Road customers advised to be cautious of icy circumstances as yellow climate warnings issued | EUROtoday
Road customers are being warned of icy circumstances because the Met Office issued snow and ice yellow alerts for big areas of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland amid plummeting temperatures.
The nationwide climate service has suggested of the probability of individuals struggling slips and fall accidents in one of many first icy durations of the winter.
It can also be advising of the prospect of disruption to highway, bus and rail networks – with ice patches forming on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.
One yellow warning – protecting areas in north-east England, the East Midlands, the east of England, Yorkshire and Humber and elements of Scotland – shall be lively from 5pm on Thursday till 11am on Friday.
Another, affecting Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, shall be in place from 3am to 4pm on Thursday.
An earlier warning stays in place till 11am on Thursday for jap Scotland and north-east England all the way down to North Yorkshire, the place snow triggered closures on the A169.
A yellow ice warning for Northern Ireland is in place till 10am on Thursday.
Motoring organisation the RAC urged drivers to “ensure they’re winter ready as some get their first real taste of snow and ice”.
Met Office chief meteorologist Neil Armstrong stated on Wednesday: “We’ve already seen snow settling in parts of eastern Scotland and north-eastern England.
“As the cold air continues to spread across the UK, we also expect to see some snow over the high ground of south-west England overnight and through tomorrow.
“Snow showers will continue along the North Sea coast with a north-easterly air flow, leading to further accumulations over higher ground.
“Where the showers fall as rain, there is a risk of icy patches forming overnight with temperatures widely dipping below freezing.”
Temperatures have plunged to a low of minus 7.2C in England as snow fell in Scotland, Northumberland and Yorkshire, however the Met Office has stated it’s too early to foretell a white Christmas.
The forecaster stated the three lowest temperatures recorded at its commentary websites in a single day have been all in Cumbria on Wednesday, with a low of minus 7.2C in Bridgefoot, minus 6.5C in Shap and minus 6.1C in Keswick.
The BBC reported that elements of the UK had their coldest November evening since 2010, and that it was minus 8C at Aonach Mor within the Scottish Highlands.
Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey stated on Wednesday it had already recorded snow in jap Scotland, Northumberland and Yorkshire – with about 2cm of snow in some jap coast areas and 5cm at Fylingdales on the North York Moors.
The UK is being hit by a blast of chilly air from Scandinavia, inflicting a chilly snap for a lot of within the North.
Daytime temperatures are anticipated to drop to single-digit figures this week and evening temperatures are anticipated to remain under freezing for big elements of England and Scotland.
Ladbrokes’ newest betting odds for snow to fall wherever within the UK on Christmas Day are 1/2, and it says Edinburgh and Newcastle are the “most likely destinations to see snow”.
But the Met Office urged folks to take a prediction this far upfront with a “pinch of salt”.
Ms Maxey added: “Christmas is still a month away, so it is impossible with this lead time to have any confidence in a detailed forecast.”
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued warnings of its personal, with yellow and amber cold-health alerts for northern areas of England till December 5.