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60 punters face third night trapped in Britain’s highest pub after Storm Arwen snow dump
28 November 2021, 08:06 | Updated: 28 November 2021, 14:43
Customers at Britain's highest pub face a third night snowed in after Storm Arwen dumped feet of snow which prevented them from leaving.
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Around 60 people remain trapped in the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales, having spent a second night snowed in on Saturday night.
On Saturday, the Inn's Facebook page showed guests were trapped for a second night. Management told LBC today they are expecting to be snowed in for a third night.
Yorkshire Mountain Rescue teams told staff at the Tan Hill Inn they cannot let anyone leave due to the treacherous conditions.
ANNOUNCEMENT . SORRY GUYS … no one is going anywhere. 😎. We have been advised that more power cables have come down… lol. So ….. everyone needs to Stay where they are. ❤️👍🤞Posted by The Tan Hill Inn on Sunday, November 28, 2021
Sixty guests had turned up for a live performance by Oasis tribute act 'Noasis' on Friday night, but were unable to leave due to the snow.
On Saturday North Yorkshire County Council cleared the roads, but electricity pylons were damaged, causing further complications.
Our AMAZING guests have had a whip round for all staff who have made their stay fab and totally looked after them. Totally chockedPosted by The Tan Hill Inn on Sunday, November 28, 2021
Images show snow that is still several feet deep, but guests made the most of it by building snowmen. The Inn meanwhile ran a quiz for the trapped guests, and laid on a slap-up buffet.
Guests in return had a whip-round to thank staff for all of their hard work.
The Inn has thanked the punters on Facebook for their patience: "Congratulations to all our pioneering stranded residents.
"This has been a life time's experience - which we know our wonderful staff have done so much to make as enjoyable as we can."
One stranded guest said: "The buffet was lovely, definitely what we needed and the hospitality we have received has been amazing too.
"Thank you so much to you all! Hopefully the snow plough will work its magic today so you can have some well deserved time off with your families."
Three people were killed by falling trees elsewhere in the country and power was cut to more than 130,000 homes as Storm Arwen battered the UK/
Punters at Tan Hill Inn woke up on Friday to find 5ft of snow had buried their vehicles.
The pub shared on its Facebook page on Friday morning that they were waiting for a snowplough to help dig out cars and clear the snowdrifts.
North Yorkshire Weather shared pictures taken by Tom Rigby stating: “Those who were trapped in Tan Hill Inn overnight will have some digging out to do this morning.”
Freezing conditions are ongoing in the aftermath of Storm Arwen.
Those who were trapped in Tan Hill Inn overnight will have some digging out to do this morning. Photos sent in by Tom Rigby. #YorkshireDales @SimonLeeWx @metoffice @liamdutton @Petagna @BBCLookNorth @Hudsonweather @JonMitchellITV @PaulKingstonITV @UKWX_ @UKsnow_updates @SnowbieWx pic.twitter.com/p5FumnRGNZ— NorthYorksWeather (@northyorkswx) November 27, 2021
A yellow warning for snow and ice remains in place until mid-morning on Sunday in Scotland and the north of England.
The Met Office has warned of a risk of "wintry showers and icy stretches".
Temperatures were expected to struggle to get above freezing in some parts, with -1C forecast in Manchester and Newcastle.
The Met Office said it would be a cold and frosty start to the day, with showers affecting eastern coastal areas.
It added that there is a risk of "icy stretches", with snow showers becoming more extensive over parts of Scotland and the north-west of England early on Sunday.
The cold spell comes after three people were killed when trees were blown over in strong winds as Storm Arwen hit on Friday.
Gusts of almost 100mph also saw transport disrupted, power cuts and damage to buildings, while heavy snow saw lorries get stuck and ploughs being used in a number of areas.
Summing up the damage caused by the first named storm of the season, the Met Office said the strong winds and a mixture of rain, sleet and snow led to "powercuts, transport disruption, trees fell, there were large coastal waves and blizzards affected some hills."