The Met Office has issued three new snow and ice weather warnings for the UK, covering hundreds of miles across nearly every home nation.
Britons awoke to snow and ice for the first time in late 2023 this week, with pictures showing scatterings across Scotland and northern England in the morning on Wednesday, November 29. The scenes, unusual for November, have captivated people, creating stunning backdrops as the world enters December and the countdown to Christmas begins.
But they come with a host of potential hazards, including icy patches that forecasters expect could cause injuries. Those risks extend throughout the UK for the next 24 hours, the Met Office has said.
Warning maps issued by the agency extend from the very tip of Scotland to the heart of Cornwall. The forecasters have placed a warning for snow and ice as far north as Scotland’s Shetland Isles.
The warning runs from Haroldswick, one of Scotland’s most northerly settlements, down the east coast to Essex, while a second inside that covers slightly further inland to cities like York, Lincoln and Leeds.
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The yellow alert commences at 5pm today and lasts until 11am on Friday, November 30, with snow expected to shutter roads and railways and leave icy patches.
The warning states: “Showers, wintry in places, will continue to affect northern and eastern Scotland and eastern England through Thursday evening and overnight into Friday morning.
“These are likely to fall onto frozen surfaces allowing icy patches to form. From approximately the Humber northwards, showers will often fall as snow inland, with up to 2cm possible in places and perhaps as much as 5 cm over high ground. Further south, any snow accumulations are more likely to be restricted to higher ground.”
A similar snow and ice warning is in place for Cornwall, with areas between Salisbury and Bodmin included in the vast alert.
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The alert activated at 3am and will remain active until 4pm today, with the Met Office stating: “Spells of snow may develop over hills, especially parts of Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor, Blackdown Hills and Exmoor during the early hours of Thursday before petering out later in the day.
“The highest parts of Dartmoor and perhaps Bodmin Moor may see 5 to 10cm of snow with some drifting in strong easterly winds.
“Elsewhere, accumulations are likely to be relatively small, perhaps 1 to 3cm at most, and mainly in areas inland and above 100 to 200m. In addition to this, icy patches may also develop on untreated surfaces.”
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