Met Office issues fresh warnings for more UK snow in hours

UK Weather: Temperatures ‘well below’ freezing

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The Met Office has placed nine areas across two regions under a new yellow weather warning for snow and ice, set to come into place in a matter of hours. Much of the south west, including Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay can expect “intermittent and mostly light” snow from this afternoon, the forecaster said. These wintry showers could extend eastwards, with London and the south east, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight included in the warning. The Met Office says: “Intermittent, mostly light, snow across southwest England on Tuesday afternoon may become a little heavier and more widespread into Tuesday night, before clearing southwards on Wednesday.” 

It tells people to expect sleet, and a substantial ice risk – especially as temperatures drop overnight. “Near some coasts sleet is more likely,” the warning added. “Especially at first, but this brings an ice risk.

“Strong winds may cause drifting and poor visibility, especially over Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor where the snow is likely to be heavier. Here, 5 to 10 cm snowfall may accumulate above 200 metres. Towards the north and east of the warning area small amounts of snow, mostly no more than 1cm, seem likely.”

The warning comes into force from 6pm today until 10am tomorrow and is set to cause travel disruption. People have been warned railways are likely to be affected, as well as roads. Gritters have been out across the country, but with snow falling from 6pm, it is unlikely operators will have been able to spread salt across all the major key routes. 

Snow and sleet will make for dangerous surfaces, especially as ice forms overnight, with a risk of accidents and injuries being heightened. “The combination of wind and snow may cause some drifting and very poor visibilities, especially over hills and moors,” the Met Office said. 

New warnings for ice have also now been activated, with these covering Yorkshire, Humber and the East Midlands. The forecaster says while most of eastern England will remain dry, some wintry showers will fall in places.

It says: “Although most locations in eastern England will remain dry, a few mostly light sleet and snow showers will push inland from the North Sea overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning. These showers will fall on roads and pavements that are below freezing, likely leading to some slippery surfaces due to ice or a light dusting of snow.”

This warning is in place between 3pm today and noon tomorrow, covering Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire.

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