More snow on the way after River Thames freezes over in icy subzero blast

More snow is expected to batter Brits after the River Thames froze in icy -1C temperatures.

The water had frozen over for the first time in almost 60 years, over at Teddington Lock early yesterday.

Temperatures west of London reached a chilly -1C before it began to thaw in the morning sunshine.

However, more snowfall is expected to hit this weekend before milder conditions from Monday.

The deep freeze is set to come to an end with 11 to 12C in the south next week.

The last time the Thames froze, was thought to be during the Big Freeze of 1963, which saw the coldest winder in more than 200 years.

The river has froze solid more than 20 times between the 14th and 19th century, and during five winters, it was sturdy enough for 'frost fairs'.

The dreaded 'Beast from the East 2', which is causing havoc across the UK, is nearing it's end after a week-long blast.

The Baltic blast that hit Brits was compared to the severe cold front that left chaos in 2018.

On Thursday night, a new record of low temperatures for February were recorded.

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But towards the end of the month, the temperatures are set to become slightly warmer.

Met Office meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “There are still some wintry hazards to get through over the next few days, with low temperatures, strong winds and further snow especially in Northern Ireland.

"On Sunday there is a risk of freezing rain over the high ground in Scotland and northern England, with further snow in the Scottish hills before turning to rain as the warm air takes hold."

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There is currently several weather warnings in place for the UK across the weekend, with five yellow alerts for snow and ice on Saturday.

Areas in the south, east of England and the south east are not affected, but Scotland, and northern parts of the UK can expect snow and travel disruption.

Northern Ireland, parts of Wales, as well as Manchester and Newcastle can expect up to 5cm of fresh snow on the ground in higher areas.

Strong winds could be hazardous, leading to blizzards and drifting snow, the Met Office has warned.

Rain may fall onto frozen surfaces and cause treacherous icy surfaces.

Whereas on Sunday, there are two weather warnings in place for almost all of Scotland and northern England.

The 24-hour yellow weather alert starts at 9pm Saturday and lasts until 9pm on Sunday.

The weather service claims treacherous ice may develop after 'freezing rain'.

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