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Storm Arwen: Pub-goers snowed in for third evening as ‘coldest night of season’ could see temperatures plummet to -10C

Customers have faced a third night trapped in the UK’s highest pub due to heavy snowfall during Storm Arwen.

Around 60 pub-goers became stranded at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales after going to watch an Oasis tribute band on Friday night.

Nicola Townsend, the pub’s manager, told Sky News that around 50 guests would be staying for a third night due to the high levels of snow as well as fallen power lines blocking the roads after the storm.

Mountain rescue has helped to remove one person for medical treatment for an existing health condition while a few other people managed to leave in 4×4 vehicles on Saturday night, she added.

“But we’re all sleeping down here again tonight. Nobody else is going anywhere now,” Ms Townsend said. “We’re just going to make sure everybody is safe.”

The pub manager said the snow is up to nine feet deep in some areas and they have been advised not to drive anywhere, especially without a 4×4 vehicle.

Since Friday, the pub have held a pub quiz, played movies, treated their guests to a free buffet and served Sunday lunch with Ms Townsend adding that the pub has plenty of supplies to keep them going.

“We’ve kept the fires roaring. Everyone is nice and warm,” she said, adding that the guests were “still in good spirits” and have made friends with each other.

“Everyone came as strangers on Friday night and I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say they have made friends here,” she said.

“Our guests have been absolutely amazing – couldn’t have asked for better. They’ve been really patient and really understanding so on behalf of the staff here it’s a big thank you from us all for being incredible.”

The pub has also shared photos on Facebook showing rows of guests sleeping under blankets in one of the lounge areas.

It comes as forecasters warned the “coldest night of the season” is set to hit with temperatures dropping to as low as -10C (14F).

The Met Office said it expects to see the mercury fall below zero in many parts of the country overnight, including in cities such as London, where it could plummet to -2C (28.4F).

Yellow ice warnings – one across eastern parts of Scotland and another stretching from the northeast of England down to the south coast – are set to last until Monday morning.

The cold snap comes after Storm Arwen wreaked havoc across much of the UK, bringing strong winds, sleet and snow.

At least three people died during the storm on Friday as a result of falling trees.

Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan said: “As Storm Arwen is clearing out to Europe, a cold northerly flow of wind has been left behind in the UK, causing some of the bitterly cold temperatures we’ve seen.”

He added: “Parts of Scotland and northern England, where snow is on the ground, will be very cold again tonight, with the temperature certainly falling below zero and even as low as -10C (14F), which would make it the coldest night of the season so far.

“Though this is expected to be the exception rather than the rule, temperatures of below freezing will be widespread, including in London and the South East which could hit -2C (28.4F).

“Even if you do live in a city, you can expect to be scraping frost, ice or even snow off your cars on Monday morning.”



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