UK Weather: Yellow warning issued for snow and ice
The Met Office is anticipating snowfall and “sharp frost” in Scotland, northern England, Northern Ireland and the South West. Further flurries are expected in the North from Tuesday through to Thursday. The forecast is delivered alongside yellow weather warnings for ice on Sunday morning, across vast swathes of England, reminding people of the risk of “injuries from slips and falls”.
There may also be some icy patches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.
Ice warnings will be followed by a “vigorous” weather system due to land on Monday night.
This will bring a chance of “significant” snowfall, particularly in parts of northern England and Scotland, according to reports.
For Sunday, BBC weather reporter Nick Miller said be prepared for a “very cold start”, with some parts of Scotland even seeing minus double figures.
Elsewhere, much of England will see temperatures of between -3 and zero degrees Celsius.
He predicted wintry showers may hit the far north and South Wales may get snow.
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Describing Sunday morning, the Met Office five-day forecast said: “Many places dry and cold with some sunshine, although sleet and snow showers in the far north.
“Cloudier across Northern Ireland, then Wales and southwest England with outbreaks of rain and some snow, mainly over hills, moving east.”
It predicted further “snow showers in the far north… and a sharp frost for northern areas” on Sunday night, “with some rain, sleet and hill snow in places”.
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This will be followed by snow showers in the far north on Monday and sporadic snowfall throughout the week, the report said.
Mr Miller said an Atlantic weather system moving in from the west could bring “further outbreaks of rain, sleet, and some snow across some western areas”.
He added: “Snow mostly on hills but perhaps to some low levels for a time in parts of Wales and Northern Ireland, in what is going to be another quite cold, raw day out there.”
Going into Monday, rain and sleet is expected to hit Northern Ireland, potentially moving across into Scotland. In England the weather may be more damp and drizzly than it was on Sunday.
Mr Miller said: “A more vigorous weather system coming in Monday night and into Tuesday, bringing in more wet weather – that means more rain to flood-affected areas – and some snow as it meets the colder air as it moves its way northwards.
“A chance of some significant snow accumulations, disruptive snow in parts of northern England and Scotland on Tuesday, not just on the hills.”
Temperatures on Tuesday may become milder though, and as high as 12 degrees Celsius in London – though Scotland is expected to see much lower numbers of around four degrees.
The reports come after snowfall forced the closure of some coronavirus vaccination centres in Wales – though they are expected to reopen today.
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