UK snow – 'Risk to life' weather warning as towns are cut off by 15cm Arctic blast before six days of freezing rain

A 'RISK to life' warning has been issued as Britain is blasted by more heavy snow.

As much as 15cm of snow will fall in parts of the country, cutting off many rural towns and communities as roads become impassable.

Forecasters said motorists who brave the roads are at risk of becoming stranded, while rail and air cancellations are likely.

The weather alert which began at 3am this morning covers Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Harrogate and the surrounding areas.

There is a good chance that some rural communities will become cut off and power cuts are likely with other services, such as mobile phone coverage also affected, the Met Office warned.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • John Hall

    YELLOW SNOW AND ICE WARNINGS ALSO IN PLACE FOR NORTHERN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND

    The UK was battered with torrential rain over the weekend leaving cars submerged on flooded roads across the country.

    Yellow weather warnings are also in place for rain, snow and ice for a large part of northern England.

    The huge area covers Nottingham in the midlands all the way up to Dundee in Scotland.

    This warning is in place from 10pm Monday until midnight on Tuesday.

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    HEAVY SNOW OVERNIGHT

    Parts of northern England have seen heavy snowfall overnight, with the Met Office warning rural communities are at risk of becoming cut off and widespread travel disruption is likely.

    An amber weather warning for snow came in force across much of South Yorkshire, and parts of Derbyshire, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester at 3am on Tuesday and will last until 1pm.

    Between 3cm and 8cm of snow is likely across the area, with 10cm to 15cm possible in areas above 200 metres.

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    CARS STUCK

    Overnight, vehicles became stuck on the eastbound M62 near Rochdale, Lancashire, between junction 21 for Milnrow and junction 22 for Denshaw leading to a temporary closure of the carriageway, and a lorry jack-knifed on the same motorway westbound between junction 23 and junction 22 in the early hours.

    Forecasters said motorists who brave the roads are at risk of becoming stranded, while rail and air cancellations are likely.

    Power cuts and disruption to mobile phone coverage are also expected, while rural communities face being cut off completely.

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    FIRE DOWN UNDER

    Firefighters in Western Australia battled gusty winds and high temperatures on Tuesday as they fought a bushfire that has scorched thousands of hectares of land, raging out of control to ravage more than 30 homes.

    Television broadcast images of air tankers, laden with thousands of litres of water or fire retardant, flying over the flames, spread across more than 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres), about 40 km (25 miles) from the state capital of Perth.

    "Right now, Western Australia is battling two different kinds of emergencies – a dangerous fire emergency and a Covid-19 lockdown emergency," said its premier, Mark McGowan.

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    RAIN TO CLEAR FOR A DRY NIGHT

    Rain expected to settle in for the afternoon over much of the UK will likely clear for a dryer night.

    "Mostly light rain in the evening will move away eastwards to leave the rest of the night dry but largely cloudy," Met Office said.

    Winds would likely ease, and minimum temperatures would hover around 3C.

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    TODAY'S FORECAST

    Heavy snow will affect parts of northern England and southern Scotland, mostly turning to rain in northern England.

    It will be brighter and very mild further south, with bands of heavy showers.

    There will be wintry showers far north.

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    COLD WEATHER TO CONTINUE THIS WEEK

    Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said the wintry weather will continue into this week.

    He predicted a "much heavier" band of rain to arrive overnight on Monday into Tuesday which will "quickly turn to snow as it bumps up against cold air".

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    FREEZING TEMPERATURES

    Temperature maps from the weather agency showed the mercury plunging to -15C in rural areas of Northern Scotland, and as low as -6C in the North of England on Saturday night.

    The lowest temperature recorded before this was -13C in Dawyck Royal Botanic Gardens in the Scottish Borders, the Met Office said.

  • John Hall

    YELLOW WARNINGS FOR RAIN, SNOW AND ICE

    Yellow weather warnings are in place for rain, snow and ice for a large part of northern England.

