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Beast from the East is all set to make a chilling return

Polar express: A steam train passes through snow-covered hills in Haworth, West Yorkshire, yesterday  PICTURE: GUZELIAN

THE Beast from the East looks set to grip Britain again this week after a dramatic drop in temperatures.

A ‘sudden stratospheric warming’ over the Arctic is thrusting colder air here in a repeat of the 2018 blast that brought 8in of snow and minus 15C temperatures.

Parts of Scotland shivered in a minus 8C chill yesterday. Meanwhile, Derbyshire Police and volunteers rescued dozens of people trapped in their cars on Saturday evening after heavy snow hit the Peak District.

Wintry walk: A woman takes her dog out in the snow in Allendale, Northumberland PICTURE: PA

Forecasters predict cold, easterly winds will bring wintry showers this week and freezing fog, frost and ice are all expected to create hazards.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: ‘It’s very cold and it’s going to stay cold through this week. Whilst there will be some wintry hazards around, it’s not really until the end of the week that we will see any significant snow.’