Met Office issue snow warning with -10C deep freeze set to wreak travel chaos in UK


Millions of Brits could wake up to travel chaos today as snow returns to roads and motorways.

Heavy accumulations and gale force winds are expected north of the border on Thursday morning (10 February), with UK and Scottish authorities issuing a host of urgent weather-related notices to drivers and people planning to use public transport yesterday evening.

A yellow warning for snow has been issued for snow showers from Glasgow and Edinburgh up to John O’Groats by the Met Office, with a warning for wind also in force on many western islands of Scotland.

Temperatures could also drop as low as -10C in the Highlands, while a yellow warning for ice has been applied to Northern Ireland for Thursday morning.

Travel chaos brought by snow and -10C temperatures could greet commuters today
Travel chaos brought by snow and -10C temperatures could greet commuters today

A spokesperson from public weather agency the Met Office said: “Showers will fall as snow to quite low levels on Wednesday evening and night.

“Accumulations of 2-5 cm are possible above 200 metres elevation, with perhaps around 10 cm on some of the highest routes above 400 metres.

“At lower levels some slight slushy falls are possible, as well as a risk of icy surfaces, before the snow becomes more confined to high ground during Thursday morning.”

Weather for Thursday 10 February 2022
Three yellow weather warnings are in place at the moment

In worrying news for commuters, Network Rail advised that speed restrictions would be enforced on a number of lines today for safety reasons, including some south of Edinburgh.

Traffic Scotland meanwhile reminded motorists that anyone driving uphill in a snow storm should wait until it is clear to drive, and keep to a constant speed and gear to avoid shifting on the hill.

Those going downhill should meanwhile slow down, use a low gear and avoid overusing brakes.

England and Wales will also see colder conditions on Thursday, with some light rain clearing towards the end of the day.

More snow is expected in Scotland and northern England on Friday and Saturday, according to weather map data from WXCharts.

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