UK Weather: Amber snow and ice warnings issued by the Met Office
- Written by Andre Roden-Ball and BBC Weather presenter Simon King
- BBC News
Two amber weather warnings have been issued for snow and ice as temperatures fall during a cold snap across the UK.
It covers North Wales and North West Shropshire from 08:00 GMT to 15:00, and the Peak District and the South Pennines from 12:00 to 18:00.
Continuous and sometimes heavy snow is expected, with the possibility of snowfall up to 25 cm thick in high areas, and disturbances are expected.
Some schools in parts of England and Wales closed as a precaution.
Yellow weather warnings are in place in all four states.
In north Wales and northwest Shropshire – which is covered by a snow and ice warning – road delays and disruption to rail travel are likely.
Power outages are likely, and there is a good chance some rural communities will be temporarily out of power.
The Met Office warns that untreated pavements and cycle paths are likely to be impassable, with injuries likely from slips and falls on icy surfaces.
Strong easterly winds may also cause some snow to fall.
In North Wales, schools closed before the snow fell. In Flintshire, North Wales, all schools were closed, and six other schools were closed in Gwynedd.
Other schools in the district are scheduled to make a decision this morning.
Nearby schools were also closed The Peak District and South Pennines, where a snow warning is in place. The Met Office warns of possible flight delays and cancellations.
Snow will fall as rain moves north-east of England and Wales on Thursday morning in the face of colder air.
It is a very complex climate condition, and can lead to huge differences in conditions depending on how high you are above sea level.
Hills and mountains above 200 meters in Erie – also known as Snowdonia – are likely to receive significant snowfall of between 20 and 25 cm, which could cause disruption.
For example, cross-Penine roads are likely to be closed due to heavy snow.
Away from the higher ground in north Wales and northern England, snow is still possible which could disrupt travel, especially in the morning.
However, the amount of snow here can depend on a number of different factors and may vary over relatively short distances.
For many, although snow is possible temporarily, sleet or sleet will likely mix in the mix.
This will be the case until Thursday afternoon as an area of rain, sleet and snow moves northwards into southern Scotland and Northern Ireland allowing milder air to spread northwards.
There are also a number of extended yellow warnings in the following areas:
- There is a rain warning in place for most of southern England and south Wales where heavy rain is expected from 02:00 on Thursday until 06:00 on Friday.
- A snow warning covers most areas of northern England, north Wales and the Midlands from 06:00 on Thursday until 06:00 on Friday.
- A snow and ice warning covers most of Northern Ireland from 09:00 on Thursday until 06:00 on Friday.
- Snow and ice warning covers parts of the Highlands, Orkney, Shetland and Outer Hebrides until 10:00 on Thursday
- A snow and ice warning has been issued for central and southern Scotland from 18:00 on Thursday until 15:00 on Friday.
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