Storm Emma: New Red alert issued for snow

03 March, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Natasha Holloway
  • BBC Weather Met Office snow red weather warning

The Met Office has issued a red alert for Scotland, the highest level of weather warning, that is in place until 10am on Thursday with up to 40cm of the white stuff expected in some areas.

The red snow warning, which begins at 3pm, is just the third issued in the past seven years and comes as Storm Emma blows in from the Atlantic.

The Met Office urged people in the affected area to take immediate action to keep themselves safe as Britain faces strong gales, blizzards and rare freezing rain.

The warning expired a day after a similar warning for Scotland came to an end, while at 10am today two amber warnings for the south-west and for Scotland also came to an end.

Mr Snell warned there could be winds of up to 50 to 60mph in southwestern parts of the United Kingdom, bringing about "blizzard-like conditions".

The red warning has now expired, but we still have amber and then yellow warnings in some parts of Scotland over the next few days, which will affect most of Scotland apart from the far west until Saturday. Snow amounts over upland areas have also been increased.

The Chief Forecaster's assessment reads: "Snow showers will bring variable snow cover, but parts of northeast England, Yorkshire and Scotland are expected to see the most frequent snow showers".

Police and fire services across the United Kingdom were forced to rescue stranded vehicles yesterday, with it reported that four people were killed in accidents and hundreds left without power.

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And hundreds of schools have been closed across the United Kingdom, including more than 200 in Wales, 131 in Kent and 62 in East Sussex. The snow will be accompanied by very strong easterly winds leading to severe drifting. This may lead to widespread icy stretches, especially on untreated surfaces, leading to hard conditions for vehicles and pedestrians.

Drivers reported being stranded for up to 13 hours, with some spending the night in their cars, and others abandoning their vehicles on the motorway.

Gatwick Airport said it was "expecting a large number of cancellations and delays to flights".

"There is also an increasing chance that a further spell of more persistent snow may move north northwards across southern England, Wales and central England during the day, reaching northern England by evening, producing further accumulations".

"Around 10 to 20 cm is likely to fall widely, with the potential for up to 30 to 50 cm over parts of Dartmoor, Exmoor and parts of southeast Wales".

In addition to the red warning areas, lesser Met Office warnings for snow are covering many other parts of Scotland.

A red weather warning - the second in 24 hours - expired at 2am, but amber warnings for snow are still in place for much of Scotland, the north-east of England, and parts of Northern Ireland, running until 10am, and for wind and snow in south western parts of the United Kingdom until 8am.

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