Snow weather forecast UK – Met Office warns another 10cm of snow on the way as north and midlands hit by travel chaos

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23 Jan 2021, 23:50Updated: 23 Jan 2021, 23:50

FLOOD-HIT Brits are set to be plunged into a -10C freeze with 10cm of snow as they were warned "the danger hasn't passed".

It comes after Storm Christoph caused misery with more to come this weekend as heavy snow and ice hampers the clean-up.

The Met Office has warned that weather will turn “more wintry” this weekend as the Storm moves eastwards, with a new yellow weather warning for snow and ice in place for the weekend.

The warning stretches across all of Wales, London, and most of England, and runs from 3am to 6pm on Sunday.

According to the forecaster, the cold snap this weekend could bring up to 10cm of snow to hard-hit areas, with travel disruption expected.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

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Spain will be open to Brits this summer and wants holidaymakers to start returning within weeks, its tourism minister has said.

Reyes Maroto appeared to contradict Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who said it wouldn’t be until 70 per cent of the population was vaccinated, around Autumn, that tourists would be allowed.

Read more here.

HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS EXPECTED

Weather conditions are expected to become more hazardous heading into the final week of January, as the Met Office gets ready to put in place five new weather warnings for snow and ice.

Further heavy rainfall in the wake of Storm Christoph is not forecast until Wednesday – but plummeting temperatures are predicted.

The Met Office said a band of snow will move into south-west England and Wales in the early hours of Sunday morning, spreading to the east Midlands and south-east England later in the day.

Temperatures across the whole of the UK are expected to drop below freezing overnight, with the coldest temperatures in the Scottish Highlands at an icy -10C.

ONE OF THE COLDEST WINTER NIGHTS SO FAR

MINUS TEMPERATURES EXPECTED ACROSS THE UK TONIGHT

Saturday night will be very cold in many places across the UK – with temperatures expected to plunge to -10C in the Scottish Highlands in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Elsewhere, London and Manchester are predicted to get down to -3C overnight and Bristol, Belfast and Glasgow will drop to -2C.

As of Saturday evening, five snow and ice warnings were issued for central and southern England, most of Wales, much of Northern Ireland, and western and northern parts of Scotland.

The Met Office said a band of snow will move into South West England and Wales in the early hours of Sunday morning, spreading to the East Midlands and South East England later in the day.

FLOOD DEVASTATED TOWN TWICE IN A YEAR

Homes in a town previously ravaged by flooding last year have been left devastated, after defence barriers were breached.

Bewdley in Worcestershire saw its temporary flood barrier overwhelmed overnight – less than 12 months after residents experiences severe flooding last February.

Fire and rescue services have been out in boats helping people stuck in their properties.

The Environment Agency (EA) said there had been “exceptionally high river levels” following days of heavy rainfall in the wake of Storm Christoph.

FOUR YELLOW WARNINGS FOR SNOW AND ICE IN PLACE ON SUNDAY

IN PICTURES: STREETS TURN INTO RIVERS IN WARRINGTON, CHESHIRE

WORCESTER 'AT-RISK' RESIDENTS BEING RE-HOMED BY CITY COUNCIL

In Worcester, at-risk householders are being contacted by the city council and offered rest-centre accommodation.

Care home residents were among those evacuated in several areas across the North West, while, in Wales, a helicopter crew rescued a family trapped in their home due to fast-flowing floodwater.

River levels around Ironbridge in Shropshire were expected to peak at around 6.8m overnight.

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SUN DRAWS HUGE CROWDS TO TYNESIDE BEACHES

While snow fell across much of the country today, the sun drew huge crowds to the North Tyneside coast to enjoy its picturesque beaches.

Longsands, in Tynemouth, was packed to the rafters with dog walkers and families and nearby car parks were almost full.

Groups gathered on the beach for a midday stroll at high-tide, while others took their exercise along the promenade. It was so busy some appeared to observe social distancing rules.

An onlooker said: “Such scenes are quite upsetting to see after last night’s announcement. There’s a new deadly strain of the virus currently spreading, yet people don’t seem to be taking any heed to the guidance.”

HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME WARM IN WINTER

It’s vital Brits keep their home warm in winter to avoid health problems.

The cold weather can thicken blood, increasing blood pressure and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

Here’s how you can keep the heat in:

Fit draught proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors Heat your home to the temperature of at least 18C Make sure your loft has 10-11inches of insulation. If you have wall cavities, make sure they’re insulted Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes Draw curtains at dusk to keep heat in Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture

SATURDAY NIGHT FREEZE

Saturday night will be very cold in many places across the UK - with temperatures expected to plunge to -10C in the Scottish Highlands in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Elsewhere, London and Manchester are predicted to get down to -3C overnight and Bristol, Belfast and Glasgow will drop to -2C.

As of Saturday evening, five snow and ice warnings were issued for central and southern England, most of Wales, much of Northern Ireland, and western and northern parts of Scotland.

The Met Office said a band of snow will move into South West England and Wales in the early hours of Sunday morning, spreading to the East Midlands and South East England later in the day.

MET OFFICE ISSUE ICE WARNING

RAIN TURNS TO SNOW

Residents in the small North Warwickshire village of New Arley woke up to cold and snow this morning as rain turned to snow overnight.

FLOOD DEVASTATED TOWN TWICE IN A YEAR

Homes in a town previously ravaged by flooding last year have been left devastated, after defence barriers were breached.

