Heavy snow hits parts of UK

Minnie Murray
February 2, 2019

A spokeswoman said: "Snow showers over northern Scotland and eastern England will also start to affect parts of western United Kingdom during Friday evening and night".

A severe weather alert for up to 10cm more snow across northern Scotland today has been issued by the Met Office.

A pivoting system of wintry weather means much of southern England and Wales will wake up to more of the white stuff after the coldest night in the United Kingdom since 2012.

An amber snow warning has been issued for an area west of London including parts of Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire, meaning travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.

Police forces have warned motorists to consider if their journeys are necessary before heading out and be "extremely careful" if have to travel by road.

Transport for London also advised passengers to check their service status before setting off.

Most flights were cancelled from a snow-covered Bristol Airport on Friday, but normal service is expected on Saturday.

The north and west of the country will finally get the respite it needs to recover from heavy snowfall this week, with dry and clear conditions forcast this weekend for Manchester, Liverpool and much of Wales and west Scotland.

There is a chance of sleet and snow which will spread eastwards throughout the day.

The Met Office has said there will be some sunny spells this morning with cloudy conditions moving in by the afternoon.

But it is far from the lowest United Kingdom temperature recorded there in January 1982, when it reached -27.7C (-17.86F).

Around 100 vehicles are stranded on the A30 near Temple, also in Cornwall, because of a whiteout, Highways England said.

A number of North Devon schools have also closed early today with the weather warnign in place.

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