الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

Snow falls amid weather warnings

Snow falls at the HawthornsSnow fell during the match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at the Hawthorns

Snow and sleet have been falling in parts of the UK as forecasters warn the weather could cause disruption.

An “area of rain, sleet and snow” is moving east across Northern Ireland, Wales, central and northern England and Scotland, forecasters said.

Heavy rain is falling in some parts, causing standing water and spray on the roads.

Forecasters warned of “treacherous” driving conditions.

Snow in LlangollenSnow was starting to settle in Llangollen in north Wales

The Met Office said several centimetres of snow could fall on Friday evening and overnight in Wales, even at low levels.

“The biggest risk of settling snow [is in] north Wales, the north Midlands and Lincolnshire,” said BBC forecaster Aisling Creevey.

“Elsewhere we’re likely to see a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow but we’re not expecting it to settle in those areas.”

Yellow warnings

Yellow warnings – meaning “be aware” – of snow and ice have been issued for all of the affected areas, with the Met Office saying there is “potential for disruption”, especially for people travelling.

Forecasters also warned there was potential for a higher, amber warning – indicating people should be prepared – in Wales and the Midlands.

However, the Met Office said “some uncertainty surrounds how much snow will occur”.

Met Office yellow warning mapThe Met Office has issued a yellow warning lasting until 06:00 on Saturday

Yellow warning of snow and ice for Scotland

A cold weather alert for parts of England has also been issued, with the Met Office warning of a 90% chance that severe weather between 15:00 GMT on Friday and 12:00 GMT on Wednesday could “increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services”.

Cold weather alert

The amber – level three – alert is one below a national emergency and indicates social and healthcare services should target “high-risk” groups, such as the very young or old, or those with chronic diseases.

Public Health England also urged people to look out for vulnerable friends and family and neighbours. during the cold snap.

Girls with snowballs in Gateacre, LiverpoolIt was time for snowballs in Gateacre, Liverpool

The snow fell at Goodison Park where Everton were taking on Stoke in the Premier LeagueAt Goodison Park in the city Everton were taking on Stoke in the Premier League

Snow in Burntwood StaffordshireThe snow was building up in Burntwood, Staffordshire as the evening began

Oakwood, Derby in the snowThere was a similar scene in Oakwood, Derby

Gurig, PowysThe roads in Gurig, Powys, were also affected

The Met Office said: “A depression will track south-eastwards across England and Wales during Boxing Day, clearing south-east England overnight.

“A spell of snow is likely, even to lower levels, on the northern flank of this depression. South of the depression centre, rain will fall, heavy at times.”

The weather warning applies from 11:00 GMT on Friday until 06:00 GMT on Saturday. In Scotland, the snow and ice warning applies from 22:00 on Friday until 12:00 on Saturday.

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BBC Weather forecaster Jay Wynne said there would be “quite a bit of variation from location to location on how much snow you see”.

Forecasters have also warned of freezing temperatures in the days leading up to New Year.

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