Met Office warnings MAPPED: Snow to smash UK today in chilling cold weather blast

BBC Weather warn UK ‘likely’ to see sleet and snow

Swathes of the north and the midlands will be cloaked under a blanket of snow today as the Met Office issues a weather warning covering Manchester, Yorkshire, northern and central Wales, Lancashire and Newcastle. The Met Office warned that snowfall may cause tricky travel conditions in places.

A yellow warning for snow and ice has now been issued and is in place from 9.42am today until 6pm this evening.

The warning for snow and ice means travel conditions could become dangerous and the Met Office has advised drivers to be careful.

The warning reads: “Southward-moving areas of sleet and snow are likely to give 2-5cm snow over higher ground above 200-300m whilst at lower levels snow accumulations will be smaller and patchier in nature with 1-2cm snow for some.

“Where snow falls, expect slippery pavements and tricky driving conditions.”

The warning comes as the Met Office continues to monitor the Baltic region amid fears the UK could experience a major snow event later this month.

Forecasters have warned of the return of the Beast of the East, which wrought havoc on Britain in February 2018.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “The beast is getting closer and at the moment it is stretching its claws across from the east towards Britain.

“While the Atlantic weather is currently being held back by high pressure over Greenland, if this weakens it will allow more moist air into the UK where it will clash with cold air.

“This is something we will be keeping our eyes on as this could bring the very real risk of a major snow event later in January.

“This is looking like turning into a lengthy cold spell lasting at least into the middle of January.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Pentagna said cold conditions could hit the UK from January 6.

He added: “In 2018 we saw the Beast from the East which was particularly cold conditions.

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“If we tap into some cold air coming from Russia, then it could turn particularly cold.

“How cold it will get at this stage it is too early to say.”

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