Warnings Re Issued after Freezing Weekend
Motorists have been warned to expect difficult driving conditions as icy weather continues to grip the UK. The Met Office has issued yellow warnings – urging the public to be aware – for ice across the entire country and snow across the Midlands, northern England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
It comes after “thundersnow” storms battered large parts of northern Britain on Thursday, with up to 9in (23cm) of snow in some parts.
With temperatures remaining low overnight, forecasters have warned that ice is likely to form on road surfaces and more snow is expected on high ground, especially across Scotland.
Strong winds of up to 60mph are predicted in north-west Scotland, meaning blizzard conditions are likely, experts say.
MeteoGroup forecaster Chris Hogan said “heavy snow showers” were forecast in higher areas as a band of cold weather moved south across England.London could also see a “dusting” of snow, although sleet and rain were more likely, he added.
The Met Office’s chief forecaster Eddie Carroll said: “Road surface temperatures will fall widely below freezing, leading to a risk of ice on untreated surfaces. “This will be exacerbated by showers in places, more especially across Scotland, where 2-5cm of fresh snowfall may accumulate above 150m, with up to 10cm settling above 300m. “Further south, a mixture of rain, sleet and wet snow is likely, with most of any settling snow taking place above about 200m. However, wet roads at low levels will contribute to the risk of ice formation.”
The Met Office said sleet and snow showers would affect parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland today, with snow falling to lower levels and extending further south through the day.
Longer spells of sleet and snow are also possible, especially across the high ground of Scotland and North East England.