The UK is experiencing “White Thursday” as widespread snow and ice warnings mean the country will see plenty of snow today. Travel disruption resulting from the snow, sleet and ice is the biggest concern for Britons. Express.co.uk will bring you the latest news, snow maps and charts here.
The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for Thursday which warn of snow blanketing Britain.
The first warning for snow and ice has been in force from 10pm on Wednesday to 10am on Thursday.
The weather forecaster advises of wintry showers and icy stretches which will likely bring travel disruption.
Some roads and railways will be impacted and journey times will be longer on roads, buses and trains.
There is also a higher risk of injury as a result of falls and slips on icy surfaces, with icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.
The warning spans much of the country, particularly affecting: Central Tayside and Fife, East Midlands, Highlands and Eilean Siar, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber.
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The warning reads: “Wintry showers are expected to continue through Wednesday night into Thursday morning, especially over Northern Ireland and western Scotland, before developing more widely across parts of northern England, the north Midlands and north Wales later in the night.
“This will leave surfaces wet, leading to icy stretches developing on untreated surfaces.
“Showers will fall as a mixture of hail, sleet and snow.
“Some places are likely to see 0.4 to 1.2 inches (1-3cm) of snow, mainly above 100m, with two to four inches (5-10cm) possible above 400 m.”
There is also a second yellow weather for snow on Thursday.
The yellow weather warning is in effect from midnight to midday on Thursday and warns of sleet and snow which may cause travel disruption.
The warning reads: “Rain and hill snow will move eastwards late Wednesday evening and during the early hours of Thursday.
“Snow is expected over hills and mountains in Wales and also over the Cotswolds and Chilterns.
“In southern Wales, 0.8 to two inches (2-5cm) of snow is likely, mainly above 200 metres, whilst o.4 to 1.2 inches (1-3cm) snow is likely over the Cotswolds, Chilterns, and parts of the Midlands above 150 metres.
“Away from hills, rain may turn to sleet and snow for a time over parts of the Midlands, East Anglia and the Northern Home Counties.
“Accumulations at these low-levels will be mostly small, especially on roads, but a centimetre or so is possible in one or two places.
“Rain, sleet and snow will quickly clear southeastwards by late morning and any snow at lower levels will soon thaw.”
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The affected regions include:
- East Midlands
- East of England
- London and South East England
- South West England
- West Midlands.
Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “It’s not just the snow, there’s going to be a fair bit of rainfall mixed in with it.
“It’s not going to be large amounts, between 10-15mm of rain in some places, but it could be falling on heavily saturated areas.”
The Met Office forecast for Thursday forecasts rain, sleet and snow clearing southeastwards then all parts seeing sunny spells and wintry showers.
There will be showers heaviest and most frequent in the northwest.
The weather will be driest in the south and east following early rain and will stay quite cold throughout the day.
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