BBC Weather: Carol Kirwood warns of ice and further snow
Snow showers and freezing fog will sweep across the UK today as the Met Office weather warnings for snow and ice come into effect. Scotland has already seen up to 11cm of snow, recorded in the Highlands at Loch Glascarnoch, as temperatures plummet to 2C in parts of Britain.
- Snow now widespread across Scotland with a further 2cm to 5cm is likely at low levels
- Snow gradually moving into parts of central and southwest England and southeast Wales on Friday
- The Met Office has warned of travel disruption issuing yellow weather warnings
- MeteoGroup forecast says largely dry and cold in the south and southeast of England.
Oli Claydon, Met Office forecaster, said: “There’s been a fragmented front moving south-eastwards, that’s what’s brought the snow.
“We then have showers coming in, these showers could even fall as snow – particularly in northern Scotland.”
Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir added: “Watch out for some freezing fog patches (and) the risk of ice first thing.
“However, through the morning, we will see some brighter skies for southern parts of England and Wales.”
UK weather maps show much of the UK will see snow either today or tomorrow as the wintry conditions continue.
Almost the entirety of the UK is under snow and ice warnings this afternoon, apart from a small section of the south coast along to London and Kent.
Data from UK Snow Map shows that areas of Manchester and Liverpool have seen some snow this morning, along with parts of Scotland.
In the northern half of Scotland on Thursday, up to 2cm of snow is forecast for lowland areas into the latter part of Thursday, and up to 10cm expected to fall in areas higher than 300m above sea level.
Motorists due to travel along the M77 between Glasgow and Kilmarnock have been advised to drive with care as the road has been particularly badly affected by snow.
The M25 and A1M have also seen some flurries already today.
You can use the MetoRadar realtime weather map below to see if there is any snow near you.
BBC Scotland Weather presenter Christopher Blanchet said: “Anyone needing to travel will be faced with challenging conditions.
“Some disruption to transport is likely and higher road routes will see significant amounts of snow. Ice will be a big concern.
“The weather we’re expecting is not unusual for Scotland in January and the usual warning for the risk of slips, falls and icy roads is in place.”
Incredible images show Northumberland and County Durham have been coated in a thick smattering of snow this morning, after flurries hitting the area almost consistently for a week.
Athy, Co Kildare in Ireland has also seen a dusting of snow today.
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The Met Office yellow weather warning says: “Showers, a mixture of rain sleet and snow, are expected to fall onto frozen surfaces leading to icy stretches forming. In addition, a more persistent spell of rain and hill snow is likely to move south across northern England and north Wales during Thursday evening and night.”
“This then gradually moving into parts of central and southwest England and southeast Wales on Friday. Whilst ice is expected to be the most widespread hazard, snow is likely in places too.
“Snow is most likely to fall over The Pennines, North York Moors and the high ground of Wales and southwest England, with 2 to 5cm possible here.
“Elsewhere, whilst some snowfall is possible, accumulations are likely to be slight and temporary. Freezing fog patches are also likely to persist and may prove an additional hazard with areas of visibility less than 100 m at times.”
The Met Office warns that “icy stretches are likely to form perhaps leading to some disruption to travel with snow falling for some places.”
Roads and railways could be affected, while the forecaster warned of the risk of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.
The forecast for Thursday reads: “Early rain, sleet and snow over Scotland and Northern Ireland moving into northern England and North Wales, brighter weather and wintry showers following. Elsewhere, mostly dry but early freezing fog patches slow to clear. Feeling cold.”
While for Friday, the Met Office warns of outbreaks or rain, sleet, snow and ice.
The forecast adds: “Southeastern England mainly dry whilst snow showers catch parts of Northern Ireland and northern Scotland. Feeling cold.”
Icy conditions will persist through to Friday and continue into the weekend, with forecasters warning next week could see even chillier temperatures.
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