UK weather forecast: Met Office SNOW warning as ice covers ALL of northern England & temps to drop to FREEZING -3C

UK weather forecast: Met Office SNOW warning as ice covers ALL of northern England & temps to drop to FREEZING -3C

THE Met Office says blustery winds and showers will make way for ‘arctic air’ this week after the warmest New Year's Day on record.

The weather agency said a seasonal "change is underway" as the unusually mild conditions make way for rain and a band of "cold Arctic air".

It tweeted: “Sunshine and blustery showers features in Monday’s #4cast, however a change is under way as a band of cloud and rain edges south introducing #cold#Arctic air.

“Showers falling increasingly as snow across the hills and mountains of the north during the day.”

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  • Joseph Gamp

    How to tell if your symptoms are Omicron or flu?

    As coronavirus cases continue to spread, with the Omicron variant now standing its ground, it’s likely you’re on high alert for the slightest cough or sniffle.

    A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.

    Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

    Regardless of your symptoms, it may be best to get a Covid test just to check and Health Secretary Sajid Javid has urged Brits to take a lateral flow test before going out and meeting with friends.

    If it is positive, there are strict self-isolation rules. But if it is negative, experts say if you are unwell, it’s best to stay away from people to prevent spreading bugs, anyway. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    This week will be feeling colder for all

    Met Office forecasters warned: “Cold northerly air dives south across the whole of the UK with brisk winds.

    “It’s feeling colder for all, especially in the wind.”

    In the capital, temperatures will plummet by 10C, from 16C at the weekend to just 6C today.

    Meteorologist Simon Partridge said we’re facing a “shock to the system” as the chilly winds make it feel as cold as -2C.

    “It will definitely be colder, so if you’re going out, think about an extra layer,” he said.

    “You might need anything to keep the wind out because it’s not going to be pretty.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Wind and snow weather warning – what to expect

    • Difficult driving conditions at times on higher routes is likely.
    • Some bus, ferry, and possibly train services affected, with journeys either cancelled or taking longer.
    • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges possible.
    • It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.
    • Milica Cosic

      Claiming compensation if gas or electricity is cut off because of snow

      Households who have power cut off due to the snow could be due compensation from firms.

      How much you can claim depends on how long the disruption lasts – and how severe the weather is.

      According to Citizens Advice, if a power cut is caused by bad weather, you’ll be entitled to £70 compensation if you’re without power for 24 hours, with another £70 paid for each of the following 12 hours up to a maximum cap of £700.

      In really bad weather,  the time-limit is 48 hours before compensation kicks-in  – a severe storm is defined by regulator Ofgem as causing more than 12 times the average daily number of faults.

      Energy expert and ex-British Gas worker Lynsey Jones shares her tips for savings on bills.

    • Milica Cosic

      Make your car visible in poor winter weather

      You can be fined up to £1,000 for failing to switch your car lights on when you’re driving.

      Make sure they’re all working before you set out on your journey, and turn them on if you have to get out to clear snow.

      If you use fog lights, remember to switch them off when visibility improves so they don’t dazzle other drivers or obscure your brake lights.

    • Milica Cosic

      Met Office warns of strong winds

      The Met Office has warned that strong winds are expected across northern Scotland through the rest of today, with 60-70 mph gusts.

      The winds could even possibly get stronger for a time for Orkney and Caithness.

      The strong winds combined with heavy snow showers will lead to some very tricky travelling conditions, so make sure you are weather aware.

    • Milica Cosic

      'Something much more wintery on the way'

      James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “There is something much more wintery on the way.

      “After the very mild start to the month we expect northerly winds to return through the coming days.

      “The month overall looks like dishing up something far wintrier than we have seen over the Christmas and New Year period.” 

    • Milica Cosic

      Two days of snow to blast Britain

      BRITAIN is set to be blasted with two days of snow and ice from today as the bizarre winter heatwave comes to an abrupt end, with Yellow weather warnings are in place across Scotland and northern England.

