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More snow could hit parts of UK this week as police issue warning to drivers

Written by on 28 December 2020

Parts of southern England and Wales could be hit by more snow later this week, as police warned people to take care due to delays on the roads.

Large swathes of London, the Midlands, the South, the South West, plus the east of England and Wales, may be affected by snow and ice on Wednesday and early on New Year’s Eve.

There were reports of snow on Monday in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire, as well as in Birmingham and Stourbridge, and lighter dustings as far south as Devon.

A fire crew pushes a stranded paramedic’s car up a snowy hill in Cradley Heath, West Midlands. Pic: Peter Lopeman/Alamy Live News

Gloucestershire Police tweeted: “Heavy snow is starting to fall in the rural parts of the county. This will cause delays on the roads. Only go out if it is essential to do so.

“We are receiving a number of reports of snow around the county causing disruption. Please stay safe and avoid all unnecessary travel.”

A snowplough drives down a road in Keele, Staffordshire, Britain, December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Carl Recine
A snowplough is driven down a road in Keele, Staffordshire
People enjoy the snow in Keele, Staffordshire, Britain, December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Carl Recine
People enjoy the snow in Keele

Staffordshire Police also warned of “serious disruption”, with several roads in the area impassable.

Yellow “be aware” warnings for snow and ice remain in place for much of the UK into Tuesday morning as a cold snap bites in the aftermath of Storm Bella.

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The Met Office said: “Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces during Monday night, especially where showers move well inland.

“Some of the showers will be wintry and could produce 2 to 5cm of lying snow above 250 metres, mostly over the Pennines and North York Moors where up to 10cm is possible.

“Elsewhere, most places will see little or no snow, but a slight covering of a centimetre or so is possible in a few places.”

STOURBRIDGE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Driving instructor Steve Smith removes snow off the top of his car as heavy snowfall falls down on the west midlands overnight on December 28, 2020 in Stourbridge, England. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
Driving instructor Steve Smith removes snow from the top of his car in Stourbridge in the West Midlands

A new yellow warning has been issued by the Met Office for more snow and ice between 10am on Wednesday until 6am on New Year’s Eve.

Forecasters said: “An Atlantic frontal system looks likely to bring rain into parts of southwestern Britain on Wednesday. As this moves further east into colder air there is a chance of this rain turning to snow.

“The extent of any snow is very uncertain, but 2 to 5cm could fall across a swathe of southern Wales, central and southern England, with a small chance of 10 to 15cm settling in a few places, most likely on high ground above 200 metres.

“As the rain and snow clears on Wednesday night there is a risk of widespread ice forming on untreated surfaces.”

The forecasters’ advice warns of the potential for injuries from icy surfaces and delays to trains and road transport.

Despite the travel concerns, plenty of people appeared keen to drive out to the Brecon Beacons in Wales to enjoy the wintry weather.

It appeared busy at Pen y Fan, based on pictures on social media, despite people in Wales being urged to stay home under current coronavirus restrictions.

The chilly temperatures follow several days of extreme weather over the Christmas period.

There are still around 80 flood warnings in force in England, calling for immediate action as flooding is expected, along with about 140 less serious flood alerts.

Snow covering the village of Oulton in Staffordshire.
Snow covered the village of Oulton in Staffordshire
Snow covered houses in the village of Oulton in Staffordshire.

There had been severe flooding in parts of southern England before Storm Bella arrived on Boxing Day, with winds of more than 100mph.

Parts of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire have been badly affected, with some people forced to evacuate their homes due to the floods.

There were also some flood warnings and alerts in Wales.