Snow falls across country amid Met Office warnings of ice and travel chaos

Snow falls across country amid Met Office warnings of ice and travel chaos

SNOW has begun falling across the country amid Met Office warnings of ice and disruption to travel.

Areas including London, Wales, and the Southwest have seen snow this morning, with temperatures set to fall as low as zero over the course of the day.

The Met Office has said that some areas will see frost and that ice is likely on untreated roads and walkways.

It comes as more than 100 flood warnings and alerts remain in place across England after Storm Christoph.

The storm bought heavy rains and rising river levels to much of the country, causing widespread disruption last week and over the weekend.

The remaining warnings are clustered in Yorkshire, the East, the Midlands, and along the England-Wales border.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • #NARNIA TRENDS ON TWITTER AS SNOW FALLS ACROSS COUNTRY

    The hashtag #Narnia trended in the UK this afternoon as snow fell across the country.

    Areas including London, Wales, and the Southwest saw snow today as temperatures fell as low as zero in parts.

    Up to 15cm of snow is expected in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia.

    Photos from London showed streets blanketed in snow and people on snow-covered hillsides with sleds and skis.

  • SNOW CAUSES AT LEAST THREE MOTORWAY COLLISIONS

    Snow and icy conditions have reportedly caused at least three motorway collisions in England, the BBC reports.

    Highways England has said it is aware of incident on the M3, M27 and M25 in southern England.

    The agency said drivers should only make journeys if they are essential.

    Those who do travel are being told to allow additional time.

  • CONDITIONS CLOSE VACCINATION AND TESTING CENTRES

    Snow and icy conditions have forced a number of vaccination and testing centres across the country to close.

    In Wales, the Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board said that Sunday appointments at the Bridgend, Rhondda, Abercynon, and Merthyr Tydfil vaccine centres would be rescheduled.

    A testing facility that had been set up at the Lichfield FC ground in Lichfield, Staffordshire has also had to close.

    Local MP Michael Fabricant said on twitter that anyone who has booked a test would be “contacted and offered an alternative appointment where possible”.

  • KEEPING KIDS SAFE DURING WINTER

    Winter is here and your little ones may have experienced snow for the first time.

    Here’s a couple of tips on how your child can stay safe during winter:

    • Check the temperature of their bedroom. For a baby, the recommended temperature should be between 16-20C.
    • Have a relaxing, warm bath. This is a great way to prevent little ones from getting overtired. It’s recommended that parents should put youngsters to bed within half an hour of coming out of the bath.
    • Avoid using electric blankets and hot water bottles. Children cannot regulate their body temperature until they are around two years old.
    • Don’t let them wear a hat indoors. Many babies lose excess body heat through their head so wearing a hat can increase the chance of them overheating.

    A full list of tips are available at The Gro Company Sleep Club

  • CAN YOU SPOT THE SIGNS OF HYPOTHERMIA?

    Hypothermia is when the body’s temperature drops below 35C and often becomes fatal when the body temperature drops to 30C.

    But, what are the symptoms? Find out here:

    • Shivering and pale, cold and dry skin
    • Tiredness
    • Slow and shallow breathing
    • Slow and weakening pulse
    • If someone’s body temperature drops to 32C or lower, they’ll usually pass out.
  • IN PICTURES: SLEDGING NEAR ALEXANDRA PALACE, LONDON

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty

     

  • HOW COLD DOES IT HAVE TO BE TO SNOW?

    The heaviest snow tends to fall when temperatures are between 0-2C

    It doesn’t have to drop to freezing for snow to start falling.

    If temperatures are above freezing then falling snow will start to melt.

    The melting process immediately cools the air around the snowflake.

    When temperatures are above 2C, snow will fall as sleet, but when temperatures are above 5C, then it will fall as rain.  

  • WEATHER WARNINGS

    A yellow weather warning for snow and ice will come into force later today across Scotland.

    Wintry showers across the west of the nation and Northern Isles will turn to rain, allowing icy patches to form.

    A few centimetres of snow are possible on ground 200m above sea level.

    The warning will come into force at 4pm and remain in place until 11am tomorrow (Monday, January 25).

  • LARGE PARTS OF UK WAKE UP TO WINTER WONDERLAND

    Swathes of the UK woke up to snow and ice today, with even London getting a dusting of white.

    By mid-morning, the flakes were falling thick and fast in the capital and elsewhere, with meteorologists warning drivers to take care on icy roads.

    The hashtag “Narnia” was trending on social media as people shared images of their snowy neighbourhoods.

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was also out enjoying the weather.

    He posted a video of his family’s golden retriever Luna spinning around the garden as the snow fell.

    Mayor Khan said: “Luna is loving the snow and hoping it settles.”


  • SPANISH TOURISM MINISTER WANTS BRITS TO RETURN THIS SUMMER

    Spain will be open to Brits this summer and wants holidaymakers to start returning within weeks, its tourism minister has said.

    Reyes Maroto appeared to contradict Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who said it wouldn’t be until 70 per cent of the population was vaccinated, around Autumn, that tourists would be allowed.

    Read more here.

  • TWO FLOOD WARNINGS REMAINING IN WALES

    Only two flood warnings currently remain in place in Wales.

