UK Weather: A cold blast brings snow to many parts of the UK
- Written by Sofia Ferreira Santos and Simon King
- BBC News and BBC Weather
Arctic winds are bringing some very cold weather and possible snow showers across the UK this week.
In most places, temperatures will feel below freezing due to the frigid winds.
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice for much of Northern Ireland, large parts of Scotland and most of north Norfolk.
Travel disruption is expected as Arctic winds will bring some of the coldest weather so far this winter.
National Highways has also issued a severe weather alert for snow affecting northwest England.
Drivers are advised to check in advance and plan to disrupt their journeys.
Will it snow?
Met Office yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place until Thursday for most of Northern Ireland, large parts of Scotland and parts of northern England.
Sunday night saw heavy snow across northern Scotland, with around 10cm (about four inches) of snow in Aberdeenshire.
Snow showers also fell across eastern England and parts of Northern Ireland and Wales.
More snow is expected to affect northern Scotland and Northern Ireland later, with around 5cm of snow and up to 15cm over higher ground.
Other schools delayed opening times to allow students time to travel to school in daylight, and school buses were canceled in some areas.
Some snow showers are also expected on the North Sea coasts, especially in Norfolk and Suffolk, with 2-5cm of snow likely.
Tuesday morning is likely to cause travel disruption due to heavier snowfall across Northern Ireland, central and southern Scotland and northern England.
Away from the snow-hit areas, the next few days will bring some refreshing winter sunshine, but will feel cold due to active arctic winds.
In most places, it will feel like the temperature is below freezing, especially in the eastern parts of the UK where the wind chill will bring the temperature to -6-7 degrees Celsius.
Overnight temperatures will be well below freezing, meaning we can expect some of the coldest weather so far this winter.
The Met Office said temperatures were 5 to 6 degrees Celsius lower than usual for this time of year.
This has led to automatic payments of £25 for households receiving certain benefits being triggered in more than 220 postcodes where temperatures are expected to be below zero for an entire week.
Help with heating costs applies to eligible households in some parts of Wales and the north and east of England. You can check if you will receive payment here.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued a cold weather warning across England until midday on Friday.
A yellow alert means that the impact of the cold weather is likely to be felt across the health service for an extended period of time.
Dr Agostino Souza, from the UKHSA, stressed the importance of checking on people who may be at risk.
For older adults and those with pre-existing health conditions, cold weather can quickly have a serious impact on their health.
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