Parts of UK braced for ‘severe conditions’


Parts of UK braced for ‘severe conditions’

The UK is braced for ‘severe conditions’ this weekend with snow and ice forecast for parts of England.

The conditions could lead to some travel disruption. Manchester Airport briefly closed due to “heavy snow fall” on its runways.

A yellow warning is in place for snow and ice for Scotland on Saturday, and ice in Northern Ireland, Wales, and south-west England.

On Sunday the warning for snow spreads to include London and the South East, with some forecasts hitting -10C in some areas.

Manchester Airport closed both runways on Saturday morning due to “heavy snow fall”,
Drivers in north-western England are also being advised to take care following accidents on motorways including the M58, M62, M61.

Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: “It is staying cold with daytime temperatures remaining only a few degrees above freezing in many places over the coming days and overnight temperatures dropping to -10C or lower in isolated spots.

“Although below average, these temperatures are not that unusual for this time of year.

“There is still a risk we could see some freezing fog in places particularly southern England, especially for Sunday and Monday mornings.”

Snow and ice in London, the South East, and East of England from 09:00 on Sunday until 09:00 on Monday

Meteorologist Stav Danaos said in his latest BBC Weather forecast that the cold spell is “here to stay for the foreseeable future”.
He said: “Through Saturday night it stays icy in northern and western areas where we’ve had the showers. Snow drifts southwards into southern Scotland and even north-eastern England too.”

He added: “Into Sunday we need to keep an eye on this weak area of low pressure developing towards the south east quadrant of England – that could develop into thicker cloud and perhaps some sleet and snow particularly later in the day, which could affect parts of the south-east and east Anglia.”

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