Britain braces for ‘blizzard conditions’ and travel disruption


UK: Arctic Air Sweeps Across Country Bringing Snow And Ice

A Met Office amber warning has been issued for “significant disruption” from “strong winds bringing blizzard conditions” as parts of the UK could be covered in up to 40cm of snow.

Snow storms are expected to hit large swathes of central and northern England today, forecasters warned.

The warning will remain in place for 21 hours from 3pm today – and “significant disruption” to transport, power lines and phone network coverage is likely.

Several milder yellow weather warnings for snow have also been issued, covering much of the nation from Wednesday to Friday.

Tuesday marked the coldest night of the year so far, and more sub-zero overnight temperatures are expected in all four UK nations in the coming days. Temperatures at Kinbrace in the Highlands dropped to this year’s low of minus 15.4C overnight.

Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey said this was the coldest March temperature recorded since 2010, but that it is “not that unusual to see snow in March”.


Amber snow warning as up to 40cm to fall during ‘blizzard conditions’

The current Arctic blast, which saw temperatures drop to -15.4C at Kinbrace in Scotland in the early hours of Wednesday, will continue through the week with the Midlands and north of England facing heavy snow.

A number of National Severe Weather Warnings are in place across the UK as snow continues to cause disruption through the week.

My colleague Thomas Kingsley has more:

Namita Singh9 March 2023 04:40


In pictures: Snow carpets Bedfordshire as Artic blast hits




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ICYMI: UK braces for strong winds bringing blizzard conditions and travel disruption

The UK is set to experience severe snowstorms and travel disruption on Thursday, forecasters have warned.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for “strong winds bringing blizzard conditions” and up to 40cm of snow to the area stretching from Stoke-on-Trent to Durham.

Wednesday night is expected to be cold, with temperatures around minus 1C in south-east England, and as low as minus 13C in northern Scotland.

Namita Singh9 March 2023 07:00


Drivers told to go carefully as snow forecast across all counties

Drivers have been urged to exercise caution and to expect disruption as snow and ice are expected across the country from Thursday.

Forecasters have issued a yellow snow warning for all counties, which comes into effect overnight.

Met Eireann said rain, sleet and snow will spread north across the country, with snow expected in many areas, along with icy conditions.

Namita Singh9 March 2023 06:40


Heavy snow and blizzard to hit Britain as Arctic blast hits

The UK is preparing for blizzard conditions as heavy snowfall is set to hit central and northern England on Thursday.

The warning will remain in place for 21 hours from 3pm on Thursday until 2pm on Friday.

My colleague Stuti Mishra has more:

Namita Singh9 March 2023 06:20


How does the day look today

•Mild with rain in the far southwest

• A snowy day for some in central parts

•Best of the sunshine will be in the far north

More in this map issued by Met Department:

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Where will it snow?

Snow storms with “blizzard conditions” are set to hit parts of the UK as temperatures plunge to -15C again overnight.

Yellow weather alerts for snow and ice are currently in place across large parts of the UK, with Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia among the areas being warned of snowfall on Wednesday evening.

One yellow alert, which warns snow showers and travel disruption are likely, covers northern parts of Scotland, where the Met Office says temperatures could drop to -15C overnight. The warning is in place from 6pm on Wednesday until 10am on Thursday.

Namita Singh9 March 2023 05:40


What Thursday will look like

Here’s the weather forecast for today:

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Here are weather extremes from Wednesday

An area of rain, sleet and snow pushed north across much of England and Wales yesterday.

Further north, after the coldest night of the year so far, it was dry with long sunny spells and scattered snow showers.

Namita Singh9 March 2023 05:00


Yellow weather warnings in place for snow and ice across parts of Scotland

Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place across much of Scotland on today as temperatures fell below zero overnight.

A yellow warning for snow and ice is in place in the north of Scotland, where temperatures were as low as minus 4C in the early hours today.

A further yellow warning is in place for snow across the central belt, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders – with an additional warning for snow and ice in place for the south east of the country.

Namita Singh9 March 2023 04:20

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