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Warning details for UK

Amber warning
Snow & ice between and Show detail

Description

Heavy, squally showers of snow will continue through Tuesday and Tuesday night, with longer spells of snow for a time, especially on Tuesday evening. Over the hills, snow will drift in the strong to gale force winds. A gradual improvement is likely on Wednesday for most areas. Travel delays on roads are likely, as are public transport cancellations, and some vehicles may become stranded, more especially on higher routes. There is a chance of power cuts, while services such as mobile phone coverage may be affected. Some rural communities seem likely to become cut off. In addition roads and pavements will turn icy, increasing the chances of accidents or injuries.

Regions and local authorities affected:

  • Central, Tayside & Fife
  • Northern Ireland
  • SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
  • Strathclyde
Central, Tayside & Fife
  • Falkirk
Northern Ireland
  • County Antrim
  • County Armagh
  • County Londonderry
  • County Down
  • County Tyrone
  • County Fermanagh
SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Scottish Borders
  • West Lothian
Strathclyde
  • South Ayrshire
  • East Ayrshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Glasgow

Chief Forecaster's assessment

Snow showers will be heavy and frequent through the rest of Tuesday, gradually easing off during the early hours of Wednesday, with a further slow improvement expected through Wednesday daytime, as showers become less heavy and less frequent. Some high ground is likely to see 15-25 cm building up, especially above 200-300 metres. At low levels throughout the warning area, 5-10 cm will be more typical. Showers will be accompanied by hail and lightning at times, while strong winds bring the potential for temporary blizzard conditions and drifting of lying snow, mainly over high ground.

Warning impact matrix

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Very low
impact
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impact

Impact matrix guide

Yellow warning
Snow & ice between and Show detail

Description

Heavy, squally showers of snow will continue through Tuesday and Tuesday night, although perhaps more of sleet and hail near some coasts. Over the hills, snow will drift in the strong to gale force winds. There is likely to be an increase in snowfall amounts this evening, especially for parts of southern Scotland and Northern Ireland for which a separate Amber warning will be in force. A gradual improvement is likely on Wednesday for most areas. Travel delays on roads are possible, as are public transport cancellations. There is a chance of power cuts, while services such as mobile phone coverage may be affected. A few rural communities may become cut off. In addition some roads and pavements will turn icy, increasing the chances of accidents or injuries.

Regions and local authorities affected:

  • Central, Tayside & Fife
  • Grampian
  • Highlands & Eilean Siar
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Orkney & Shetland
  • SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
  • Strathclyde
Central, Tayside & Fife
  • Angus
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Dundee
  • Falkirk
  • Fife
  • Perth and Kinross
  • Stirling
Grampian
  • Aberdeenshire
  • Moray
Highlands & Eilean Siar
  • Na h-Eileanan Siar
  • Highland
North East England
  • Durham
  • Northumberland
North West England
  • Cumbria
Northern Ireland
  • County Antrim
  • County Armagh
  • County Down
  • County Fermanagh
  • County Londonderry
  • County Tyrone
Orkney & Shetland
  • Orkney Islands
  • Shetland Islands
SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • East Lothian
  • Edinburgh
  • Midlothian Council
  • Scottish Borders
  • West Lothian
Strathclyde
  • Argyll and Bute
  • East Ayrshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Glasgow
  • Inverclyde
  • North Ayrshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • South Ayrshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • West Dunbartonshire

Chief Forecaster's assessment

Snow showers will be heaviest and most frequent across western and southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, where high ground is likely to see 10-20 cm building up above 200-300 metres. At low levels throughout the warning area, 2-8 cm will be more typical, with a few places seeing very little. Showers will be accompanied by hail and lightning at times, particularly across western Scotland. Here, in particular, there is potential for disruption to power supplies from lightning strikes. Strong winds bring the potential for temporary blizzard conditions and drifting of lying snow, mainly over high ground.

Warning impact matrix

Very
likely
✓
to
Unlikely
Very low
impact
to High
impact

Impact matrix guide

Yellow warning
Snow & ice between and Show detail

Description

Showers are falling as sleet, snow and hail already in the north of the warning area, and this threat spreads to parts of Wales, the Midlands and southern England on Tuesday evening and overnight into Wednesday. The warning has been extended further south and east to cover small amounts of snow, for example in parts of southern England. Delays to travel are possible, with a lower likelihood of cancellations of public transport. Some roads and pavements will turn icy, with an increased likelihood of some accidents and injuries.

