Scotland and Northern Eire to be hit by snow, sleet…

People feed the ducks and swan by the River Thames in Windsor Berkshire today on a cold dull afternoon

The Met Office has predicted 5-8cm (2-3in) of snow will fall at low levels on Tuesday, and up to 10-20cm over higher ground. Some of the showers will be heavy with the risk of hail and thunder in Atlantic coastal areas.

The official forecaster suggested that the high winds could cause power cuts, affect mobile phone coverage and force some bridges to close.

The second snow and ice warning comes into place from Tuesday at 04:00to Wednesday at 11:00.

Snow, sleet and hail are set to hit Scotland and Northern Ireland, with other parts of the United Kingdom bracing themselves for ice and high winds as the week progresses. "Drifting may occur on cross-Pennine routes in the strong to gale force winds".

SCOTLAND is expected to be battered with hail and heavy snow with warnings of traffic disruption and power cuts across the country.

It is in place until 5am and strongest winds are expected to transfer eastwards before clearing by mid morning.

Heavy shower showers and treacherous ice sheets are expected to cause widespread travel mayhem across the United Kingdom this week, with lengthy delays on public transport likely.

Met Éireann's warning will remain in place until 03:00 local time on Wednesday.

"Across parts of the north, a spell of persistent and perhaps heavy snow may develop".

People travelling north from Cumbria into Scotland are being warned of hazardous driving conditions.

The chief forecaster adds: "During Wednesday night and into Thursday there is the potential for gusts of 60-70 miles per hour quite widely and a small chance of winds reaching 80 miles per hour in places. Drive according to the conditions at all times, as surfaces could be slippery even on treated roads, particularly if we experience the winter weather that's been forecast".

Met Office forecaster Matt Box said: 'A cold front will come down on Monday and it will herald the arrival of polar maritime air mass across the United Kingdom and, that being a cold air mass, temperatures are going to feel a lot colder.



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