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Mini Beast from the East brings Gravesend and Dartford snow

PUBLISHED: 10:26 17 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 17 March 2018

Snow in Riverview Park, Gravesend, as mini Beast from the East strikes

Snow in Riverview Park, Gravesend, as mini Beast from the East strikes

Archant

Snow returned to Gravesend and Dartford today as forecasters upgraded the warning to amber with heavy showers predicted.

It is the second bout of snowfall this year in north Kent, dubbed the mini Beast from the East, after blizzards at the end of February caused road and rail disruption lasting several days.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Snow showers are expected to become more frequent through Saturday evening and night with icy patches also developing on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

“Strong easterly winds will lead to some temporary blizzard conditions and drifting of snow. Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers. Some delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely. There is a chance that some rural communities will be cut off. Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces are expected.”

Amber warnings of a possible “risk to life” affect London and south east England from this afternoon. Yellow “be aware” warnings are also in place across much of the country until tomorrow.

It is thought 5-10cm could fall in the areas with amber warnings and up to 15cm on hills and temperatures will remain very cold until Tuesday.

Have you been affected by the snow? Email your stories and pictures to michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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