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Heavy snow blankets parts of the UK with temperatures set to plunge to 17F overnight as Met Office issues severe weather warnings

  • Britain faces travel disruption as heavy snowfall has swept across Wales and northern counties on Saturday
  • Met Office forecasts some snow in the northern regions and up to 5cm in Northern Ireland tonight
  • Travel disruption is expected as yellow weather warnings for ice have been issued at 9pm till Monday   
  • Temperatures could plummet as low as -17F while the southern regions feel bitter winds and rain showers
  • Gale-force winds of up to 60mph expected in some areas, which could make weather feel more like freezing 

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Britain is facing travel disruption as heavy snowfall is due across Wales and the northern counties on Sunday morning after temperatures plunge to 17F.  

Heavy snowfall has already hit parts of Wales, County Durham, Yorkshire and Cumbria, and a yellow warning has been issued across Northern Ireland for tonight as sleet and snow could give a covering of up to 5cm.

Nearly 6cm of snowfall could cover hilltops in areas of Wales and northern England. 

Blizzards rage in parts of the midlands and northeast, and temperatures are expected to plummet to -8C in the Scottish Highlands tonight, bringing frost and around three centimeters of snow.

The Met Office has forecasted some snow in Scotland, the north of England and Wales on Sunday.

It has issued yellow weather warnings for ice at around 9pm and continuing until Monday morning when rain is expected.

Snow arrives at Tan Hill in Yorkshire as the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for ice in the northern regions from around 9pm and continuing until 11am on Sunday morning

Pubgoers brace snow to reach the Highest Pub in Britain in Tan Hill, Yorkshire, earlier today

Pubgoers brace snow to reach the Highest Pub in Britain in Tan Hill, Yorkshire, earlier today

Blizzards rage in parts of the midlands and northeast (pictured, Tan Hill), and temperatures are expected to plummet to -8C in the Scottish Highlands, bringing frost and around three centimeters of snow

Blizzards rage in parts of the midlands and northeast (pictured, Tan Hill), and temperatures are expected to plummet to -8C in the Scottish Highlands, bringing frost and around three centimeters of snow

The Met Office has issued ice warnings across Wales and northern England. Met Office forecaster Craig Snell says temperatures could dip to around 2-4C in the south on Saturday evening

The Met Office has issued ice warnings across Wales and northern England. Met Office forecaster Craig Snell says temperatures could dip to around 2-4C in the south on Saturday evening

Some counties including Buxton in Derbyshire were already hit with the snowfall on Saturday, leaving fields blanketed in snow and winter service vehicles out in force to clear the roads.  

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell told the Sun: ‘The rest of the country will also feel cold as bitter winds and rain showers continue. Temperatures could dip to around 2-4C in the south this evening.’

Its warning says: ‘The snow is most likely above 200 metres elevation and probably focused in the north Pennines and into parts of Scotland; here it could affect a few lower lying areas.’  

Severe ice warnings have been issued across the UK and the bitter chill is set to continue through the night until Monday morning

Drivers are advised to give extra time for their travel plans as disruption to roads and railways is expected.  

Ice warnings are in place northern England, Northern Island and parts of Scotland for Saturday and Sunday and the icy patches may cause travel problems for some.   

‘Snow may occur at times in the north, mainly on high ground. There remains a chance of brief drier, colder interludes, with an increased risk of frost and fog.’

Icy surfaces may make accidents and falls more likely.

The Met Office predicts winds will be strong and gusty on Saturday, reaching speeds of up to 60mph in southwest Scotland, which will make temperatures feel more like freezing for many

The Met Office predicts winds will be strong and gusty on Saturday, reaching speeds of up to 60mph in southwest Scotland, which will make temperatures feel more like freezing for many

Northumberland village Carrshield was blanketed in snow as voters braced the cold to head to their local polling stations on December 12. Up to 6cm of snowfall could cover hilltops in areas of Wales and Northern England, according to the Met Office

Northumberland village Carrshield was blanketed in snow as voters braced the cold to head to their local polling stations on December 12. Up to 6cm of snowfall could cover hilltops in areas of Wales and Northern England, according to the Met Office

Snowfall has left the border of County Durham and Cumbria blanketed in white on Saturday morning

 Snowfall has left the border of County Durham and Cumbria blanketed in white on Saturday morning

Some counties including Buxton in Derbyshire were hit with the snowfall on Saturday, leaving fields blanketed in white and winter service vehicles out in force to clear the roads

Some counties including Buxton in Derbyshire were hit with the snowfall on Saturday, leaving fields blanketed in white and winter service vehicles out in force to clear the roads  

Fields in Cumbria were covered in a snowy blanket as a snow blizzard rages in some counties, including Buxton in Derbyshire

Fields in Cumbria were covered in a snowy blanket as a snow blizzard rages in some counties, including Buxton in Derbyshire 

A man clears the snow outside a polling station in Dalwhinnie in the Highlands of Scotland on December 12. Ice warnings are in place northern England, Northern Island and parts of Scotland for Saturday and Sunday and the icy patches may cause travel problems for some

A man clears the snow outside a polling station in Dalwhinnie in the Highlands of Scotland on December 12. Ice warnings are in place northern England, Northern Island and parts of Scotland for Saturday and Sunday and the icy patches may cause travel problems for some

Temperatures will also be dropping and a ‘blustery weekend’ lies ahead, according to Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst.

Mr Dewhurst said: ‘Anyone who is out Christmas shopping will have to wrap up warmly.

‘Over the high ground of northern England and Scotland, some places may have a covering of snow.

‘Temperatures for most places will be between 3C (37.4F) and 7C (44.6F), with maximum temperatures of 10C (50F) in the South East where the best of the sunshine will be.

‘We are also looking at wind gusts of 35 to 40mph.’ 

Revelers in Blackpool brave the wet and windy weather on Friday evening as one party-goer struggles with her umbrella

Revelers in Blackpool brave the wet and windy weather on Friday evening as one party-goer struggles with her umbrella

 

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