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Snow and ice warning as Britain braces for cold snap

Written by on 2 January 2021

Parts of England and Wales are facing snow and icy weather this weekend as Britain braces for a cold snap in the days ahead.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning covering the north east and north west of England, Wales, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.

It said up to 5cm (2ins) of snow could fall on Saturday over higher ground with up to 2cm (0.8ins) at lower levels.

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Forecasters have predicted harsh frosts for the week ahead

“Where snow falls, expect slippery pavements and tricky driving conditions,” the Met Office said.

It warned that roads and railways were likely to be affected and to expect longer journey times while icy surfaces could mean injuries through slips and falls.

A number of lower league football matches in Scotland and northern England and as far south as Swindon were called off on Saturday due to frozen pitches.

Forecasters have already predicted that the first week of January will see Britain gripped by harsh frosts and bitterly cold icy conditions.

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The Met Office predicts that Monday to Wednesday will feel cold, especially in the south.

For the second half of the week and into the weekend it is forecasting that conditions “are likely to turn more widely unsettled with a mixture of rain, sleet and snow for many parts of the UK”.

Parts of the UK have already experienced harsh conditions this winter with snow falling in some parts of the country on New Year’s Eve and Storm Bella bringing floods a few days earlier.