Thursday, 20 Feb 2020

Met Office issues yellow weather warnings as major cities hit by snow and ice

Met Office forecasters have issued four yellow weather warnings as tumbling temperatures bring snow and ice to some parts of the country.

Warnings are in place for large parts of the West Midlands, Wales, North West England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Forecasters issued the alerts on Monday and all four will remain in force until at least 10am this morning, potentially causing disruption for commuters.

"Some roads and railways affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services," the snow and ice warning for northwest Scotland states.

"Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces. Icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths," the warning adds.

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Birmingham, Greater Manchester, Belfast, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh are among some of the major centres to be affected.

Icy patches have been lingering in some of the most exposed areas of the country after a recent cold snap sent the mercury falling as low as -8C on Monday night.

“It is quite likely tomorrow [Tuesday] morning that lots of people will have to scrape their cars and that kind of thing,” meteorologist Alex Burkhill said.

Some areas above 1,000ft could see 5cm of snow, with 2ins to 4ins set to fall above 500ft while 0.5ins to 1ins could fall below 500ft, the Met added.

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More generally, showers will continue through the evening and night, most of which will be in the north-west of the UK.

Thicker cloud and more persistent rain will approach the north-west towards dawn.

Otherwise, it will be a predominantly dry night with clear spells for many, especially in south-east England.

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Looking ahead to Wednesday, it will be a predominantly dry day with some spells of sunshine across the south half of the UK.

However, it is going to be cloudy elsewhere with showers or longer spells of rain across much of Scotland.

This rain will also affect parts of Northern Ireland and northern England.

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