Severe warning issued as forecasters say up to 10cm of snow expected

Arturo Kim
February 2, 2019

More snow is forecast going into the weekend, and though it is unlikely to be as heavy, there is a danger of untreated, treacherous ice covering paths and roads.

The south west of England was worst affected, but parts of Cumbria in the north west have seen 8cm of snow, while there was 7cm recorded in Inverness-shire, Scotland and 5cm in Powys, Wales.

Still a few wintry showers in the north in the morning otherwise dry with some sunny spells.

Authorities asked motorists to completely clear their vehicles of snow and Wiltshire and Thames Valley police forces advised drivers to travel only if absolutely necessary. British Airways also cancelled or merged a number of short-haul flights from Heathrow Airport in London.

Gatwick Airport is not experiencing any cancellations, Luton and London City are experiencing some delays, and Stansted and Southend are operating as normal.

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Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces could also occur and the public are urged to take care travelling this weekend, allowing extra time and packing water to stay hydrated.

However the rest of the country, with the exception of southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, is expected to see wintry showers persist into Friday evening.

On Thursday night, temperatures plummeted to as low as -14.5C in Aberdeenshire, in Scotland.

The Met Office said a low of minus minus 15.4C (4.3F) was recorded just before midnight at Braemar in the Scottish Highlands.

In Cornwall, snow is as deep as 15cm in the area of Bodmin Moor.

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