Met Office issues yellow weather warning with temperatures set to plunge to freezing causing icy stretches across northern Britain as 1,200-mile ‘tongue of ice’ blows in from Canada
- Treacherous icy patches expected to form across Northern Britain throughout the night as temperatures drop
- Snowfall has also been forecast for north-west England, Exmoor, Dartmoor, the Welsh hills and Peak District
- Up to 750 gritters are also forecast to be on the roads tonight to help ease Monday rush hour traffic
The Met Office has issued four yellow weather warnings for ice across northern Britain for this evening and tomorrow morning as a 1,200-mile ‘tongue of ice’ blows in from Canada.
A yellow weather warning for snow was also issued in northern Scotland, which could see up to an inch, as forecasters warned north-west England, Exmoor, Dartmoor and the Welsh hills could all receive a light dusting tonight due to icy temperatures.
As many as 750 gritters are also expected to be on the road tonight to keep highways clear ahead of the Monday morning rush hour, as Britain’s working week gets off to a chilly start.
It comes after a cold Sunday across Britain saw patches of rain and cloud cover across the country. Brave swimmers were also seen going for a dip in the English channel off Avon beach, Dorset, as they braved the wintry temperatures this morning.
The Met office has issued four yellow weather warnings for ice across northern Britain this evening. It has also issued a yellow warning for snow in Scotland
Plunging temperatures tonight are expected to cause ice to form across northern Britain tonight, with snow also expected in northern Scotland. Snow has also been forecast for Britain’s west coast, Northern Ireland and Scotland on Tuesday
The Met Office has issued four weather warnings for ice for northern Britain (left, ice weather warning from 8pm tonight and, right, weather warnings to last until 10am tomorrow). A yellow weather warning for snow has also been issued for Scotland
Temperatures will drop to -7C in Scotland on Monday morning, Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said, and plummet to 0C across the north of England and Northern Ireland.
‘Cold air coming from off Canada brings potential for the most widespread snow this winter on Monday’, said Mr Partridge. ‘Northern England may well see low-level snow for the first time, most likely in the North-West.’
‘A dusting could also be seen on Exmoor, Dartmoor and Welsh hills, and possibly the Peak District. The Pennines and Scotland will certainly see snow.
‘Monday morning looks like -7C in Scotland, and Monday night could beat the -10.3C coldest night this winter as temperatures fall over lying snow in Scotland.
’50-60 mph gales follow on Tuesday in the South-West as it turns milder, with 50mph gusts on Friday and Saturday as rain pushes across all of the country.’
The expected icy conditions come after a cold weekend that saw much of Britain under clouds and patches of rain in places. Pictured above is St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Saturday night
Rainfall earlier this week has caused water levels in rivers to rise. Above the Thames Salmon run is pictured, with a torrent of water gushing through
Two seagulls are seen resting on wooden posts in overcast weather by the River Thames in Henley, Oxfordshire, on Saturday
The cold conditions are expected to be brought by a 1,200-mile Canadian ‘tongue of ice’ that is approaching Britain
A tweet on the Met Office’s account said that the Canadian ‘tongue of ice’ would bring clear weather across Britain’s west coast tonight, before a cold snap will cause ice to form.
The warnings said Britain should expect some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, as well as patches of ice forming on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.
On Monday they forecast ‘turbulent’ weather with sleet and snow in some areas, with the wintry weather continuing into Tuesday.
Spells of rain, strong winds and gales are also expected across parts of the UK next week.