Met Office issues warnings after snowfall in UK

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The Met Office has issued further weather warnings after snow fell across large swathes of the country on Tuesday, with temperatures expected to drop even further over the coming hours.

Snow has fallen across large parts of the country as the has issued weather warnings for much of the United Kingdom.

A yellow warning for ice came into force for much of the country on Tuesday afternoon and will remain in place until 11am on Wednesday, with temperatures likely to fall below freezing overnight.

Commuters faced disruption as flights were delayed and roads were closed due to the weather conditions on Tuesday.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said that temperatures could fall below freezing.

“An ice warning covers Northern Ireland, western Scotland and much of England and Wales,” Mr Partridge said.

“The showers will on the whole fade away over night, just persisting down those western coasts, and it will be another cold night.

“Towns and cities will be around or just below freezing. But outside the cities temperatures a good few degrees below that.

“In Scotland you may see a few spots drop as low at minus 9 or minus 10C.”

Snow downpours are expected to be mixed with thunder and lighting in an unusual phenomenon, known as “thundersnow”.

It can only happen during a handful of months when lightning storms form in wintry conditions, giving rise to both thunder and snow.

Showers are forecast to continue to bring rain, sleet and snow, although

significant flurries are expected to remain limited to higher ground.

Further wintry showers are expected in the North and West on Tuesday night, bringing more snow to the hills and some low-lying areas.

Gritters were out in force across Scotland overnight were restocking supplies to return and treat the roads.

Snow was not confined to the hills in Scotland with flurries in Edinburgh and Glasgow. There was also snowfall on the Pennines in the north of England.

By mid-morning Police Scotland had received 125 reports of road incidents, with the force urging motorists to slow down and drive to the conditions.

The A83 was blocked in Argyll and Bute, while the B974 in Aberdeenshire closed after vehicles got stuck in snow.

Flights to Glasgow and Edinburgh from Stornoway Airport were delayed and three schools were shut in the Highlands due to the weather.

Aberdeenshire was one of the coldest spots on Tuesday, where the temperature was expected to plunge to minus 5C.

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