Severe warnings for snow as cold weather moves south across UK –

Severe warnings for snow as cold weather moves south across UK –

More snow is heading for the UK this week with a new yellow warning issued across southern England and Wales.

Areas such as the Midlands, Oxford, Hereford, Herfordshire and Cambridge can expect sleet and snow to descend from midnight tonight, the Met Office has warned.

It follows a yellow warning for snow and ice already in place across Northern Ireland, Scotland and north-west England from 10pm this evening.

The yellow warning for the north will end at 10am tomorrow, while the warning in the south will last until 12pm.

Forecaster Oli Claydon told that temperatures are expected to drop below freezing in parts of Scotland and northern England, with Aberdeen plummeting to -2°C.

Other parts of the country will get close to freezing, while areas such as Kew, in London, and Hereford will hit 0°C.

Mr Claydon said: ‘The second yellow warning, covering south Wales and a central slice of southern England, is just for snow.

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‘This is caused by low pressure coming from across the English Channel, bringing blustery conditions and some precipitation with it. This will fall as rain for areas below the M4.

‘Just north of the M4, it will fall as slow. We could see 2 to 5cm of snow in Wales, in places over 200 metres in elevation.

‘There may be 1 to 3cm in the Cotswolds, again on higher ground.’

Mr Claydon said there would only be ‘modest accumulations’ of snow in urban areas in central England, which would be unlikely to settle.

However, both yellow warnings are likely to affect roads and railways, bringing some travel disruption.

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There are also likely to be icy patches on untreated roads and pavements, which could cause injury from slips and falls.

Already this week parts of the UK have seen temperatures drop well below freezing, with Cairnwell, in the Scottish Highlands, hitting -4.5°C on Monday night.

Another weather system is expected to hit the UK from Friday, which could potentially bring more floods to those areas which have experienced heavy rainfall this year.

This month England has already seen more than 200% of its average February rainfall, the Met Office said.

Mr Claydon noted that the it will be ‘dry and cold’ overnight from Thursday to Friday across most of the UK, before the rainfall starts.

However, snow can still be expected in some hillside parts of northern Scotland.

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