Live Essex snow updates as Storm Darcy hits county

Snow is falling across Essex as the Met Office warns of brisk winds and blizzard conditions in parts of the UK.

Storm Darcy, the latest weather front named by Dutch meteorologists, will sweep across Essex over the next 12 hours, bringing snowfall and a risk of disruption on Essex’s roads.

After an evening of rain, the first specs of snow started to fall in Essex’s eastern towns at approximately 7am this morning, and a Met Office amber alert for snow will remain in place across the county until 9am tomorrow morning (Monday, February 8).

Snow is finally starting to settle in some eastern parts, including Tendring and Southend.

The Met Office is also predicting there will be disruption on Essex’s roads, as well as some amenities.

A spokesperson said: “Long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel probably occurring.

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“There is a good chance that roads may become blocked by deep snow, with many stranded vehicles and passengers likely.

“Long interruptions to power supplies and other services, such as gas, water, telephone and mobile phone coverage likely.”

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We will be bringing you the latest weather news across the county, and the latest weather conditions, throughout today in our blog below.

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