The Met Office issued a snow and ice warning on Thursday morning as arctic air brings freezing temperatures that could drop to -8C in the coming days
Britons are on Thursday morning warned of snow and ice as temperatures drop to as low as -8C in the coming days due to southerly flowing Arctic air.
The cold weather front has slowly moved across the country this week, with most Britons feeling a chill bite in the air on Wednesday.
Another yellow weather warning from the Met Office applies to ice covering much of eastern Scotland, north east England and Yorkshire until 10am Thursday morning.
It states: “Snow and hail showers could result in icy surfaces with possible travel disruptions.”
Overnight wintry showers could see “fairly widespread patches of ice, particularly on untreated surfaces.”
It also adds that “some snow accumulation is also possible”, particularly in eastern Scotland and hillier areas of north-east England.
Maps from WXCharts show the mercury could fall as low as -8C over the next few days and into the weekend, while snow flurries are likely to hit Scotland, northern England and Wales.
But the snow could even extend as far as southern and south-east England on Thursday morning.
With temperatures well below average at this time of year, communities in Newcastle City, North Tyneside and Gateshead have all put in place their severe weather emergency protocols – including services to help people who are sleeping poorly to stay safe.
They urge people to speak up if they’re concerned about someone having trouble sleeping.
On Wednesday, Terry Smith, 57, from Coventry, who is undertaking the coast-to-coast route – which he started from Whitehaven in Cumbria – encountered snow in Allenheads in the Pennines north of Weardale in Northumberland.
Meteorologist Aiden McGivern said: “There has been a clear trend over the past few days. A trend away from sunshine and temperatures of 20C towards arctic air coming south over the UK behind a cold front which has brought snowfall in some places.
“As it traverses the south of the UK early Thursday there could even be some light snow cover in south east areas.”
This would take place mainly over the hills, potentially touching places like the South Downs and the Chilterns, but it wouldn’t last long as the sun will soon be brightening it up.
Mr McGivern said: “By Thursday there will be further wintry showers to the east and north in a biting north-easterly wind which will be particularly strong on the Kent coast.
“There is a possibility of storms in exposed places.”
There will be some sunny spells but Mr McGivern described it as “a bright day, albeit on the cold side with temperatures well below average for this time of year” before clearing skies on Thursday evening.
The cold snap is expected to continue into the weekend before some warmer weather rolls in from the west bringing unsettled conditions.
By then, temperatures are expected to be more than half what they were last week, when many areas basked in glorious sunshine and highs of 20C.
Green Flag Commercial Director Mark Newberry said: “Although many of us thought the colder weather was behind us, unfortunately it feels like winter again.
“After the glorious sunshine of the past few days, the temperature is set to drop even further towards the end of this week, with snow, sleet and freezing conditions expected in some parts of the UK.
“Green Flag urges drivers to exercise extra caution when beginning their journeys.”
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Feeling cold during winter showers.
Rain, sleet and hillside snow clearance from South East England. Elsewhere a mix of sunny spells and wintry showers, most common in the north and east. Airy and cold to the touch.
Cold with widespread frost. Winter showers continue in the north and east, later there is a risk of patches of ice.
Sunny spells and more wintry showers, most common on parts of the north and east coasts. A more organized rainy area affecting parts of western Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Cold with wintry showers Saturday; intermittent rain or showers for parts of the West. Less cold Sunday and Monday, but often cloudier with rain showers.
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