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Met Office warnings: Plunging mercury triggers ice warning for UK as snow covers Britain

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Freezing temperatures have led to a range of weather warnings for the UK in recent days, including snow, ice and rain. Now the Met Office has issued new ice warnings as the mercury is forecast to plummet overnight.

The Met Office writes: “Cloud is expected to clear this evening and overnight allowing temperatures to fall close to freezing which may lead to icy patches on untreated surfaces.

“A few showers are also expected across Kent and the far east of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk which may lead to more widespread ice in these areas.”

The ice warnings are in place from 9pm tonight until 10am on Saturday.

The warning area is East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.

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Met Office warnings: Met Office warning map

Met Office warnings: Plunging mercury triggers ice warning for UK (Image: MET OFFICE/WX CHARTS)

Met Office warnings: Met Office ice warning

Met Office warnings: The Met Office has issued new ice warnings as the mercury is forecast to plummet overnight (Image: MET OFFICE )

“We could also see some stubborn areas of freezing fog develop more widely, which at this time of year can persist all day.

“However, it's not all doom and gloom, as there’s likely to be an increased chance of dry, bright, and perhaps even sunny weather on offer as the weekend progresses.”

There are also rain warnings in place for Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders.

These are in place until 6am and warn of persistent rain, heavy at times, may lead to some travel disruption.

Met Office warnings: Temperature map

Met Office warnings: Temperatures will drop again tonight, leading to icy roads (Image: WXCHARTS)

Met Office warnings: Snowy train

Met Office warnings: Snow has blanketed Scotland and Yorkshire (Image: PA)

The Met Office warns: “Further persistent rain, heavy at times, developing on Friday afternoon, continuing on Friday night.

“Further rainfall accumulations of 20 to 40 mm are expected quite widely and over some hills and mountains 60mm may fall.”

Already snow has covered much of the UK overnight, with Yorkshire and Scotland waking up to snow-covered roads and fields. 

In Edinburgh, residents were woken by the huge thunderclaps of thundersnow in the early hours of Friday morning.

Met Office warnings: Snow map

Met Office warnings: Snow is also likely to continue over the next few days (Image: WXCHARTS)

Two "extraordinarily loud" thunderclaps were heard in Edinburgh just before 5am.

The noise was so loud, Police Scotland issued a statement to let residents know all was well.

Tonight forecasters are warning of windy spells and the potential for gales down the Irish Sea. 

Netweather forecasters say of tonight's weather: "Outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow will continue across northern areas overnight, while spreading south across western areas too.

"Eastern areas of England mostly dry overnight and where skies clear, a patchy frost may develop."

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