Weather forecast LIVE – Snow warnings in place in UK until weekend as more ice and sleet to blast Britain

Weather forecast LIVE – Snow warnings in place in UK until weekend as more ice and sleet to blast Britain

January 14, 2021

YELLOW weather warnings are in place until the weekend as more ice and sleet is set to blast Britain.

The Met Office issued severe snow and ice warnings for parts of the country today as sub-zero temperatures bring ice blasts and shut roads in Yorkshire and Northumberland.

The last time the UK experienced such heavy snowfall was during the Beast from the East in 2018, with communities in the Pennines completely isolated and needing supplies to be dropped by RAF helicopters. 

This afternoon police there were forced to close roads in Essex after severe rainfall sparked flooding in the Fobbing area.

Follow our weather live blog below for more information as well as all the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    AMBULANCE DECLARES MAJOR INCIDENT AFTER HEAVY SNOW

    An ambulance service has declared a major incident after heavy snow and a surge of 999 calls left ambulances overwhelmed.

    The Yorkshire Ambulance Service said only patients with serious or life-threatening emergency are asked to call 999 to help alleviate the pressure.

    The Trust said it made the decision as the extreme weather conditions caused treacherous road conditions meaning medics struggled to get to patients.

    Mark Millins, strategic commander, said: "Due to the very snowy conditions across West, South and North Yorkshire, driving conditions are very difficult and many roads are gridlocked so this is having a severe impact on our operations.

    "We are implementing a number of actions in order to protect our core services for patients and respond to the ongoing demand, including increasing our 4×4 capacity.

    "We are asking members of the public to only call us in a serious or life-threatening emergency to help us focus our efforts on our most poorly patients."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ICY TEMPERATURES TONIGHT

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PICTURED

    People sledge down a hillside at Butterley Reservoir in Marsden in northern England.

    Credit: AFP or licensors
    Credit: AFP or licensors
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MET OFFICE WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST

     

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHAT TO EXPECT TOMORROW NIGHT?

    A dry evening with clear spells and variable amounts of cloud.

    Patches of mist and fog will form, largely in the east.

    Overnight, thick cloud will build in from the west with outbreaks of rain spreading eastwards.

    Rain will be heavy across northern and western areas.

    Mostly dry in the south-east.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PICTURED

    A car passes through a flood along Hamilton Road in Leicester.

    Credit: PA:Press Association
    Credit: PA:Press Association
    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TOMORROW'S FORECAST

    It will be a dry but generally dull day with early patches of mist and fog which will linger for much of the day.

    There will be variable amounts of cloud which will break to reveal sunny spells.

    Dry for most in the evening too however thick cloud will build into western areas bringing drizzle.

  • Katie Davis

    YELLOW WEATHER WARNING

  • Katie Davis

    AFFECTED REGIONS – ICE WARNING

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice tonight for the following areas:

    • Central, Tayside & Fife
    • East Midlands
    • East of England
    • Grampian
    • Highlands & Eilean Siar
    • London & South East England
    • North East England
    • North West England
    • Orkney & Shetland
    • SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
    • South West England
    • Strathclyde
    • Wales
    • West Midlands
    • Yorkshire & Humber
    • Katie Davis

      ICY CONDITIONS COMING

      As rain, sleet and snow showers die out tonight, ice is likely to form on some untreated surfaces, with difficult conditions on some roads and pavements by tomorrow morning.

      The Met Office has warned of possible unjuries from flips and falls on icy surfaces.

      Drivers should be alert for icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths

    • Katie Davis

      THREE DAY WEATHER WARNING

      The Met Office has issued a three day yellow weather for ice.

      With rain, sleet and snow dying out, it leaves a risk of icy surfaces and difficult travel conditions for most of the country.

      On Saturday, a band of heavy snow may lead to travel disruption.

    • Katie Davis

      EARTH'S WARMEST TEN YEAR PERIOD

    • Katie Davis

      OUTLOOK FOR THE REST OF JANUARY

      From Tuesday onwards unsettled conditions look likely to continue for most of the UK, with cloud, rain, and strong winds.

      A north-easterly flow will bring cold conditions and possibly frequent showers, particularly to the northern windward coasts, which may fall as snow over high ground and sometimes down to lower levels.

      Towards the end of the month, conditions are likely to remain colder than average in the north, with the south likely to see more unsettled conditions and slightly above average temperatures at times.

      These conditions will likely bring periods of above average rain fall to the UK, with a likelihood of more organised snowfall for northern areas, and rain in southern areas.

      Central and northern areas may see wintry hazards due to this.

