Weather forecast: Heavy snow is expected, with the Meteorological Office warning that up to 20 cm could fall

Weather forecast: Heavy snow is expected, with the Meteorological Office warning that up to 20 cm could fall

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The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as up to eight inches of snow could fall on the UK this week.

A band of heavy snow could cause disruption later this week, with up to eight inches in higher areas.

The Met Office said temperatures will fall as the week goes on, with a yellow snow warning issued covering much of Wales as well as northern and central England.

“A band of rain, sleet and snow will move increasingly northwards on Thursday with up to 2cm of snow at low levels, 2-5cm on the ground above 200m, and possibly up to 10-20cm above 400m,” the Met Office said. He said.

The warning affects the East Midlands, East England, North East England, North West England, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.

This comes as the weather pattern brings cold air from the north while moderate air continues to flow in from the south, creating sleet and snow conditions.

The forecaster said other ice warnings could also be issued later in the week as temperatures drop below average for this time of year.

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Scotland is under snow alert

Snow and ice are expected to cause disruption in northern Scotland and Glasgow this morning, with a yellow weather warning in effect until noon.

Here is the area covered under today’s warning.

Areas are under a yellow weather warning for snow and ice

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Stuti MishraFebruary 7, 2024 05:10

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Weather forecast in the United Kingdom today

As Scotland braces for winter blizzards and snowfall, rain is falling south today, with a drop in temperatures expected across the country, according to Met Office forecasts.

Scotland is under a yellow weather warning for snow and ice until noon, with up to 8cm of snow expected in mountainous parts.

Meanwhile, rain will continue to fall southward during the day and is expected to continue through the night. The majority of the south coast will gradually clear in the early hours of the morning, leaving behind largely dry conditions elsewhere.

As temperatures drop, widespread frost and ice patches are expected. Northern Scotland will continue to experience wintry rain, with a risk of icy stretches.

Stuti MishraFebruary 7, 2024 04:10

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Where will winter rain hit the UK?

Here we look ahead to the cold weather and present the locations that will be hardest hit by winter rain

Alex RossFebruary 7, 2024 03:10

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Warning from the Highways Agency

As temperatures drop this week, motorists are being asked to be extra careful when out on the roads.

National Highways reminds drivers to plan ahead for trips by checking oil and water and washing the screen. Motorists are also advised to rest every two hours and check their route with the weather forecast.

Amy Shaw, National Network Manager at National Highways, said: “Freezing conditions bring risks such as snow and ice, so take every step you can to understand your journey in advance and allow plenty of extra time when traveling to prepare for the unexpected.

“So it is always important to plan ahead for your trip, check the weather forecast, and if weather conditions become difficult, adjust your driving behavior and exercise extra caution.”

Alex RossFebruary 7, 2024 02:10

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Minor impacts expected on health and social care

Cold weather has returned this week with the UK’s Health Security Agency issuing a yellow alert for the northern and central regions of the UK.

The alert states: “Minor impacts are expected across the health and social care sector, including: increased use of healthcare services by vulnerable populations; “Increased risk of death among vulnerable individuals.”

The alerts will remain in effect from Wednesday at 6 a.m. until Friday at 8 p.m.

Alex RossFebruary 7, 2024 01:10

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Temperatures can drop to -10 degrees Celsius

As cold air moves in from the north this week, forecasters are predicting a significant drop in temperatures with parts of rural Scotland likely to see temperatures drop to -10C.

The drop in temperature will come as rain hits the south of the UK on Wednesday, the Met Office says, leaving the whole country under the influence of largely dry and cold Arctic air with a continuing risk during an overnight ice week.

Alex RossFebruary 7, 2024 00:10

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‘Increasing signal of winter risks’

Here’s what the Met Office says about the risk of snow this week.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Chris Almond said: “There is an increasing signal of winter risks as we move through the week as cold air from the north moves over the UK.

“Beginning Thursday, the threat of snow comes into play, as mild air attempts to return from the south, colliding with cold air and increasing the chance of snow where the two systems meet.

“While there are still many details to be worked out, the initial risk of snow appears higher in northern England and Wales from Thursday. 1-2cm to low levels is possible, with 10-20cm possible above the highest surface within the warning area. It is possible that this snow will gradually turn into frost and rain later from the south.

Alex RossFebruary 6, 2024 at 23:04

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Yellow weather warning in place

As things stand, that is now the situation with a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in place across much of Scotland, which is expected to last until midday on Wednesday.

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Alex Ross6 February 2024 at 20:39

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How much snow is expected?

It is widely possible to range from 1 to 2 centimeters at low levels, 2 to 5 cm on the ground above 200 metres, and up to 10 to 20 cm above 400 metres.

The warning has been updated and runs from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, as the warning area moves north.

It extends from Cumbria and the Scottish Borders down to Nottingham in England – although it does not reach the coast in the east – and also covers Northern Ireland and North Wales.

The forecaster said there is a risk of power outages, travel delays and blackouts in some rural communities.

The snow will ease later on Thursday, and may turn into rain or drizzle, especially in the south and east of the region.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Chris Almond said: “While the first part of this week will see some rain, heavy at times, gradually sloping towards the south, there is an increasing signal of winter risks as we move through the week as cold air moves in from the weather”. It moves north over the UK.

The snow will turn to snow and rain at the end of the warning period from the south.

The forecaster said other ice warnings could also be issued later in the week as temperatures drop below average for this time of year.

Whitby and other parts of northern England saw snowfall last month (Danny Lawson/PA)

(PA wire)

Lydia Patrick6 February 2024 at 19:30

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UK five-day forecast

Tonight:

Rain is moving south across Scotland and affecting Northern Ireland and northern England. Cloudy, windy, but mild in the south with patchy drizzle. Most pronounced with wintry rain and icy patches in the north.

Tuesday:

Rain, some heavy, continues south across England and Wales. Weather remains mostly dry, but windy in the Southeast. Brighter and cooler weather is developing across Scotland and Northern Ireland, with some wintry showers.

Forecast from Wednesday to Friday:

The weather is mostly good, but cooler on Wednesday with an early frost. Scattered rain in the far south and winter showers in the north. Rain, with some snow moving north to many areas on Thursday and Friday.

Lydia Patrick6 February 2024 at 18:30

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