Met Office issues amber warning for wind and snow in London today

03 March, 2018, 00:27 | Author: Kathy Ellis
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A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place for the south of England, Wales and the midlands until 11.55pm tonight.

The latest red weather warning comes into force at 3pm today and lasts until 2am.

"From Thursday evening some places could also see ice build up due to freezing rain, mainly across south-west England".

"Red means you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather", the Met Office said.

An amber warning will still remain in place is some parts of Monmouthshire as previously reported.

Met Office officials warned the United Kingdom will facing another spell of "heavy snow" and "blizzard conditions".

"Delays and cancellations to public transport are possible, as are delays to travel on roads; some stranding of vehicles and passengers could also occur".

Midlothian's weather is now so severe that there is a "likely" risk to life, after the Met Office upgraded their weather warnings for snow to Red, the highest possible rating. "Long interruptions to power supplies and other services such as telephone and mobile phone networks, could occur".

Forecasters have issued a rare red weather alert, warning that extreme snow and wind which could pose a risk to lives is heading to parts of Wales and south-west England.

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In Ireland, where a red weather alert is also in place, people are being advised to stay indoors to sit out the worst of the blizzards sweeping the British Isles.

Hampshire police said it had called in the military to help evacuate people from the A31, while Avon and Somerset constabulary said about 100 vehicles had become stuck on the A303 at Ilminster.

The Met Office has urged those in affected areas to prepare for widespread heavy snow and very strong easterly winds, which will bring "blizzard conditions" and "severe drifting".

Most of the United Kingdom remains under severe weather alerts, with two red, two yellow, and two amber covering most of Britain - and the National Grid has revealed a gas shortage, admitting supply won't meet demand today.

Hundreds of schools across the country were forced to close for the second day in a row, including more than 125 schools in North Yorkshire, more than 330 across Kent and all schools and colleges in the Republic of Ireland.

It is expected that the mercury could plummet to minus 15C by midweek where there is snow on the ground, rivalling temperatures forecast for parts of northern Norway and Iceland.

It is expecting to run a normal timetable with a small number of cancellations on Wednesday.

Edinburgh Airport said most airlines had cancelled flights from the airport until lunchtime.

Around 10-20 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.

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