The Impacts of the Extreme Cold Weather

Blizzards, strong winds, drifting snow and bitter cold caused major disruption as the weather system nicknamed the “Beast from the East” combined with storm Emma to create some of the most testing weather experienced in the UK for years. The Met Office issued a red warning on Thursday 1st March as temperatures plunged and up to 50cm (20in) of snow fell on high ground.

Thousands of schools were closed across the UK and hospital operations were cancelled as drivers were left stranded. Emergency services, battling to clear heavy snow were putting both themselves and their rescuers in danger.

Local Volunteers

Many 4×4 drivers volunteered to ferry around health workers or get supplies to people who were stranded.  St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan had some of the deepest snow in the UK, with 51cm (21in) recorded.

A number of households in south east Wales reported having no hot water or heating. Three people were rescued from their car by a group of volunteers in Cowbridge, after being stranded for 15 hours buried under 7ft (2.1m) of snow overnight.

Cenin’s staff were pleased to help with our plant machinery throughout the weekend to clear lanes, provide access to a special needs residential school and dig out stranded motorists.

clearing snow

The wind had blown the snow off the fields into 2m deep drifts between the hedgerows, completely blocking the lanes.

Renewable Energy plays an important part in supplying the UK’s energy needs

On Friday 02nd March, a quarter of the UK’s power was generated from wind turbines which made a major contribution to the energy needs of the UK during this critical period.