Snow warning extended by Met Office as icy conditions worsen

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A severe weather warning has been extended as parts of the UK continue to be chilled to the bone tonight.

The Met Office warns of the possibility of snow until midnight tonight across a vast area of the UK.

A release from the forecaster says: “Outbreaks of rain, sleet, and snow may still cause tricky driving conditions.

“Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

“Increased likelihood of traffic collisions due to tricky driving conditions.”

It adds: “The area of wet weather currently across this region, with snow falling across higher routes (above 300 m), and potential for heavier bursts to bring temporary lying snow down to around 100 m above sea level.

“Accumulations are not expected to amount to more than a a few centimetres, and will often be transient.

“This wet weather will gradually move away late this evening and during the early hours of Saturday.”

The warning has been extended for the rest of the evening in view of snow continuing to fall in some places.

Regions and local authorities affected
East Midlands

Derby, Derbyshire, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Rutland.

East of England

Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterbrough, Suffolk.

North West England

Cheshire East, Greater Manchester.

West Midlands

Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Warwickshire.

Yorkshire and Humber

North East Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire.

Weather warnings
Snow

A Met Office yellow severe weather warning for snow runs until midnight tonight.

It covers the East Midlands – including Derby, Derbyshire, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Rutland.

The east of England – including Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough, Suffolk.

North west West England – including Cheshire East, Greater Manchester.

The West Midlands – including Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Warwickshire.

Met office issue more yellow warnings as snow set to batter UK

And it also covers Yorkshire and Humber – including North East Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire.

A mixture of rain, sleet, and snow will remain slow will be moving over the next few hours, causing tricky driving conditions.

Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

And there is an increased likelihood of traffic collisions due to tricky driving conditions.

Ice

A Met Office yellow severe weather warning for snow runs from 9pm tonight until 10am tomorrow.

It covers the East Midlands – including Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Rutland.

The east of England – including Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk, Thurrock.

London and south East England – including Bracknell Forest, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Greater London, Hampshire, Kent, Medway, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Reading, Slough, Surrey, West Berkshire, West Sussex, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham.

The West Midlands – including Warwickshire.

And it also covers Yorkshire and Humber – including North East Lincolnshire.

Icy patches are expected to form overnight.

The Met Office warns of some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces and there will probably be some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

Cloud is expected to clear this evening and overnight allowing temperatures to fall close to freezing which may lead to icy patches on untreated surfaces.

A few showers are also expected across Kent and the far east of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk which may lead to more widespread ice in these areas.

Rain

A Met Office yellow severe weather warning for rain runs from 6am today to 6am tomorrow.

It covers Central, Tayside and Fife – including Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Perth and Kinross.

Grampian – including Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray.

Highlands and Eilean Siar – including Highland.

SW Scotland, Lothian Borders – including East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders, West Lothian.

It warns of persistent rain, heavy at times, which may lead to some travel disruption.

Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.

Bus and train services will probably be affected with journey times taking longer.

Spray and flooding on roads will probably make journey times longer.

And some interruption to power supplies and other services is likely.

The initial warning was updated and extended until 6am Saturday with the area extended further westwards.

It warns of further persistent rain, heavy at times, developing on Friday afternoon, continuing on Friday night.

Further rainfall accumulations of 20 to 40mm are expected quite widely and over some hills and mountains 60mm may fall.