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UK weather latest: Arctic blast brings snow and heavy rain to Britain

Amber weather warnings for snow and ice in place across the country today, with dozens of schools closed in northern England and north Wales

A person walks through Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Peak District. Up to 25cm of snow is forecast in parts of England and Wales, as the Met Office issued weather alerts and warned of disruption to travel. Picture date: Thursday February 8, 2024.
Up to 25cm of snow is forecast in parts of England and Wales, as the Met Office issued weather alerts and warned of disruption to travel. (PA)

An Arctic blast has brought snow and rainfall to parts of the UK, with amber snow and ice warnings currently in place.

North Wales and northwest Shropshire are under amber snow and ice warnings, with the Met Office issuing guidance that some rural communities could be temporarily cut off, while travel disruption and power cuts are likely.

There is an amber snow warning in place in the southern Pennines, where up to 25cm of snow is predicted, while yellow snow and ice warnings have been issued for much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Across the south, a yellow weather warning is also in place, with heavy rain and potential flood threatening to bring road and rail disruption.

Met Office chief meteorologist Jason Kelly said: “Cold across most areas away from the south the UK, will be met by moisture-laden air spreading from the south. Where milder air encounters cold air, rain, sleet and snow will develop, bringing the risk of 2-5cm of snow in places, whilst some other areas see little or no snow.

“Over higher ground 5-10cm is likely, while locations above 200m within the amber warning areas could see up to 25cm of snowfall. Snow here could drift in strong to gale force easterly winds.

"As the milder air from the south gradually pushes northwards the focus for wintry hazards also shifts northward with warnings issued for Scotland.”

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  • End of weather coverage for today

    Yahoo News UK is ending its coverage of the Arctic blast here today, you can find more information on the latest forecast at the Met Office.

  • Weather warnings in place across most of the UK

    Weather warnings for 9-10 February as of 2.30pm. (PA)
    Weather warnings for 9-10 February as of 2.30pm on Thursday. (PA)

    Snow and rain warnings are in place for much of the UK for Friday, with some remaining in Scotland on Saturday.

  • Temperatures to return to normal by the weekend

    The Met Office has said temperatures in the north of the UK will return to average for February by the weekend, with the only snow predicted in the Scottish Highlands.

  • RAC's 5 tips for driving in the snow

    The RAC and Met Office have issued five tips for people planning to drive in snowy conditions.

    They are:

    1. Accelerate gently, using low revs. You may need to take off in second gear to avoid skidding

    2. You may need 10 times the normal gap between your car and the car in front

    3. Try not to brake suddenly - it may lock up your wheels and you could skid further

    4. Be extra cautious at road junctions where road markings may not be visible

    5. Look out for winter service vehicles spreading salt or using snow ploughs

    Read more about driving in the snow from the RAC here.

  • Flooding expected in York after snow and rain

    Flooding is expected in York after today’s (Thursday, February 8) snow and rain, the Environment Agency warned.

    The agency expects the Ouse to start rising tomorrow morning and be above the top of its normal range at the Viking Recorder (1.9m) by 7pm.

    It comes after floods hit York last week in the aftermath of Storm Jocelyn which saw the Ouse rise to 4.37m at the Viking Recorder.

    Read the full story from York Press.

  • Heavy snow in North Yorkshire

    The snow fell heavily in Knaresborough. (Getty)
    The snow fell heavily in Knaresborough. (Getty)
    A man runs in the snow in Knaresborough. (Getty)
    A man runs in the snow in Knaresborough. (Getty)

    Members of the public have been braving the show in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. (PA)

  • Northern Rail warns passengers to take extra care

    Northern Rail has warned passengers in the Peak District and South Yorkshire to take extra care when planning their journeys.

  • Mayor candidate’s van gets stuck in snow on ‘treacherous’ road

    A North Yorkshire mayor candidate had to put campaigning on hold after his van became stuck in snow.

    Keane Duncan was driving his van – named Peggy – between Lofthouse and Fearby near Masham this morning (Thursday, February 8) when he got into difficulty.

    “Peggy became briefly stuck in the mud between Lofthouse and Fearby during today’s snowy weather,” the Conservative candidate told The Press.

    “But thanks to the heroic efforts of Lofthouse locals Stephen ‘Rambo’ Ramsden and Ashley Gatecliffe, Peggy was soon pulled to safety.”

    Read the full story from York Press.

  • Strong winds makes temperatures feel below zero

    Although the temperatures in much of the north of the UK are just above zero due to the strong easterly winds it will actually feel around -3C for most, according to the Met Office.

  • Drivers brave the roads

    Snow on the A61 Halifax Road, in north Sheffield. (PA)
    Snow on the A61 Halifax Road, in north Sheffield. (PA)
    A snow plough on Woodhead Pass, near Dunford Bridge, South Yorkshire. (PA)
    A snow plough on Woodhead Pass, near Dunford Bridge, South Yorkshire. (PA)
    A car drives past workers on a gritting lorry in Buxton, Peak District. (PA)
    A car drives past workers on a gritting lorry in Buxton, Peak District. (PA)

    Drivers have been braving the roads as they attempt to navigate icy roads, poor visibility and persistent heavy snow

  • Rain, sleet and snow covers UK

    More rain, sleet and snow is set to come on Thursday evening. (Met Office)
    More rain, sleet and snow is set to come on Thursday evening. (Met Office)

    A Met Office forecast for 6.30pm on Thursday shows just how much rain, sleet and snow is still to come.

