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Warnings for snow and ice as weather set to get more unsettled towards end of the week

Written by on 3 January 2021

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

A “harsh frost” is set to form under clear skies in the northwest on Sunday morning as some wintry showers could see icy patches in other regions, the Met Office said.

Early temperatures could fall to -1C in parts of Scotland and are not forecast to go above 4C for the rest of the nation, or most of England and Wales.

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been put in place over Central, Tayside & Fife, the East Midlands, Grampian, northeast and northwest England, southwest Scotland, Lothian Borders plus Yorkshire and Humber.

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Forecasters have predicted harsh frosts for the week ahead
A family take their dog for a walk near Mam Tor in Derbyshire.
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Large parts of the UK could be left in the cold over the next few days

And some parts of the UK could be set for some wintry showers.

These maybe “mainly inland and particularly over higher ground where above 200-300m a further few centimetres of snow is possible in places”, the warning states.

Cold easterly winds are set to develop next week, bringing wintry showers – particularly around eastern parts – while hazardous freezing fog, frost and ice risks will all continue, the forecasters say.

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A couple walk in snowy conditions near Mam Tor in Derbyshire.
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People enjoy the wintry conditions near Mam Tor, Derbyshire

Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Obviously it’s very cold and it’s going to stay cold through this week.

“Whilst there will be some wintry hazards around, it’s not really until the end of the week until we see any significant snow.”

The Met Office 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.

The Met Office predicts that Monday to Wednesday will feel cold, especially in the south, while parts of Scotland will feel the chill too, with temperatures as low as -5C.

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.