UK snow forecast: Met Office issues urgent ice warning as 80mph Storm Barra set to dump EIGHT INCHES in blizzards chaos

THE Met Office has issued an urgent ice warning as 80mph Storm Barra is set to cause blizzards bringing up to eight inches of snow.

Forecasters predict the 1,000-mile wide storm will bring snow, strong gales, and freezing temperatures.




Almost all of the UK is covered by yellow weather warnings for snow, ice, and wind, with a five-day deep freeze on the way.

The Met Office upgraded its warnings to add an alert to drivers about icy roads from Monday evening at 9pm to Tuesday at 9am.

Forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It looks a nasty weather system, with low pressure deepening rapidly. It's going to be very windy.”

Exact Weather’s James Madden said: “Tuesday will see an extensive and rapidly deepening area of low pressure working its way northwards across the country initially bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

“This will turn to snow as the storm system meets colder conditions across the UK.

“With the storm coinciding with snow, we could see a ‘snow bomb’ effect where heavy snow erupts suddenly with stormy conditions.”

Currently, there are 36 flood alerts in place as heavy rain is also expected to hit the country.

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The Environmental Agency said: “River, surface water and coastal flooding is possible on Tuesday and Wednesday due to spells of heavy rain and strong winds.

"Properties may flood and there may be travel disruption.”

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Thousands of homes are still without power after several areas of Scotland and northern England were hit by storm Arwen a few days ago.

Those affected will be reconnected "by tomorrow at the latest", the Prime Minister has said.

Boris Johnson said he spoke to the chief executive of Northern Powergrid on Monday, and that he had been told of the new target.

But a deadline set on Wednesday last week had already been missed as MPs heard there was something "seriously wrong" at the supplier.

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Drivers got stuck in Buxton, Derbyshire after heavy snowfallCredit: UkNewsinPictures
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There are yellow warnings in place for snow, rain, wind, and ice
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A skier enjoying the snow at Cairngorm, Scotland yesterdayCredit: Northpix
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Dalwhinnie in Scotland turned white yesterdayCredit: Northpix

On Wednesday, Downing Street said properties affected by the power cuts caused by Storm Arwen should have supply restored "by the end of the week", but more than 1,000 remained cut off on Monday.

Yesterday the energy minister, Greg Hands, said it was "completely unacceptable" that around 1,600 households were still without power.

More areas are expected to be affected, with yet more bad weather set to hit from Thursday.

A Met Office forecaster said: “Thursday will be rather cold in the North, and it then becomes wet and windy again, with Friday and Saturday also seeing hill snow likely.”

The Met Office has put most of the UK under yellow weather warnings for Tuesday – with gales of up to 70mph expected in coastal areas.

The bad weather will continue throughout Wednesday for South West England and Wales.

While there are no more weather warnings in place for the rest of the week, temperatures are set to plummet.

Meanwhile, forecasters have not ruled out the possibility of a White Christmas as December is set to be very cold with temperatures expected to reach -10C.

Mr Madden said: “December will start to turn very cold early on and these cold conditions will continue throughout the month.

“There are some notable snow events looking possible around just after the second week of the month, and these could be widespread and heavy wintry downpours.

“Christmas Day is looking largely dry and cold at the moment, but things can change, and we still can’t rule out a White Christmas.

“Throughout the month, widespread frosts and temperatures of -10C or below will be possible as north and north-easterly winds develop.”



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