'Beast from the East' brings snow and chaos to Britain

A blast of Siberian weather dubbed "The Beast from the East" has sent temperatures plunging across much of Europe.

London (CNN)Britain was hit by heavy snow and subzero temperatures Wednesday as the "Beast from the East" brought chaos to the country's infrastructure.

The cold snap, which has chilled much of Europe, left Britain blanketed in snow, forcing hundreds of schools to close and leaving the country's transport services and motorists facing severe delays.
Pedestrians cross the Millennium Bridge as heavy snowfall hits London.
The freezing winds swept across Europe from Siberia.
    Rail companies have warned customers that their trains could be delayed while several services across the country were canceled.
    London's Heathrow Airport tweeted that it did not expect significant disruptions.
    Snow blows off a bus as commuters cross London Bridge after snow hit London overnight.
    Several roads across the country are closed, but northeast England, Kent and East Anglia are the areas that are worst affected.
    The RAC breakdown service said it was "experiencing a high demand" for its services.
    According to the UK Met Office, freezing winds from northern Scandinavia and northwest Russia will mean temperatures will struggle to get above 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day and plunge as low as minus 8 degrees Celsius (17 degrees Fahrenheit) at night.
    More snow is expected Thursday and Friday.