Snow, ice and heavy rain set to hit parts of UK over bitterly cold weekend
Written by on 9 January 2021
Yellow weather warnings for icy conditions are in place for much of the country this weekend.
Snow, ice and heavy rain are set to hit early on Saturday, bringing bitterly cold conditions that could last until Monday.
The weather warnings are in place across most of England, Wales and parts of Scotland.
Britons have been warned to beware of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, dangerous driving conditions and delays to public transport.
Temperatures are also expected to drop as low as -9C (15.8F) in northern parts of the UK in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Snow may fall on Saturday over the Pennines, North York Moors and the high ground of Wales, while parts of southwest England could see 2-5cm of snow, the Met Office said.
Patches of freezing fog and icy roads could also be a danger to motorists.
Areas in northwest Scotland may see localised flooding due to a heavy spell of rain set to move in on Sunday.
It comes after a spell of cold weather which has swept across the UK since the start of the new year.
A forecast on the Met Office website said that Saturday would see an “icy start, then some sunshine, but also areas of low cloud and fog slow to clear in south”.
It added: “Cloudier in the north with occasional rain, and sleet in places at first.”
It said Sunday would be “mostly dry in the south and gradually becoming less cold” and “unsettled in the north with rain and hill snow at times, heaviest in the west and gradually spreading south”.
Ben Aldous, of the RAC, said: “Fog, ice and in some places snow are the enemies of drivers.
“In order to avoid falling foul of the conditions it’s important for motorists to adjust their driving style to suit the conditions.
“Being gentler on the throttle and brakes, and slowing down particularly on rural or ungritted routes can help ensure a safe and trouble-free journey.”
He also urged drivers to check their tyres have plenty of tread and are properly inflated, and that windscreens are “completely cleared of ice and snow”.