The Beast from the East: One year on from the freak snowstorm that brought the South to a standstill

This time last year was the renowned Beast from the East, which saw most of the UK, including the south of England and the midlands, hit by below freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall, bringing with it the kind of weather we hadn’t seen for decades.

Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 3:17 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 4:20 pm
Beast from the east

Here we take a look back at this time last year in comparison to the current weather - and the iconic images which show what happened when the Beast from the East hit the UK.

The 25 Feb started with a widespread moderate frost, with persistent cloud around the north-east, and almost unbroken sunshine everywhere else.
Generally very mild by afternoon, although remaining cooler on the coast. Maximum temperature 17C.
Wintry showers in eastern regions on 26 Feb gradually spread westwards during the day.
Tomorrow is set to be fine and very mild after a chilly start with fog.
The 27 Feb was very cold with widespread snow showers, heaviest across eastern districts.
This year, 27 February is set to see a sunny start, but become cloudier later on in the day.
Bitterly cold with sunshine and frequent snow showers on the 28th. There was a minimum temperature of -11.7C at South Farnborough in Hampshire.
This Thursday will then become slightly cooler, with more seasonal rain or showers.
In 2018, 1 March was bitterly cold, with a maximum of only -3.7C at Little Rissington in Gloucestershire and significant snow for most parts.
A change to less mild and more changeable conditions is likely by Friday. Maximum temperature of 11C.
Outbreaks of snow still affected the south and south-west on the 2nd, with light snow showers in the north-east.
This Saturday is set to see a peak temperature of 11C, with light rain in some areas.
It turned milder on 3 March with rain for the south-west and patchy rain, sleet and snow in the north.
This Sunday is set to see a mixture of sunshine, cloud and light rain, with a maximum temperature of around 10C.