Coldest night of the winter so far in the UK with more snow to come

Coldest night of the winter so far in the UK with more snow to come

Forecasters say the cold snap is set to continue in the UK after temperatures dropped down to -11 on Wednesday night.

Aberdeenshire was the coldest part of the UK.

Warnings for snow and ice have been issued for many parts of the UK on Thursday night and into Friday.

 

A snow and ice warning has been issued for the southern half of the UK from Thursday afternoon and into Friday. Rain and snow will move into the UK from southwest, perhaps persisting across some southern areas on Friday. The timing of rain and snow clearing on Friday is currently uncertain.

 

Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: “Areas could see rain and snow for periods of 6 to 9 hours, with 1–3 cms of snow gathering in places within the warning area and the potential for 5-10 cm, perhaps most likely in the South West and over Wales. Snow amounts will vary with many places seeing very little.”

Staying cold and brighter further north with wintry showers in the north and east bringing a risk of ice and some snow in places. A snow and ice warning has been issued for northern and eastern parts of Scotland and England for Thursday night and into Friday.

 

Richard Leonard, Highways England Head of Road Safety said: “Gritters will be out treating our roads around the clock, but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.

 

“Keep your distance and reduce your speed, because even in conditions that seem normal, and where the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh grit has not been worked into the carriageway.

 

“Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel.”

 

Staying cold into the weekend with wintry showers, particularly in the north and east of the UK. Further warnings of snow and ice may be required. During Sunday and Monday bands of rain and snow look likely to arrive from the west. However, confidence in timings and if any areas will see impacts is low at this stage.

 

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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