Brits to get 5cm of snow as temperatures plummet to -10C, as warning issued for drivers amid freezing conditions

1 December 2023, 05:59 | Updated: 1 December 2023, 07:44

Parts of the UK are set to see 5cm of snow on Friday
Parts of the UK are set to see 5cm of snow on Friday. Picture: Alamy/Getty

By Kit Heren

Five centimetres of snow is set to fall on some parts of the UK on Friday, with temperatures dropping to -10C in places.

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Hilly areas like the North York Moors and parts of Scotland are set to get more snowfall, forecasters said.

Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice on the east coast of the UK will stay in place on Friday. The warning stretches from East Anglia to Scotland.

People living in south-west England and Northern Ireland have also been warned of ice.

It comes after people living in the south-west, Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland had snow on Thursday.

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r. A coating of snow covers the farmland in the upper reaches of Swaledale near the isolated hamlets of Thwaite and Keld in the Yorkshire Dales National Park on Thursday
r. A coating of snow covers the farmland in the upper reaches of Swaledale near the isolated hamlets of Thwaite and Keld in the Yorkshire Dales National Park on Thursday. Picture: Alamy

Over 30 schools in Cornwall were closed or opened later amid the dangerous wintry conditions.

Police in County Durham said some cars had crashed because of the snow.

Friday morning saw a frost, with overnight temperatures dropping as low as -6C in the south-west, -8C in Wales and -10C in parts of Scotland, according to the Met Office.

People planning to drive this weekend have been advised to keep a winter kit in the car.

r, National Network Manager at National Highways, Dale Hipkiss, said: "Keeping a kit of essential items like a torch and warm clothes, in your vehicle, can be vital in case you and your passengers become stranded.

"Freezing conditions bring so many hazards such as snow and ice, so please ... plan ahead for your journey, check weather forecasts, and if weather conditions do become challenging whilst travelling, adjust your driving behaviour and take extra care.

"It's also a good idea for people to check (your) vehicles, such as tyres, coolant and oil levels, etc. before heading out to reduce the risk of breakdowns."

He added: "If you do unfortunately find yourself in an unsafe or vulnerable situation and need assistance, please contact the emergency services."

Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, UK. 30th November 2023
Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, UK. 30th November 2023. Picture: Alamy

And the cold snap is set to continue into the second week of December.

London, Birmingham and Sheffield are expected to be blanketed, with most of the UK facing a 600-mile wall of snow.

Weather maps from WX Charts have shown up to 200cm of snow could fall in some areas in coming days.

Meteorologist Ellie Glaisyer said: "For most of us it will be dry and bright. There will be some wintry showers over the hills.

"There could be 2cm to 5cm of snow for areas 100m to 200m above sea level, with rain falling at lower levels, particularly Northern Ireland and western Scotland.

"The North York Moors and parts of Scotland will likely get snow.

"There will be another widespread frost, with a max temperature of 5C across the South."

Members of the public make their way through the snow on November 29, 2023 in Ballater, Scotland
Members of the public make their way through the snow on November 29, 2023 in Ballater, Scotland. Picture: Getty

The UK Health Security Agency and the Met Office have issued amber cold health alerts in five regions - the East Midlands, West Midlands, North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber - until December 5, meaning "cold weather impacts are likely to be felt across the whole health service for an extended period of time".

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