Met Office Issues Weather Alerts As Snow Could 'Cut Off' Some Areas

Snow falls briefly in London with many other parts of the country hit by the cold weather

Forecasters said snow showers will continue to affect parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands, with the potential for up to 20cm (8in) of snow as the day progresses.

The very raw Arctic air returns South to all parts on Monday, on a freshening and blustery North wind.

The chill will make temperatures feel sub-zero, and ice may appear on untreated surfaces.

"The wintry showers combined with the strong gusty winds will likely cause poor visibility on the roads and therefore disruption to travel".

Severe weather warnings have been issued in several regions as more snow and temperatures as low as -12C are set to hit the United Kingdom this weekend.

An amber warning means the weather could potentially disrupt plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.

This follows risky and violent winds caused by Storm Caroline, which has now started to move away from Britain.

"However, there is also a yellow wind warning in force for the rest of Scotland and the north of Northern Ireland for Thursday, as gusts up to 60-70mph are expected quite widely there".

About 8cm (3.1in) of snow had already fallen in Aviemore, in the Scottish Highlands, by dawn on Friday, while Antrim, Kinmel Bay, Leeds and areas to the west of the Pennines had also had a covering.

The Met Office has yellow "be aware" warnings in place.

The Met Office says Storm Caroline's winds are now confined to the far north-east of mainland Scotland and the Northern Isles, and there could be gusts of 70-80 miles per hour at times, especially over Shetland, on Friday.

"Overnight tonight, an area of low pressure with the associated fronts, will bring heavy snow across central and Northern Ireland, Wales, central England and parts of northern England".

Forecasters warned that the snow would become more widespread throughout the day.

"Significant accumulations" in Wales and the West Midlands are also expected, says the Met Office, which has put Wolves' Sky Bet Championship game against Sunderland in doubt, with staff and fan volunteers welcomed in to help clear the stadium of snowfall.

Heaviest snow showers will be confined to northeast Scotland as Saturday draws to a close.

A further yellow weather warning has been issued for central parts of the United Kingdom from 4am on Sunday until just before midnight.

The Met Office said: "10-20 cm is possible for some locations, mainly in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and perhaps the northwest Midlands".

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