Weather forecasters expect snow will cover vast areas of the UK today, with three Met Office warnings in place over 13 hours. According to the agency, the Midlands, north and Scotland will see the highest snowfall, and people living in the areas could expect up to 20cm (eight inches).
People have woken up to a thin covering of snow this morning, as the Met Office releases weather warnings for large swathes of the UK due to potentially severe weather.
The agency currently has three yellow alerts in place for the north of the country, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Forecasters expect much of the north will see average totals exceed 2-5cm above 200 metres, and 5 to 10cm at higher elevations.
The Met Office warning for England reads: “A band of rain reaching southern parts of northern England during Sunday night quickly turns to snow before spreading northeastwards across the rest of the warning area.”
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“Across northern England, snow will then turn to rain from the south and west through the course of the morning before slowly turning to rain at lower levels over the part of the warning area in Scotland.
“The bulk of accumulations will be above 200 metres where 2 to 5cm is likely in many areas whilst above 300 to 400 metres 5 to 10cm is expected.
“At lower levels, accumulations will be smaller, patchier and shorter-lived and it may be that little, if any, snowfalls in some eastern coastal areas.
“A brief spell of freezing rain is possible as snow begins to turn to rain, leading to icy stretches.”
“Meanwhile, given saturated ground and recent flooding, the combination of snowmelt and rain may also bring about some disruption, mainly over parts of northern England.”
Forecasters expect the most intense snow over high elevations of Scotland, with 20cm possible.
According to the Met Office, snow will fall in the area until 10pm today, causing potential road, rail and air travel problems.
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Once the snow warnings ease this afternoon, two warnings for ice remain in place from 8pm today to 10pm tomorrow.
The Met Office announced the second round of warnings early today, as continuing rain, hail sleet and snow showers fall over Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The agency said frost and icy surfaces could cause increased risks of injuries and accidents, especially to those travelling on foot.
They add snow will fall on top of the ice, with accumulations of two to six centimetres in Scotland.
Parts of northern England and Northern Ireland will see one to three centimetres on “higher routes”.
While other parts of the UK escape ice and snowfall, some areas will have to navigate flooding.
The Environment Agency has issued a total of 200 warnings for the UK, as overflowing rivers pose a threat to life.
Of the warnings, 196 are “alerts” which advise people to prepare for potential flooding.
Another 93 are “warnings” which advise people to take immediate action, and there is one “severe flood warning”, for the River Severn.
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