The Met Office has updated and extended a weather warning for snow and ice in effect across the north of the country as unsettled weather conditions batter the UK. But what exactly do the latest weather warning changes reveal?
The Met Office weather warning warns of wintry showers and icy stretches likely to bring some travel disruption.
The yellow weather warning is in effect from 8pm on Tuesday to 10am on Wednesday across Scotland, Northern Ireland and western England.
The warning reads: “Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.
“Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.
“Some roads and railways may be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.”
The weather forecaster had two weather warnings for ice in effect for Tuesday morning until 10am.
However, the Met Office has updated these warnings to a snow and ice warning across large parts of the UK.
The forecaster has advised that wintry showers are expected to continue through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning leaving surfaces wet and leading to icy stretches developing on untreated surfaces.
These showers will fall as a mixture of rain, hail and snow at times, the snow mostly over higher ground.
Some places are likely to see up to 1.2 inches (3cm) of snow, mainly above 200 m, with up to 3.1 inches (8cm) possible over the higher ground in northwest England, Wales and west Scotland.
The ice weather warning will predominantly impact central and southern areas, including:
- East Midlands
- East of England
- London & South East England
- North West England
- South West England
- West Midlands
British Weather Services’ Jim Dale predicts Britain will see temperatures plummet in the coming days and intense snowfall across higher ground in the UK.
He said: “Through the course of the next 10 days we are going to see a switch to something more wintry.
“Over northern Britain, we are looking at temperatures down to -12C (10.4F) or even lower as a Polar front comes down across the country.
“Where this cold air meets incursions from the Atlantic could be interesting, we are keeping our eyes on snow through this period.
“Snowfall over the coming days will largely be over high ground in Scotland but we may see something elsewhere.
“We are looking at potentially the coldest spell of winter so far, and after the mild weather so far, we are about to get the winter we haven’t had.”