THE UK is set to be ravaged by snow blizzards, gale force winds and widespread ice as the temperature plummets.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice across most of northern England as well as northern and eastern Scotland.

Meteorologist Richard Miles said: "It’s going to be colder than we have been used to over the last couple of days and Christmas. We are going into a period when temperatures will be dropping quite a bit."

However, in Aberdeenshire and northern and eastern Scotland, winds of up to 80mph could create ‘localised blizzard conditions’, with the Met Office issuing warnings of snow and ice for travellers.

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts

  • Joseph Gamp

    Snow blankets houses in Durham

    Houses in Durham were blanketed in the white stuff this morning as dog walkers waded through the snow in Northumberland first thing.

    And the bone-chilling plunge has prompted fears of travel chaos as forecasters warn of dangerous conditions on the roads.

    Traffic Scotland tweeted: "Heavy snowfall affecting many routes in the North this morning including the A87, A82, A95, A9 and A90.

    "Please do take extra care when travelling."

    British Transport Police added: "If you’re commuting home from work in London to Bucks., or Herts., take care on the final leg of your journey."

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    London forecast for tomorrow

    A breezy cold day, but with some long spells of sunshine for much of the day.

    Rather cloudier with chance of a shower far western areas.

    Winds will decrease later. Maximum temperature 5 °C.

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    Weather outlook for Thursday to Saturday

    Frosty to start Thursday, becoming milder with strong winds and rain, snow over high ground in North.

    Colder on Friday with blustery wintry showers.

    Milder Saturday with outbreaks of rain.

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    Yellow ice warning for Northern Ireland

    The Met Office tweeted: "Yellow weather warning issued.

    "Ice across much of Northern Ireland.

    "1700 Tuesday – 0900 Wednesday."

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    Weather summary for Wednesday

    The Met Office has released a summary for Wednesday's weather.

    Dry with sunny periods inland, but scattered showers in coastal districts in the west and east, as well as across northern Scotland, where wintry at times.

    Windy in the east.

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    ‘Icemageddon’ warning

    AUTHORITIES in Alaska issued “Icemageddon” warnings as conditions swung from record heat to record snowfall in the state.

    In the town of Ketchikan in the southeastern part of the state, temperatures plunged to record lows — a chilly -0.4F on December 25, BBC News reported.

    “December was a wild, wacky and impactful winter month weather-wise over much of Alaska,” Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy’s Rick Thoman said on Twitter.

    “From unusual cold to unprecedented warmth, excessive snowfall to record dry. Plus severe blizzards, crippling freezing rain and damaging winds.”

    The “Icemageddon” warnings stemmed from dangerous conditions brought on by ice, as hard as cement, covering roads.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Weather summary for this evening

    The Met Office says that during the evening, "many inland areas becoming dry and clear with frost in sheltered areas, whilst showers continue to affect northern areas, where falling as snow at times, and in some western districts.

    Windy, especially in the north, with severe gales at first.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Coldest January on record in the UK

    Leading bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds to 6-4 (from 3-1) for this month to end as the coldest January on record in the UK, as the latest forecasts point to falling temperatures from Wednesday.

    The firm go 2-1 for this winter to be the coldest ever in the UK.

    “We’ve enjoyed some unseasonable mild temperatures over the last few days but that is set to come to a crashing end later this week. With snow and freezing temperatures on their way, we have slashed the odds in half on this month ending as a record cold January,” said Coral’s John Hill.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Frequent showers and strong winds until tomorrow in Scotland

    Tuesday started with “showers, accompanied by strong winds” and these conditions will last till Wednesday.

    The weather warning states: “Frequent snow showers and gusts to severe gale force are expected on Tuesday, leading to travel disruption, particularly for higher routes.

    “In combination with winds gusting 50 to 60mph, perhaps 70mph on exposed summits, temporary blizzard conditions and some drifting of snow on higher-level routes is likely.

    “Gusts of around 70mph on exposed coasts will generate some large waves and dangerous coastal conditions in a few places.”

    The rest of the UK will have sunny spells and showers but it will be particularly windy and cold in the northern parts of the country.

  • Joseph Gamp

    How to tell if your symptoms are Omicron or flu?

    As coronavirus cases continue to spread, with the Omicron variant now standing its ground, it’s likely you’re on high alert for the slightest cough or sniffle.

    A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.

    Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

    Regardless of your symptoms, it may be best to get a Covid test just to check and Health Secretary Sajid Javid has urged Brits to take a lateral flow test before going out and meeting with friends.

    If it is positive, there are strict self-isolation rules. But if it is negative, experts say if you are unwell, it’s best to stay away from people to prevent spreading bugs, anyway. 

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    This week will be feeling colder for all

    Met Office forecasters warned: “Cold northerly air dives south across the whole of the UK with brisk winds.

    “It’s feeling colder for all, especially in the wind.”

    In the capital, temperatures will plummet by 10C, from 16C at the weekend to just 6C today.

    Meteorologist Simon Partridge said we’re facing a “shock to the system” as the chilly winds make it feel as cold as -2C.

    “It will definitely be colder, so if you’re going out, think about an extra layer,” he said.

    “You might need anything to keep the wind out because it’s not going to be pretty.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Wind and snow weather warning – what to expect

    • Difficult driving conditions at times on higher routes is likely.
    • Some bus, ferry, and possibly train services affected, with journeys either cancelled or taking longer.
    • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges possible.
    • It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.

    Claiming compensation if gas or electricity is cut off because of snow

    Households who have power cut off due to the snow could be due compensation from firms.

    How much you can claim depends on how long the disruption lasts – and how severe the weather is.

    According to Citizens Advice, if a power cut is caused by bad weather, you’ll be entitled to £70 compensation if you’re without power for 24 hours, with another £70 paid for each of the following 12 hours up to a maximum cap of £700.

