UK ice: Met Office yellow warning as bitter -6C cold snap to bring freeze to Brits

UK ice: Met Office yellow warning as bitter -6C cold snap to bring freeze to Brits

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A YELLOW ICE WARNING has been issued by the Met Office as parts of Scotland can expect bitter temperatures in the early hours of Friday morning.

Weather: Met Office predicts ‘cold and windy’ conditions

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The warning issued over Scotland from 10pm on Thursday until 9am Friday 8 April affects the regions of Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, as temperatures are set to plummet to -6C. The Met Office warned that wintry showers expected overnight and early on Friday may lead to difficult driving conditions and could cause travel disruption.

The Met Office forecast warned: “Frequent, often heavy showers of rain and sleet will give a risk of icy stretches overnight and into Friday morning away from northern coast roads. 

“Showers will turn to snow inland above 150m, with accumulations of 1-2cm.”

Other weather charts show that snow depth levels could reach highs of up to 9cm for Friday morning, which will contribute to the travel disruptions.

Temperatures in those regions will struggle to rise above 3C or 4C during the day as the bitter and icy weather sets in for the weekend.

Weather warning

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Scotland (Image: Met Office)

-6 temperatures predicted

-6C temperatures predicted for regions of Scotland for Friday morning (Image: WXCHARTS)

Yellow weather warnings are issued if severe weather is possible and could affect some people.

The warning means people should plan ahead and consider travel delays and the disruption of day-to-day activities.

The yellow warning is there to notify residents of the affected regions of patches of ice on untreated surfaces and that some roads and railways are likely to be impacted, with delays and longer journey times.

Green Flag have issued advice to motorists as weather warnings and wintry conditions remain in place.

Commercial Director Mark Newberry said: “Green Flag is urging drivers to take extra care when setting off on their journeys.

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Frosted windscreen

Drivers have been warned of disruption and dangers due to ice (Image: Getty)

Widespread frost weather map

Widespread frost has been forecast for the UK (Image: WXCHARTS)

“In these weather conditions it’s important to plan your route in advance, checking for any issues via online maps and travel apps, and when driving to keep a safe distance from cars in front of you.

“Frozen windscreens are also prevalent during these times, and drivers are reminded that it is extremely important to properly clear the ice or frost from your car before hitting the road.”

BBC meteorologist Chris Fawkes noted that Friday will bring “widespread frost for northern areas” and “many of us will start the day with some sunshine, cold and frosty first thing in the morning”.

He added: “There will be widespread showers and thunderstorms that then move in across Scotland and Northern Ireland through the morning and across into northern England and north Wales through the afternoon.”

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Warmer temperatures next week

Warmer temperatures have been forecast for the middle of next week (Image: WXCHARTS)

The second half of the weekend brings low pressure and some cloud and rain patches, but by Sunday the weather across the UK looks to be clearing up with temperatures for the south of England entering double digits at 10C or 11C.

Meanwhile temperatures in the north and in Scotland look to be settling between 7C and 9C.

Weather maps show that by the middle of next week the southern portion of the UK could be looking at brighter and warmer spring weather.

Average temperatures are forecast to be between 13C and 16C but in some areas they will rise to highs of 18C and 19C.

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