      The bone-chilling plunge has prompted fears of travel chaos as forecasters warn of dangerous conditions on the roads.

      Yellow weather warnings are in place across northern Scotland, while further warnings span over Manchester, Leeds, York, Sheffield, Carlisle and Newcastle.

      In northern England, a warning of ice will be in place until 11am today.

    • Milica Cosic

      ‘Icemageddon’ warning

      AUTHORITIES in Alaska issued "Icemageddon" warnings as conditions swung from record heat to record snowfall in the state.

      In the town of Ketchikan in the southeastern part of the state, temperatures plunged to record lows — a chilly -0.4F on December 25, BBC News reported.

      "December was a wild, wacky and impactful winter month weather-wise over much of Alaska," Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy's Rick Thoman said on Twitter.

      "From unusual cold to unprecedented warmth, excessive snowfall to record dry. Plus severe blizzards, crippling freezing rain and damaging winds."

      The "Icemageddon" warnings stemmed from dangerous conditions brought on by ice, as hard as cement, covering roads.

    • Milica Cosic

      Going to be feeling colder for all

      Met Office forecasters warned: "Cold northerly air dives south across the whole of the UK with brisk winds.

      "It's feeling colder for all, especially in the wind."

      In the capital, temperatures will plummet by 10C, from 16C at the weekend to just 6C today.

      Meteorologist Simon Partridge said we're facing a "shock to the system" as the chilly winds make it feel as cold as -2C.

      "It will definitely be colder, so if you're going out, think about an extra layer," he said.

      "You might need anything to keep the wind out because it's not going to be pretty."

    • Milica Cosic

      Urgent ice, snow and wind warnings issued

      WINTER is biting back as a bitterly cold band of snow and sleet sweeps south across the UK today, with warnings for ice across swathes of the north are issued.

      A bone-chilling polar plunge will blast in over the coming hours as freezing air howls southwards.

      Forecaster WX Charts has predicted snow in the Highlands of Scotland and parts of Yorkshire.

      But areas further south could also see snow, sleet or freezing rain, including Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool, which are due to be hit in the early hours of this morning.

      Birmingham, Leicester and south Wales will see some of the grim weather at 6am, and by 9am, a stretch of the country between Essex and Devon will have to brace.

      Yellow weather warnings for wind, snow and ice have already been issued for northern parts of Scotland, which will be hardest-hit, with blizzards and 70mph gales predicted.

    • Milica Cosic

      UK weather outlook for Thursday and Friday

      Thursday will see spells of heavy rain for all areas at some point in the day, falling as snow over hills, with snow showers expected in the evening.

      Moderate southerly winds. Friday will be dry and sunny for eastern parts but wintry showers will persist for western areas.

      A moderate westerly breeze.

    • Milica Cosic

      Wednesday's weather

      Tomorrow will be a fine and mostly sunny day, especially for England but it will be cloudier for western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

      A small chance of catching a shower in northern Scotland and the west coast of Wales, falling as snow over Scotland.

      A chilly day, with fresh north-westerly winds

    • Milica Cosic

      Tonight's weather

      A dry and clear night for all of England.

      Patchy cloud for Wales with the odd shower on the west coast, possibly wintry. Showers also for the north coast of Northern Ireland.

      Rain and showers will persist for the northern half of Scotland and will fall as snow over the hills. Moderate westerly winds

    • Milica Cosic

      Coldest January on record in the UK

      Leading bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds to 6-4 (from 3-1) for this month to end as the coldest January on record in the UK, as the latest forecasts point to falling temperatures from Wednesday.

      The firm go 2-1 for this winter to be the coldest ever in the UK.

      “We’ve enjoyed some unseasonable mild temperatures over the last few days but that is set to come to a crashing end later this week. With snow and freezing temperatures on their way, we have slashed the odds in half on this month ending as a record cold January,” said Coral’s John Hill.

    • Louis Allwood

      What to do if you find yourself aquaplaning

      Aquaplaning – skidding on water – occurs when a wedge of water forms in front of the tyre and lifts it up off the road surface.

