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Snow and ice warnings in place as temperatures plummet

  • By Simon King & Marita Moloney
  • BBC weather

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The Angel of the North statue in Gateshead is covered in snow

A weather warning for snow and ice is in force for parts of England and Scotland as forecasters predict freezing temperatures this weekend.

Yellow warnings cover northern and southern Scotland and eastern England, as far as London and Kent.

Temperatures could fall as low as -10C in north-east Scotland and -4 to -8C across the UK overnight.

It comes as snow swept across parts of the UK on Friday, causing 30 schools in Cornwall to close or open late.

On Saturday morning, Glasgow Airport had to stop all flights due to heavy snowfall overnight.

Two domestic flights had to be diverted to Prestwick and Edinburgh, while crews in Glasgow worked to clear snow from the airport.

It comes after parts of the UK experienced the coldest night in England on Thursday since mid-March, with temperatures in Cumbria falling to -9.4C (15F) overnight.

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Flossie the Giant Schnauzer frolics in the snow in North Yorkshire

The Met Office’s yellow warning, in force from 5pm on Friday until just before noon on Saturday, means people can expect hazardous conditions, with possible disruption and delays delays on roads and railways as well as icy patches on roads and sidewalks.

The weather service warned that freezing rain, a rare type of rain that freezes upon impact, could make driving dangerous.

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Many areas have temperatures of 0C (32F) throughout the day. But as evening begins – with clear skies and light winds – temperatures will quickly drop below freezing.

The Met Office said between 2cm (0.79in) and 5cm (2in) of snow could fall in areas between 100m (328ft) and 200m (656ft) above sea level, especially in Northern Ireland and western Scotland.

There will be further winter snowfall for a period around the North Sea coast but over the weekend some rain or sleet and sleet will start to arrive from the west.

There is a possibility of significant snowfall in Wales, the Midlands and northern parts of England on Sunday morning, even at low levels.

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Snow-covered Angel of the North statue in Gateshead

Additionally, the UK Health Security Agency has issued an amber cold health warning to the health sector for some areas in England, meaning “significant impacts are possible.” tell”.

The agency said the warning indicated that the cold weather could impact the entire health service and potentially put the entire population at risk.

The warning is in place for the East Midlands, West Midlands, North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber until December 5.

Temperatures between -3C (27F) and -6C (21F) were seen widely across the UK on Friday, even in major towns and cities. Temperatures are -5C (23F) in Manchester and Edinburgh and -3C (27F) in south-west London and Birmingham.

Forecasters said snow swept across south-west England, parts of Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland, while hilly areas – including the North York Moors and parts of Scotland – will see more snow later there.

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Many areas in the Northeast were covered in heavy snow, causing delays for motorists and some schools being closed.

In County Durham, police said snowy conditions had led to a number of road collisions, while North Yorkshire Police reported 100 cars were stranded between Whitby and Scarborough.

Overnight from Thursday into Friday morning, some of the coldest places are:

  • England: Shap, Cumbria -9.4C (15F)
  • Scotland: Eskdalemuir, Dumfries and Galloway -8C (18F)
  • Northern Ireland: Katesbridge, Co Down -6.2C (21F)
  • Wales: Whitchurch, Pembrokeshire -6C (21F)

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Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn, Tyne & Wear

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People in the snow in Gateshead

Yellow warnings for ice in Northern Ireland and south-west England ended at 10am, but in some areas of central and south-east England freezing fog posed further danger on Friday morning.

By lunchtime on Friday, much of Britain was experiencing cool, cold and sunny weather.

Despite the warnings, this year has joined 2021 and 2022 as one of the warmest autumns on record in the UK, with temperatures over the past three months standing at 10.8C (51F) according to data. provisional data from the Met Office.

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