Britain has been brought to a standstill.
An icy Siberian weather system nicknamed the “Beast from the East” has collided with Storm Emma – plunging the nation into some of its worst winter weather in years.
At least ten people have died, thousands of schools have been closed, and the country is beginning to run low on gas.
But it’s not all bad: The country has turned into a stunning winter wonderland, and even London (where it rarely snows) is no exception. The iconic capital’s landmarks and monuments have been carpeted in thick snow.
London has been momentarily transformed – and it’s beautiful. Here are 14 of the best photos of the city right now.
London’s most iconic landmarks have been covered in a thick blanket of snow.
The pond in Regents Park has frozen solid.
And the iconic fountains in Trafalgar Square in the centre of the capital are turning to ice.
Even so, traditions must be respected. The Household Cavalry still marched across the Horseguards Parade grounds on Thursday, despite the snow and sub-zero temperatures.
And some soccer games have still gone ahead — but in less-than-ideal conditions.
Britain’s National Air Service captured this dramatic photo of the weather front engulfing the city before the snows began.
Londoners have been forced to dress warmly to ward off the cold — like this stylish racoon coat.
Brits are being advised against road travel, and hundreds of people have been trapped in their vehicles on motorways overnight. In London, some buses aren’t faring much better.
Britain’s parks have been turned into winter wonderlands, full of sledging children …
… and the occasional snowboarder.
Working in the snow is a thankless task.
The icy weather has coincided with the Jewish holiday of Purim, which commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia.
The London Underground is swelteringly hot in summer, but that doesn’t mean it has avoided the storm’s chill. Multiple tube lines have had severe delays as a result of the bad weather.
And it’s not over yet: More snow is forecast for Friday, and continuing icy temperatures means London may not be free of the grip of the ‘Beast’ for some time yet.
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