The UK has been hit by an Arctic blast with ice and snow warnings in place while the Met Office has warned that temperatures could drop as low as -10C this week in parts of Scotland
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Brits are being warned of snow and ice chaos in an Arctic blast with temperatures dropping as low as -10C this week.
The freezing conditions arrived on Tuesday and people are being told to expect more snow and icy conditions over the coming days on the back of an unusually warm end to 2021.
The Met Office has a warning for snow and ice in place for northern Scotland and there is also ice in Northern Ireland on Wednesday morning.
It warned for northern Scotland: “Frequent snow showers and icy stretches are expected, leading to some travel disruption, particularly for higher routes.”
The Met Office expects “difficult driving conditions at times on higher routes is likely. Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces. Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths. Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.”
Weather maps for Wednesday are blue reflecting the Arctic air that is sweeping in and will see very cold temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
“A snowy and icy start across the Highlands and the central and northern parts of Scotland,” said the Met Office’s Clare Nasir.
“For the time being weather warnings in force through Tuesday into Wednesday, gales in the far North East and snow and ice warnings winds driving in snow showers across North and Central Scotland.
“Above 100m we will see accumulations of that snow but even at lower levels slushy deposits and as temperatures plummet we will see ice form”
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Ms Nasir told drivers to be careful of ice on roads due to freezing conditions.
She continued: “We will see subzero temperatures across the countryside so a cold start to the day come Wednesday morning and watch out for some icy patches on untreated roads.
“Certainly that will be the case in areas of snow across northern and central Scotland.”
Then during the day there are likely to be clear skies for much of the country but that will also lead to a very cold night on Thursday evening.
Ms Nasir said: “We will see the temperatures fall very quickly so expect a widespread frost, temperatures plummeting, values in -3C, -4 C in England and Wales and in the snow fields of Scotland down to maybe -10C.”
Then the ice and snow is continue into Friday, before a milder weekend.
“We can expect a fairly hard frost into Thursday morning before milder air moves in from the Atlantic with a band of cloud and rain and as the rain encounters the colder air it will turn to snow. It will be colder behind as well so snow showers likely through Friday,” added Ms Nadir.
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Dry and cold with sunny periods inland, but scattered showers in coastal districts in the west and east, as well as across northern Scotland, where wintry at times. Wind easing in north, but staying windy in east.
A few showers continuing in the north and east, elsewhere clear and cold. Cloud and strengthening winds in the northwest later.
Dry and cold to start, but cloud, wind and rain spreading eastwards with snow down to low levels for a time.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Cold with sunshine and blustery showers for some on Friday. Becoming milder with outbreaks of rain on Saturday. Showers to follow but also some brighter periods, especially in the east.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.