Storm warning for North Somerset issued by Met Office

People enjoying the snow in Stormont Estate

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

The first snow-related weather warning of the new year is in place today, with the Met Office forecasting that wintery showers and ice could be on the way.

As a result, a yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued by the Met Office to northern and and western parts of England, as the bad weather is predicted to make its way down the country. "In addition some roads and pavements will turn icy, increasing the chances of accidents or injuries".

Met Eireann's forecast says: "There will be sunny spells with widespread showers, some of the showers will be heavy and later with the risk of hail and sleet on higher ground in the north".

"Rain will spread further inland this evening and possibly turn to sleet and snow over Ulster and north Leinster this evening and tonight, when it will become very windy".

Temperatures are expected to rise no higher than 1C in Hawick, Selkirk and Galashiels tomorrow and to fall to a minimum of -1C overnight.

"This warning has been extended eastwards across southern England and further into the Midlands".

"Further wintry showers are expected throughout the day and road users are reminded that even when salting has been undertaken ice-free roads can not be guaranteed", said a spokesperson.

In areas that saw snow overnight, temperatures dropped to 0C-2C (32F-36F).

"Now it is showers we are talking about, so not everywhere will see the snow, but some places could really see several centimetres across northern Britain, even at low levels".

However, later on Wednesday afternoon, heavy and persistent rain will push into Atlantic coastal counties in strengthening south to southwest winds.

Thus, yellow warnings are in place for both Thursday and Friday in most areas of Northern England and Ireland. Delays or cancellations are likely to rail and air travel. Strong winds will bring the potential for temporary blizzard conditions and drifting of lying snow, mainly over high ground.

More than 280 schools in Northern Ireland are closed on Wednesday because of heavy snow. Flying debris is also possible, along with some damage to buildings.

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