US News Travel warning as parts of UK set for heavy snow

04:10  17 january  2018
04:10  17 january  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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10:22, UK , Wednesday 17 January 2018. Image: Heavy snow falling on the A9 motorway near Killiecrankie, Perth and Kinross. A huge snowfall overnight on Tuesday is causing travel disruption in southern Scotland. Amber warnings for snow and ice remain in place until 8am in southern Scotland

A car navigates a snowy road in Longdon Beck as the area in the North Pennines was blanketed by snow overnight © PA A car navigates a snowy road in Longdon Beck as the area in the North Pennines was blanketed by snow overnight Parts of the UK could see up to 25cm (9.8in) of snow on Tuesday night, the Met Office has said.

Amber warnings for snow and ice have been issued for southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, with forecasts of between 15cm (5.9in) and 25cm (9.8in) of snow on higher ground and up to 10cm (3.9in) at lower levels.

The warnings also cover Central Scotland, Tayside, Fife, Lothian and Borders and Stathclyde, and are valid from 3pm on Tuesday until 8am on Wednesday.

Dolly the Tibetan Terrier at the Braco Castle Lodge park in Perthshire © PA Dolly the Tibetan Terrier at the Braco Castle Lodge park in Perthshire Much of Scotland and Northern Ireland will still be covered by less severe yellow snow warnings until 6pm on Wednesday, and the white stuff could also yet make an appearance as far south as Wales and the Midlands, with between 2cm (0.8in) and 6cm (2.4in) possible in the hills.

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Parts of the UK could see up to 25cm (9.8in) of snow on Tuesday night, the Met Office has said.

"The forecast for today is it's likely to become a bit more wintry, so we could be seeing snow for many areas, with northern and western areas seeing frequent showers," Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said on Tuesday.

"It will stay cold, we will continue to feel that wind from the northwest, quite gusty, so feeling bitterly cold outside today."

A snow plough clears the road close to Greenloaning in Perthshire © PA A snow plough clears the road close to Greenloaning in Perthshire Gritters have already been out in force across Scotland on Tuesday, with schools closed and major disruption on the roads after subzero temperatures and heavy snowfall on Monday night.

Motorists have endured minor collisions on the roads in the Highlands and Strathclyde, with sleet and snow causing major disruption on the M9, M80, A720, M77, A7, M73 and A9 at Dalwhinnie - which was closed for two hours due to a jack-knifed lorry.

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Heavy snow has led to power cuts and disrupted air, rail and road travel in many parts of the UK . National Rail has warned of travel disruption on services in Wales, the Midlands, East Anglia A P&O ferry, the Pride of Kent, ran aground in high winds at Calais, in northern France after it set off for Dover.

Bitterly cold temperatures are set to cause travel chaos and power outages as some parts of the UK expected to see 40cm of snowfall today. A car which left a slip road off the A30 near Okehampton in Devon as heavy snow fell yesterday. The second wave of Siberian chill is expected to send

It comes as breakdown cover provider Green Flag warns there could be more than 120,000 breakdowns on Britain's roads this week due to the treacherous wintry conditions.

Green Flag's Simon Henrick said: "After a variable and relatively mild winter period, the changing weather conditions may take some drivers by surprise this week, so it's important that drivers do all they can to stay safe in the more challenging conditions.

"By thoroughly checking their cars before leaving home, approaching the roads with caution and keeping plenty of distance between cars drivers will decrease the risk of encountering a problem while on the roads this week."

Winter Driving Tips:

:: Check your speed and use gentle driver inputs
:: Give more warning than usual to other drivers
:: Keep plenty of distance between cars
:: Be extra wary of black ice, as it's easy to miss
:: Approach corners at a steady speed, in as low a gear as possible
:: Be familiar with your car's ventilation system to prevent steaming up

Schools and nurseries have also been affected by the snow, with more than 50 closed in the Highlands allowing more than 3,000 children to enjoy a snow day. There have been further closures in South Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

Snow has also already fallen in parts of northern England and Northern Ireland, with 1cm (0.4in) reported in Lough Fea.

Despite a lack of snow, it has been bitterly cold and windy in southern parts of the UK, with ice expected and temperatures unlikely to go above -1C in London on Tuesday night.

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