Regions and local authorities affected:

  • East Midlands
  • London & South East England
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • South West England
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
  • Yorkshire & Humber
East Midlands
  • Derby
  • Derbyshire
  • Nottinghamshire
London & South East England
  • Hampshire
  • West Sussex
  • Isle of Wight
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton
North East England
  • Darlington
  • Durham
  • Gateshead
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • North Tyneside
  • Northumberland
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • South Tyneside
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Sunderland
North West England
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Cheshire East
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Halton
  • Lancashire
  • Merseyside
  • Warrington
South West England
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bristol
  • Gloucestershire
  • North Somerset
  • Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Wiltshire
  • Bournemouth
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Poole
Wales
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Caerphilly
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Gwynedd
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Monmouthshire
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Powys
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Torfaen
  • Wrexham
  • Newport
  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff
  • Swansea
  • Pembrokeshire
West Midlands
  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Telford and Wrekin
  • Worcestershire
  • West Midlands Conurbation
Yorkshire & Humber
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire
  • York

Chief Forecaster's assessment

2-6 cm of snow is likely in places, especially on higher ground above 100-200 m, where a few places in the Pennines and upland Wales may see more than 10 cm. A slushy cover of 1 to 3 cm seems more likely at lower levels and closer to the western coasts, as well as across most of southern England, with some areas here seeing very little or no snow. Drifting may occur on cross-Pennine routes in the strong to gale force winds.

Warning impact matrix

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Very low
impact
to High
impact

Impact matrix guide

Yellow warning
Snow between and Show detail

Description

Snow showers are expected during Wednesday evening before a spell of more persistent and possibly heavy snow develops in places during Wednesday night. Any persistent snow is most likely to clear east before dawn on Thursday but further snow showers are likely to follow. Travel delays are possible on roads with a risk that some vehicles and passengers could become stranded. Delays or cancellations are possible to rail and air travel. Some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone, may be affected. This warning has been updated with the southern boundary extended further south over northern England. Also, northern parts of Northern Ireland have been added to the warning area.

Regions and local authorities affected:

  • Central, Tayside & Fife
  • East Midlands
  • Grampian
  • Highlands & Eilean Siar
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • Northern Ireland
  • SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
  • Strathclyde
  • Yorkshire & Humber
Central, Tayside & Fife
  • Angus
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Dundee
  • Falkirk
  • Fife
  • Perth and Kinross
  • Stirling
East Midlands
  • Derbyshire
Grampian
  • Aberdeenshire
  • Moray
Highlands & Eilean Siar
  • Highland
North East England
  • Northumberland
  • Darlington
  • Durham
  • Gateshead
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • North Tyneside
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • South Tyneside
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Sunderland
North West England
  • Cumbria
  • Lancashire
Northern Ireland
  • County Antrim
  • County Londonderry
SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • East Lothian
  • Edinburgh
  • Midlothian Council
  • Scottish Borders
  • West Lothian
Strathclyde
  • Argyll and Bute
  • East Ayrshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Glasgow
  • Inverclyde
  • North Ayrshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • South Ayrshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • West Dunbartonshire
Yorkshire & Humber
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire
  • York
  • South Yorkshire

Chief Forecaster's assessment

A deepening area of low pressure is expected to track east across the UK during Wednesday night and into Thursday. Across some central or northern areas, a spell of persistent and perhaps heavy snow may develop. This could see 3-8 cm of snow accumulate in places with up to 20 cm over high ground. There remains uncertainty regarding the extent and location of any heavy snowfall.

Warning impact matrix

Very
likely
✓
to
Unlikely
Very low
impact
to High
impact

Impact matrix guide

Yellow warning
Wind between and Show detail

Description

Very strong winds will affect parts of the UK during Wednesday night and into Thursday. The strongest winds are expected to transfer eastwards across the warning area before clearing by late morning. Road, rail and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations. There is also a possibility that some bridges may close. Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible, along with some damage to buildings. In addition, large waves are expected to affect some western coasts with beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

Regions and local authorities affected:

  • East Midlands
  • East of England
  • London & South East England
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • Northern Ireland
  • SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
  • South West England
  • Strathclyde
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
  • Yorkshire & Humber
East Midlands
  • Derby
  • Derbyshire
  • Leicester
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottingham
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Rutland
East of England
  • Bedford
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Norfolk
  • Peterborough
  • Suffolk
  • Central Bedfordshire
  • Essex
  • Hertfordshire
  • Luton
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Thurrock
London & South East England
  • Oxfordshire
  • Hampshire
  • Isle of Wight
  • Southampton
  • West Berkshire
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Buckinghamshire
  • East Sussex
  • Greater London
  • Kent
  • Medway
  • Milton Keynes
  • Portsmouth
  • Reading
  • Slough
  • Surrey
  • West Sussex
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Wokingham
North East England
  • Darlington
  • Durham
  • Gateshead
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • North Tyneside
  • Northumberland
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • South Tyneside
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Sunderland
North West England
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Cheshire East
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Halton
  • Lancashire
  • Merseyside
  • Warrington
Northern Ireland
  • County Antrim
  • County Armagh
  • County Down
  • County Fermanagh
  • County Londonderry
  • County Tyrone
SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
  • Dumfries and Galloway
South West England
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bristol
  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Gloucestershire
  • Isles of Scilly
  • North Somerset
  • Plymouth
  • Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Wiltshire
  • Swindon
  • Bournemouth
  • Dorset
  • Poole
  • Torbay
Strathclyde
  • South Ayrshire
Wales
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Bridgend
  • Caerphilly
  • Cardiff
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Gwynedd
  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Monmouthshire
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Newport
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Powys
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Swansea
  • Torfaen
  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • Wrexham
West Midlands
  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Telford and Wrekin
  • Warwickshire
  • West Midlands Conurbation
  • Worcestershire
Yorkshire & Humber
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Lincolnshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire
  • York

Chief Forecaster's assessment

During Wednesday night and into Thursday there is the potential for gusts of 60-70 mph quite widely and a small chance of winds reaching 80 mph in places. The location of the most damaging winds is still uncertain, although parts of northwest England and north Wales currently look most likely. The strongest winds may then transfer to eastern parts of England by the morning. Some southern parts could still miss the worst of the conditions. Along with the strong winds a spell of heavy rain can also be expected, which could also be combined with a temporary thaw of lying snow in the north, leading to some surface water flooding in places.

Warning impact matrix

Very
likely
✓
to
Unlikely
Very low
impact
to High
impact

Impact matrix guide

Yellow warning
Snow & ice between and Show detail

Description

Heavy snow showers will continue through Thursday and Friday, although perhaps more of sleet and hail near some coasts. Over exposed high ground, snow will drift in the strong winds. Travel delays on roads are likely, as are public transport cancellations. There is a chance of power cuts, while services such as mobile phone coverage may be affected. A few rural communities may become cut off. In addition some roads and pavements will turn icy, increasing the chances of accidents or injuries.

Regions and local authorities affected:

  • Central, Tayside & Fife
  • Grampian
  • Highlands & Eilean Siar
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Orkney & Shetland
  • SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
  • Strathclyde
Central, Tayside & Fife
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Falkirk
  • Fife
  • Perth and Kinross
  • Stirling
Grampian
  • Aberdeenshire
  • Moray
Highlands & Eilean Siar
  • Na h-Eileanan Siar
  • Highland
North East England
  • Durham
  • Northumberland
North West England
  • Cumbria
Northern Ireland
  • County Antrim
  • County Armagh
  • County Down
  • County Fermanagh
  • County Londonderry
  • County Tyrone
Orkney & Shetland
  • Orkney Islands
  • Shetland Islands
SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • East Lothian
  • Edinburgh
  • Midlothian Council
  • Scottish Borders
  • West Lothian
Strathclyde
  • Argyll and Bute
  • East Ayrshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Glasgow
  • Inverclyde
  • North Ayrshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • South Ayrshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • West Dunbartonshire

Chief Forecaster's assessment

Snow showers will be heaviest and most frequent across western Scotland, where high ground is likely to see a further 10-20 cm building up above 200-300 metres. There may also be more than 15 cm over the high ground of Northern Ireland and northern England. At low levels, parts of the warning area will see 3-10 cm of snow, with some places near the west coast seeing very little. Showers will be accompanied by hail and lightning at times, particularly across western Scotland. Here, in particular, there is potential for disruption to power supplies from lightning strikes. Strong winds bring the potential for temporary blizzard conditions and drifting of lying snow, mainly over high ground.

Warning impact matrix

Very
likely
✓
to
Unlikely
Very low
impact
to High
impact

Impact matrix guide

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