    The huge area covers Nottingham in the midlands all the way up to Dundee in Scotland.

    This warning began at 10pm on Monday and will last until the end of today.

  • John Hall

    AMBER SNOW WARNING

    A rare amber snow warning with “potential risk to life” has been issued by the Met Office as heavy snow blankets Britain today.

    Parts of England will be hit with up to 15cm of white stuff amid fears that communities could become “cut off” – with travel chaos expected.

    The weather alert which began at 3am this morning and will cover Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Harrogate and the surrounding areas.

    Between 3cm and 8cm of snow is likely across the area, with 10cm to 15cm possible in areas above 200 metres.

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    EVER HEARD OF ICE PANCAKES?

    Ice pancakes are a phenomenon where discs of ice anywhere from 20 – 200 cm wide are formed creating a unique spectacle.

    They are most frequently seen in the Baltic Sea and around Antarctica but also form relatively frequently on the Great Lakes of the United States and Canada.

    Whilst ice pancakes look like solid discs, they are often quite slushy and easily break apart when lifted up, according to the Met Office.

  • John Hall

    AMBER SNOW WARNING

    A rare amber snow warning with “potential risk to life” has been issued by the Met Office as heavy snow blankets Britain today.

    Parts of England will be hit with up to 15cm of white stuff amid fears that communities could become “cut off” – with travel chaos expected.

    The weather alert which began at 3am this morning and lasts until 12pm will cover Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Harrogate and the surrounding areas.

    Between 3cm and 8cm of snow is likely across the area, with 10cm to 15cm possible in areas above 200 metres.

  • John Hall

    YELLOW WARNINGS FOR RAIN, SNOW AND ICE

    Yellow weather warnings are in place for rain, snow and ice for a large part of northern England.

    The huge area covers Nottingham in the midlands all the way up to Dundee in Scotland.

    This warning began at 10pm on Monday and will last until the end of today.

  • John Hall

    WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A YELLOW AND AN AMBER WARNING?

    Compared to a yellow weather warning, amber means there is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting the public, with a potential risk to life

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    TONIGHT'S WEATHER FORECAST

    The Met Office's weather forecast for today says: "Rain over northern parts with snow mainly for higher ground of Scotland.

    "Becoming windier in north.

    "Some drier spells in south but heavier rain moving across the far south later."

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    RISK OF POWER CUTS

    The Met Office warned: “Some higher rural communities could become cut off.

    “Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.

    “A chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, with some pavements and cycle paths perhaps almost impassable.”

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    YOU COULD BE FINED FOR DRIVING WITH SNOW ON YOUR CAR'S ROOF

    A survey of 2,000 motorists by findandfundmycar.com has revealed that 63 per cent of Brits will start to drive with snow on the roof of their car.

    While this isn’t against the law, if it falls from your windscreen while driving or into the path of another car, you could be penalised for offences such as “driving without consideration” and receive a fine.

    Motorists could be hit with a £60 fine, but also three points on their licence.

    Phil Morgan, Head of findandfundmycar.com, said: “While the chances of getting fined for doing any of the above offenses are extremely low, they’re still not worth the risk.

    “While some of the offences might not be commonly known, but nobody wants to risk their safety or have to pay a hefty fine for something that they didn’t know was going to cost them, so it’s best to know these sooner rather than later.”

  • John Hall

    COLD ON THE ROAD

    BEAR Scotland revealed freezing temperatures on Scots roads overnight with the A96 in Keith dropping to -10C.

    Amey trunk roads also told that six gritters and two tractors are on the roads treating and ploughing the routes.

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    CORAL SLASH ODDS ON COLDEST FEBRUARY

    Coral have slashed the odds on this being the coldest February on record.

    The bookie slashed odds from 3/1 to 6/4.

    Coral spokesperson John Hill said: "With heavy snow expected to fall in large parts of the UK over the next few days, the odds have been slashed on this month ending as a record cold February.

    "The betting also suggests we could be on course for one of the coldest winters since records began."

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