Schools closed due to Arctic blast bringing snow and ice
Schools were closed and travelers faced disruption after snow fell in parts of the UK.
The conditions led to the closure of more than 100 schools in Scotland and dozens on Merseyside.
Temperatures fell below freezing across the UK overnight as bitter winds continued to blow from the north.
Met Office yellow warnings for snow and ice are in place for Scotland, much of northern England and north Wales throughout Tuesday.
Scotland is expected to see the worst weather, with up to 10cm (nearly four inches) falling on higher ground there, as well as in the Pennines.
In other parts of Scotland, there was around 1-5cm of snow falling.
All schools in Shetland are closed More than 50 areas in the Highlands are in lockdown, with Aberdeenshire also affected.
Transport Scotland said gravel workers were out all night and keeping the roads clear. She said “well-established plans” were in place to minimize disruption.
South of the border, Liverpool Council said conditions were having a “widespread impact” and staff were deployed to clear snow around schools, hospitals and transport hubs.
Roads have been closed in Belthorne, Lancashire, after an accident, with police warning “Extremely dangerous” driving conditions.
National Highways has issued a severe weather alert for the North West, warning that freezing temperatures and snow are expected to make roads dangerous from 05:00 GMT on Tuesday.
The national railway company warned of possible network outages throughout the week.
Temperatures so far this week are around 5C (41F) to 6C lower than normal for this time of year, the Met Office said.
A yellow warning for snow and ice covered Northern Ireland until 11:00 GMT on Tuesday, and continued throughout the day in Scotland, parts of north Wales, Northumberland and northern England west of the Pennines.
More snow is expected on Tuesday in these northern areas, especially in Cumbria, the North Pennine regions and northwest Scotland.
Meanwhile, widespread frost is expected on Wednesday, on what could be the coldest night of the winter so far with temperatures widely dropping to -5 to -10 degrees Celsius.
The lowest temperature so far this winter was -12.5°C in early December.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a cold weather warning across England, meaning it expects the NHS to see an increase in demand, especially from – but not limited to – the elderly and vulnerable.
The cold wave has resulted Automatic payments of £25 For households receiving certain benefits are activated in more than 220 ZIP codes where temperatures are expected to be below zero for an entire week.
Help with heating costs for eligible households also applies in some parts of Wales and the north and east of England.
Looking to the rest of the week, BBC meteorologist Ben Rich said: “A low pressure area will move across France on Wednesday and possibly graze southern England. It seems most likely that any amounts of snow here will be small and confined to the coastal provinces.”
“However, computer models have had difficulty dealing with this aspect of predictions, so it is useful to stay updated while we confirm the details.
“Fair weather – along with some wind and rain – is expected to sweep across the UK over the weekend, bringing the cold snap to an end.”
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