UK weather: the latest Met Office forecast
A blast of freezing Arctic air blanketed parts of Britain in snow, with showers reported as far south as London, prompting travel disruption warnings.
After overnight temperatures dipped to -6C in Scotland, much of the UK remained in sub-zero conditions on Thursday morning, with the mercury forecast at 0C in St Alban’s, -3C C in Derry and -2C in Glasgow.
Forecasting hail, sleet and snow across the country, the Met Office issued several weather warnings for ice on Thursday and Friday spanning the length of the UK, warning of the risk of injury and, in south-east England, disruption to rail and road networks due to ice and possibly snow.
There were already reports of long queues on the M62 near Greater Manchester on Thursday, with freezing conditions being responsible for several reported crashes on the A61 in Derbyshire.
Motorists have been told to take care if necessary, while several councils in the North East of England have introduced bad weather emergency protocols, including services to help rough sleepers to try to stay safe.
Temperatures will climb to 8C in London today despite snow
Despite snow showers recorded in London this morning, temperatures in the capital – and elsewhere – are expected to rise by up to 8C later today.
Indeed, the Met Office forecast paints a slightly milder picture across much of the UK this afternoon, with 8C forecast along the south coast and Belfast, and temperatures expected to reach just 1C less than at Stranraer and Tiree.
However, conditions are expected to plunge back into frost again in many parts of the country this evening.
Andy GregoireMarch 31, 2022 12:13
Here are some images of snow in England captured by photojournalists this morning:
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Three traffic accidents reported on same road in Derbyshire
Snow and ice on the A61 led to three separate crashes, Derby Roads Police Unit said.
No one was injured in the crashes, police said.
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Motorists in the North East of England urged to give gravel road space
The gritters had come out in force overnight as temperatures plummeted.
The National Highways urged motorists in the North East of England to take care if traveling on Thursday morning, writing on Twitter: ‘We have stunning resources on all our routes in the North East.
“They have been processing and plowing as needed since 10 p.m. last night and continue to work to clear any lying snow. Please give them space to work and be careful if you go out this morning.
Andy GregoireMarch 31, 2022 11:34 am
Snow reported as far south as London
While the heaviest snow appears to have fallen in northern England, snow showers have been reported as far south as the capital.
And in its current forecast for London and south-east England, the Met Office warns of “windy winter showers for many throughout the day”, with “hail, sleet and more brief snow in places”.
Here are some of Londoners’ snow reports on Twitter, including eastern eye journalist Sophie Wallace:
Andy GregoireMarch 31, 2022 11:23 a.m.
Met Office issues new alerts for ice and snow
Over the past hour, the Met Office has issued several new weather warnings.
A previous warning was in effect until 10 a.m. in the east, stretching from Orkney to Dover, warning the public to expect patches of ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, causing an increased risk of accidents or injuries and potential displacement. disturbance.
Now it has issued a new 1pm warning from 9pm tonight, stretching as far south as Lincolnshire, warning that snow and hail showers will once again lead to freezing conditions entailing the same risks.
Another alert, in effect in mainly coastal areas of the south-east from midnight to 10 a.m. Friday, warns that ice and possibly snow also mean roads and railways are likely to be affected, with weather longer journeys by road, bus and train. services.
Andy GregoireMarch 31, 2022 11:08 a.m.
Temperatures drop from highs of 20C as Arctic frost sets in
After a week of warm, sunny conditions that reached highs of 20C, the Met Office had warned that the last days of March would see a noticeable change, with colder arctic air pushing south into the most of the UK and bringing unstable conditions.
Overnight on Wednesday, temperatures are expected to drop to -6C in the Highlands and -2 in central Wales.
Met Office forecasts suggested that as of 7am Thursday morning the mercury remained low across the UK, with temperatures at 0C in St Alban’s, -1C in Powys, Wales and -3°C in Derry.
At the upper end, Glasgow and Tiree in the Hebrides are expected to experience temperatures of 3C, according to the Met Office.
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