Published On: Sat, Nov 25th, 2017

UK snow forecast: Latest Met Office ice warnings as snow and sleet showers hit Britain

A yellow level severe warning of ice will remain in place across parts of Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales until 10.30am. 

The Met Office chief forecaster said that the band of snow, sleet and rain showers cleared during the early hours of Saturday but would be followed by further wintry showers. 

The forecaster said: “Icy patches are likely to form on untreated surfaces as temperatures fall. 

“1-2 cm snow may accumulate above about 200 m by Saturday morning with with 2-5 cm possible above 300 m. Small amounts of snow are possible at low levels inland.” 

The warning covers much of Scotland, the western side of England, Northern Ireland and Wales as well as reaching across to parts of eastern England.  

Drivers should watch out for icy patches on roads and should be prepared for longer journey times due sleet and snow showers, mainly over high ground.

At 8.30am the Met Office tweeted: “The combination of showers and sub zero temperatures means there is a risk of ice in places this morning. Take extra care out and about.”  

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said showers are being swept in from the Arctic before hitting the north and west of Britain. 

He said the north and the west will continue to see wintry showers, which are made up of a mixture of hill snow, sleet, hail and rain, this morning. 

“The snow has been steadily building up over the Scottish mountains. More snow showers to come here through Saturday morning,” he said. 

“Northern Ireland, parts of England and Wales also seeing showers continuing to roll in from the west.”  

The Met Office and Public Health England (PHE) have issued a Level 2 cold weather health alert, which is described as an ’alert and readiness’ warning.   

The alert said there was a 70 per cent probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions between today and 9pm tomorrow parts of England.

It added: “Colder air has now reached most parts of England, with temperatures expected to fall further by Saturday, when the cold will accentuated by strengthening winds. 

“Wintry showers are also likely in places, but not expected to bring any significant amounts of snow. 

“A temporary incursion of warmer air is expected on Monday, with the colder air forecast to return by Tuesday; this is likely to require a further alert from Wednesday.”  

Another yellow severe warning of ice is covering London and South East England and South West England had been in place until 10am this morning.  

The Met Office chief forecaster warned: “A small area of rain is moving eastwards, falling onto cold surfaces following earlier clear conditions. 

“Some icy stretches may form as the rain falls or under clearer skies as the rain clears.” 


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