UK weather – Five more days of snow and blizzard warnings as Arctic blast grips Britain
THE UK will be hit with five more days of snow with weather warnings in place as an Arctic blast grips Britain.
Wintry conditions will continue this week across Scotland, and northern England before the cold air pushes across the whole of the UK.
And National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued throughout the coming week.
Yellow weather warnings for snow, rain and ice have been put in place for everyday this week.
For Wednesday the majority of Scotland and parts of Northern England is covered by a Yellow snow warning.
This means snow may lead to disruption to travel in places, especially on routes over high ground.
Meanwhile the Northeast will be hit with a yellow rain warning .
Heavy rain, with some snow melt at first, will probably lead to some flooding and travel disruption.
And later this week the Arctic blast will move south, according to the Met Office.
Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Mark Sidaway, said: “Into the weekend snow will continue across much of Scotland, and is likely to increasingly fall to low levels before beginning to move south into northern and eastern England.”
“We are likely to see some very large accumulations across higher parts of Scotland especially, with strong winds leading to significant drifting and blizzard conditions at times.”
“Although amounts of snow across England are likely to be less, they could still cause some problems as we go into the weekend.”
Yesterday a "potential risk to life" warning was in place as heavy snow falls, forced schools to close and caused traffic chaos.
An amber weather alert was put out by the Met Office at 3am on Tuesday morning.
The warning covered Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Harrogate and the surrounding areas.
Dozens of people in Leeds were seen taking part in a snowball fight yesterday morning.
Last week in the same city, two men involved in organising a massive snowball fight were given £10,000 fines for a "blatant breach" of coronavirus lockdown rules.
Dozens of people were seen throwing snowballs at each other as crowds of people flocked to Hyde Park in Leeds on January 14.
Hundreds of schools were forced to shut after an amber snow warning with "potential risk to life" was issued as heavy snow fell in most of Yorkshire today.
Two hundred schools in Bradford, West Yorks, were shut to all pupils, with more than 100 closed in neighbouring Leeds and Kirklees and 50 in Wakefield.
Fifty schools in North Yorkshire and 40 in South Yorkshire were also forced to close due to the heavy snowfall.
Cops urged people to stay at home unless absolutely necessary as they risked being stranded in the white snow.
Derbyshire Police confirmed overnight that car crashes were "starting to roll in" overnight as snow and ice led to treacherous conditions on the roads.
According to the BBC, some morning coronavirus vaccinations were also cancelled this morning in Rippon, North Yorkshire after snowfall caused travel chaos.
Bradford Council also confirmed Tuesday morning that community testing teams would not be out in the district handing out home testing kits as a result of extreme weather conditions.
And overnight, vehicles became stuck on the eastbound M62 near Rochdale, Lancashire, between junction 21 for Milnrow and junction 22 for Denshaw leading to a temporary closure of the carriageway.
Pictures show a lorry jack-knifed on the same motorway westbound between junction 23 and junction 22 in the early hours.
It comes after Saturday night was recorded as being the coldest night of the year so far, with January being the coldest month in a year.
Temperature maps from the weather agency showed the mercury plunging to -15C in rural areas of northern Scotland, and as low as -6C in the north of England on Saturday night.
The lowest temperature recorded before this was -13C in Dawyck Royal Botanic Gardens in the Scottish Borders, the Met Office said.
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