UK weather: Snow and ice warnings as cold blast to continue

by 24britishtvFeb. 9, 2024, midnight 20
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Yellow rain and snow warnings are in force across many parts of the UK, with a blast of cold weather set to continue on Friday.

"We've had the worst of it but it's still not completely clear," said the Met Office's Dan Stroud.

About 10cm (3.9in) of snow was measured by the Met Office in Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, on Thursday. The coldest temperature recorded was -13.8C (7.1F) in Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands.

There was also heavy rainfall, with 43.2mm measured in Harbertonford, South Devon, almost half of the average the area usually sees in February.

In Flintshire, north Wales, every school was shut before any snow had fallen, which prompted a backlash from frustrated parents. Flintshire council has apologised for disruption caused.

There were road delays and disruption to rail travel. There was disruption reported by Great Western Railway on the line between Bath and Swindon due to flooding.

There were significant delays at London's Euston station, though London Northwestern Railway said this was partly caused by a swan on the line.

The Met Office has warned that untreated pavements and cycle paths are likely to be impassable, with injuries from slips and falls likely on icy surfaces.

The weather situation has been complex across the UK, with big differences in conditions depending on how high you might be above sea level.

Away from high ground in north Wales and northern England, there is still likely to be a spell of snow falling that could bring other travel disruption, especially around the morning commute.

The amount of snow here though can depend on a number of different factors and may vary across relatively short distances.

For many, even though there could temporarily be snow falling, it is more likely that sleet or rain will be mixed in.

This will be more the case through Thursday afternoon as the area of rain, sleet and snow moves north into southern Scotland and Northern Ireland allowing milder air to spread north.

The UK's cold weather comes as the EU's climate service says global warming for the first time has exceeded the 1.5C warning limit across an entire year.

World leaders promised in 2015 to try to limit the long-term temperature rise to 1.5C, a target seen as crucial to help avoid the most damaging impacts.

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