The Independent

Snow storms to batter UK


A Met Office amber warning has been issued for “significan­t disruption” from “strong winds bringing blizzard conditions” as parts of the UK could be covered in up to 40cm of snow.

The current Arctic blast, which saw temperatur­es drop to -15.4C at Kinbrace in Scotland in the early hours of Wednesday, will continue through the week with the Midlands and north of England facing heavy snow. A number of National Severe Weather Warnings are in place across the UK as snow continues to cause disruption through the week. The warning is in place

from 3pm today to midday tomorrow. Ten to 20cm of snow is likely to fall across much of the area, with 30 to 40cm in some places, and will be accompanie­d by strong winds.

Met Office chief meteorolog­ist, Matthew Lehnert, said: “The boundary between milder and colder air will slowly move north through Wednesday and overnight, moving the chances of snow further north with it. Snow will have settled quite widely in central parts of the UK as we move into Thursday morning leaving tricky conditions for the morning travel period. It will be another very cold night, especially under clear skies in Scotland where temperatur­es could get down to -15C again tonight. An amber warning for snow has been issued for the high ground running north in the centre of northern England as snow redevelops through the course of Thursday and persists until early Friday. Here we could see up to 40cm of snow accompanie­d by strong winds causing blizzard conditions.”

In addition, a yellow weather warning is in place for snow and ice covering much of Wales as well as central, southern and eastern England through to Thursday morning. Around 2-4cm of snow could fall through the evening and overnight with 510cm possible in a few places. As the snow eases through the night, an ice risk will remain into Thursday morning where snow has fallen on untreated surfaces.

The UK Health Security Agency has issued a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert for the whole of England which is likely to be reviewed in the coming days. Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at the UK Health Security Agency, said: “During periods like this, it is important to check in on family, friends and relatives who may be more vulnerable to the cold weather, as it can have a serious impact on health. If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over the age of 65, it is important to try and heat your home to at least 18C if you can.’’

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(PA) White noise: snow-covered fields surround Alnwi ck Castle in Northumber­land
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(PA) Goathland train station in North Yorkshire
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(PA) Swimmers brave the cold at Tynemouth
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