Snow and ice could leave some rural communities cut off, forecasters warn

Pauline Gross
December 11, 2017

"During Friday, increasingly frequent snow showers already affecting parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will extend across many other northern and western parts of the United Kingdom", said the Met Office.

A band of wintry showers will unleash another deluge of thick snow across the United Kingdom as damp air from the Atlantic crashes into a freezing Polar blast. "But the wind chill is going to make it feel sub-zero".

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice and snow affecting London and the south east of England.

It warned of "possible delays and cancellations to rail and air travel".

Many parts of the United Kingdom woke up to snow this morning and more snowfall has been forecast for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, parts of northern England and the Midlands.

An amber warning means the weather could potentially disrupt plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.

Power cuts are likely and coastal and rural communities are advised to be cautious due to spray and large waves.

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Winds are forecast to strengthen across parts of Britain on Wednesday ahead of the arrival of Storm Caroline.

About 8cm (3.1in) of snow had already fallen in Aviemore, in the Scottish Highlands, by dawn on Friday, while Antrim, Kinmel Bay, Leeds and areas to the west of the Pennines had also had a covering.

John West, Met Office meteorologist, said: "We saw a fairly consistent stream of snow showers overnight, and there will be a constant feed throughout the day and into Friday".

In the North East, the warning covers the southern part of Northumberland and the local authority areas of North and South Tynesde, Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland. The showers falling mostly as hail, sleet or snow will be most frequent over northern Scotland and across Northern Ireland at first.

The Met Office said: "10-20 cm is possible for some locations, mainly in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and perhaps the northwest Midlands".

Southern parts of England and Wales could face heavy rain and gale force winds of up to 70mph (112km/h), the Met Office said, with icy surfaces likely to be an "additional hazard".

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