BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood sparks travel chaos fears as ice and snow to pummel UK

BBC Weather: UK set to be hit by snow showers

BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood warned of harsh weather conditions and a cold start to the day as freezing temperatures hit the UK. A yellow warning for ice is in place for Northern Ireland with another across much of Wales and central England, while a warning for snow runs through the north of England and into Scotland’s central belt. Motorists were advised to take care on the roads, with icy patches likely on untreated surfaces and pavements.

Ms Kirkwood said: “It’s another cold start to the day. Do watch out for ice on untreated services.

“In the forecast today we’ve got rain and we’ve also got snow after a relatively bright start.

“The risk of ice is almost anywhere and this weather front coming in is going to bring in the rain and on its leading-edge, we will see some snow.

“But we can also see some snow on higher ground as well.

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“Out towards the east, much brighter conditions and much drier conditions initially.

“First we go through the day around that weather front bringing in all this rain, it will be quite windy.

“It will deposit some snow on the hills of north Wales, the peaks, but most of it will be across the Pennines and also across parts of central Scotland and above the Grampian square we could see as much as 10cm of snow falling.

“Temperatures today in the sunshine we’re looking at 3C in Aberdeen but behind this weather front we will start to pull in some milder conditions so we’re looking at 10C in Plymouth.”

UK weather: Met Office warns of snow and frost

It comes after the Met Office said the UK had experienced its snowiest spell over the weekend since late January 2019, when 20 weather stations in England recorded accumulations of 5cm or more for three days consecutively.

Almost seven inches of snow fell across parts of the UK overnight as forecasters warn of more wet and windy weather in the coming days.

Loch Glascarnoch in the Scottish Highlands saw the highest accumulation of snow, with 17cm (6.7 inches) recorded at 6am on Monday, the Met Office said.

It was closely followed by the village of Wittering in Cambridgeshire, which woke up to some 15cm, while 8cm fell in Coleshill, Warwickshire.


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By contrast, just 2cm was recorded at Heathrow in west London, and 5cm in the village of Shawbury in Shropshire.

Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said it was the “snowiest spell” the UK had experienced since late January 2019, when 20 weather stations in England recorded accumulations of 5cm or more for three days consecutively.

While Monday is forecast to be cold and bright, the rest of week will turn “milder, wetter and windier”, Mr Claydon said.

Heavy rain and 40mph winds are forecast for the south-west of England and Wales from Wednesday, with the bad weather moving east into Thursday.

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