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UK is in the grip of a cold plunge of Arctic air which will bring ‘widespread frost this week’

by LLB staff reporter
15th Jan 24 2:20 pm

The UK is now in the grip of a cold plunge of Arctic air which will bring “widespread frost this week” and the northly air flow will bring snow showers for some areas.

The Met Office has a number of national severe weather warnings in place for potentially “disruptive snow” and ice over the coming days.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Andy Page, said, “Where and how much snow we will get will vary throughout the week and weather warnings could change quickly, you will need to keep an eye on the forecast for your region for the latest information.

“There will be widespread frost this week and we could see some fairly deep laying snow in parts of northern UK and strong winds could result in drifting or blizzard conditions at times.

“The snow and ice will be disruptive and could potentially impact travel plans, make driving dangerous and pavements slippery.

“It will feel bitterly cold with daytime temperatures in the low single figures for many, and overnight temperatures will fall to -3 or -4 in many towns and cities, and it will be even colder in many rural areas.”

The UK Health Security Agency has a Cold-Health Alert in force for England and has warned the cold temperatures could have a “serious impact” on health.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, 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.”

Stein Connelly, Head of Transport Resilience (Operations) at Transport Scotland said, “We’re working closely with our colleagues at the Met Office to understand the extent of the anticipated snow and ice impacts across Scotland.

“This cold snap is already causing difficult driving conditions in the current warning areas, with further severe impacts anticipated on Tuesday.

“It’s important that anyone that has to travel during the warning period plans their journey in advance and allows extra time. Police Scotland’s official travel advice is likely to change at short notice, so it’s important people check the news and follow social media accounts for the latest advice.

“If you have to travel, please drive to the conditions. Consider what kit you might need to keep in your car in the event of difficult conditions. There may be disruption on other modes of transport, so please check with your transport operator before setting off if you’re planning to travel by rail, ferry or air.

“Motorists can check with Traffic Scotland to make sure that their route is available. The new Traffic Scotland website gives people access to the latest travel information and the Traffic Scotland twitter page is also updated regularly.

“Pedestrians should also be aware that pavements will be affected by snow and ice, so make sure you use the appropriate clothing and footwear if you have to go out.”

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