UK weather live: Amber warnings for snow and ice issued as school forced to close

8 February 2024, 07:59

Two amber weather warnings for snow are in place
Two amber weather warnings for snow are in place. Picture: Alamy

By Asher McShane

Six inches of snow is expected to fall across much of Britain today.

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Amber weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued for parts of northern England and north Wales.

Follow the latest on the weather LIVE in our blog below

Temperatures will be milder down south but near freezing up north

There will be a stark difference in temperatures as we head into the weekend, with highs of 10C down south - but closer to freezing in the north. 

Up to 10 inches of snow expected in parts of country

Snow hits UK as schools closed in various regions

The Peak District, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are among some of the areas that have seen snowfall so far today. 

Parts of Buxton in the Peak District have seen such heavy snow, roads have been described as ‘unpassable’. 

A number of schools in North Wales and northern England have shut today as the regions prepare for heavy snow and ice. 

Travel disruptions are expected as the wintry conditions continue. 

Parts of England and Wales braced for heavy snow

Parts of northern England and Wales are braced for heavy snow later.

The Met Office has issued two amber warnings - with transport disruption expected in the Pennines and Peak District.

Less severe yellow weather alerts cover a wider area of the UK.

-10C freeze on way

Parts of the UK will see temperatures as low as -10C by February 11, according to some forecasts.

The Met Office’s long range forecast predicts some snow this weekend and ‘a chance colder conditions could start to feature’ from the second week of February.

Check back here in the morning for the latest updates

We'll be back in the morning with the latest forecasts. 

Friday outlook: Mild start with a chance of rain

The Met Office forecast for Friday reads: "A rather cloudy and windy day for many, with some rain at times in the west and northwest. Brighter spells in the east and lee of hills elsewhere. Very mild."

A look ahead to the weekend weather

While snow is expected to return some time next week, it will continue to be relatively mild as we approach the weekend. 

Friday will be rather cloudy and windy day for many, the Met Office says, with some rain at times in the west and northwest.

"Brighter spells in the east and lee of hills elsewhere. Very mild," they said.

From Saturday to Monday: 

Patchy rain, then brighter in the south on Saturday. Blustery showers further north. Possibly very wet in the northwest thereafter. Elsewhere further patchy rain, and some brighter breaks. Rather windy.

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