Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Suffolk and Essex could see snow tomorrow as Met Office issues warning

Snowy scenes in the Cooley Mountains in County Louth Snowy scenes in the Cooley Mountains in County Louth
Charlie Simmons | 10 December, 2017, 05:48

Last night Met Eireann issued a status yellow snow-ice warning for the entire country which will come into force later today.

The Met Office has upgraded its warning for heavy snow in Altrincham and the Greater Manchester area this Sunday.

Forecasters have warned of up to 20cm of snow for some areas, mainly in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and the northwest Midlands. It also warned that stopping distances are up to 10 times longer in icy conditions.

A statement said: "Road, rail and air travel delays are likely, as well as stranding of vehicles and public transport cancellations".

"Rural communities with limited access routes could become cut off".

Mountains in the Lake District could feel as cold -16C.

The Met Office said: "A spell of snow is expected over a central swathe of the United Kingdom on Sunday".

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At 8pm on Saturday evening, temperatures had already plummeted to -9C in Dalwhinnie in Scotland.

A status yellow alert comes into effect this afternoon, with the northern half the country worst hit with up to 3 centimetres of snow expected in places.

Snow and ice covering the country may cause unsafe driving conditions and is likely to cause chaos on United Kingdom roads.

Highways England asked drivers to prepare for "any eventuality", making sure to have warm clothing, food, drink, required medications, boots, a shovel and a torch if venturing out.

"Most areas of the country will experience either heavy rainfall or heavy snowfall on Saturday night [and/or] Sunday", it said.

Widespread disruption is expected on the roads after snow fell across several parts of the United Kingdom in recent days causing temperatures to plummet.

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