Met Office issues warning as UK regions brace for up to four inches of snow

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in nine regions of the UK – with up to four inches of snowfall forecast on Monday and Tuesday.

It said "cold, blustery northerly winds will drive frequent showers of snow and hail into these areas", with Scotland and the North East hit first before the freezing area expands south as far as the East Midlands.

By Tuesday (March 7) Central Scotland, East Midlands Grampian, Highlands, Orkney & Shetland, South West Scotland, Strathclyde, and Yorkshire & Humber can all expect to see the white stuff.

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Drivers have been warned against potentially hazardous conditions from Monday night with the weather agency adding there is "a small chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel".

The Met Office warning reads in full: "A band of rain, sleet, and snow is expected to move south during Monday followed by frequent snow and hail showers.

"Whilst the highest accumulations of 5 to 10 cm are most likely over northern Scotland, there is a small chance of more organised and persistent spells of snow developing elsewhere in this area and could bring 2 to 5 cm even at lower levels.

"Into Monday night, showers are expected to continue, and ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces where snow has melted by day."

Those in the south of England and the west hoping to get off lightly, meanwhile, are likely to still suffer freezing temperatures – albeit without the snow.

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Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Chris Almond adds: "Although we’ve moved into meteorological Spring there will be a distinctly wintry feel to our weather next week.

"Very cold air will spread across the UK bringing snow showers even to sea level in the north on Monday and these snow showers could spread further south on Tuesday.

“With freezing overnight temperatures and the risk of ice it is likely weather warnings will be issued for Monday and Tuesday once the detail of potential impacts becomes clearer, so keep an eye on the Met Office forecast."


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