Met Office issues 3 DAY snow and ice warning as 5cm to fall on UK

Snowy Britain/yellow warning

The cold conditions are expected to begin to at 5pm today and last until 11am on Thursday

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Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop

Published: 28/11/2023

- 10:00

Updated: 28/11/2023

- 12:44

'Hazardous conditions' are to be expected

The Met Office has issued several yellow snow and ice warnings for parts of the UK, as areas of Scotland and Northern England can expect up to 5cm of snowfall.

There are three separate weather alerts, spanning a total of three days, with the first beginning at 5pm today and the final concluding at 11am on Thursday.

The Met Office has warned that the influx of snow and ice could lead to "hazardous conditions".

The weather office cautioned that "some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces" are likely.

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Up to 5cm of snow can be expected


Icy patches on some roads, pavements and cycle paths are to be expected.

Disruption to services is also highly possible, with some roads and railways likely to be affected.

There are three warnings in place, with the first two beginning today.

One covers a large portion of northern Scotland. Affected areas include; Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, the Highlands & Eilean Siar and the Shetland Islands.

Snow in Northumberland

'Hazardous conditions' are to be expected


The other yellow alert is in place for parts of North East England and Yorkshire. Affected areas include Durham, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland and North Yorkshire.

On Wednesday, a third alert comes into effect, which spans over Scotland and Northern England.

By Thursday, just one warning will be active, which covers a similar region and will last until 11am.

Describing the alert further, the Met Office said: "Wintry showers will lead to ice forming on untreated surfaces during Tuesday evening and overnight into Wednesday morning.

"Snow will begin to accumulate, especially away from windward coasts, with 1-3cm possible. Higher routes of northeast Scotland may see up to 5cm of snow accumulate."

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The warnings come after the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued a warning of freezing conditions that are set to sweep across the country.

The UKHSA issued a yellow cold-health alert covering northern regions of England as colder air feeding from the north could lead to wintry showers in parts of the UK.

Meteorologists say that towards the end of the week, there is a possibility of snow across parts of the south. However, this is not guaranteed.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist David Oliver said: "After some rain on Monday, conditions will turn mainly dry in the south for a time before a very uncertain period on Thursday and Friday for the southern half of England and Wales.

"The weather models are highlighting several possible solutions from very wet to mainly dry, with a mainly dry picture the most probable outcome at present.

"However, some models include the prospect of an area of low pressure developing and moving in from the south or southwest."

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