UK snow: Drivers in Scotland struggle in conditions
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Northern areas of the UK are set to be plunged into a deep winter freeze as an Arctic blast threatens to bring subzero temperatures and a wall of fresh snow. The wintry weather is likely to cause further travel chaos across the affected regions, with the Met Office already issuing yellow warnings for Boxing Day and Tuesday. New weather maps from WXCharts show that western areas of Scotland can expect a huge dump of snow over the coming week.
The charts show between 11cm (4.3 inches) and 20cm (7.8 inches) of snow falling north of the English border on December 30.
Parts of northern England can also expect to see between 3cm (1.1 inches) to 8cm (3.1 inches) of fresh snow on December 30.
The chances of the snow arriving on that day are greater than 80 percent, according to Netweather charts.
The wintry showers will be accompanied by freezing Arctic temperatures, with thermometers set to plunge to -4 in Scotland.
The subzero temperatures have resulted in a number of weather warnings from the Met Office.
Meteorologists issued a yellow warning for ice for both Scotland and England on Boxing Day.
The warning is applicable between 6pm this evening until 10am tomorrow morning.
The affected areas in Scotland are Central, Tayside & Fife, Highlands & Eilean Siar, South West Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.
In England, drivers in the East Midlands, North East and North West, as well as in Yorkshire, have been urged to be vigilant while out on the roads.
The Met Office said: “Ice is likely to develop on some untreated surfaces, or where treatment has been washed off.
“Strong winds, with gusts of 60-70 mph, across Shetland and north Orkney later today, will decrease through this evening.”
The Met Office also issued a Yellow warning for snow and ice in Scotland for Tuesday, as the wintery weather takes grip.
The affected regions include Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, Orkney & Shetland and Strathclyde.
The Met Office’s forecasters said: “Wintry showers will continue through this evening, gradually fading overnight into the early hours of Tuesday morning.
“Accumulating snow will be focused across Highland and Grampian overnight with a further 1-4 cm likely in places above around 150 metres, although patchy snow could accumulate at low levels, especially in the far north.
“The main hazard, however, looks like being ice developing on untreated surfaces.
“Then through Tuesday morning, a spell of snow is expected to move northeast, but gradually turning to rain at low levels through the afternoon.
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“1-4 cm of snow could fall above around 100 metres, before a thaw commences, but larger accumulations of 5-10 cm seem likely on ground above around 250 metres.”
While the north of the UK shivers in the subzero temperatures, the south looks set for milder weather.
London will be largely cloudy during the last week of the year.
Friday will be mainly wet throughout the day, with temperatures around 10C. The rain will continue on to New Year’s Eve, clearing around 7pm.
New Year’s Day is likely to be cool, with temperatures around 11C, and light clouds.
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