UK snow warning: Britain battered by snow chaos as freezing icy blast smashes country

Britain has been smashed by snow and ice with Met Office weather warnings in place till the end of this morning. The north of England, Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland braced for the snow and ice with the rest of the country seeing a plunge in temperatures overnight. According to the latest weather charts, Scotland remains at risk of snowfall throughout the day – with some areas already being hit by 7cm of snow – according to BBC Weather.

Weather warnings were issued by the Met Office, for snow and ice, and remain in place until 10am this morning.

The yellow weather warnings claimed “ice and snow may bring some travel disruption from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning.”

The Met Office predicted “roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services”.

The warning reads: “Showers are expected across the northwest of the UK from Wednesday evening onwards, these falling as sleet and snow even to low levels at times away from exposed coasts.

“Some accumulations of snow are expected, mostly above around 150m where more than two cm is likely in places.

“In addition, an area of rain will move across parts of southern Scotland and northern England on Wednesday evening, again with some snow possible but this mostly above 200m.

“Surfaces will remain wet from this rain and the showers with icy stretches expected to form.”

A separate yellow weather warning is in place from the Met Office for Thursday for wind until 5pm.

The Met Office has warned of “blustery winds leading to some disruption through the day.”

The warning adds: “Winds across Northern Ireland are expected to strengthen this morning with gusts reaching 60mph in places before gradually easing from the west during the afternoon.

“The most exposed coastal sites in the north may see gusts in excess of 65mph for a time.”

BBC Weather forecaster Simon King said temperatures would remain cold in the UK on Thursday.

He said: “It’s been a rather chilly start to the day, we’ve had some snow, and a bit of ice across Northern areas.

“But, for many of us, it’s a day of sunny spells and showers, where all of us at some point may catch a shower, still a little bit wintry over the higher ground of Scotland.

“Quite windy conditions for all of us, particularly in Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, and northern England with gusts of up to 65mph.

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“It’s going to feel chillier compared to yesterday, especially in the southeast, with those temperatures down to 11C.”

Moving towards the weekend, the BBC presenter said “Friday is looking like a fine start, lots of sunshine. Cloudier through the afternoon, with rain in the southwest.”

The Met Office expect wintry conditions to continue throughout March with its long-range forecast warning of “sleet or snow showers” in the north of the country.

The weather service’s forecast, in place between Monday, March 16, to Wednesday, March 25, reads: “Monday should be a largely dry day with most areas seeing a spell of fine weather with light winds.

“Sleet or snow showers could persist in the far northeast for much of the day, before further cloud, wind and rain pushes into western areas later.

“Through much of next week, there should be a change to more settled, drier and often brighter conditions than of late, particularly across southern and central areas.”

It adds: “More changeable, windier conditions may persist across the northwest, whilst later in the period, these more changeable conditions may extend further south again.

“After a rather cold start, temperatures will probably recover to near normal or mild next week, with some pleasantly warm days possible despite some widespread overnight frosts.”

With unsettled conditions expected, leading bookmakers have slashed odds on this March to go down as the wettest on record.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Don’t be surprised to see this month break weather records for March as the odds continue to fall with the temperatures.”

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