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UK weather: Snow to spark travel chaos as more weather warnings issued after four-inch blizzards hit parts of Britain

SNOW is set to spark travel chaos throughout the country as more weather warnings are issued in response to four-inch blizzards.

Yellow warnings have been slapped on some parts of Scotland and the north of the country as 20cm of snowfall is expected to fall.

Last night was the coldest night of the year so far with temperatures dropping to an icy minus 10C in parts of Scotland.

Alex Burkill, meteorologist at the Met Office, said that the "most significant snow" was likely to fall in England, in Cumbria and the Pennines - where areas above 400m could see up to 10cm.

"That's a significant amount of snow especially this early in December," he said.

"The snowiest months are usually a bit later into winter, January and February and also it's very early in December at the moment."

The Met Office said the cold spell is expected to last until Friday but that the weekend would see brighter weather and even some sunshine.

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  • ICY TEMPERATURES TO CAUSE SLEET IN WILTSHIRE AND HAMPSHIRE

    The Met said that icy temperatures could even cause showery rain to fall as sleet or snow in parts of Wales and southern England, such as Wiltshire and Hampshire.

    A number of yellow warnings for ice and snow are now in place across large areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland and stretch down into North Yorkshire.

    The coldest weather is still expected in north west Scotland overnight on Thursday where temperatures could drop to an icy minus 10C (14F).

  • SIGNIFICANT SNOW

    The coldest weather is still expected in north west Scotland overnight on Thursday where temperatures could drop to an icy minus 10C (14F).

    Alex Burkill, meteorologist at the Met Office, said that the "most significant snow" was likely to fall in England, in Cumbria and the Pennines - where areas above 400m could see up to 10cm.

    "That's a significant amount of snow especially this early in December," he said.

    "The snowiest months are usually a bit later into winter, January and February and also it's very early in December at the moment."

  • FIRE HAZARD

    More people have died in accidental fires this year than all of last year, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed.

    Four fatal accidental fires have been recorded since April, with the usually high-risk winter months still ahead.

    Over 40 per cent of all fatal accidental fires in the home happened during winter months over the past five years, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

    In a winter safety campaign, the NIRFS have warned about the dangers posed by cooking, electronic devices, and smoking materials.

    Candles, fairy lights, open fires, portable heaters and electric blankets are also putting people at risk over the Christmas period.

  • UK BRACES FOR WINTRY DECEMBER WEATHER AMID SNOW AND ICE WARNINGS

    The UK is braced for more wintry weather ahead of the first weekend of December, with warnings in place for ice and snow.

    Large parts of Scotland and areas of northern England, including the Pennines and the Yorkshire Moors, are predicted to see snow and icy conditions – which could cause travel disruptions.

    Temperatures may drop as low as -7C (19F) overnight on Wednesday in Aberdeenshire, eastern Scotland.

    Parts of the south will also begin to feel the winter chill, with temperatures dipping down to -1C (30F) in south-west London.

    But the coldest weather is expected in western Scotland overnight on Thursday, where temperatures could drop to an icy -10C (14F).

  • HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME WARM DURING WINTER

    It’s important to keep your home warm to avoid any health problems.

    Cold air thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infection.

    Here’s what you can do to keep safe at home during winter.

  • TONIGHT TO BE THE COLDEST OF 2020 SO FAR

    Tonight is set to be the coldest night of this year so far according to Met Office.

    From 5pm this evening temperatures began falling and are currently as low as minus 7C in parts of Scotland.

    It's likely to drop a few more degrees in some places before cloud arrives later in the night.

  • 'AWKWARD MIXTURE OF COLD RAIN, SLEET AND SNOW'

    Most Brits will experience an "awkward mixture of cold rain, sleet and temporary falling snow" tomorrow.

    Rain currently over England and Wales will move into the North Sea and will push into Scotland overnight.

    It will bump into colder air - leading to the risk of snow, according to Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern.

    Temperatures will be in low single figures across most of the UK, and around zero for lower parts of Scotland.

    Snow is expected to build up on higher ground (100-150m) in northern England and Scotland.

  • CAN YOU SPOT THE SIGNS OF HYPOTHERMIA?

    Did you know that it's possible to get hypothermia even when you're indoors - if it's very cold and temperatures drop below 18C.

    The condition can become life threatening if left untreated. Do you know the symptoms of hypothermia? Here they are:

    If you think someone has hypothermia, you should cover the person with blankets and heat the room to 25C.

    It's important that you do NOT place any direct heat such as hot water bottles.

    You shouldn't give the casualty alcohol either.

  • MORNING SUNRISE OVER BIRMINGHAM

    This picture shows a stunning sunrise over the city of Birmingham on Thursday morning.

    It's a shame the sunny weather didn't last as heavy rain is forecast this evening.

    It will turn drier for most, staying cloudy.

    There is a chance of some fog and a localised frost by tomorrow morning.

  • TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    Downpours look set to continue in most parts of England and Wales tonight.

    Showers will push into east Scotland and northern England later with some snow over hills.

    It will be very cold in the north-west so be prepared to de-ice your cars in the morning as it's likely there will be severe frost in places.

  • FIRE HAZARD

    More people have died in accidental fires this year than all of last year, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed.

    Four fatal accidental fires have been recorded since April, with the usually high-risk winter months still ahead.

    Over 40 per cent of all fatal accidental fires in the home happened during winter months over the past five years, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

    In a winter safety campaign, the NIRFS have warned about the dangers posed by cooking, electronic devices, and smoking materials.

    Candles, fairy lights, open fires, portable heaters and electric blankets are also putting people at risk over the Christmas period.

  • IN PICTURES: CUTE WIRE FOX TERRIER IN THE SNOW IN AIRDRIE, NORTH LANARKSHIRE

  • AROUND THE UK

    Showers are on the menu in Cardiff while Belfast will see an afternoon of cloud and sunny spells.

    It will be bitterly cold in both capitals as feel-like temperatures hover between 0-2C.

    There will be spells of rain, often wintry, and hill snow continuing in the Welsh capital tonight, while there is a risk of freezing fog patches in Belfast.

    Temperatures are expected to plunge to below freezing - potentially to -3C in Northern Ireland.

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