    In really bad weather,  the time-limit is 48 hours before compensation kicks-in  – a severe storm is defined by regulator Ofgem as causing more than 12 times the average daily number of faults.

    Energy expert and ex-British Gas worker Lynsey Jones shares her tips for savings on bills.

    Make your car visible in poor winter weather

    You can be fined up to £1,000 for failing to switch your car lights on when you’re driving.

    Make sure they’re all working before you set out on your journey, and turn them on if you have to get out to clear snow.

    If you use fog lights, remember to switch them off when visibility improves so they don’t dazzle other drivers or obscure your brake lights.

    Met Office warns of strong winds

    The Met Office has warned that strong winds are expected across northern Scotland through the rest of today, with 60-70 mph gusts.

    The winds could even possibly get stronger for a time for Orkney and Caithness.

    The strong winds combined with heavy snow showers will lead to some very tricky travelling conditions, so make sure you are weather aware.

    • Milica Cosic

      'Something much more wintery on the way'

      James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “There is something much more wintery on the way.

      “After the very mild start to the month we expect northerly winds to return through the coming days.

      “The month overall looks like dishing up something far wintrier than we have seen over the Christmas and New Year period.” 

    • Milica Cosic

      Two days of snow to blast Britain

      BRITAIN is set to be blasted with two days of snow and ice from today as the bizarre winter heatwave comes to an abrupt end, with Yellow weather warnings are in place across Scotland and northern England.

      The bone-chilling plunge has prompted fears of travel chaos as forecasters warn of dangerous conditions on the roads.

      Yellow weather warnings are in place across northern Scotland, while further warnings span over Manchester, Leeds, York, Sheffield, Carlisle and Newcastle.

      In northern England, a warning of ice will be in place until 11am today.

    • Milica Cosic

      ‘Icemageddon’ warning

      AUTHORITIES in Alaska issued "Icemageddon" warnings as conditions swung from record heat to record snowfall in the state.

      In the town of Ketchikan in the southeastern part of the state, temperatures plunged to record lows — a chilly -0.4F on December 25, BBC News reported.

      "December was a wild, wacky and impactful winter month weather-wise over much of Alaska," Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy's Rick Thoman said on Twitter.

      "From unusual cold to unprecedented warmth, excessive snowfall to record dry. Plus severe blizzards, crippling freezing rain and damaging winds."

      The "Icemageddon" warnings stemmed from dangerous conditions brought on by ice, as hard as cement, covering roads.

    • Milica Cosic

      Going to be feeling colder for all

      Met Office forecasters warned: "Cold northerly air dives south across the whole of the UK with brisk winds.

      "It's feeling colder for all, especially in the wind."

      In the capital, temperatures will plummet by 10C, from 16C at the weekend to just 6C today.

      Meteorologist Simon Partridge said we're facing a "shock to the system" as the chilly winds make it feel as cold as -2C.

      "It will definitely be colder, so if you're going out, think about an extra layer," he said.

      "You might need anything to keep the wind out because it's not going to be pretty."

    • Milica Cosic

      Urgent ice, snow and wind warnings issued

      WINTER is biting back as a bitterly cold band of snow and sleet sweeps south across the UK today, with warnings for ice across swathes of the north are issued.

      A bone-chilling polar plunge will blast in over the coming hours as freezing air howls southwards.

      Forecaster WX Charts has predicted snow in the Highlands of Scotland and parts of Yorkshire.

      But areas further south could also see snow, sleet or freezing rain, including Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool, which are due to be hit in the early hours of this morning.

      Birmingham, Leicester and south Wales will see some of the grim weather at 6am, and by 9am, a stretch of the country between Essex and Devon will have to brace.

      Yellow weather warnings for wind, snow and ice have already been issued for northern parts of Scotland, which will be hardest-hit, with blizzards and 70mph gales predicted.

    • Milica Cosic

      UK weather outlook for Thursday and Friday

      Thursday will see spells of heavy rain for all areas at some point in the day, falling as snow over hills, with snow showers expected in the evening.

      Moderate southerly winds. Friday will be dry and sunny for eastern parts but wintry showers will persist for western areas.

      A moderate westerly breeze.

    • Milica Cosic

      Wednesday's weather

      Tomorrow will be a fine and mostly sunny day, especially for England but it will be cloudier for western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

      A small chance of catching a shower in northern Scotland and the west coast of Wales, falling as snow over Scotland.

      A chilly day, with fresh north-westerly winds

    • Milica Cosic

      Tonight's weather

      A dry and clear night for all of England.

      Patchy cloud for Wales with the odd shower on the west coast, possibly wintry. Showers also for the north coast of Northern Ireland.

      Rain and showers will persist for the northern half of Scotland and will fall as snow over the hills. Moderate westerly winds

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      Coldest January on record in the UK

      Leading bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds to 6-4 (from 3-1) for this month to end as the coldest January on record in the UK, as the latest forecasts point to falling temperatures from Wednesday.

      The firm go 2-1 for this winter to be the coldest ever in the UK.

      “We’ve enjoyed some unseasonable mild temperatures over the last few days but that is set to come to a crashing end later this week. With snow and freezing temperatures on their way, we have slashed the odds in half on this month ending as a record cold January,” said Coral’s John Hill.

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      What to do if you find yourself aquaplaning

      Aquaplaning – skidding on water – occurs when a wedge of water forms in front of the tyre and lifts it up off the road surface.

      If you feel your car losing grip with the road, gently ease off the accelerator but don’t brake.

      Have a firm grip of the steering wheel and be sure not to make any sudden steering actions.

      The car will eventually regain its grip as water clears from the road.

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