Tuesday, 21 Mar 2023

UK told to brace for more snow and ice today as temperatures plummet

People have been warned of ‘unsafe’ driving conditions as snow and ice are forecast for much of the country.

Large parts of the UK have been blanketed in yellow weather warnings today.

Early snowfall could make morning commutes difficult for many travelling to work.

The warnings stretch all the way down from Shetland to Birmingham, with Northern Ireland also affected.

The Met Office warned that some roads likely to be affected ‘with longer journey times by car and public transport’.

Meanwhile, icy patches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths could lead ‘to a risk of accidents and injuries from slips and falls.’

A number of National Severe Weather Warnings are in place for wind, snow and ice and there is a chance more warnings will be issued as the week progresses.

Met Office Chief Forecaster, Dan Suri, said: ‘An area of low pressure moving eastward has brought a mild, and blustery start to the week for much of England and Wales, with showers and some coastal gales. 

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‘However, an Arctic maritime air mass will reassert itself from the north later today bringing with it another dose of snow  and frosty nights for some.  

‘As we head through the second half of the week conditions turn milder, wetter and windier from the west.

‘This change to milder conditions will be preceded by some snow over parts of northern England and Scotland later on Wednesday, mainly over higher ground.’

Further ahead, much of the UK will become milder for a time as spring finally rears its head.

But there is potential for colder conditions to linger across northern Scotland, bringing a continued risk of snow at times, mainly to higher ground, but perhaps to low levels too.

Where the boundary between mild and cold weather lies over the weekend is subject to some uncertainty at the moment.

The latest weather warnings come after the UK was battered by strong winds.

Motorists were told to be cautious of falling trees as well as potential traffic jams up and down the country.

Forecasters had warned of ‘widespread’ gale force gusts across the Black Country, East Anglia, Sussex and Devon between 10am and 6pm on Monday.

The Severn Bridge crossing linking England and Wales was closed in both directions on Monday morning, while densely wooded areas such as London’s Bushy Park have been deemed too dangerous for visitors.

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