Low pressure from the Atlantic will sweep across northern regions of the UK today, with the Met Office issuing yellow warnings for snow and rain until 10pm tonight. Areas affected include the majority of Scotland, Northern Ireland and most of northern England, including Newcastle and Manchester. This burst of wintry weather will linger over the next couple of weeks.
Dan Suri, chief forecaster at the Met Office said: “This low-pressure system will bring a lot of moisture into contact with the relatively cold air across the northern half of the UK.
“This brings wintry conditions to an extending from East Yorkshire to North Lancashire across into Northern Ireland and northwards Scotland.
“For some, snowfall could coincide with the Monday rush hour, bringing additional complications.”
The worst hit area is predicted to be in Aberdeen, Scotland.
The Met Office said: “Here, two to five centimetres of snow is likely above 100 to 200 metres whilst above 300 metres 10 to 20cm snow may build up.”
And the forecaster added there would be a temperature disparity on Monday.
This is because the mercury will hover around a “quite mild” 11 to 12C in the south of the UK and dipping to -6C in northern Scotland.
London, which has avoided most of the wintry weather so far this year, will also be hit by sleet showers and strong winds on Thursday as temperatures dip to 0C.
And wind chill levels will hit a freezing -12C in Scotland by Friday, forecasters WX Charts have warned.
Next week, many regions of England will be hit by at least two inches of snow, including Birmingham, Manchester and Cumbria.
Temperatures will also plummet to sub-zero levels across most areas next Thursday, March 5 before the weather finally warms up.
Areas such as Liverpool will be hit with lows of -2C, WX Charts said.
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Meanwhile, there has also been travel chaos on the A1M northbound in Catterick due to several vehicles being stuck in the snow.
Highways North East tweeted: “#A1M northbound exit slip J52 #Catterick.
“We have closed the slip due to several vehicles being stuck in the snow.
“We have Traffic Officers on scene and recovery teams route to assist these vehicles.”
A statement on the Met Office’s website warned drivers to be careful on the roads today.
It said: “Sleet and snow likely leads to some travel disruption for a time.
“Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer.
“Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer.
“Some interruption to power supplies and other services likely.
“Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.”
Further south, a severe flood warning is still in place for the River Severn in Shrewsbury, as the Environment Agency (EA) has also warned of more flooding dangers across England.
The EA said in a statement that heavy rainfalls had caused the Severn’s levels to rise and “flooding of property is expected to continue”.
As well as the severe flood warning for Shrewsbury, the EA had issued 92 flood warnings and 182 flood alerts as of Monday morning.
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