Bewdley in Worcestershire saw its temporary flood barrier overwhelmed overnight - less than 12 months after residents experiences severe flooding last February.

Fire and rescue services have been out in boats helping people stuck in their properties.

The Environment Agency (EA) said there had been "exceptionally high river levels" following days of heavy rainfall in the wake of Storm Christoph.

FLOOD WARNINGS FOLLOWING STORM CHRISTOPH

Brits have been urged to heed flood warnings this weekend, with the Environment Secretary warning of the possibility of more "challenges" in parts of England due to wet weather next week.

The Environment Agency warned of "exceptionally high river levels" following days of heavy rainfall in the wake of Storm Christoph, with hundreds of properties across the country flooded.

Residents in some areas along the River Severn have been advised there could be flooding on Saturday, with some levels peaking at heights similar to the February washout last year.

In Worcester, at-risk householders are being contacted by the city council and offered rest-centre accommodation.

Care home residents were among those evacuated in several areas across the North West, while, in Wales, a helicopter crew rescued a family trapped in their home due to fast-flowing floodwater.

-2C EXPECTED ON SUNDAY

Weather charts show temperatures plummeting to -2C in London and much of the South East on Sunday. 

Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington said cold air from Iceland and the Arctic will bring with it "a mix of wintry hazards across the UK".

He said: "In clearer conditions, overnight ice will remain a hazard, while a band of snow is likely to bring falls of 1-3cm quite widely across central areas of the UK, particularly the Cotswolds and higher ground in the East Midlands on Sunday.

"But snow outside these areas is also a potential hazard."

SNOW BLIZARDS REPLACE STORM CHRISTOPH

Storm Christoph is to be replaced by snow blizzards across the UK as more flooding is forecast in the days ahead.

Low temperatures are set to bring snow and ice across much of the UK with a -10C big freeze set to take hold before more rain arrives next week.

A Yellow weather warning will be in place today in Scotland while another three warnings for snow and ice will be issued starting tomorrow for the south of England.

According to the Met Office, the cold snap this weekend could bring up to 10cm of snow to hard-hit areas, with travel disruption expected.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME WARM IN WINTER

It’s vital Brits keep their home warm in winter to avoid health problems.

The cold weather can thicken blood, increasing blood pressure and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

Here’s how you can keep the heat in:

Fit draught proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors Heat your home to the temperature of at least 18C Make sure your loft has 10-11inches of insulation. If you have wall cavities, make sure they’re insulted Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes Draw curtains at dusk to keep heat in Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture

SUN DRAWS HUGE CROWDS TO TYNESIDE BEACHES

While snow fell across much of the country today, the sun drew huge crowds to the North Tyneside coast to enjoy its picturesque beaches.

Longsands, in Tynemouth, was packed to the rafters with dog walkers and families and nearby car parks were almost full.

Groups gathered on the beach for a midday stroll at high-tide, while others took their exercise along the promenade. It was so busy some appeared to observe social distancing rules.

An onlooker said: “Such scenes are quite upsetting to see after last night’s announcement. There’s a new deadly strain of the virus currently spreading, yet people don’t seem to be taking any heed to the guidance.”

TONIGHT’S FORECAST

Wintry showers will become confined to the northwest of the UK with temperatures expected to plunge.

There will be clear skies for many with a sharp frost and freezing fog patches likely.

Rain, sleet and snow will reach southwestern parts of the country later this evening and in the early hours of Sunday morning.

IN PICTURES: PEOPLE WALK AND CYCLE IN HYDE PARK, LONDON

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THIS WINTER 1-2 TO BE COLDEST ON RECORD IN THE UK

Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on this winter ending as coldest on record in the UK to 1-2 (from 1-6)

The firm also goes 4-6 for this month to be the coldest January since records began.

“With the arctic air set to bring sub-zero temperatures, the odds have been cut on this ending as the coldest winter on record,” said Coral’s John Hill.

“It is going to be a chilly end to January and our betting suggests we could still be on course for a record cold month,” he said.

Coral’s UK weather specials:

1-2 Coldest winter on record 4-6 Coldest January on record

HOW COLD DOES IT HAVE TO BE TO SNOW?

The heaviest snow tends to fall when temperatures are between 0-2C

It doesn’t have to drop to freezing for snow to start falling.

If temperatures are above freezing then falling snow will start to melt.

The melting process immediately cools the air around the snowflake.

When temperatures are above 2C, snow will fall as sleet, but when temperatures are above 5C, then it will fall as rain.  

SNOW AND ICE WARNING FOR WEEKEND, BUT RISK OF FURTHER FLOODING NEXT WEEK

Brits are being urged to heed flood warnings into the weekend, with the Environment Secretary warning of the possibility of more “challenges” in parts of England due to wet weather next week.

Residents in some areas along the River Severn have been advised there could be flooding into Saturday, with some levels peaking at heights similar to the February washout last year.

In Worcester, at-risk householders are being contacted by the city council and offered rest-centre accommodation.

The Environment Agency has warned of “exceptionally high river levels” following days of heavy rainfall in the wake of Storm Christoph, with hundreds of properties across the country flooded.

Care home residents were among those evacuated in several areas across the North West, while, in Wales, a helicopter crew rescued a family trapped in their home due to fast-flowing floodwater.

River levels around Ironbridge, Shropshire were expected to peak at around 6.8m overnight.

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