Despite a this weekend’s brief respite, the Big Freeze is here to stay and temperatures are set to stay below freeing for most of the week.
Mist, frost and sleet have been forecast for London today and tomorrow and the Met office has issued another severe weather warning for ice on the roads.
However, almost all the snow from last week has now melted away and schools, libraries, leisure centres and transport systems across the area are expected to be back to normal this week. No further snow is forecast over the next few days.
Commuters are expected to have easier rail journeys following last weeks delays and disruptions to train services.
A spokesman for TfL said services along the East London line, which was forced to severely restrict its timetable on Thursday and Friday, should be operating normally for the rest of the week if no further snow falls.
However, passengers are advised to check the East London line website before their journey as the line could be disrupted if ice forms on the tracks during the night when temperatures will drop dramatically.
Network Rail said it will be working through the night to try remove the ice from the tracks which caused so much trouble last week. A spokeswoman for Southeastern said that they hope to run a normal service this week so long as the severe conditions did not return.
Southeastern’s Sarah Boundy defended the company’s decision to run an “extremely limited” service since the snow hit London.
In an interview with the BBC she said staff had worked round the clock to run the best service it could given the “very problematic” weather.
Homeowners are being warned to safeguard against floods and water has been intermittently switched off across the four boroughs this weekend as engineers have attempted to fix burst water pipes.
John Griggs, Principal Technical Officer at The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering warns: “The effects of previously hidden cracks in pipes caused by water that expanded into ice during the low temperatures can lead to burst pipes and leaks which can devastate property and possessions.”
London floodings are up by 150 per cent, with fire crews being called out to 163 flooding incidents in the last four days of November. Thames Water are answering 150 reports a day, which is double the normal amount for this time of year.
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Warnings issued as the snow eases but leaves homeowners and drivers at risk from floods and ice