The Met Office issues a snow warning as Arctic blast approaches Britain

The Met Office issues a snow warning as Arctic blast approaches Britain

Up to 25cm of snow is expected in parts of England and Wales, where the Met Office has issued weather alerts and warned of travel disruption. (Palestinian Authority)

An Arctic blast is set to bring snow and rain to parts of the UK, with snow and ice warnings currently in amber.

North Wales and northwest Shropshire are under snow and ice warnings, with the Met Office issuing guidance that some rural communities may be temporarily isolated, while travel disruption and power outages are likely.

There is a yellow snow warning in place for the South Pennines, where up to 25cm of snow is expected, while yellow snow and ice warnings have been issued for much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Across the south, a yellow weather warning was also issued, with heavy rain and possible flooding threatening to disrupt roads and railways.

Jason Kelly, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “The cold in most areas away from the south of the UK will be met with moisture-laden air spreading in from the south. Where the fair air encounters the cold air, rain, sleet and snow will fall, creating a risk of snowfall.” Its thickness ranges between 2 and 5 cm in some places, while other areas see little or no snow at all.

“Higher ground is likely to receive 5 to 10cm of snow, while locations above 200m within amber warning areas could see up to 25cm of snowfall. Snow here could drift in strong easterly winds.” The strong one.

“As mild air from the south gradually pushes northwards, the focus on winter risks is also shifting northwards with warnings issued for Scotland.”

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