Snow hits roads in south-east England as United Kingdom braces for bitter spell

Kelley Robertson
February 6, 2018

The yellow warning, valid between 8pm tonight and covers the majority of Scotland as well as Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of north and western England.

The cold weather is set to remain into tomorrow with another frosty start thanks to lows of around -2C to -3C.

Public Health England said earlier today: "From now until 9am on Friday 9 February Public Health England has declared a "level 3 cold alert". Scattered wintery showers will become confined to the north and west coasts overnight.

"Snowfall of 1-5 cm (a coating to 2 inches) of snow is expected, causing slippery travel and potentially causing flight and rail delays".

"It is turning much colder across the United Kingdom".

Around 10,000 customers had to be rebooked onto other services as the snow on Monday covered parts of Kent, Essex and Suffolk.

Sleet, snow and hail showers, some heavy, are possible on Tuesday, with icy stretches again likely to form overnight and into Wednesday.

"Total snow accumulation by the end of the week expected to be 20 to 30 centimetres [12 inches] over the hills".

Campaigners have urged people to take extra care over the coming days amid forecasts for unsafe cold weather.

Experts warn severe cold weather this week threatens to hit people with health conditions especially hard.

"Really much of February and perhaps even into March it is going to stay on the cold side, so temperatures generally below average, with further frosts and also the risk of rain, sleet and snow as well".

The Met Office is monitoring the developing weather situation and yellow means keep an eye on the latest forecast and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of your plans in the next few days.

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