      If you feel your car losing grip with the road, gently ease off the accelerator but don’t brake.

      Have a firm grip of the steering wheel and be sure not to make any sudden steering actions.

      The car will eventually regain its grip as water clears from the road.

    • Louis Allwood

      Atlantic weather to return

      Met Office Chief Forecaster, Steve Ramsdale, said: “We’re now past the peak of the high temperatures over the UK of this current spell.

      “Whilst it is expected to stay mild for the rest of the weekend, we are seeing a trend downwards in temperatures with notably colder weather coming into the north from early on Monday.

      “This colder air is expected to push southwards into Tuesday bringing wintry showers and frosts. Wind and snow warnings have now been issued for parts of Scotland associated with this change.

      “This cold spell is temporary before we see a return to weather conditions coming from the Atlantic, bringing further bouts of strong winds and rain to the UK.”

    • Louis Allwood

      This month will see drop in temperatures, says Met Office expert

      Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said the average temperature in December and the beginning of January is usually around 7C or 8C, with the warmer weather due to a south-westerly wind making its way across the country.

      The higher temperatures are usually localised, but “plenty of places” have seen highs of 15C over December.

      However, he added that January could see a drop in temperatures because of an Arctic chill sweeping through from next week.

    • Louis Allwood

      Wednesday to Friday forecast

      Blustery wintry showers early in the far northeast.

      Elsewhere, fine after a widespread frost.

      Rain, with hill snow in the north, Thursday, clearing to wintry showers later and into Friday.

    • Louis Allwood

      Met Office issues snow and wind warnings

      The Met Office have said the weather will be cold and windy on Tuesday, especially in the north, with rain expected to hit later in the week.

      Temperatures are set to plunge to 4-6C in Scotland and slightly higher at 8-9C in the south.

      Met Office forecaster Dan Stroud said: "We are going to be losing the sub-tropical airflow and replacing it with some things from the north.

      "Temperatures will definitely go back to average, with a return of frost and some snow in the forecast across north areas and across the hills."

      Yellow warnings are currently in place for wind and snow on Tuesday, January 4 and Wednesday, January 5 for most of Scotland.

    • Louis Allwood

      End of January outlook

      Through the rest of January, a continuation of the rather changeable regime is expected with spells of wet and windy weather interspersed by drier, brighter periods.

      Temperatures are likely to remain close to or slightly above average due to a mixture of mild spells and shorter-lived colder periods.

      These shorter-lived colder periods may still allow for some snow, but this will typically fall over hills in the north.

      Towards the end of this period, there is a tentative sign of more settled spells developing, particularly across the south which would increase the chance of overnight frost and fog here.

    • Louis Allwood

      Cold and rainy day today

      Rain slowly clearing to the southeast. Otherwise sunny spells and showers, central, north England and southern Scotland mostly fine and dry.

      Windy, particularly in north with coastal gales. Cold.

    • Louis Allwood

      Make your car visible in poor winter weather

      You can be fined up to £1,000 for failing to switch your car lights on when you’re driving.

      Make sure they’re all working before you set out on your journey, and turn them on if you have to get out to clear snow.

      If you use fog lights, remember to switch them off when visibility improves so they don’t dazzle other drivers or obscure your brake lights.

    • Louis Allwood

      UK weather outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday

      Cooler on Tuesday, with early rain for England clearing to leave a dry and bright start for most.

      The afternoon will remain dry and sunny, with the odd shower for Northern Ireland and Wales.

      Wintry showers for northern Scotland throughout the day.

      Wednesday will be a dry day with plenty of sunshine.

    • Louis Allwood

      Three tips to know before driving in snow and ice

      Driving expert Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA, has some useful advice.

      He said drivers must take it slow and leave plenty of space for the car ahead in case they skid off the road.

      And with motorways expected to be busier than ever as Brits rush to celebrate a family Christmas for the first time in two years, staying out of danger is extremely important.

      Here are Jack’s top tips:

      • Make space, it’s not a race
      • Slow and steady
      • Beware of ‘black ice’

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