Snow falls in Glasgow as Met Office issues amber warning
People in parts of northern England and Scotland have woken up to a thick blanket of snow. Weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office, with the freezing conditions expected to cause major disruption.
Up to 30cm of snow was forecast on Wednesday and Thursday in Scotland, and 20cm in northern England.
An amber warning for snow, which runs until 10am on Thursday, covers parts of the North East and Scotland.
The heavy snow is likely to cause travel delays and power cuts, the Met Office said.
The A9 in Scotland was closed this morning after an accident.
People in parts of northern England and Scotland have woken up to a thick blanket of snow
Snowfall in Leeds on Thursday morning
And bus services across Bradford have been decimated due to the conditions.
Newcastle has also been hit by travel chaos, with lorries broken down no the A68, and gritters hard at work on the A69.
The Met Office said: “Snow will persist into Thursday morning, slowly dying out during the afternoon.”
Pictures show heavy snow across much of northern England and Scotland.
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Weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office, with the freezing conditions expected to cause major disruption
A danger to life warning was issued for large parts of the country yesterday.
A yellow warning for snow and ice is in force across parts of northern England and Scotland until 9pm.
The treacherous conditions are expected to cause significant travel disruption.
People took to Twitter after waking up to snowfall.
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A snow plough clears the A69 near Stocksfield, Newcastle
One user wrote: “Morning walk to set me up for the day ….. mmm did I miss the snow forecast.”
Another shared a picture showing a thick layer of snow and said: “Lockdown snow.”
A third tweeted: “Good morning, snow here in York today!”
Another posted: “Snow snow snow. I’ve never seen so much of it in such a short span in the Uk the North really is a different world.”
The Met Office has warned of significant travel disruption
A lorry drives through snow on the A69 near Newcastle
One more added: “Walking in a winter wonderland here in Leeds.”
Despite the wintery weather, Met Office forecaster John Griffiths dismissed any link to the widely reported “Beast from the East 2”.
He insisted the conditions are “normal” for the winter weather cycle.
Mr Griffiths said: “On Thursday a band of rain, sleet and snow will hit parts of Scotland and northern England, which will slowly extend south to the Midlands as the day progresses.
A snow plough battles through the conditions
“It is expected to be very cold in these areas, dropping below 0C (32F) in Scotland and parts of northern England.
“This will start to gradually ease and die out during the evening, with frost and freezing fog coming in.”
Mr Griffiths said Friday will “start cold and foggy”, with most areas becoming dry and bright over the rest of the day.
But more snow is forecast, with another yellow warning on Saturday which could see heavy snow from central England up to Scotland.
Another yellow warning on Saturday which could see heavy snow from central England up to Scotland
Up to 20cm of snow is expected on higher ground.
The Met Office said: “An area of rain pushing eastwards is expected to turn snow in places as it encounters colder air across Scotland and parts of northern and eastern England.
“At first the main hazard may be rain falling onto frozen surfaces leading to ice, especially on higher level routes.
UK snow in numbers
“However snow becomes more likely during the early morning.
“Heavier snowfall is more likely above 200m in Scotland and northern England, where 5-10 cm of snow may accumulate, possibly 20cm on highest routes.
“At lower levels and further south, 2-5cm of snow may accumulate in places, but the situation is finely balanced, with the possibility that most lower-lying areas, especially in the east, will see rain or sleet rather than snow.”