BRITAIN will be gripped by a ferocious snow blizzard tonight as polar storms will cause temperatures to plummet to a bitterly cold -5C.
The Met Office recorded heavy snowfall across western parts of Scotland and northern England overnight, with showers also causing sleet to develop in the South West. Police have issued warnings to motorists in some areas of northern England after a fresh covering of snow left vehicles stranded. North Yorkshire Police said the A170 at Sutton Bank, Thirsk, was closed overnight and reported problems on the A59 Harrogate to Skipton road, in the Yorkshire Dales.
One traffic officer wrote on Twitter: “Blubberhouses is particularly treacherous with a number of vehicles stuck or stranded so please take care or use the A65.” And also reported: M1 West Yorkshire – M1 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well…
Further south, police warned of snowy conditions on the M62 at its highest point between Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire. There were also reports of a covering of snow in Cumbria and over on the east coast near Scarborough. Snow charts by weather forecaster Net Weather now show a snow blizzard heading towards North West areas of the UK, as well as western Scotland. Frequent rain is expected in western parts of the UK on Sunday with a cold temperatures forecast for the east.
Temperatures overnight will fall to -5C in the Scottish Highlands due to a freezing weather front coming in from the Arctic. The snow forecast comes as the Environment Agency issued widespread alerts for England with 10 flood warnings and 113 alerts across the country. Time to stay indoors, put your feet up and make a nice warm drink!