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Met Office issues an amber weather warning for snow and ice

by LLB staff reporter
17th Jan 24 12:25 pm

The Met Office has said that cold Arctic air is dominant over the UK and snow and ice is likely to continue until the weekend for many in northern parts of the UK.

There are a number of weather warnings in place on Wednesday and Thursday and for parts of northern Scotland there is an amber warning for snow.

On high ground in Scotland there could be in excess of 40cm of snow before the weekend and in lower ground there will likely be between 5 and 10cm of snow.

QMet Office Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly said, “With deep snow already lying on the ground for many in the northern half of the UK, we’re going to see a significant topping up of totals over the next couple of days, especially for those in the north of Scotland.

“Within the Amber warning area, an additional 15-20cm of snow is possible in a few locations.

“Strengthening northwesterly winds will also cause some lying snow to drift, potentially bringing some additional hazards, such as temporary blizzard conditions.”

Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UK Health Security Agency, said, “The temperatures we will see can rapidly have a serious impact on the health of those over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing health conditions as it increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.

“It is therefore vital to check in on friends, family and neighbours to ensure they are well prepared for the cold weather this week.”

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