Weather warnings as snow, ice and wind to hit Wales

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The Met Office has issued an amber warning for snow and ice for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, warning of heavy, squally showers of snow.

A yellow Met Office warning for snow and ice remains in place for Bradford until 11am on Wednesday.

"There could well be some travel disruptions and, with slippery roads and pavements, there could be some treacherous conditions to contend with, so we would advise people to take extra care".

"Conditions on the roads remain hard in many areas", the Department for Infrastructure said, "and salting of roads on the scheduled network in areas most badly affected by snow and ice is ongoing and will continue as necessary through today and overnight".

In western coastal counties winds may be even stronger temporarily later this afternoon and evening with severe gusts.

Central and eastern parts of the Island may see temperatures fall to 0c overnight and this, combined with surface water from today's showers, may lead to some icy patches in rural parts. The winds are strong enough to blow the wintry showers far inland and there will be temporary coverings, slight deposits and whiteness over the hills.

Looking ahead for Wednesday, he added: "It is going to be quite windy as low pressure pushes through tonight and that could bring some snow across parts of Scotland and in particular northern England". Delays or cancellations are likely to rail and air travel.

Heavier snow showers are expected during Wednesday evening before a spell of more persistent snow in Edinburgh on Wednesday night.

Further wintry showers are expected tomorrow night; but, they will become increasingly confined to western areas, with good dry periods developing further east.

A slushy cover of one or two centimetres will be more likely at lower levels and closer to the west coast. The largest accumulations of snow will be over high ground, with more than 10cm building up above 200 metres.

The Met Office say: "Very strong winds will affect parts of the United Kingdom during Wednesday night and into Thursday". Also, damage to roads and properties is also a possibility.

There was also potential for blizzards and drifting snow, as strong winds were also expected, particularly over higher ground.

"Here, in particular, there is potential for disruption to power supplies from lightning strikes".



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