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Beast from the East bringing freezing Siberian weather to the UK

Posted on: February 21, 2018

A rare North Pole phenomenon, known as the "Beast from the East", is forecast to bring a prolonged spell of very cold weather to Britain that could last into March. 

Bitterly cold Siberian air
It’s caused by a ‘sudden stratospheric warming’ when the polar vortex jet stream in the upper atmosphere is disrupted. A huge rise in air temperature in the stratosphere, 18 miles above the North Pole, has disturbed the way that the pool of air moves around it, resulting in bitterly cold air sweeping in from Siberia, signalling a prolonged spell of cold weather.
 
Threat of disruptive snow
Even though Spring is on its way, winter is far from over. The mercury is expected to fall steadily over the coming days, with snow and icy conditions forecast for large swathes of the country next week. Easterly winds are expected to develop, dragging in very cold air from Siberia with a wind chill of -4C bringing with it an increasing threat of disruptive snow. 

Colder than Iceland

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Who will win gold for Team GB on the snow and ice of Pyeongchang

Posted on: February 13, 2018

With Britain enjoying sub-zero temperatures at night and parts of the country covered in a dusting of snow, it’s getting us in the mood for the Winter Olympics that has just started in Pyeongchang in South Korea.
And there are five Britons that have a realistic chance of getting amongst the medals, maybe even a gold.

The skeleton ice rocket - Lizzy Yarnold
Team GB was led out at the opening ceremony by skeleton competitor Lizzy Yarnold. The 29-year-old is one of the British athletes gunning for gold and she’s bidding to become the first Brit to retain a Winter Olympic title. She won gold in Sochi but has struggled for form this season. 

The ice-track thunderbolt - Elise Christie
Christie can dominate the short-track speed skating. She goes in the 1,000m and 1500m — where she is world champion for both — and also the 500m, for which she holds the world record.  

The snow style-monster - James Woods
The skier can win gold or be out of

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