Wintery weather will blow up the UK for days, while thousands of Britons remain in darkness after Storm Arwen wreaked havoc on power supplies.
Snow is likely, according to the Met Office, as temperatures plunge into chilly single digits until next Wednesday and strong storms sweep across the northern and Scottish regions.
About 4,700 homes in northern England and Scotland are still without delivery – more than a week after the storm hit on Nov. 26, according to energy industry authorities.
With power still in the works, forecasters predict low temperatures between 4C (39F) and 6C (43F).
The Met Office expects “restless” weather, with snow in the Cairngorms and Northern Pennines overnight on Saturday before turning drier and less windy on Sunday.
But the temporary relief will stop Monday as a swath of rain and snow is expected in the second half of the day, along with more wind.
From Tuesday, the UK will see continued wind, rain and snow – with a chance of more strong winds, although not as strong as Arwen, until Wednesday.
Simon Partridge, a meteorologist with the Met Office, said: “As for the process of reconnecting the power supplies and reaching remote areas, it’s not helpful – probably the best day tomorrow and probably the first half of Tuesday. , some decent conditions.
“Other than that, quite a bit of rain, some snow on the hills and fairly high winds – which certainly helps slow down the process of reconnecting supplies and reaching the more remote locations to cut trees and so on.
“It is certainly not ideal and in the higher places there will certainly be some snow in the coming days.”
The Met Office has also issued yellow weather warnings for rain in parts of the north east of England and a yellow snow warning for parts of south east Scotland.
The long delays have prompted energy regulator Ofgem to take enforcement action against network companies that failed to restore power to customers quickly enough after the storm.
It has also agreed with companies to lift the £700 limit on compensation that can be given to customers.
The change will allow those affected to claim £70 for any 12 hour period without power, after an initial £70 for the first 48 hours.
Chief executive Jonathan Brearley told the BBC Radio 4 programme: “We are very concerned about customers who have been without power for over a week.
“We want to establish the facts and make sure we understand what happened, whether the network companies have fulfilled their obligations. If not, we will take enforcement action.
“We have clear expectations about how quickly they should get people back on the system.
“We recognize the challenging circumstances those companies are in. But what we expect from the network companies is to relentlessly connect people, but also provide support.”
He later told BBC Breakfast: “One thing we’ve already done is we’ve said to network companies, and they’ve agreed, they’ve lifted the cap on the fees they’ll give customers and they’ll make sure those customers will be compensated for everything they have been through.”
The Ministry of Defense said 297 British Army and Royal Marine personnel are supporting civil authorities and carrying out door-to-door checks on vulnerable people in their homes and reassuring local communities.
Just days ago, Durham County Council issued a major incident alert after it was recorded that 6,500 homes were still living in darkness
Several schools in the area remain closed due to damage to buildings and lack of power, heating, electricity or working telephone lines. Chronicle Live reports.
A caravan site at Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland was one of the hardest hit areas – where several holiday homes were razed to the ground by the force of the 150km/h blast.