Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Snow forecast for United Kingdom as cold weather returns

Snow forecast for United Kingdom as cold weather returns

A wide-ranging alert is in place for high winds from 9pm on Wednesday until 1pm on Thursday.

The Met Office warns that heavy showers will turn to sleet, hail and snow for part of Northern Ireland on Monday night.

There is also a weather warning for snow and ice starting early on Tuesday and lasting until 11am on Wednesday.

The weather warnings could lead to travel delays on roads, public transport cancellations and power cuts.

Arctic winds, hail, and snow are expected.

The Met Office's chief forecaster predicts: "Snow showers will be heaviest and most frequent across western Scotland".

In addition, warnings for strong winds have also been issued, especially for Wednesday night.

Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders are among the areas to have been issued with a Met Office yellow warning for snow and ice.

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Gusts of up to 70mph and heavy rain could affect the Advertiser area on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

Note, there's potential for disruption to power supplies from lightning strikes.

Here are the areas the first warning pertains to; Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney & Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde.

Some roads and pavements will turn icy, increasing the likelihood of accidents and injuries.

"At lower levels we're looking at two to eight cms more typically below that 200-metre height".

Once the cold hits, temperatures are not expected to escape single figures until it clears towards the end of the week, dipping towards freezing in Scotland on Tuesday.

There is also potential for blizzards and drifting snow, as strong winds are also expected, particularly over higher ground.

A spokesman for the Met Office added: 'Patchy fog is expected to reform in places this evening and overnight.

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