Britain braced for Boxing Day snow

Published: Friday 26th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A large swathe of central Britain has been warned to be ready for snow as a cold snap brings freezing temperatures in the lead-up to the New Year.

An area including Northern Ireland, Wales, the Midlands, East Anglia, the North West, Yorkshire and as far south east as London and Kent has been put on a yellow alert for snow by the Met Office.

Forecasters warn that parts of Wales and the Midlands are especially at risk of seeing several centimetres of snow even in low-lying areas.

A Met Office spokesman said: “An area of rain, sleet and snow is expected to spread eastwards across the area during Boxing Day before clearing during the evening and overnight.

“Some uncertainty surrounds how much snow will occur, but several centimetres of snow is likely even at low levels, especially in a swathe through Wales and the Midlands, where there is the potential for an amber warning.

“As precipitation clears, roads could turn very icy.”

Yesterday the Met Office issued a cold weather alert for parts of England, saying there is an 80% probability of conditions that could “increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services”.

Weather warnings are in place for snow from 11am until 6am on Saturday, threatening disruption on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

The Met Office said there is some uncertainty about which regions will see snow, but where it does fall there could be accumulations of between 2cm (0.8in) and 4cm (1.6in) and in excess of 10cm in areas of higher ground.

Millions are expected to hit the roads to visit relatives or to take advantage of Boxing Day sales but they were warned to keep up to date with forecasts.

Temperatures plunged below freezing overnight in many areas.

Police have closed the southbound A1 near Scotch Corner, North Yorkshire, following a ” very serious” collision.

The route, which many Newcastle United fans visiting Old Trafford for the game against Manchester United this afternoon will take, was expected to be closed until 2pm.

Traffic was being diverted through Darlington following the collision between Barton and Scotch Corner.

A North Yorkshire Police officer @PC1810NYP tweeted: “Morning folks.

“Very serious #RTC #A1 at #ScotchCorner.

“Avoid if at all possible. Road closed for foreseeable.”

Published: Friday 26th December 2014 by The News Editor

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