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UK News The Brrrexmas election! Snow blankets parts of Britain as voters brave the cold to cast their ballots on most crucial polling day in a generation

18:15  12 december  2019
18:15  12 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Cold snap to bring risk of snow to election day

  Cold snap to bring risk of snow to election day Brits will be heading to the polls on the 12th for the first December general election since 1923 – and the weather is looking frosty.Meteorologists at the Met Office have predicted that a wintry spell will arrive for election week, covering the UK in frost and seeing temperatures plunge to sub-zero in some areas.

Early-bird voters brave the cold and rain to cast their ballots as Britain heads to the polls in the most crucial election in a generation . Britain has started to vote in its most important election for a generation with Boris Johnson expected to be among the first to the UK's 50,000 polling stations

Voters braved the cold weather to queue up hours earlier before the polls opened in the capital Lusaka and most parts of the country. Images posted online show long queues of people covered in blankets and jackets in the capital waiting to exercise their franchise. 30 minutes after the polls

Parts of Britain were covered in a beautiful blanket of snow today as voters were warned surfaces and roads could be slippery while heading to the polls to cast their ballot in the General Election.

The Met Office advised people to take care when walking or driving today, with ice and wintry showers expected in parts of Scotland after temperatures fell to as low as -5C (23F) overnight.

Two weather warnings were implemented this morning - one which stretches from Perth, north through central Scotland, to Wick, and the other, further south, covering an area between Thornhill and Lanark.

Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: 'We have showers passing through many parts of the UK today, and there's a risk of that turning to ice and there could be some snow in parts of Scotland.'

Cold snap set to hit UK in time for election day

  Cold snap set to hit UK in time for election day A cold snap is due to hit Britain just in time for election day on December 12. Meteorologists at the Met Office have predicted a wintry spell will arrive during election week, covering the UK in frost and seeing temperatures plunge to sub-zero in some areas. The long-term forecast also suggests snowfall in Scotland and the Pennines, with the rest of the UK to be hit by blustery winds and freezing fog. Nicola Maxey told Yahoo News UK: “There is a chance we may see colder weather, with potential for that to develop into Thursday and bring snow.“However, that would likely be confined to the hills and mountains of northern England.

Voters were stuck in the biggest queues seen at polling stations for years today as millions took part in Britain 's most important election for a generation with their Hannah Tookey, who waded through the water to cast her vote, tweeted: 'It was too deep to wade through the middle, even in wellies.'

The third election in less than five years has been described as the most important in decades. As they did in 2015 and 2017, voters in the UK are heading to the polls on Thursday for a crucial They have pledged that Britain will leave the EU on January 31. Labour wants to renegotiate a softer Brexit

He added that wintry showers were only expected in areas above 650ft (200m), and said: 'We are not expecting they will cause any real disruption. That is why it is an ice warning, rather than a snow warning.'

Aside from the Scotland forecast, meteorologists say the rest of the UK will have a chilly and damp December day with daytime temperatures of just 3C (37F) in Newcastle, 6C (43F) in Norwich and 11C (52F) in Plymouth.

Forecaster Luke Miall said: 'It's going to be a cold start, with frost and ice across some eastern areas first thing. After that, things will be turning wet and windy throughout the day.

'Winds will be particularly strong across the south coast of England, and we will then see some showers following on behind. It's looking unsettled for most, but that's nothing unusual for the time of year.'

Wet and windy weather forecast for polling day

  Wet and windy weather forecast for polling day An area of low pressure will bring outbreaks of rain to all parts of the UK throughout Thursday.Gusts of up to 30mph will batter Britain on Thursday as the country heads to the polls for the first December General Election in almost 100 years.

Democrats in Wisconsin are going to the polls today amid freezing temperatures and driving snow that reflects the increasingly bitter presidential race between the party's two candidates. Hillary Clinton is looking to bring an end Barack Obama's eight-state winning streak

And voters casting their ballot tomorrow are braced for a soaking as a blanket of rain covers the County Durham was among parts of northern England hit by today's snow as a biting wind made the Meanwhile, Nigel Farage has said he hopes rain and snow keeps voters away from the polls

It will stay fairly cold throughout the day, before temperatures tonight are expected to fall to about 6C (43F) in Plymouth, 5C (41F) in Norwich, 2C (36F) in Newcastle and -3C (27F) in Scotland.

Not since 1923 has a General Election been held in the month of December, when extreme weather could deter elderly and infirm people from going out to vote.

A huge contingency plan has been put in place in some of Scotland's more remote locations to ensure the votes reach the counting stations.

The moves could prove essential given that voters on one Scottish island encountered their own landslide before polling day when mud and rubble cascaded onto a road on Raasay on Tuesday.

Highland Council has switched the location for its count because Inverness Leisure Centre is easier to keep warm than first choice Ross County Football Academy in Dingwall, Ross-shire.

Cold weather warnings issued for polling day

  Cold weather warnings issued for polling day Ice and wintry showers are expected in parts of Scotland. The Met Office said surfaces and roads could be slippery, and advised people to take care when walking or driving, as voters prepare to head to the polls on Thursday.One of the yellow warnings stretches from Perth, north through central Scotland, to Wick, and the other, further south, covers an area between Thornhill and Lanark.“We have showers passing through many parts of the UK today, and there’s a risk of that turning to ice and there could be some snow in parts of Scotland,” said Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon.

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LONDON: Britain goes to the polls on Thursday to determine the immediate future of Brexit, in a vote described as the most important in a generation . "Just imagine how wonderful it will be to settle down to a turkey dinner this Christmas with Brexit decided," he said in a final message to voters .

