New 'risk to life' red warning for south-west and Wales

Randal Sanchez
March 3, 2018

The Met Office's snow weather warning has been increased from "yellow" to "amber", with showers expected tomorrow.

"Snowfall will be accompanied by strong to gale easterly winds, leading to severe drifting of lying snow especially in upland areas. Long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel are expected".

The Met Office has declared a Status Red zone in Wales and South West of England.

Midlothian's weather is now so severe that there is a "likely" risk to life, after the Met Office upgraded their weather warnings for snow to Red, the highest possible rating. The areas affected by snow will vary from day to day and so will the areas at the risk of major impacts.

Superintendent Helen Harrison said: "Many of those people who did go out yesterday faced treacherous conditions, blocked roads, being stuck in their vehicles or even being involved in collisions".

Motorists are being urged not to travel as weather warnings were extended after hundreds of drivers were stranded on a motorway in Scotland overnight.

An amber warning will still remain in place is some parts of Monmouthshire as previously reported.

The weather front comes as the United Kingdom reels from the effects of the Beast from the East and just hours after a red alert for Scotland ended at 10am.

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There could be some significant snow accumulations developing.

The Met Office has two snow warnings which cover the county - an amber one for the eastern strip and a yellow one which covers everywhere else.

A number of councils, including Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and Clackmannanshire have already announced that their schools will be closed on Thursday.

As the so-called "Beast from the East" hit Scotland on Tuesday, travel routes saw disruption caused by hard driving conditions while some areas had power cuts. Where showers become organised though, most likely across Scotland and over the hills of northern England, some places are likely to have an additional 15-25 cm of snow, locally as much as 40 cm.

"Long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities are very likely to occur, along with damage to trees and other structures due to heavy snow or ice".

He added that freezing rain may batter parts of south-west England and Wales on Thursday night, potentially creating large, hazardous icy stretches as rain droplets supercool and freeze instantly upon hitting the ground.

How are you coping with this severe weather?

With a red weather warning issued for the bulk of central Scotland for later today and up to 10 am Thursday morning, forecasters are warning that the snow and freezing winds will continue to make it extremely hard and risky for people to get out and about in affected areas. "You can die of cold during the day too", its chief Werena Rosenke warned.

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