Snow in the UK: Photos of the 'Beast from the East'

Children roll snowmen in the Castle grounds on Feb. 27, 2018 in Rochester, United Kingdom. Dan Kitwood—Getty Images
Children roll snowmen in the Castle grounds on Feb. 27, 2018 in Rochester, United Kingdom. Dan Kitwood—Getty Images
A policeman gets caught in a snow shower as he crosses the forecourt at Buckingham Palace. Peter MacDiarmid—REX/Shutterstock
A young man takes a running jump down a snow covered hill with his sledge in Rochester. Dan Kitwood—Getty Images
Members of the Brighton Swimming Club brave the snow and cold sea water to take part in their daily swim. The water temperature today in Brighton and Hove dropped to 4C. Hugo Michiels—LNP/REX/Shutterstock
People make their way through a snow flurry in London. Hannah Mckay—Reuters
People on the River Cam in Cambridge. Geoff Robinson Photography—REX/Shutterstock
A man looks from a car after it got stuck in the snow in Rochester. Dan Kitwood—Getty Images
A woman makes her way into the city of London during a snow shower. Daniel Leal-Olivas—AFP/Getty Images
Snow covers the Yorkshire Coast in Staithes. Tom White—Getty Images
Taxis drive in the snow in London as heavy snowfall has forced hundreds of schools to close and caused disruption to travel. Jonathan Brady—PA Images via Getty Images
People walk their dogs on Blyth Beach in Northumberland. Owen Humphreys—PA Images via Getty Images
A man walks through the snow in Rochester. Dan Kitwood—Getty Images
People walk along the promenade as heavy snow falls in the sea side resort of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. Anthony Devlin—AFP/Getty Images

The United Kingdom is seeing snowfall sweeping in from Siberia in a winter storm coined the “beast from the east.” Many commuters woke up Tuesday morning facing train delays, school cancellations, and plane disruptions due to weather. Four people died in car crashes Tuesday morning, three in Lincolnshire and one in Cambridgeshire. Amid the snowstorm, British Airways has cancelled dozens of flights from Heathrow Airport in London.

Forecasters have predicted approximately 4 inches of snow in most parts of the UK, while some parts may see up to 16 inches. It’s estimated that the country will see temperatures drop to 5 degrees Fahrenheit by midweek. This brutal cold is thought to be the most severe cold weather Britain has faced in five years, with hovering freezing temperatures and a bitterly cold eastern wind making it feel even colder.

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Other cities across Europe have been shivering from the Arctic blast as well. Even Rome was covered in snow yesterday, an unusual occurrence. The frigid cold is expected to peak across Europe on Thursday.

View the gallery above for photos of the “beast from the east” across the UK.

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