The Met Office is predicting heavy snowfall in some parts of the country today as the nation transforms into a winter wonderland. Yellow weather warnings are in force for ice and snow with Britons warned to be vigilant in the inclement conditions. The warnings, which cover almost the entire nation, are in place for the next 36 hours.
The Met Office said in a statement: “Ice and snow is likely to bring travel disruption over parts of north and east Scotland and England during Thursday night and Friday morning (between 6pm Thursday 31 and 12.00pm Friday 1).
“Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services, some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.”
Commenting on the conditions, Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “Very frosty to start to Thursday morning and there is more snow on the way.
“So we have warnings in force for both ice and snow.”
He added: “Those temperatures dropping well below freezing.”
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There will be a “few hazards about” on Thursday morning, Mr Deakin warned.
Of the temperatures, the weather expert said: “Below freezing even in towns and cities.
“Rural parts negative double figures is possible.
“Minus 12 maybe through some of the sheltered glens of Scotland.”
It will, however, turn a “bit milder” in the far south throughout the day.
But a weather front will bring more wintry weather to southern regions towards the end of the day, Mr Deakin forecasted.
He said: “The weather front moving north and hitting the colder air.
“That’s where we could see some snowfall through the course of Thursday afternoon and overnight into Friday.”
Fog will dominate the outlook on Thursday morning, according to the Met Office expert, with wet weather spreading up from the south-west “turning more and more into snow”.
However for many other parts of the nation, Thursday will be dry and bright, Mr Deakin advised.
He said: “If the fog lingers, which it will in some places, temperatures are going to struggle to get much above freezing.”
The icy conditions will be “particularly concerning” throughout Thursday evening’s rush hour, Mr Deakin cautioned.
The travel disruption prediction comes as a result of expected snow in “many places” during the evening.
Mr Deakin said: “One to three centimetres quite likely, in some spots five to ten.”