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The weather body has issued snow warnings that are due to plague Scotland and Northern Ireland while remaining in place for the rest of the morning.

The warning reads: “A band of rain and hill snow will increasingly turn to snow at lower levels as it moves east through Tuesday morning and early afternoon.

“Some roads and railways are likely to be affected by snow with longer journey times by road, bus and train services. There is a small possibility of road closures and stranded vehicles.

“This is an update to move to a very low likelihood of medium impacts – this more particularly for the southwest of Scotland during Tuesday mornings busy travel period. This has also been extended a little northwards.”

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The weather body has issued a warning for snow that will plague Scotland and Northern Ireland

Mr Deakin added: “Through the course of the early hours and for much of Tuesday we will continue with the risk of rain and snow across a good part of Scotland.

“Further east, many places will have a dry night and a clear night and it will be a cold night.

“Into the morning and we still have three weather warnings in force, heavy rain and strong rains will be present across Wales and south-west England.

“There will be snow across much of Northern Ireland with rain mixed in for good measure and rain and snow across parts of Scotland too.

“So not very pleasant through the morning rush hour in many western areas.”

Eastern parts of the country will experience drier conditions in the early hours of Tuesday before a band of rain sweeps across combined with strong winds.

Mr Deakin continued: “Further east it will be a generally dry and generally bright start but even here the rain will trickle its way in, it will be rain across most of England in the east. Maybe some hill snow and we will continue with some outbreaks of snow across eastern Scotland.

“As the wet weather starts to clear we will have potentially more showers in the west and there we could have some snow mixed in too and we should also see some brighter skies for western parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the south-western corner for the afternoon.

“It will certainly be a brighter afternoon compared to the morning.

“However, even with a bit of sunshine it is not going to feel warm, four or five degrees under that blanket of cloud across the east it will feel distinctly grotty.”

The dismal conditions will clear away during the evening that will leave skies clear that will frost to cover the country on Wednesday morning.

Mr Deakin went on: “Through the course of Tuesday evening there will be the continued threat of some wintery showers across parts of the east, the main area of rain does tend to pull away and then we have largely clear skies so it will be a cold night on Tuesday night with a frost forming quite quickly.

“There is another band of wet weather approaching, and that will sweep across the country, accompanied by some strengthening winds on Wednesday.

“It may turn a little milder but the main theme this week, it’s going to stay on the cold side. Wet and windy on Wednesday but there are signs that it looks a little drier and a little brighter for Thursday and Friday.”

UK roads are hampered by a number of incidents that could worsen as snow starts to fall across northern parts of the country.

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Snow is set to bludgeon Britain on Tuesday

A road is closed due to a vehicle fire on the B3054 Main Road both ways between Monument Lane and Warborne Lane.

A road is closed due to a building fire on Long Drive both ways between the A40 Western Avenue and Norwich Road.

A road is closed due to a multi-vehicle accident on Linden Avenue both ways between Oak Grove and Victoria Road.

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Frost is set to cover the country on Wednesday morning

Travellers are being urged to approach with care due to strong winds on the A55 both ways between J8A A5 Holyhead Road and J9 A487.

An entry ramp is closed due to a spillage of glue on the M6 northbound at J44 A7 Greymoorhill Roundabout.

One lane is closed due to a spillage of glue on the M6 northbound between J44 A7 Greymoorhill Roundabout and J45 A74(M) – two lanes remain open.

2018-02-13 08:39:59

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