BBC Weather: Amber warning issued for snow across UK
The Met Office amber warning signifies a danger to life and is in place until 1pm on Tuesday, before being replaced with a series of yellow weather alerts. The weather agency warns heavy snow will lead to some disruption this morning, while there is a good chance that some of the more rural communities will be cut off as a result of the adverse weather. Power cuts will be a likely occurrence, and other services such as mobile phone service may also be affected.
The amber warning covers the East Midlands, including Derbyshire, and the north west, namely Blackburn with Darwen; Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
North, south and West Yorkshire will also see the areas covered by the amber warning.
The warning reads: “An area of snow is expected to move north across northern England during Tuesday morning before easing and clearing from the south into the early afternoon.
“Three to eight centimetres of snow is likely across this area with 10 to 15cm in place – mainly above 200m.”
Yellow warnings are in place for parts of Scotland from Tuesday morning until Saturday.
Parts of Scotland are likely to see up to 11 inches of snow falling this week.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said the wintry, dishevelled weather will continue into the end of the week.
Mr Partridge predicted a “much heavier” band of rain to arrive overnight on Monday into Tuesday which will “quickly turn to snow as it bumps up against cold air”.
In the south, however, things are looking much milder with persistent rain but no snow expected.
Met Office deputy chief meteorologist said: “While the south of the UK hangs on to the milder air for much of this week as we approach the weekend, the area of low pressure responsible for the snow across the north of the UK will clear, allowing colder air to push south and west across much of the country.
“Further snow is expected for most parts of Scotland on Friday, while Saturday will be cold for all.”
By the time it reaches Saturday, the snow will have largely dissipated around the country except in Scotland, where it will linger over high ground.
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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for Scotland during this time as some parts of the country will see a huge 30cm of snow.
The warning reads: “An area of snow is expected to persist across northern and northeastern parts of Scotland until early in the weekend, when snow should begin to ease and clear.
“Above 150m, some 10 to 20cm of snow is likely, with locally 30cm above 250m.
“For lower levels, away from eastern coasts, where rain is more likely, two to five cm of snow is possible.
“As colder air sinks south later Friday, snow will likely fall at all levels, though by then it is unlikely to be as heavy.
“As well as heavy snow, strong winds will be an additional hazard, with blizzard conditions likely at times.”
The yellow warning covers Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, the Highlands and Eileen Siar and Strathclyde.
Scotland will see the alert in place from midnight on Thursday until 6am on Saturday morning.
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