Weather warning for snow upgraded to amber

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 10, 2017

After school closures and power cuts in Scotland on Friday, the heaviest and most frequent snow showers are predicted in the north east of the country during Saturday.

The chill will make temperatures feel sub-zero, and ice may appear on untreated surfaces.

Storm Caroline's bitter grip on the United Kingdom is continuing to be felt by homeowners, school children and commuters, with more snowfall peppering parts of the country.

James Knight, RAC director of roadside operations, said: "The end of this week and into the weekend will see an arctic blast sweep across the country, with snow for many of us, but our roadside patrols are well prepared and will be working around the clock to assist our members who find themselves in hard situations".

The amber alert is accompanied by a yellow warning of wind for parts of eastern England, London and the South East, the South West and Wales that could bring "short-term loss of power and other services" as well as transport disruption.

The Met Office said there is a "good chance" some rural communities could become cut off.

This follows risky and violent winds caused by Storm Caroline, which has now started to move away from Britain.

Snow began to fall in parts of overnight and the M6 near Bamber Bridge was closed following an accident in snowy conditions at around 9am on Saturday morning.

About 8cm of snow fell in Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands today.

Forecasters warned that the snow would become more widespread throughout the day.

Met Office chief meteorologist Dan Suri said; "It's going to be a cold weekend for everybody with some hard frost at night".

Falls of up to 10cms (4ins) looks likely quite widely within the warning area, with 15-20cms (up to 8ins) in places.

Highways England has advised road users intending to travel through the West Midlands and the north-west of England to check the forecast and road conditions before they travel. "Possible travel delays on roads".

On Sunday, a spell of heavy snow is likely over most parts of Wales.

Severe weather is forecast for a swathe of North Wales and central England on Sunday and snow has already fallen on parts of Powys, Herefordshire and Shropshire at a rate of several centimetres an hour. "Impacts include possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers".

Amber "be prepared" warnings are in place for snow for the east and west Midlands, East of England, London and the South East, North West England, Wales and Yorkshire and the Humber.

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