UK weather: Snow and ice warning amid -8C freezing as drivers urge ‘careful’

UK could be hit by icy weather starting Friday with temperatures dropping as low as -8C in Scotland and drivers have warned of dangerous conditions with ice and snow

Ice and snow set for Friday morning for parts of the country
Ice and snow set for Friday morning for parts of the country

Britons have been issued a snow and ice warning by the Met Office with motorists told to be careful in “difficult conditions” with temperatures dropping as low as -8C for parts of the country on Friday.

Forecasters warn that “extreme and variable” weather will last for up to five days, where people can expect some freezing temperatures mixed with milder conditions.

Yellow weather warnings are in place for Northern Ireland, Scotland and north-west England until around 9.30am on Friday, with glacial bands likely to form on untreated roads.

Maps from WXCharts show temperatures could dip as low as -8C in western Scotland and frigid across the country with mercury near or below zero.

The Met Office urged people not to cycle and be more careful when driving or walking, and warned of longer travel times on roads and rail.

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Most of the snow is expected to hit hilltops in some places, while gusts mean a possible blizzard on some routes.

But a cold start to Friday, with frost in places – especially the northwest, is set to make way for a drier and brighter day with spells of sunshine.

Met Office meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “A high pressure peak formed on Friday, resulting in a clear and bright day for most people.

“However, winds are picking up again as we head into the weekend with weather fronts bringing rain to the north and west and milder air back here.”

The Met Office said worrisome dry weather would persist over the coming days, particularly in the northwest, although conditions are not expected to be as severe as in the past week.

Drivers are being warned of difficult road conditions


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Several weather fronts are set to pass through northern parts of the country and bring wet winds – while southern and eastern areas are set for the best weather over the weekend, by service.

It describes the jet stream, which has driven storm systems across the North Atlantic in recent weeks, is still very active but these winds are shifting further north and could allow More stable weather comes next week.

Meteorologist Alex Deakin said the weather will “remain fairly active over the next four or five days, changing daily”.

Light winds are expected Saturday, while residents in the northwest are expected to experience additional strong winds and heavy rain on Sunday.

The weather is forecasted to be “erratic” in the coming days


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After a bout of rain across the UK on Monday, milder weather is forecast from Tuesday, although clear skies could bring chilly mornings, the Met Office said.

Last week saw hurricanes Dudley, Eunice and Franklin cause problems across the country and around 400 properties were flooded.

The Environment Agency had 31 flood warnings and 30 flood warnings in place as of Thursday night.

Earlier, on Thursday, snow closed schools in some areas of Scotland and made driving difficult.

Schools were also forced to close and visitors faced disruption after much of Northern Ireland was covered with snow overnight.

UK forecast for the next 5 days


A few showers to the west and north at first, otherwise most places are dry with periods of sunshine and much lighter winds after the morning dew. Stronger winds bring clouds and rain to the far northwest regions later. Less cold everywhere.


Cloudy with patchy light rain or drizzle across Northern Ireland and Scotland, which is also windy with coastal mountains in the extreme northwest. Elsewhere dry and icy with obvious spells.


Cloudy over Northern Ireland and Scotland with some light rain or drizzle. Other places are dry and sunny. Windy in the west and north with gales across north-west Scotland.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

At first, most was fine, though cloudy and rainy in the northwest. Heavy rain on Monday; winds in the northwest sometimes become steady again for all.

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