Freezing fog causes multiple accidents during the morning rush hour, warning commuters of icy roads as temperatures dip to -3C
- The Met Office has issued a yellow fog warning until 11am Monday morning
- Freezing fog can create difficult driving conditions and cause travel delays
- Temperatures plummeted and barely climbed above zero this morning
Commuters braced for travel woes this morning as a combination of freezing temperatures and fog caused forecasters to warn of dangerous driving conditions.
While the mercury dropped to negative levels overnight, the start of the day will feel bitterly cold with temperatures dropping to -6C by 8am in London.
The Met Office issued a yellow fog warning until 11am overnight, covering the east of England and London as workers battled freezing temperatures on Monday morning.
Forecasters have warned that poor visibility could create potentially dangerous road conditions, with freezing fog becoming so thick that visibility could drop as low as 50 meters in some parts of England.
Commuters braced for Arctic conditions this morning as the UK woke to freezing fog as a yellow weather warning remains in effect
People woke up to freezing cold cars this morning in Windsor, Berkshire, as the mercury plummeted overnight
The conditions prompted travel warnings after reports of multiple accidents during the morning rush hour that alerted commuters to icy roads.
Flights to and from Heathrow Airport were severely disrupted by the weather, with more than 80 cancellations on British Airways alone.
A mix of conditions is expected tonight with mostly clear skies in the south but heavy clouds further north.
Light showers and drizzle will fall, especially in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
It comes amid a cold spell sweeping Britain as forecasters warned it could last into next month.
Passengers landing at Heathrow Airport on Monday morning experienced poor visibility as icy fog swept over the capital
The start of the day will feel bitterly cold with temperatures dropping to -6C in London by 8am, while much of the UK will struggle to get above zero
A second “beast from the east” could arrive in February as a mass of polar air moves south from the Arctic.
There is a chance that temperatures could drop further next month due to the “polar vortex” – the high-altitude winds that trap cold air in the North Pole.
Next week the winds could ease, sending Arctic air rushing towards Britain.
The Met Office said the polar vortex could weaken so much that it causes a “sudden stratospheric warming” (SSW) – a phenomenon in which the air at the North Pole suddenly warms.
Meteorologist Simon Partridge said there is a ‘small chance’ the UK will experience cold weather as a result.
It could see a storm like in 2018, or even a more severe cold snap like January 2021, when the UK saw its coldest temperature in 26 years, -23C.
The typical nighttime temperature for England in January is around 2°C, but will drop to -8°C on Sunday and Monday.
In turn, it means it will take longer for the ‘freezing fog’ to dissipate, and the warning to motorists is likely to remain in effect.