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Amber warning There are warnings of snow in the next 5 days for North West England

North West England

06:23 on Thursday, 29 January 2015

Snow warning of amber

Amber warning of snow

Be prepared

Valid from 17:00 on Wednesday until 11:00 on Thursday

Snow showers will become widespread and heavier across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England during Wednesday evening and will continue through the night into Thursday morning. Snow amounts will be very variable but over 5 cm will accumulate at lower levels in places with over 15 cm on high ground. Strong and gusty winds will lead to drifting and blizzard conditions at times, especially over higher routes. The public should be prepared for travel disruption and hazardous driving conditions.

Chief Forecaster's assessment

A colder airstream with sleet and snow showers affecting northern and western parts will continue to spread southeast on Wednesday. These snow showers will be heavy and frequent across parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England. Although accumulations will vary, 5 cm or more is likely to accumulate at lower levels perhaps falling in a short period of time. Over higher ground and some of the higher transport routes 15 cm or more is possible. Strong west to northwesterly winds will also lead to drifting and temporary blizzard conditions especially over high ground. The showers will become a little less frequent during Thursday morning.

The public is advised to take extra care, further information and advice can be found here: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/

Issued at:
10:47 on Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Last modified at:
10:47 on Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Valid from:
17:00 on Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Valid until:
11:00 on Thursday, 29 January 2015
Local Authorities affected

Aberdeenshire, Moray, Argyll and Bute, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Fife, Perth and Kinross, Stirling, County Antrim, County Armagh, County Down, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry, County Tyrone, Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders, West Lothian, Highland, Northumberland, Durham and North Yorkshire

Snow warning of yellow

Yellow warning of snow

Be aware

Valid from 11:30 on Wednesday until 23:55 on Thursday

Showers of snow across parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland on Wednesday morning will extend to parts of northern England and Wales by evening, then continue overnight and into Thursday. Over Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England 5 cm or more may fall even at some lower levels, with more than 15 cm possible over higher ground. See separate amber warning for main risk areas. Over Wales only 1-3 cm is likely in places at low levels with 5-10 cm possible over higher ground. Strong, gusty winds will lead to drifting and temporary blizzard conditions over high ground, while icy surfaces and lightning pose additional risks in some areas. This is an update to the warning issued on Monday to extend the warning a little further south into parts of Wales. The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel.

Chief Forecaster's assessment

A colder airstream with sleet and snow showers affecting northern and western parts will continue to spread southeast on Wednesday and lasting through Thursday. These snow showers will be heavy and frequent across parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and Wales. Although accumulations will vary, 5 cm or more is likely to accumulate at lower levels, perhaps falling in a short period of time, though Wales will likely see only 1-3 cm in places. Over higher ground and some of the higher transport routes 15 cm or more is possible, again with Wales seeing a little less, 5-10 cm more likely here. Strong west to northwesterly winds will also lead to drifting and temporary blizzard conditions, especially over high ground. The showers will become a little less frequent from the northwest during Thursday with more of a mix of rain, sleet and snow.

The public is advised to take extra care, further information and advice can be found here: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/

Issued at:
10:08 on Sunday, 25 January 2015
Last modified at:
11:24 on Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Valid from:
11:30 on Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Valid until:
23:55 on Thursday, 29 January 2015
Local Authorities affected

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Perth and Kinross, Stirling, Argyll and Bute, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Cheshire East, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, County Antrim, County Armagh, County Down, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry, County Tyrone, Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton-on-Tees, Sunderland, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian Council, Scottish Borders, West Lothian, East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, York, Na h-Eileanan Siar, Highland, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Staffordshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Powys, Wrexham, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea

06:23 on Friday, 30 January 2015

There are no warnings for North West England on the 30 January 2015

06:23 on Saturday, 31 January 2015

There are no warnings for North West England on the 31 January 2015

06:23 on Sunday, 1 February 2015

There are no warnings for North West England on the 01 February 2015

06:23 on Monday, 2 February 2015

There are no warnings for North West England on the 02 February 2015