Warnings have been issued for a cold snap that is expected to bring snow and ice with it in the next few days. Much of the UK is likely to be affected, with conditions liable to slow down traffic as arctic air moves over Scotland towards the North of England.
North-east Scotland and parts of England have yellow weather warnings in place until Wednesday. This type of warning alerts people to the possibility of travel delays and power cuts. Buses, trains and car travel are expected to be slowed in the coming days. There is also the potential for slips and falls on icy surfaces.
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The amount of snow could reach up to 30cm in Scotland, with 1-2 cm expected in parts of Wales and England. Aberdeen, Belfast, Hull, Newcastle and Manchester are predicted to receive sub-zero temperatures, so residents are urged to bundle up this week as they venture outdoors.
While warnings are in place only until Wednesday, the weather could potentially continue into the weekend and possibly longer.
Steven Keats, Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, said: “The impactful weather will continue through the second half of the week as mild air meets cold air with further snow, ice, wind and then rain likely later in the week and into the weekend.
“From Wednesday, the focus of further snow is across parts of southern England and south Wales, with snow likely to lower levels for a time, and many may wake up to a couple of centimetres of snow on Wednesday morning.
“Through Thursday and Friday the snow risk spreads to central and northern areas of the UK, though it’s not possible to pick out precise locations regarding who will see the heaviest snowfall. With a developing situation, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest forecast and further warnings are very likely.”
Southern England is also expected to receive waves of rain and sleet as well as the snow, which could further complicate travel conditions.
National Network Manager at National Highways, Dale Hipkiss, said: “Keeping a kit of essential items like a torch and warm clothes, in your vehicle, can be vital in case you and your passengers become stranded in winter. Freezing conditions bring so many hazards such as snow and ice and take every possible step to understand your journey in advance and allow lots of extra time when travelling to prepare for the unexpected.
“It is therefore always important to plan ahead for your journey, listen to the weather forecasts, and if weather conditions become challenging, adjust your driving behaviour and take extra care.”
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