UK weather: England hit by snow on coldest day of the year at -7.5C as Arctic blast hits New Year's Eve12/31/2020
BRITS woke up to arctic conditions this morning as snow and ice brought a -7.5C deep freeze across parts of northern England and Scotland.
Pictures taken overnight and this morning in Horwich, Greater Manchester, show houses, cars and streets blanketed in sheets of snow.
According to the BBC's Matt Taylor, Topcliffe in North Yorkshire experienced the coldest temperatures of the year, with the mercury plummeting to -7.5C.
Edinburgh woke up to temperatures of -6C, while Bristol and Bournemouth both shivered in icy -4C conditions.
Forecasters are predicting more bitter and wintry conditions are likely to follow throughout the New Year's Eve and into the weekend.
Weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued for large parts of northern England and Scotland until 2pm, amid fears cold temperatures and snow could cause travel disruption and power cuts on New Year’s Eve.
A further warning for ice in southern England is also in force until 11am, while experts have warned surfaces will freeze over quickly following downpours of rain.
Snow was originally forecast to hit London, but now ice is predicted to cause problems to road and rail services ahead of the biggest night of the year.
The arctic conditionsalso hold the potential to cause rail and road closures, power cuts, and injuries.
Earlier this week the Met Office issued warnings for snow and ice for Wednesday.
The disruption could hit supermarket delivery drivers, with both Sainsbury's and Tesco already having to cancel shopping orders as several centimetres of snow settled across parts of the UK.
Meanwhile, areas in northern England could see 8mm of rain an hour, while forecasters also predicted between 0.8inches (2cm) and and 2 inches (5cm) of snow.
And higher areas braced for up to 6 inches of the white stuff.
Temperatures could plunge below -5C in the glens of Scotland overnight, with rain, sleet and snow flurries making their way south throughout the day.
And although tiered restrictions thanks to Covid-19 are in force throughout England, the AA warned motorists to take extra care as the bitter and icey conditions are forecast to continue into New Year's Day.
AA spokesman Ben Sheridan said: "It’s important to fully de-ice the car, remove snow from the roof and ensure all the lights are working so you can see and be seen before setting off."
‘Check the conditions along your route before you go and make sure you have plenty of fuel in case of delays.
"It’s also worth carrying winter essentials such as warm, waterproof layers, a shovel, a torch, fully charged mobile phone and a flask of hot drink," he added.
Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said: "New Year’s Eve will bear with it again the risk of rain, sleet and snow, another feature sliding down the country from northern Scotland.
"Particularly inland and over the hills we will see some snow.
"Many of us will see some brighter weather, with still a keen breeze keeping things very cold indeed, and again the risk of ice as we head into New Year’s Day, with again a wintry mix coming and going, and a fairly widespread frost."
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