UK ice warning: -9C polar bomb to wreak havoc on traffic as Met office issues yellow alert

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The Met Office issued three yellow warnings regarding icy stretches in several parts of the UK that could be dangerous for motorists and pedestrians until 10am. Jim Andrews, a meteorologist from AccuWeather.com, told Express.co.uk: “Scattered overnight showers streaming in from the sea amidst near-freezing chill can lead to icy patches by daybreak on untreated roadways and paths.

“One area subject to this concern will reach from Wales into the West Country (Wessex and Devon).

“Another will stretch near the North Sea coast from the Scottish Borders (eastern Northumberland) south into East Anglia.

“A third will take in much of northern Scotland.

“That’s why the Met Office has warned for icy stretches until 10am.”

Mr Andrews also said Thursday will be “the coldest day of the week, if only by a narrow margin.”

According to a Netweather broadcaster, temperatures could reach -9 in parts of Scotland on Thursday morning.

Rachel Ayers, a Senior Operational Meteorologist at the Met Office, also highlighted the risk of snow.

She told Express.co.uk: “These warnings also include a mention of snow, with 1-2 cm in North Scotland and North York Moors, 1-2 cm of slushy accumulations to lower levels in West Country and Welsh Marches with the greatest risk over any high ground in the warning area.”

However, Ms Ayers says after 10am and the end of the warnings, Thursday should get plenty of sunshine amid some isolated showers.

She added: “It will be a very early min tonight (Thursday night) with a frontal system making its way in from the west overnight, bringing increased cloud cover.

“On the forward edge of this, we could see precipitation falling as snow to lower levels for a time, leading to some transient, temporary accumulations.”

The Met Office warns everyone who has to leave home on Thursday morning to take care when travelling, whether on foot, by bike, car, bus or other public transport, as the risk of ice on untreated surfaces is high.

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