Amber warnings have been issued, highlighting further snowfall for central and northern England, northern Wales and eastern parts of Northern Ireland.
Temperatures dipped to -16°C last night at Altnaharra, which is the coldest March night in the UK since March 2010.
As milder air continues a transition north, snow on the leading edge is likely to cause further disruption for many. A number of National Severe Weather Warnings are in place across the UK as snow continues to cause disruption through the week.
Three Amber warnings have been issued by the Met Office, highlighting likely travel disruption, possible power cuts and a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off.
Northern and eastern areas of Wales have an Amber warning for snow and ice which comes into force from midday Thursday. Within this warning area many areas are likely to see 10-20cm of snow with a chance of up to 30cm falling, most likely over high ground.
An Amber warning for snow has also been issued covering an area from the south of the Peak District up to the North Pennines, valid from 1500 Thursday to 1200 Friday. 10-20cm of snow is likely to fall across much of the area, with 30-40cm in some places, and will be accompanied by strong winds.
❄️ Risk of heavy snow and strengthening winds in central parts, with travel disruption likely
🌧️ Cloudy with rain in the south
🌤️ Cold but with some sunny spells in the north pic.twitter.com/9oYnDfSTu7
— Met Office (@metoffice) March 9, 2023
Eastern areas of Northern Ireland have an Amber warning for snow and ice from 1500 Thursday to Friday morning, with 10-20cm of snow possible over high ground and 4-8cm of snow quite widely away from immediate coasts.
High winds will represent an additional hazard for those with heavy snow, with significantly deeper snowdrifts possible and very poor travel conditions.
Within the wider yellow warning areas through Thursday and Friday, 2-4cm of snow could accumulate quite widely, with 5-10cm possible in a few places.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly said, “The boundary between milder and colder air is gradually moving north, with some heavy and persistent snow likely at times on the northern edge of this boundary. Snow has already settled quite widely in centrals parts of the UK and further accumulations are likely even to lower levels with disruption most likely for those within the amber warning areas.
“With some strong winds accompanying these snow showers, blizzard conditions are likely for a time in northern England and Wales, as well as parts of Northern Ireland. Ice will be a continuing hazard for many in the forecast period, with very low overnight temperatures likely to exacerbate continued likely travel disruption.”
The low pressure that’s leading to high winds for the UK late on Thursday and into Friday will also lead to some more significant gusts over northern France for a time.
Further south in the milder air there will be continued rain showers and breezy conditions, there will be clearer skies and more sunshine by Friday afternoon.
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