Britain braced for six inches of snow and temperatures as low as -10°C

Up to six inches of snow have been forecast for parts of the country before New Year’s Day as a cold snap continues to sweep the UK.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow and ice for much of England and Wales and parts of Scotland after a day of heavy snowfall in some regions, with more wintry weather expected tomorrow and Thursday.

It said overnight temperatures into Tuesday would ‘tumble towards freezing, perhaps getting as low as -10°C in western Scotland where there is a covering of snow’.

Drivers were urged to avoid hitting the roads, with treacherous conditions predicted by the AA if thawing snow turned to ice overnight.

Many Britons will also wake up to freezing fog patches this morning, which will be slow to clear.

Wintry showers could see up to four inches of snow falling over the Pennines and North York Moors, according to the weather warning which runs until 10am this morning.

Meanwhile one to six inches of snow has been predicted for the Peak District, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Midlands, parts of Wales and later the South West today.

The Met Office said that most places will see little or no snow, but ‘a slight covering of a centimetre or so is possible in a few places’.

It comes after Storm Bella pummelled Britain on Boxing Day, with heavy rain and winds of more than 100mph.

Warning treacherous weather this week, the AA’s Ben Sheridan said: ‘Thawing snow, rainfalls and freezing temperatures overnight lead to challenging driving conditions, with roads likely to be icy in the morning.’

However regional restrictions imposed due to Covid-19 do mean that roads are quieter than usual.

Large swathes of London, the Midlands, the South, South West plus the east of England and Wales have also been warned that snow and ice could hit tomorrow and Thursday.

The Met Office yellow warning suggests that up to 5cm of snow could fall across parts of southern Wales, central and southern England, and there is a small chance of 10cm-15cm settling in a few places, most likely on high ground above 200 metres.

It comes after much of England and Wales endured a cold and frosty Bank Holiday Monday.

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