  • Met Office warns bad weather moving northwards

    A band of rain, sleet and snow is pushing northwards throughout the day, with yellow and amber warnings remaining in place, the Met Office have said.

  • People come out to clear the snow

    A man clears snow from the pavement in Derbyshire. (SWNS)
    A man clears snow from the pavement in Derbyshire. (SWNS)

    Buxton in the Peak District is being hit hard by the snow and this man has taken it upon himself to help clear the pavements – as much as he can.

  • Dozens of school closures

    The bad weather has forced dozens of schools across the country to close on Thursday. The vast majority of these – over 72 primary schools alone, as well as several secondary schools – are in Flintshire, Wales. Closures have also been reported in the Peak District, Bradford, Kirklees, Derbyshire and the south Pennines. Up to 25cm of snow is forecast in parts of England and Wales on Thursday as amber weather warnings have been issued for Wales and across the Pennines.

    Visit The Express for the full list of school closures.

  • Millions of drivers would still get behind the wheel despite heavy snow – survey

    Nearly two our of five (39%) motorists would still get behind the wheel regardless of the amount of snow on the roads, new research suggests.

    The RAC, which commissioned the survey, warned that driving during extreme weather “can carry huge risks”.

    Some 29% of respondents in the poll of 2,300 drivers admitted scaring themselves after losing control of their vehicle in snow.

    Read the full story from PA Media.

  • Derbyshire council ‘keeping an eye on things’

    With heavy snow falling across the Peak District, Derbyshire County Council say their gritters are out in force where needed.

  • Met Office says worst is yet to come

    Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said that the worst of the snow is still to come as flurries continue to accumulate. He told the PA news agency: “The worst of the snow will be later on today. Through this morning and this afternoon you’re more likely to see accumulations. The snow risk tomorrow is moving much further north, and it will be a bit of a drier day.”

  • A view from the Peak District

    The scene in Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Peak District, after snow begun to fall this morning. There are amber and yellow warnings in place for the area, with snow expected to carry on falling until late afternoon.

  • Motorists forced to drive carefully on icy roads

    A car makes its way through an icy road in Worrall in South Yorkshire. (PA)
    A car makes its way through an icy road in Worrall in South Yorkshire. (PA)

    With snow now accumulating on the ground in Worrall in South Yorkshire, one driver attempts to navigate their car across an icy road.

  • Flood alerts issued for parts of Bucks after heavy rainfall

    Flood alerts have been issued for parts of Buckinghamshire following rainfall overnight.

    The Environment Agency has warned residents in Buckinghamshire of flood risks in the county today (8 February) after rising river levels due to rainfall overnight.

    Flood alerts have been issued for the River Thame and Chalgrove Brook in Buckinghamshire, with flooding of low-lying land and roads expected in the Aylesbury area.

    Read the full story from the Bucks Free Press.

  • How you can help birds when it’s snowing

    The RSPB have created a handy graphic to show how you can help out the local wildlife during periods of heavy snow.

  • All the weather warnings

    All the weather warnings in place until Friday. (PA)
    All the weather warnings in place until Friday. (PA)

    The Met Office have several weather warnings in place – yellow and amber – for the country until Friday

  • List of Bradford schools closed as snow set to batter the district

    Several Bradford schools have shut this morning with heavy snow expected to cause havoc across the district.

    Beckfoot Phoenix and Hazelbeck Special School are shut, while Beckfoot Thornton and Beckfoot Upper Heaton are partially closed.

    Read the full story from the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.

  • Morning runners not letting the snow stop them

    A runner makes their way through the snow in the Peak District on Thursday morning. (PA)
    A runner makes their way through the snow in the Peak District on Thursday morning. (PA)

    Snow fell in Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Peak District, this morning, with more expected across the UK throughout the day – but it wasn't enough to put some people off their morning run.

  • Drivers warned to plan ahead amid snow warnings

    Amy Shaw, National Network Manager at National Highways, said: “Freezing conditions bring hazards such as snow and ice, so take every possible step to understand your journey in advance and allow lots of extra time when travelling to prepare for the unexpected.

    “It is therefore always important to plan ahead for your journey, check the weather forecasts, and if weather conditions become challenging, adjust your driving behaviour and take extra care.”

  • Met Office warns of disruption to travel with snow forecast for Glasgow

    Drivers have been warned to take care as a band of wintery weather descends across Scotland and much of the UK.

    Yellow weather alerts for snow and ice have been issued, with up to 10cm forecast to fall in some areas north of the border.

    The alert covers Glasgow, Southern Scotland and the central belt from 6pm tonight to 3pm on Friday, and follows an earlier alert.

    Read the full story from The Herald.

  • Met Office warns of a frosty start to the day

    The Met Office says there will be a "chill and frosty" start to Thursday.