What the papers say – March 2
Worsening weather continues to dominate the headlines.
Winter remains firmly in control of the weather across the UK – as well as the news agenda.
Most of the national newspapers lead on Storm Emma, as it batters Britain and leaves a trail of destruction in its wake.
The Sun declares it “Emmageddon”, and reports that up to 20 inches of snow caused “pandemonium” on the UK’s coldest March day since records began.
The Metro calls it the “Perfect Storm”, and warns the “killer snow” is around until the weekend, while the Daily Star says the “sub-zero weather nightmare” could last until Easter.
The big freeze is the coldest for 27 years, says the i, reporting that 10 people were killed as a Siberian front collided with Storm Emma from the Atlantic.
Both the Daily Mail and Daily Express warn that Britain is running out of gas, with the National Grid forced to take emergency measures to ensure homes do not go cold.
And the Daily Telegraph reports that the Army were forced to step in as police and hospitals struggled to cope with the extreme conditions.
Floods could follow the big freeze, reports The Times, as the Environment Agency issued six flood warnings, three in Cornwall.
The paper says fears had been raised that coastal areas already affected by Storm Emma could face flooding from large waves.
Away from the weather, Theresa May features on a number of front pages, including The Guardian.
The paper says she will urge Britain to “come back together” as she promises to deliver a deal with Brussels that will keep Britain an “open, outward-looking, tolerant, European democracy”.
Guardian front page, Friday 2 March 2018: May urges Britain to 'come back together' pic.twitter.com/JxePxe4xpL— The Guardian (@guardian) March 1, 2018
The Prime Minister’s upcoming speech also features on the front of The Independent, which reports that she will vow to secure the “best trade deal in the world”.
Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror carries the story of an Iraq bomb survivor who has become a father 15 years after losing his arms in the blast.
And the Financial Times reports that WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell admitted he was feeling the pressure after the advertising agency’s shares were “walloped” by lower spending on advertising by multinational brands.