The council has 4x4 vehicles on standby to help anyone who gets into difficulty. Volunteers will be able to transport people and ballot boxes to secure locations.

Boats are also at the ready in case the weather prevents ballot boxes being flown by helicopter, as planned.

A Highland Council spokesman said: 'We have made preparations to increase gritting around polling stations and to provide lighting in the event of power cuts to ensure safe access and egress by voters and election staff.'

'Suddenly my car was filled with water... my little girl was terrified': Mother tells of ordeal as three people are saved from floods

By JOHN PAUL BRESLIN FOR THE SCOTTISH DAILY MAIL

A mother and toddler had to be rescued along with a pensioner after their cars were stuck in floodwater.

'Heroic' members of the public helped the stranded motorists as torrential rain and gale-force winds lashed Scotland.

The downpours also caused landslides and disrupted road, rail and ferry travel – while a police officer narrowly escaped being trapped in his patrol car after it was crushed by a toppled lorry.

General election weather forecast: latest Met Office predictions for the UK vote, and if it could affect turnout

  General election weather forecast: latest Met Office predictions for the UK vote, and if it could affect turnout Voters may be faced with cold and icy weather conditions as they travel to the polling station to make their voice heard. © Provided by The i Here's what the forecast will look like on polling day across the UK.Wet, windy, and snowingUnfortunately, wet and windy conditions look likely across the UK. Those in the north of England and Scotland will be challenged with the most bracing conditions, with the possibility of snow in the Yorkshire and the Scottish mountains, according to the Met Office, though it is not expected to affect the vote.

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a close up of a man: Nikki Birgit Campbell © Provided by Daily Mail Nikki Birgit Campbell a little girl holding a baby: Rhea, Miss Campbell's 23-month old daughter © Provided by Daily Mail Rhea, Miss Campbell's 23-month old daughter

Last night, the stranded mother, Nikki Birgit Campbell, 36, said she and her 23-month-old daughter Rhea, who has cerebral palsy, were returning from a visit to a hospital in Glasgow to meet Santa. They were rescued on the A762 near Glenlee, Kirkcudbrightshire.

A 73-year-old man was also pulled to safety from another vehicle. The emergency services were alerted about 3.40pm on Tuesday.

In a video posted online, Miss Campbell, from Annan, Dumfriesshire, thanked two local men who pulled them to safety, describing them as 'heroes'. She added: 'If it wasn't for them then I don't know what would have happened to us.

'We drove a road I have driven so many times that was flooded... unfortunately my car isn't as hardcore as I thought it was.

'Before I knew it my car was filled with water. I was trying to keep Rhea safe. I feel like such a bad mum for putting my baby in that danger. She was so scared... I'm still very, very scared and upset over what happened.'

It is believed Miss Campbell's car will be written off, while Rhea's wheelchair and an iPad were lost in the flood. The pensioner was saved by two workers from hydro power firm Drax, Robert Peacock and Daniel Hunter, who waded through chest-deep water to reach him.

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With a day to go before Britons head to the polls to vote in their third general election in under four The politicians have been lost in a world of spin, say election critics, playing fast As Henry Ridgwell reports, many voters are distinctly underwhelmed by their choice at the ballot box on December 12.

Mr Peacock said: 'It was by chance we came across the elderly gentleman. He had been stranded in his car in freezing water for an hour. We couldn't open the doors and ended up having to smash the rear window to drag him out.

'I think hypothermia would have set in soon had we not got to him.'

All three were taken to Dumfries and Galloway Hospital and were discharged after being treated for minor injuries.

a car driving through water: A driver tries to make her way through flooding in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, on Tuesday as rain lashed parts of Scotland © Provided by Daily Mail A driver tries to make her way through flooding in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, on Tuesday as rain lashed parts of Scotland

Chief Inspector Bryan Lee of Police Scotland said: 'I can't praise the officers and members of the public involved in these rescues enough.

'Their actions, which were nothing short of heroic, saved the lives of three people. Without their bravery this could have had a very different outcome.'

Cars also battled flooding in Lanarkshire and Stirlingshire.

Elsewhere, access to the village of Kylerhea, on the Isle of Skye, was restored yesterday morning after it had been cut off by a landslide.

Mud slid from the hillside amid heavy rain and wind on Tuesday evening, with Highland Council workers needing a digger to clear up to 400ft of debris.

A landslide also blocked a road on the neighbouring Isle of Raasay. In the Central Belt, flooding at Blairhill in Coatbridge disrupted services through Glasgow's Queen Street Station, while floodwater at Muirhouse, in the city's South Side, affected the Cathcart Circle line

There were delays and cancellations between Edinburgh and Dunbar, East Lothian, due to damaged wires on the East Coast main line, and delays on the Glasgow to Aberdeen route in the morning after a flood alarm for the River Earn viaduct was activated.

CalMac sailings were disrupted on the West Coast, with the ferry operator hoping to run a revised service on many routes today.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency had seven flood alerts in place yesterday and 12 more serious flood warnings, while the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for ice across the Highlands, including Inverness. Meanwhile, a police officer last night told of his narrow escape after his patrol car was crushed by a lorry blown over by high winds.

Sergeant John Easton was 'carrying out scene protection' after a lorry toppled over on the A1 between Haddington and Dunbar at 10.15am on Tuesday. A second lorry that was driving past was then blown over, crushing his car.

He said: 'I was on the radio when the lorry started to fall over... fortunately I walked away unscathed. I won't forget why the area's called the 'Windy Bridge' now.'

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