    • Katie Davis

      IN PICS: SLEDGING FUN IN SCOTLAND

      Eliza Riba-Segues, 12, and Laiya Grant, 11, enjoying the snowfall at Glencourse Golf Course near Penicuik, MidlothianCredit: PA:Press Association
      Euan Denholm and Katie Whitson take the opportunity to do some sledging in ScotlandCredit: PA:Press Association
      Carmyn McInally, 10, used a body-board as a makeshift sledge Credit: PA:Press Association
    • Katie Davis

      SNOW AND RAIN SHOWERS TO FADE AWAY THIS EVENING

    • Katie Davis

      WEATHER WREAKS HAVOC FOR DRIVERS

      Terrifying footage shows a bus spinning down a snow-covered hill in Halifax, West Yorks.

      Meanwhile, early risers were seen scooping snow from their driveways in County Durham this morning, as drivers battled to steer through the white stuff in Northumberland and Yorkshire.

      In Leicester and Essex, cars faced a different struggle, making their way through floodwater after heavy rain fell in parts of the country overnight.

      One driver suffered the worst of the treacherous conditions, their car pictured smashed up against a tree in Leeds.

      Watch the video HERE

    • Katie Davis

      FLOOD WARNINGS IN PLACE

      As heavy rain continues to hammer down across the country, more than 130 flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency.

      Flood warnings are also active in 28 places, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is needed.

      For the full list of where alerts and warnings are in place, click here

    • Katie Davis

      OUTLOOK FOR TONIGHT

      Tonight, rain and snow showers are set to ease.

      These will be slower to clear, however, in north-eartern Scotland.

      Otherwise there will be a mix of low cloud, freezing fog and some clear spells.

      Frost and ice will be potential hazards.

    • Katie Davis

      RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY

      Heavy rain that has hit parts of the country and caused flooding could be clearing up by tomorrow.

      A largely dry but chilly day is forecast for most.

      Areas of low cloud and fog will be slow slow to clear, especially in some eastern parts.

      It will be slightly milder and breezier later in far west.

    • Chris Bradford

      LONDON AND SOUTH EAST FORECAST

      Downpours will clear eastwards throughout the day but a chance of sleet over hills remains possible.

      It will feel mild in the west, but cooler in the east.

      Temperatures could reach highs of 10C this afternoon.

      Rain and sleet should clear by the early evening, leading to clear skies meaning a touch of frost is possible.

      Temperatures could plunge to lows as -1C overnight.

    • Chris Bradford

      WEATHER WARNINGS FOR SNOW AND ICE IN PLACE

      A yellow weather warning for snow and ice remains in place across Scotland and Northern England.

      Heavy snow is likely to cause significant travel disruption and there is a risk of power cuts.

      Across northern England, between 2-5cm is expected to fall, with perhaps 5-10cm across higher ground such as the Pennines and Peak District.

      The warning remains in place until 9pm on Thursday but snow and sleet is expected to die out, with ice forming on untreated surfaces.

    • Chris Bradford

      IN PICTURES: SEVERE FLOODING HITS ESSEX

      Credit: Stephen Huntley/HVC

       

    • Chris Bradford

      METEOROLOGIST TO BE ON STRICTLY?

      Bookmaker Coral makes it odds on, at 4-5, that weather presenter Lucy Verasamy is a contestant on the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

      Verasamy has been linked with the show in each of the past few years.

      "We think 2021 is the year that Lucy finally takes to the dancefloor. We make her odds on to be a contestant on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

      Punters can get odds of 8-1 if they are brave to put a stake on Verasamy clinching the Glitterball trophy.

      "If she does line-up in the class of 2021, she'd be a very popular contestant and we think she'd impress with her moves too. She'd be a leading contender for the Glitterball Trophy," added Aitkenhead.

    • Chris Bradford

      BEAST FROM THE EAST TO RETURN?

      The frosty outlook has led to increasing fears of another Beast from the East terrorising the country by the end of the month.

      Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) – the weather event which led to 2018’s devastating Beast – took place in the atmosphere last week.

      It could be two weeks before the impact of the SSW is felt at ground level but forecasters at the Met Office say it has “increased the chances”.

      SSW effectively reverses Britain’s wind pattern.

      Instead of drawing wind in from the warm west, it switches to haul bitterly cold gusts from Siberia in the east.

    • Katie Davis

      CONTINUED

      Forecasters said the whiteout could cause travel mayhem – and even leave some vehicles stranded.

      Temperatures as low as -7C blasted the east of England last night while Scotland was set to plunge as low as -12C.

      According to the Met Office, there will be "possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers, especially across higher routes, with potential for road closures".

      It added: "Untreated pavements and cycle paths might be dangerous or even impassable, posing a greater risk of injuries and accidents."

      For areas north of Newcastle, it warned that, "there is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off.

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