Snow falls on icy UK, causing treacherous conditions and travel warnings

SKY News | Published: Friday 29 December 2017

 

Accumulations of up to 10cm (4ins) are likely and up to 15cm (6ins) could fall over higher ground, the Met Office says.

 

More heavy snow is expected to hit the UK

 

An ice warning remains in place across parts of the UK after snow fell, causing travel delays and treacherous conditions.

Heavy snow fell across Yorkshire, the North West and the East Midlands, with the Met Office warning of possible power cuts, travel delays and flight cancellations.

Weather warnings for snow were in place until 3pm and ice warnings remain in place across the country.

A yellow warning for ice is in place from 3pm on Friday until 12pm Saturday, in most of Scotland and the northern most parts of England.

Sky’s Joanna Robinson said: “The frosty North will see icy stretches, especially where there is lying snow across Scotland and northern England, but the windy South will be less cold.”

 

Dog walkers brave the snow in Abington, South Lanarkshire

 

There are also concerns as Storm Dylan approaches, bringing with it 80mph winds in Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.

Glasgow Airport has re-started operations after they were suspended due to weather conditions.

Overnight temperatures dropped to -12.3C in Loch Glascarnoch in Scotland.

The ground across much of the country is icy, with previous snowfalls now frozen solid.

“Snow is falling on ice and it’s creating treacherous conditions,” said Sky’s Frazer Maude, who is in York.

Snow across Bath as cold snap hits the UK

 

Accumulations of up to 10cm (4ins) are likely and up to 15cm (6ins) could fall over higher ground, the Met Office says.

“Potent, heavy showers with a chance of hail and thunder,” are forecast across the country from South Wales to Greater London, the Met Office has said.

Wind speeds are expected to reach around 50mph in some places, and gusts could reach 70mph on the coast.

Cumbria Police warned Twitter users that every route in the south of the north western county was affected by snow, with traffic on the M6 disrupted by the icy conditions.


Glasgow airport

 

A three-car crash on the M1 is expected to cause delays on the southbound stretch of the road.

Snow in West Yorkshire is causing significant problems, as is the wind and heavy rain in the south west of England.

A fallen tree on the A39 near Bideford in Devon has left the road partially blocked, and Devon and Cornwall Police have warned of flooding on the A3075 near Newquay.

Highways England issued a severe weather warning. It urged people to plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and to pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel.


Passengers were left stranded after flight cancellations on Thursday. Pic: Sophia Sleigh

 

It comes after a night which was expected to be the coldest of the year, as parts of Britain were hit by Arctic air.

“Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers. Some delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely,” the Met Office warned.

“There is a possibility that some rural communities could become temporarily cut off. Power cuts may also occur.”

On Wednesday, cancellations and delays caused by bad weather caused chaos at various travel terminals.

A lorry was stuck on the A14 in Northampton

Stansted temporarily closed its runway twice due to ice, resulting in 27 inbound and 27 outbound flights being cancelled.

Around 50 flights were also cancelled at Luton.

Roughly 300 passengers were left in the terminal at Stansted waiting to rebook flights on Wednesday evening after dozens of Ryanair services were cancelled, along with a number of easyJet flights.

Heavy snow also caused disruption on the roads.

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