UK deep freeze: Temperatures plummet to -12C as snow bomb blasts the country

Britain will likely see sleet, snow and ice causing havoc across the country as temperatures across the country are predicted to plunge to lows of -12C. A severe yellow weather alert has been issued by the Met Office for ice across Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England on Tuesday morning.

According to weather forecaster WX Charts, up 22 inches of snow fell across Scotland overnight.

Elsewhere WX Charts predicted England, Wales and Northern Ireland to see up to 1.2 inches (3cm).

Motorists in northern England and parts of Scotland face rush-hour blizzards today as forecasters warn the UK is about to be plunged into ten days of freezing conditions.

The original Met Office weather warning for Tuesday was in force until 10am.

The yellow weather warning warns of wintry showers across the north of the UK, with icy patches possibly leading to hazardous travel.

The warning advised that up to 2.4 inches (6cm) could be seen across parts of Scotland, with up to 1.2 inches (3cm) across Northern Ireland and northern England.

Now there are two more weather warnings in effect, one for snow and ice and another for ice.

The snow and ice warning is in force from 8pm on Tuesday to 10am on Wednesday across parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and western England.

The ice warning is in effect from midnight to 10am on Wednesday and warns of icy patches potentially causing travel disruption in the morning across central and southern England.


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British Weather Services’ Jim Dale said northern Britain could suffer “as a polar front comes down across the country”.

He said: “Through the course of the next 10 days we are going to see a switch to something more wintry.

“Over northern Britain, we are looking at temperatures down to -12C (10.4F) or even lower as a Polar front comes down across the country.

“Where this cold air meets incursions from the Atlantic could be interesting, we are keeping our eyes on snow through this period.

“Snowfall over the coming days will largely be over high ground in Scotland but we may see something elsewhere.

“We are looking at potentially the coldest spell of winter so far, and after the mild weather so far, we are about to get the winter we haven’t had.”

The deep freeze which will sweep across Britain comes after the UK recorded its warmest day of the year on Sunday.

The Met Office announced temperatures hit 16C in East Malling on Sunday afternoon, making it the warmest day of 2020 so far.

The warm spell came as a reprieve after Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara hit the UK in consecutive weeks.

The sunny spells and warmer temperatures came as high pressure moved eastwards over the weekend, allowing for southerly winds to suck up the warm air from Spain and northwest Africa.

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The freezing temperatures come after the Environment Agency issued two severe flood warnings across England.

In total, this means there are two severe flood warnings, 106 flood warnings and 196 flood alerts in effect across England.

In Wales, Natural Resources Wales has eight flood warnings and 15 flood alerts in effect across the country.

These flood warnings and alerts come just weeks after torrential downpours deluged communities forcing residents to flee their homes.

The head of the Environment Agency will today warn against building new homes on flood plains.

In a speech later today, Sir James Bevan will say new housing should only be allowed if they are resilient to flooding.

River levels are predicted to hit their highest-ever levels in Shrewsbury on Tuesday, one of the areas where a danger to life warning has been put into force.

The Environment Agency warning reads: “River levels are rising at the Welsh Bridge river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of property is expected to continue.l

“Flooding is affecting Gravel Hill Lane, Sydney Avenue, Victoria Avenue, A458 Smithfield Road, A528 Coton Hill, Roushill, B5067 Berwick Road, Chester Street, Longden Coleham, Frankwell and St Julians Friar car parks. Water is under the bridge on Castle Foregate. The bus station and access to Riverside medical practice is also affected.

“We are expecting a prolonged peak at Welshbridge of 5.1m to 5.4m overnight tonight, Tuesday 25/02/20.

“Further rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours. We are closely monitoring the situation.

“Our incident response staff are checking defences and liaising with emergency services. Please call 999 if in immediate danger and avoid contact with floodwater.”

The Met Office has forecast the unsettled weather to continue this week, with temperatures remaining at rather cold levels and wintry showers hitting at times.

On Monday Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “However later on Tuesday and early Wednesday, don’t be surprised to see some snow falling even in Wales and the south, although again most of any lying snow will be over hills.”

Showers in the south will often be accompanied by strong winds, while there is a risk of overnight ice across the north and west, especially on Tuesday night.

Generally, the weather could turn wetter again later in the week.

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