for further snowfall in the coming days.

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