UK weather forecast: Met Office issues snow and ice warnings as temperatures drop below freezing
Snow and ice blanket UK cities as the cold blast continues to disrupt travel
Multiple snow and ice warnings have been issued across the UK until the end of this week as the country faces temperatures falling below freezing.
The Met Office said “cold Arctic air” had moved south across the country over the past few days, keeping the temperature 5 to 6 degrees Celsius lower than usual for this time of year.
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for snow and ice covering large swathes of the northern half of the UK until Thursday, as the country faces travel disruption and power outages.
Northern and eastern parts of Scotland saw “the bulk of the snow” on Monday, with up to 15cm on the ground at Aberdeen Airport by the evening.
Craig Snell, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said that by Tuesday there could be a “continuous band of snow” over three to six hours across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England and Wales.
He continued: “In the early hours of the morning, we expect temperatures to drop to -12 degrees Celsius in some locations, and Tuesday night it will likely drop to -15 degrees Celsius. There will certainly be a very cold snap until Wednesday.
In pictures: Snow covers the city of Liverpool at night
Tara Cobham16 January 2024 at 08:20
Arctic air is plunging much of the country into another cold day
Much of Britain faces another day of cold temperatures and travel disruption after overnight temperatures fell below freezing in much of the country.
The Met Office said heavy snow was likely in northern areas on Tuesday, especially in Scotland and overnight in Northern Ireland, with the rest of the country seeing a cold, dry day before a widespread severe frost in the evening.
A yellow snow and ice warning is in effect across Scotland, most of northern England and parts of north Wales until midnight on Tuesday, as well as in Northern Ireland until 11am.
Tara CobhamJanuary 16, 2024 at 07:45
Snow showers merging into a prolonged period of snow could cause more disruption on Tuesday
Parts of Scotland and northern England, including Manchester and Northern Ireland, are expected to be hit. Warnings are in place throughout Tuesday, with large areas of the north-east including Newcastle expected to be affected on Wednesday.
- Possible road travel delays, leading to some vehicles and passengers being stranded
- Power outages may occur, potentially affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage
- Potential delays or cancellations of rail and air travel
- The possibility of injuries resulting from slipping and falling on icy surfaces
- Some rural communities can become isolated
MirabotJanuary 16, 2024 07:01
Cold Health Alert in England
Dr Agostino Souza, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the UKHSA, said: “The temperatures we will experience could quickly have a serious impact on the health of those over 65 and those with pre-existing health conditions as they increase the risk of heart attacks. Strokes and chest infections.
“So it’s essential to check in on friends, family and neighbors to make sure they are well prepared for the cold weather this week.”
MirabotJanuary 16, 2024 06:34
The Met Office warns of a “very cold start” until Tuesday morning for Britons
Meteorologist Alex Burkill said of Tuesday’s weather: “Temperatures will really drop, that will include widespread frost in many places and that will also bring the risk of some icy spots as well.
“The lowest temperatures will probably be in parts of Scotland where it’s snowing. We could see temperatures here drop into negative double figures, so a very cold start to Tuesday morning for many of us.”
MirabotJanuary 16, 2024 06:01
Parts of the UK will see up to 20cm of snow as there is a chance of ‘major disruption’
Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “There is a possibility that the system will track its path, bringing heavy and persistent rain and snow initially across parts of Northern Ireland, possibly northern England, but more likely across parts of Scotland.” .
“This is where we have the greatest chance of significant disruption due to some persistent snow. There’s a good chance we’ll see accumulations of over 10cm and maybe 20cm across the higher ground, so some disruption is very likely.”
MirabotJanuary 16, 2024 05:01
In pictures: The United Kingdom is exposed to the “Arctic” blast as temperatures drop
MirabotJanuary 16, 2024 04:03
SET: Snow is expected this week as temperatures drop
Parts of Britain are facing a week of heavy snow, with temperatures falling below freezing in most parts of the country.
The Met Office has issued five yellow snow and ice warnings across Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and parts of Wales and eastern England, where “Arctic cold” is expected to bring up to 20cm of snow.
MirabotJanuary 16, 2024 03:01
About 200 schools in northern Scotland have closed due to snow and ice
Around 200 schools have been closed in northern Scotland due to the severe weather, with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning due to snow and ice.
The warning also includes the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland Islands.
MirabotJanuary 16, 2024 02:02
What path will the snow follow?
Areas including Manchester, Newcastle and Derbyshire will see snow showers on Tuesday morning, which the Met Office warns could knock out power to some rural communities and lead to blackouts across the country.
Disturbing snowfall is expected to continue on Wednesday and Thursday in some of these areas including Yorkshire, the Midlands, Wales, northern Scotland and northwest England.
MirabotJanuary 16, 2024 01:04