Met Office forecasters are warning of an icy few days as heavy snow could hit the UK. Scotland and the North of England are under snow and ice warnings as we head towards the weekend. Fresh warnings have been issued for Thursday and Friday as a cold front hits Britain.
The forecasters warn areas of snow are expected to develop during Thursday evening and the early hours of Friday.
Snow may briefly settle across areas as low as 150 metres above sea level, although later in the night and on Friday morning the snow level will likely rise to 500 metres and above from the east as milder air arrives from the east.
Previous warnings have been extended to include areas in the North of England.
Snow warnings are in place from 10pm today until 9am tomorrow for Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, North East England, Northumberland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde.
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Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Dan Suri said: “It’ll certainly feel more wintry this week, with colder weather bringing a risk of frost, ice and wintry showers.
“The risk of snow accumulating is largely confined to the northern half of the UK – mainly over higher ground in Scotland, Wales and northern England.
“By tomorrow (Thursday) morning parts of northwest Scotland could see 2cm of snow accumulations to low levels, with 2-5cm above 200m and up to 10cm gathering over the highest routes, leading to some travel disruption.”
Those taking to the roads over the next few days are being warned to take care and watch for conditions which could make driving difficult.
Traffic Scotland operator manager Douglas Cairns said: “The first severe weather warning of the winter for snow and ice is always a timely reminder for people to check they are winter ready and have made appropriate preparations.
“The safest and best advice is to check Traffic Scotland Twitter, radio and the website before you travel and to always drive to the conditions.
“A record number of gritters are available to keep the trunk road network moving this winter and we are grateful to our frontline teams, operators and operating companies for the comprehensive planning and preparations that have been made this week.”
Conditions are growing increasingly cold, with rain and hill snow, wind and sleet likely this weekend.
Met Office five day forecast
Wintry showers over Scotland and Northern Ireland increasingly confined to west and north coasts. Rain for much of England and Wales with some hill snow for northern England and Wales. Cold. Windy in the far south.
Rain over England and Wales, pushing into east Scotland and northern England later with some snow here, mainly for hills. Very cold in the northwest with severe frost in places.
Cloudy with bands of rain across much of the UK. Come snow, mainly over Scottish hills.
Mostly dry in NW. Cold for most, particularly in parts of the south.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday
Showers will gradually ease over the weekend with increasing amounts of sunshine by Sunday.
Overnight frost and fog developing as skies clear, whilst remaining rather cold by day.