UK weather: Heavy snow and blizzard conditions with travel disruption on Boxing Day

There are multiple weather warnings in place for parts of England and Scotland on Sunday, with travel disruption reported due to heavy snow

More snowfall is expected across parts of the UK on Sunday, potentially causing difficulty for drivers (file photo)

Parts of the UK could see blizzard-like conditions today forecasters have warned, as the white Christmas continues into Boxing Day.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow in Northern England and Scotland, with heavy downfalls already causing travel problems in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Issues reported overnight include traffic delays on the M62 eastbound between junctions 21 and 24 and heavy snow causing a road closure at the intersection of A628 and Flouch Roundabout in Sheffield.

One of the snow alerts covers most of the North West of England, from north of Stoke on Trent, while another is in place for a stretch of Scotland from Glasgow to Perth.

A number of Met Office weather warnings are in place on Boxing Day

Forecasters expect the disruptive conditions to last until around midday today, while a yellow warning for rain remains in place until 9am.

The snow brings with it a cold snap as the wintry weather in parts of the UK continues.

Temperatures in some areas are as low as 1C, with only the south east of England managing to crawl into double digits with 10C.

A cold snap is seeing temperatures tumble in some areas

A Met Office spokesman said: “As an area of rain moves northwards, it looks like turning to snow over parts of northern England, and then southern and central Scotland.

“Accumulations of 2-4 cm of snow are possible above 200 metres and 5-10 cm above 300 metres.

“Coupled with strong winds, gusting to 35 to 45 mph in places, this is likely to lead to some difficult travel conditions across higher Pennine and Cumbrian routes, as well as the Southern Uplands, during the early hours of Sunday.

“Temporary blizzard conditions may be encountered above around 300 or 400 metres elevation.

Christmas Day was officially a white Christmas and Boxing Day is expected to follow suit



“These conditions will probably move into some hillier central parts of Scotland during Sunday morning, while snow turns back to rain further south.”

The weather service said areas of Scotland, including Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Perth and Kinross, and Stirling would be affected.

On Saturday, the service said it had been a white Christmas for parts of the UK as people in Shetland and eastern Scotland woke up to a blanket of snow.

Aboyne in Aberdeenshire and Strathallan in Perthshire had snowfall overnight.

Video on Twitter, posted by the Braemar, Ballater and Deeside Weather Page, showed substantial snowfall in Braemar.

On Twitter, the Met Office said: “We’ve already seen some snow in Shetland, parts of eastern Scotland.”

And the December weather did not stop those wanting a festive dip braving the sea on Christmas Day, including at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh.

And in Montrose, Angus, swimmers also took a dip in the bitterly cold waters on Christmas Day.

Families enjoying the festivities may well take advantage of the snowy conditions (file photo)





Rain and mainly hill snow across northern England and Scotland easing from the south.

Further rain or showers, some heavy following north across southern and central areas.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Generally rather cloudy, with rain at times for many areas, though some sunny spells are also likely in places.

Windy on Wednesday with some heavy rain moving east. Mild everywhere.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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