More snow fore­cast as Arc­tic blast hits coun­try

Western Mail - - NEWS -

MORE snow has been fore­cast as tem­per­a­tures plum­met in the wake of Storm Caro­line. Fore­cast­ers are warn­ing of up to 5cm of snow across areas of cen­tral and north Wales on Sun­day.

A yel­low se­vere weather warn­ing had al­ready been is­sued for snow and ice to­day, cov­er­ing much of Scot­land, North­ern Ire­land, Wales and the north-west of Eng­land.

Now an­other yel­low weather alert has been is­sued for snow only on Sun­day. It is in place be­tween 4am and 11.55pm, with up to 10cm of snow ex­pected in places and up to 20cm pos­si­ble over higher ground.

The Met Of­fice’s chief fore­caster said: “A band of rain, heavy at times, is ex­pected to move east­wards over the UK. With cold air in place, a spell of snow looks likely to de­velop on its north­ern edge – 1-5cm is pos­si­ble quite widely, and up to 10cm in places.

“Over higher ground, 20cm is pos­si­ble in a few places. There is cur­rently a good deal of un­cer­tainty over the pre­cise track of the areas of rain and snow.”

A se­vere weather warn­ing for snow and ice is al­ready in place be­tween 12.05am to­day and 6pm to­mor­row.

Cold arc­tic winds are ex­pected to bring strong gales with snow show­ers across most of Wales. The wind chill fac­tor will make it feel around -3°C in most places, but out­side the snow show­ers there will be bright sun­shine.

To­day, in­creas­ingly fre­quent snow show­ers al­ready af­fect­ing parts of Scot­land, North­ern Ire­land and north­ern Eng­land are pre­dicted to ex­tend across other parts of the UK.

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