    One applies to the River Ritec at Tenby, where water levels are expected to remain high through the next few days.

    The second applies to isolated properties and “extensive areas” of agricultural land in the Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Trevalyn Meadows.

    Full details on the Natural Resources Wales website.

  • 77 FLOOD ALERTS IN PLACE ACROSS ENGLAND

    A total of 77 flood alerts remain in place across England following Storm Christoph.

    The storm bought heavy rains and rising river levels to much of the country, causing widespread disruption last week and over the weekend.

    The remaining alerts are clustered in Yorkshire, the East, the Midlands, and along the England-Wales border.

    There are also 54 more serious flood warnings still in place.

    Full details on the Environment Agency website.

  • IN PICTURES – AN AERIAL VIEW OF HOMES IN BRISTOL AFTER SNOWFALL OVERNIGHT

  • 54 FLOOD WARNINGS STILL IN PLACE ACROSS ENGLAND

    Fifty-four flood warnings remain in place across England following Storm Christoph.

    The storm bought heavy rains and rising river levels to much of the country, causing widespread disruption last week and over the weekend.

    The remaining warnings are clustered in Yorkshire, the East, the Midlands, and along the England-Wales border.

    A flood warning indicates that flooding is expected.

    Full details on the Environment Agency website.

  • SNOW AND ICE WARNINGS FOR SCOTLAND AND NI

    Yellow weather warnings are current in place in western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    The Met Office said that snow was expected in both regions and that icy patches were likely on untreated roads and pathways.

    It added that some travel disruption was likely.

    The warnings are set to remain in place until at least 11am in Scotland and 3pm in Northern Ireland.

  • WARNINGS ACROSS SOUTH AND MIDLANDS

    Yellow weather warning are in place across the south and east of England as well as the Midlands and Wales.

    The Met Office said snow was expected to bring travel disruption and that some rural communities could become cut off.

    It also said that rain in the southeast and southwest could lead to ice, particularly on untreated roads and pathways.

    The warnings are set to remain in place throughout the day.

  • SLEET AND SNOW TO MOVE ACROSS COUNTRY

    A wave of sleet and snow is set to move across the country over the course of today.

    A forecast from the Met Office said it would mainly affect southwest England, Wales, and southeast Northern Ireland at the start of the day, the move east over the Midlands, south, and southeast of England.

    It added that there would be sunny spells broken by wintry showers.

  • MET OFFICE: SNOW AND ICE TO START SUNDAY MORNING

  • MET OFFICE CHIEF FORECASTER SAYS WET WEATHER LIKELY TO RETURN NEXT WEEK

    Chris Tubbs, deputy chief forecaster at the Met Office, said wet weather is likely to return from the middle of next week.

    He said: “Once the certainty increases about which areas are most likely to be affected by potentially heavy rain, we may need to issue further warnings, especially if next week’s rainfall is likely to compound the impacts from this week.”

  • SPANISH TOURISM MINISTER WANTS BRITS TO RETURN THIS SUMMER

    Spain will be open to Brits this summer and wants holidaymakers to start returning within weeks, its tourism minister has said.

    Reyes Maroto appeared to contradict Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who said it wouldn’t be until 70 per cent of the population was vaccinated, around Autumn, that tourists would be allowed.

    Read more here.

  • HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS EXPECTED

    Weather conditions are expected to become more hazardous heading into the final week of January, as the Met Office gets ready to put in place five new weather warnings for snow and ice.

    Further heavy rainfall in the wake of Storm Christoph is not forecast until Wednesday – but plummeting temperatures are predicted.

    The Met Office said a band of snow will move into south-west England and Wales in the early hours of Sunday morning, spreading to the east Midlands and south-east England later in the day.

    Temperatures across the whole of the UK are expected to drop below freezing overnight, with the coldest temperatures in the Scottish Highlands at an icy -10C.

  • ONE OF THE COLDEST WINTER NIGHTS SO FAR

  • MINUS TEMPERATURES EXPECTED ACROSS THE UK TONIGHT

    Saturday night will be very cold in many places across the UK – with temperatures expected to plunge to -10C in the Scottish Highlands in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Elsewhere, London and Manchester are predicted to get down to -3C overnight and Bristol, Belfast and Glasgow will drop to -2C.

    As of Saturday evening, five snow and ice warnings were issued for central and southern England, most of Wales, much of Northern Ireland, and western and northern parts of Scotland.

    The Met Office said a band of snow will move into South West England and Wales in the early hours of Sunday morning, spreading to the East Midlands and South East England later in the day.

  • FLOOD DEVASTATED TOWN TWICE IN A YEAR

    Homes in a town previously ravaged by flooding last year have been left devastated, after defence barriers were breached.

    Bewdley in Worcestershire saw its temporary flood barrier overwhelmed overnight – less than 12 months after residents experiences severe flooding last February.

    Fire and rescue services have been out in boats helping people stuck in their properties.

    The Environment Agency (EA) said there had been “exceptionally high river levels” following days of heavy rainfall in the wake of Storm Christoph.

     

  • FOUR YELLOW WARNINGS FOR SNOW AND ICE IN PLACE ON SUNDAY

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