Met Office issue snow warning with -7C deep freeze set to wreak travel chaos

The Met Office has been forced to issue a weather warning for snow ahead of a freezing few days when temperatures in the UK could drop as low as -7C.

A major snow front has already hit northern parts of Scotland and is set to slowly make its way southward this week.

For now, the Met Office's yellow-level warning only relates to Scotland, but that could be expanded over the coming days as conditions deteriorate elsewhere.

Lasting until at least 11am on Wednesday, the warning states: "Snow may cause some disruption across parts of Scotland later Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday."

People in Scotland have also been told to be wary of "travel delay on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel".

The warning continues: "There is a slight chance that some rural communities could become cut off.

"There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected."

"[There is] a small chance that untreated pavements and cycle paths become impassable."

According to WX Charts, temperatures in the area covered by the warning will dip down to -7C on Thursday with several inches of snow remaining on the ground throughout the week.

Thursday will also see the snow move into northern parts of England, falling heavily around Newcastle and Manchester and leaving one or two centimetres on the ground.

WX Charts also predict that flurries could reach as far south as the Midlands, although by then the snow front will have dissipated considerably and nothing is expected to settle.

Wales may also see some action by Friday, with temperatures there and in England going sub-zero at several points this week.

This week probably won't be the last we see of the white stuff this month either, with WX Charts' preliminary readings for next week showing another snow front moving in, this time from the West, to cover both Wales and England.

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